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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.
Test & Measurement on EDN, October 2013
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10/31/2013   Post a comment
Here's a roundup of technical articles on test and measurement that appeared on EDN in October 2013.
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.
DesignCon 2014: Test & a Lot More
Blog  
10/30/2013   3 comments
The DesignCon 2014 technical program is available online and through the DesignCon mobile app.
Are You Getting the Most From Your Valuable Test Data?
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10/29/2013   Post a comment
If you're involved in high-tech product manufacturing, you know how important production data is. It's your lifeline to yields, product quality, and supplier performance. See how Proligent can help harmonize your production line with the bottom line.
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.
UNH-IOL, Telebyte Open G.Vector Test Lab
News & Analysis  
10/29/2013   2 comments
A first-of-its kind lab offers interoperability and performance testing services.
Get the Circuit on Temperature Measurement
Blog  
10/28/2013   12 comments
An EDN article about a measurement circuit shows one way to measure temperature. What do you think of the design?
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.
Can Hydraulic Hybrids Compete With Electric Hybrids?
Blog  
10/28/2013   5 comments
The little-known and largely undervalued hydraulic hybrid could play a role in heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years and may even find application in next-generation cars, a new study says.
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.
No Test Equipment Companies? Impossible!
Blog  
10/25/2013   3 comments
Thomson Reuters 2013 Top 100 Global Innovator program list is out. Clearly, they don’t understand the value of test.
Rambus Pursues Disposable PicoCam
News & Analysis  
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
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.
Come Home, Bill & Dave
News & Analysis  
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.
Design the Right High-Speed ATE Hardware
Blog  
10/23/2013   6 comments
Don't let temptation push you; ATE hardware isn't a place to save money.
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.
Oscilloscopes Need More Speed, Better Experience
Blog  
10/22/2013   8 comments
A market presentation by Frost & Sullivan calls for a better user experience and new features to keep up with technologies.
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
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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.
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.
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.
Nice Circuit, Ugly Schematic
Blog  
10/21/2013   33 comments
The wiring schematic is a standard part of a design’s "reveal." When it is done with the right engineering esthetic, it reflects well on the design and the designer.
EV Battery-Maker A123 to Focus on Micro-Hybrids
Blog  
10/21/2013   10 comments
A123 Systems LLC, which opened North America’s biggest electric car battery factory in 2010, is retargeting its lithium-ion technology toward the fast-growing micro-hybrid market.
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.
Get to the Root of Network Problems
Blog  
10/18/2013   3 comments
You only need a few measurements to determine the health of a network.
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.
Bloomy Controls Receives NI Award
News & Analysis  
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?
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?
In Memoriam: Del Caldwell
Blog  
10/15/2013   1 comment
Del Caldwell devoted his career to calibration and metrology.
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.
CMTL Expands Memory Testing to Industrial Platforms
News & Analysis  
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
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.
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.
Acquire Knowledge of the Oscilloscope Market
News & Analysis  
10/11/2013   6 comments
A webcast by Frost & Sullivan will explain what happened in 2013 and what might happen as we end 2013.
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.
Listen to Texas A&M's Engineering Shows
Blog  
10/10/2013   1 comment
Why watch YouTube when you can listen to Engineering Works from Texas A&M, over the air or over the net?
Panasonic Kisses Plasma Goodbye
News & Analysis  
10/10/2013   46 comments
Panasonic will stop producing plasma TV panels by March 2014 -- a year sooner than predicted.
Meters That Measure Magnetics
News & Analysis  
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.
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.
High-Power LEDs: Hotter Than You Think
News & Analysis  
10/8/2013   9 comments
For the past several years, we've thought that LEDs provided light, not heat. We were wrong.
A Beautiful Mind Explains Our Industry
Blog  
10/8/2013   13 comments
The Nash Equilibrium explains why so many things are the way they are.
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