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posted in August 2013
Ford Studying Space Robots to Master V2X
8/30/2013   10 comments
Why would Ford want to talk with robots in space? How would that be relevant to the future of V2X, which is taking place on earth?
Test & Measurement Product Roundup: August 2013
News & Analysis  
8/28/2013   2 comments
Here’s a digest of the latest test & measurement products making news this month.
Slideshow: In Search of the Ideal User Interface in Cars
8/28/2013   42 comments
In the UI battle, stakes are high for automakers, as their automotive dashboards could be rendered obsolete by smartphones and tablets drivers are increasingly bringing into cars.
How to Solve 8 of 10 Design Issues
8/27/2013   9 comments
Steve Sandler finds that eight out of 10 design issues are due to a single problem that is easy to solve.
Metcalfe’s Law & the Future of Driving
8/25/2013   24 comments
The automotive industry is moving into a new world where the network effect rules. The value of a car won’t be judged by your car alone, but by how many others also have cars like yours.
Frankenstein's Fix: Share Your Repair/Redesign Tales & You Could Win a Tektronix Scope
Design Contests & Competitions  
8/23/2013   44 comments
Ending Oct. 26: A Tektronix oscilloscope may be your reward for telling us your story about fixing or improving something. For a chance to win a Tektronix scope, send us your story by Oct. 26.
Autonomous Cars: Breaking Down Market Forecasts
News & Analysis  
8/23/2013   40 comments
Market forecasts on autonomous cars wildly vary, depending on how “autonomous” people mean when they say “autonomous cars” – and what legal and commercial roadblocks they anticipate.
Intel’s Bay Trail Is a Game Changer
8/23/2013   65 comments
I got an NDA pre-look at some of the aspects of Intel’s next generation Atom (code named Bay Trail) tablet processor.
Probing Matters
8/22/2013   1 comment
During the design phase, efforts to optimize performance depend on the quality of your test. How do you ensure you've got the best probe for the job?
The Serial Port: Never Say Die
8/22/2013   7 comments
The classic communications port has a huge installed base and new devices are still using it.
Low-Cost Logic Analyzer's Got Game
8/21/2013   13 comments
Saleae's new Logic 16 is a well engineered, low-cost logic analyzer.
A Road Ahead for Connected Cars
8/21/2013   15 comments
The automotive industry is undergoing a revolution as wireless technology helps usher in the age of the connected car.
How to Squeeze Energy out of HEV Batteries
8/20/2013   3 comments
For an electric or hybrid electric vehicle, or any high-power battery system, to compete with an internal combustion engine requires squeezing every bit of energy out of the batteries.
EVs Are Environmentally Friendly: True or False?
News & Analysis  
8/20/2013   44 comments
Are “green” electric cars a fallacy? Climate Central’s latest report -- in its state-by-state analysis -- offers more nuanced answers.
Benchmarks for Whole Phones Needed
8/19/2013   27 comments
Benchmarking is a tricky business. There are benchmarks and there are benchmarks. I'm sure I'm not alone in my weariness with reading reports on yet another batch of benchmark results.
5 Keys to LTE Performance Testing
8/19/2013   7 comments
Given the increased complexity of LTE (with its multitude of new enhanced features and requirements), here's what you need to know about testing equipment before market introduction or deployment
Slideshow: Ford's Self-Driving Test Vehicles
8/15/2013   5 comments
Since late last year, Ford has been using robots to drive trucks at its Michigan Proving Grounds, especially in jarring or physically demanding tests.
MOSFET Characteristic Variation & Reliability Degradation
8/15/2013   1 comment
MOSFETs face critical issues such as characteristic variation and reliability degradation. Takuro Nishimura of Agilent Technologies discusses methods to set up measurement apparatus, explore RTN and BTI, and solve characteristic variation and reliability degradation issues
NXP: 3 Phases of Automotive Ethernet
News & Analysis  
8/14/2013   10 comments
The introduction of Ethernet inside the automobile is inevitable, but opinions are divided about how it will be phased in and what role it will play.
