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posted in October 2013
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.
Spreadtrum Sees Opening for Single-Core Chipset
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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.
Mobile Phones Too Crowded: Nobody Goes There Anymore
Blog  
10/29/2013   14 comments
More than 3.4 billion people -- nearly half the world's population -- own mobile phones, a Worldwatch Institute study.
Toyota Trial: Transcript Reveals 'Task X' Clues
News & Analysis  
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.
Computer Graphics: Power-Efficient Rendering
Blog  
10/28/2013   4 comments
Today’s mobile processors are improving at an astonishing rate – and consequently delivering visually stunning user experiences at less than 3 watts of power consumption.
Is ARM Adopting Microsoft Model?
News & Analysis  
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.
Why Toyota’s Oklahoma Case Is Different
Blog  
10/25/2013   37 comments
If you are an engineer or a Toyota vehicle owner, you owe it yourself to remain open-minded and read the followup story we just posted on www.eetimes.com, Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed.
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.
Mentor to Bring Virtualization to Automotive Designers
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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.
EDA Tool Chain Too Complex
Blog  
10/22/2013   9 comments
Forte Design Systems founder and CTO John Sanguinetti sees an EDA tool chain that's too complex.
Nokia Guns for 6-Inch Phablets
News & Analysis  
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.
Google Car Director Tamps Down Safety Expectations
Blog  
10/22/2013   32 comments
"Safety" is the strongest argument the automotive industry has trumpeted in its case for autonomous cars. The question is how truly effective we expect Google cars to be in terms of saving people's lives.
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.
Walden’s $100M Fund to Inject Fuel Into Indian Chip Startups
India Chip Chat  
10/18/2013   16 comments
Walden's $100 million fund comes at a time when the central government has also announced new initiatives for the semiconductor industry.
Slideshow: ITS Touts Automation & Big-Data
Slideshow  
10/17/2013   9 comments
ITS World Congress turns out to be a confluence of disparate industries -- foremost among them automotive, mobile, telecommunications, and computers.
Are You Ready When Your Google Car Freaks Out?
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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.
Imagination Takes On ARM’s big.LITTLE With Its Warrior Core
Blog  
10/15/2013   2 comments
Imagination Technologies announced the first MIPS Series 5 ‘Warrior P-class’ CPU, which the company claims represents “a major step forward in feature set” for high-performance MIPS CPU IP cores.
Is It Up or Down? Depends on How & What You Count
Blog  
10/14/2013   7 comments
Gartner and IDC released their measurements of the PC industry. The dueling giant research firms have never agreed on the exact number.
IDT CEO Shuffle: Why & What Next?
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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.
Changing SoC Landscape Goes Further up the Supply Chain
Blog  
10/10/2013   5 comments
The coming 20 nm and 16 nm FINFET will shake up the whole SoC and IP supply chain, according to an Imagination Technologies’ executive.
With Dual-Mode Wireless Charging IC, IDT Urges to Cut the Cords
News & Analysis  
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.
Mobile IC Vendors to Alter Automotive SoC Market
News & Analysis  
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
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.
Collaborative Advantage: Get the Latest at Si2Con
Blog  
10/7/2013   Post a comment
If you design integrated circuits or develop/customize tool flows, then read about the 18th Annual Si2 conference, which takes place this week in Santa Clara, Calif.
What’s Going Through This Driver’s Head?
Blog  
10/3/2013   45 comments
The idea of self-driving cars is stirring discussion, not just on technology and safety, but also the legal implication. And then, there is one more item making some people nervous.
Analog Drives Processor Architecture
Blog  
10/3/2013   2 comments
The recent port of a number of mixed signal interface IP blocks to 20nm by Synopsys raises some fascinating questions on the microprocessor ecosystem.
A Personal View of TSMC's Rise
Blog  
10/2/2013   1 comment
TSMC holds lessons in success, rising from its first access to Philips' process technology to building the next Apple iPhone SoC.
Unlocking the Keyless Car Future
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
10/2/2013   33 comments
For just about everything we do these days, “there's an app for that.” Is the car key destined to become one more little tile on a smartphone screen?
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.
Auto Market Challenges Chipmakers’ Stamina
News & Analysis  
10/1/2013   25 comments
I don’t think I’m alone in wondering why any chip company these days would stay in the automotive electronics market.


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4 comments
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Max Maxfield
23 comments
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Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
10 comments
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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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
42 comments
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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