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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.
Power Week in Review: Wireless EV Charging, E-Field Flame Shaping & Si Supercap
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10/31/2013   5 comments
This week we've seen progress in developing a silicon supercap, an electric field technology that controls flame shape for reduced-emission combustion, the results of a study on wireless charging of electric vehicles and more.
Qualcomm Buys Arteris Tech, Team
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10/31/2013   11 comments
Arteris says it will continue to license, support, and enhance its on-chip networking technology even though Qualcomm now owns the IP and the design team.
Uncle Sam Puts Out IoT Challenge
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10/31/2013   39 comments
The US has kicked off a challenge to build and operate multiple test beds to show what can be done and what's lacking in the Internet of Things.
Spreadtrum Sees Opening for Single-Core Chipset
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10/30/2013   5 comments
Spreadtrum Communications announced this week that the company's single-core WCDMA/HSPA+ smartphone chipset, dubbed SC7710, is now in mass production.
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.
Sensor Hubs Arrive for Android
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10/30/2013   5 comments
Turnkey sensor fusion, gesture recognition, and context-aware functions are performed by Hillcrest's first sensor hub (SH-1), which come pre-integrated with Atmel's SAM D20 ARM Cortex M0+ based microcontroller.
HP Preps 64-Bit ARM Server for 2014
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10/29/2013   8 comments
Hewlett-Packard is running 64-bit ARM servers based on Applied Micro's XGene, and it aims to ship them next year.
ARM Drives Mali GPU to New High
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10/29/2013   9 comments
ARM announced two new Mali mobile GPU cores, the T760, which it claims outperforms archrival Imagination, and the T720 for middle-market devices.
Cisco Re-Org Exemplifies Rise of IoT
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10/29/2013   3 comments
Cisco created a new business unit and investment fund for the Internet of Things, an example of increasing corporate attention on IoT.
Intel Makes 14nm ARM for Altera
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10/29/2013   17 comments
In a case of strange bedfellows, Intel will make next year 14nm versions of Altera FPGAs using 64-bit ARMv8 cores.
Is ARM Adopting Microsoft Model?
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10/28/2013   5 comments
XMOS Semiconductor has signed a deal to use ARM-based chips from Silicon Labs alongside its own deterministic multicore silicon in a single package.
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.
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.
Power Week in Review: EV Body Panel Batteries, V2G Forecast & More
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10/24/2013   7 comments
This week, technology that turns a car body into a battery, forecasts for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and UPS/backup batteries, a single IC for intelligent USB charging from a vehicle battery, and a Quick Charge 2.0 reference design.
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.
ARM Unveils New Architecture for Automotive
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10/23/2013   17 comments
ARM has unveiled new real-time microprocessor architecture featuring a hardware-assisted virtualization mode. Nvidia is likely to be among the first to license the new architecture.
Oracle Laser Lights Way to Silicon Photonics
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10/22/2013   18 comments
Oracle is working on a low-power laser that it hopes will drive the next-generation silicon photonics needed for high-end servers.
Nokia Guns for 6-Inch Phablets
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10/22/2013   16 comments
Nokia showed off its first tablet (10-inch screen) and two six-inch screen 'phablets' at the company's annual event in Abu Dhabi.
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.
Brain Implants Near Milestone
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10/16/2013   28 comments
NeuroPace is close to approval for the first brain implant that listens to, then acts, on brain activity -- a milestone in the rising field of neural electronics.
Power Week in Review: Solid-State Battery, Energy Harvesting Forecast, Remote Microgrids & More
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10/16/2013   2 comments
This week, a solid-state battery that promises to extend EV range, forecasts for energy harvesting devices and remote microgrids, and a new approach in a lithium cell monitoring IC.
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?
TI Launches Purpose-Built SoCs for Automotive Vision
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10/16/2013   15 comments
TI is rolling out a new family of SoCs for automotive vision-processing applications. Based on heterogeneous system architecture, the ADAS SoCs are designed to run high performance vision-processing at low power.
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.
Ex-Samsung Exec Leads Korea’s Specialty Fab to Expansion
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10/11/2013   7 comments
Dongbu has been sharpening its strategy and steadily expanding capacity under Chang-Sik Choi, an ex-Samsung executive who arrived as president a year and a half ago.
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.
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.
Researcher Eyes Display on Contact Lens
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10/8/2013   17 comments
An IMEC researcher demonstrated prototypes of an artificial iris, a first step on the way to a contact lens display.
Mobile IC Vendors to Alter Automotive SoC Market
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10/8/2013   5 comments
The rise and fall of smartphone SoC companies has become intricately intertwined with the future of automotive chip suppliers. Many automotive IC companies are racing to dominate the fast-growing segment of in-vehicle infotainment SoCs.
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.
Mellanox Preps Silicon Photonics, 100G Switch
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10/7/2013   8 comments
Aiming to drive 100G comms gear into broader markets, Mellanox said it will ship systems using silicon photonics as soon as the end of 2104.
Verizon Taps AMD's Sea Micro Servers
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10/7/2013   6 comments
AMD said a deal to supply Verizon's datacenters is evidence of interconnect technology coming to future server SoCs.
Intel Quark Rides Arduino
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10/3/2013   19 comments
Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich appeared on the Maker Faire Rome stage to show an Arduino-compatible board using Intel's new Quark processor.


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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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