MEMS Nixes Quantum Light Fluctuations
News & Analysis  
8/14/2013   9 comments
Caltech researchers harnessed MEMS resonators to nix the tiniest quantum fluctuations in laser light, potentially enabling a new generation of ultra-precise measurement instruments.
Why a Little Ringing in Step Load Isn’t Such a Little Problem
8/14/2013   2 comments
When the step load occurs at the ringing frequency, the resulting output voltage response is much larger than in the natural damped response. These levels can further exacerbate the noise, and in some cases the ringing can become large enough to cause circuit stress.
Ceva-ZTE Deal Hints Home-Grown ASIC Is Back
News & Analysis  
8/13/2013   14 comments
ZTE's chip division will be using Ceva's DSP to design LTE TDD/FDD multi-mode SoCs to power its upcoming base stations for the global market.
Volt’s Price Drop Isn't Like Smartphone Cost Cut
8/12/2013   46 comments
Is the EV a dead horse the auto industry is flogging, or is it the loss-leading investment carmakers have to make if they hope to have a future?
Test Challenges for New Engineers
8/9/2013   9 comments
Steve Sandler has a great sense of humor and an interesting technical background. He is one of the most curious and enthusiastic people I’ve met. I recently asked him to be a part of my Profiles in Test series.
TI Illustrates Car Security Threats
News & Analysis  
8/9/2013   30 comments
Certainly, not everyone in the automotive industry is dismissing the recent car-hacking tech paper. Texas Instruments isn’t taking it lightly, either.
Technicolor Wants to Certify Your Displays
News & Analysis  
8/8/2013   17 comments
OEMs can differentiate their displays and chips with two new certification programs, Technicolor says, but so far, few are taking them up on it.
Car Hacking: Here’s Code, Have at It
8/7/2013   44 comments
Two white hats who checked out how to hack into the network of ECUs used in modern cars have now released all the code and tools they used in a 100-page technical paper.
Where Tech Projects Meet Social Change
India Chip Chat  
8/7/2013   10 comments
In the recent "Himalayan tsunami," more than 10,000 pilgrims visiting Uttarakhand in north India went missing and entire villages were swept away. Could any tech projects have possibly saved them?
Ethernet Backbone in Car: Hype or Reality?
News & Analysis  
8/6/2013   41 comments
Can the traditionally conservative automotive industry's fixation for penny-pinching and proprietary technology ever be flipped?
Engineering on the Radio
8/6/2013   6 comments
Why watch YouTube when you can listen to Engineering Works from Texas A&M over the air or over the Net?
Defining Next Frontier of Mobile Multi-Core Processing
8/5/2013   12 comments
Mobile devices (smartphones and tablets included) have grown popular in the last several years, but they have also fallen victim to specmanship.
Test & Measurement New Product Roundup
News & Analysis  
8/5/2013   3 comments
Here’s a roundup of test & measurement in EE news during the past month. New releases include signal generator, scope, probes, and software, among others.
Turn Debug, Validation & Test on Their Heads
8/2/2013   2 comments
For 30 years or more we’ve clung to an outside-in point of view based on external testers and probes. Over the last few years though, it has become apparent that we can see more when we look from the inside out.
Slideshow: High-Voltage Hybrids & EVs
News & Analysis  
8/2/2013   10 comments
The new breed of higher-voltage architectures for hybrids and electric vehicles provides more power for the auto industry's growing list of electrical features.
Splitting Sony Won't Restore Its Future
8/1/2013   48 comments
Is Sony out of the woods? Hardly. Will splitting Sony into two restore the future of Sony? I am not so sure.
Quantum Wave Functions Come Alive: May the Bohr Model Rest in Peace
News & Analysis  
8/1/2013   2 comments
Atomic wave functions have finally been measured. It's time to put the Bohr Model of the atom to rest once and for all.

Autonomous vehicles on our roads soon? What could go wrong with that? Listen in as EE Times' Junko Yoshida asks industry experts what the intended and unintended consequences will be.
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