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Toyota Case: Vehicle Testing Confirms Fatal Flaws
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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.
Test & Measurement on EDN, October 2013
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Here's a roundup of technical articles on test and measurement that appeared on EDN in October 2013.
Toyota Case: Inside Camry’s Electronic Control Module
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10/30/2013   45 comments
In many recent Toyota cases, one nagging question recurs: If software bugs are in the system, why have millions of owners never experienced unintended acceleration? The trial transcript explains the complexity.
Toyota Trial: Transcript Reveals 'Task X' Clues
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10/29/2013   37 comments
Expert witness Michael Barr said he’s not allowed to talk about specifics on Task X. However, the trial transcript offers ample clues about what it does.
UNH-IOL, Telebyte Open G.Vector Test Lab
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10/29/2013   2 comments
A first-of-its kind lab offers interoperability and performance testing services.
Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed
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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.
Rambus Pursues Disposable PicoCam
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10/25/2013   8 comments
New diffraction gratings promise ultra-low-cost, tiny, disposable imagers for a broad range of applications, said a Rambus researcher.
Acceleration Case: Jury Finds Toyota Liable
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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
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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.
Come Home, Bill & Dave
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10/24/2013   11 comments
The new test-and-measurement company should pay homage to the names Hewlett and Packard.
Mentor to Bring Virtualization to Automotive Designers
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10/24/2013   16 comments
The need to run a growing number of operating systems, applications, and tasks safely on the same ECU inside cars has gotten practically everyone in the automotive food chain talking about hypervisors.
China's SMIC Responds to Soaring 3D IC Market
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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.
Nominate Your Best-in-Test Product & Test Engineer of the Year
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10/21/2013   4 comments
Nominations are now open and will close on November 15, 2013. Awards will be announced at DesignCon 2014.
Bloomy Controls Receives NI Award
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10/16/2013   3 comments
NI Alliance partner Bloomy Controls received the first award for "Most Outstanding Technical Resources" from National Instruments.
Are You Ready When Your Google Car Freaks Out?
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10/16/2013   90 comments
There is one question everyone seems to avoid asking and answering: How does a self-driving car, when faced with a crisis beyond its program, hand control back over to the driver?
CMTL Expands Memory Testing to Industrial Platforms
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10/15/2013   2 comments
Independent compatibility testing lab sees potential beyond traditional Intel platforms for commercial modules as well as growth in SSD flash memory
IDT CEO Shuffle: Why & What Next?
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10/14/2013   31 comments
When Ted Tewksbury suddenly retired as CEO of Integrated Device Technology seven weeks ago, neither he nor the company explained what happened, or why.
Metrology: The Turtle of Engineering
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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.
Acquire Knowledge of the Oscilloscope Market
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10/11/2013   6 comments
A webcast by Frost & Sullivan will explain what happened in 2013 and what might happen as we end 2013.
Power Week in Review: Paper Generators, Folding Battery, EV Charging Eqpt Forecast & More
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10/10/2013   1 comment
This week, paper-like generators that produce energy from user interaction, a forecast for electric vehicle charging equipment, folding batteries for increased energy density, and an isolated energy measurement chipset for embedded applications.
Meters That Measure Magnetics
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10/9/2013   1 comment
Gaussmeters and fluxmeters let you measure magnetic fields if you have the right meter, the right probes, and the right technique.
EUV Still Promising on IMEC's Road Map
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10/9/2013   16 comments
Much delayed extreme ultraviolet lithography could enable a 9nm node sometime in 2016 or beyond, according to forecasts from IMEC.
With Dual-Mode Wireless Charging IC, IDT Urges to Cut the Cords
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10/8/2013   14 comments
Jeffery McCreary, IDT's CEO, revealed that IDT is gunning for the still embryonic but potentially huge wireless charging market.
High-Power LEDs: Hotter Than You Think
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10/8/2013   9 comments
For the past several years, we've thought that LEDs provided light, not heat. We were wrong.
MEMS-Enabled Electronic Nose Is Nothing to Sneeze At
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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
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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.
IMEC, ASML Team to Automate Scanners
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10/7/2013   3 comments
As many as 100 researchers will join a collaborate effort to automate optimizations for next-gen lithography systems.
Tesla Battery Fire: Musk Responds & an Expert Explains
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10/7/2013   26 comments
A video of a burning Tesla Model S spread across the internet like wildfire. Elon Musk has responded.
Video: Impact Caused Tesla Battery Fire
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10/7/2013   17 comments
A fire in a Tesla Model S electric sedan has once again placed a spotlight on the issue of lithium-ion battery safety.
Test Production AOC Cables
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10/3/2013   5 comments
Multilane combines test equipment into a system that lets you measure BER and jitter.
TSMC Shows Path to 16nm, Beyond
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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
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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).
Soldering for Engineers
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10/1/2013   19 comments
Does an electrical engineer really need to take a course in soldering?


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