Toyota Case: Vehicle Testing Confirms Fatal Flaws News & Analysis 10/31/2013 68 comments With gag orders, code reviews locked in windowless rooms, and a car attached to a dynamometer, Bookout v Toyota had enough engineering intrigue to make a good thriller. But what the experts found was serious stuff. Here's how they showed the defects that cause unintended acceleration.
Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed News & Analysis 10/25/2013 104 comments Could bad code kill a person? It apparently did. The Bookout v Toyota Motor Corp. case, which blamed sudden acceleration in a Toyota Camry for a wrongful death, touches the issue directly.
Acceleration Case: Jury Finds Toyota Liable News & Analysis 10/24/2013 43 comments A jury finds that Toyota's electronic throttle control system caused the sudden acceleration of a 2005 Camry in a 2007 accident that killed one woman and seriously injured another on an Oklahoma highway off-ramp.
Oklahoma Jury to Deliberate Toyota Acceleration Case News & Analysis 10/24/2013 9 comments The focus of the Toyota case in Oklahoma is on software and electronics used in the electronic throttle control, rather than the entanglement of the accelerator pedal with a floor mat, which Toyota previously cited as the cause of accidents.
China's SMIC Responds to Soaring 3D IC Market News & Analysis 10/21/2013 5 comments To capture the rapidly growing thru-silicon-via technology-based stacked device market, China Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. has formed an R&D and manufacturing center dedicated to 3D IC.
Metrology: The Turtle of Engineering News & Analysis 10/14/2013 8 comments We usually think of electronics as a quickly-moving industry, but that's not always so. One area that is notoriously slow moving is metrology, the science of measurement.
MEMS-Enabled Electronic Nose Is Nothing to Sneeze At News & Analysis 10/8/2013 9 comments The world's first MEMS vacuum pump is enabling laboratory-bound mass spectrometers to be downsized to handheld size for homeland security, environmental monitoring, and even smartphone detectors of everything from disease to air quality.
Mike Noonen, GloFo Executive VP, Resigns News & Analysis 10/7/2013 19 comments Mike Noonen has resigned from his position as the executive vice president at GlobalFoundries. Noonen was responsible for global products, design, sales, and marketing at the world’s second largest foundry.
TSMC Shows Path to 16nm, Beyond News & Analysis 10/2/2013 39 comments Chip bellwether TSMC detailed its steady progress on its 20 and 16nm nodes, but said little about the expected costs increases they will carry.
Spray-On Sensor Heralds Flexible Electronics News & Analysis 10/1/2013 6 comments Spray-on carbon nanotube thin films can be deposited on nearly any surface to create circuits, with a gas sensor example demonstrated by researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM, Munich).
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.