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Long-Range Affordable EV Won't Be Easy
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/30/2013   24 comments
Makers of electric vehicles are beginning to talk publicly about the next big step: building an affordable long-range car.
Roll Your Own Instrument Cart
News & Analysis  
9/30/2013   25 comments
Why spend money for a cart when you can build your own?
Tracking the 2003 Northeast Power Grid Blackout
Blog  
9/27/2013   29 comments
A case study of the 2003 power blackout in the northeast US as tracked and monitored by a real-time power monitoring system.
The Armament Test Gap
News & Analysis  
9/27/2013   3 comments
An AUTOTESTCON panel discusses how the military's test equipment is out of date.
Driver Assistance: Radar or Vision?
News & Analysis  
9/27/2013   46 comments
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are driving the business of automotive electronics suppliers today.
Frankenstein's Fix: The Tricky Toroid
Engineering Investigations  
9/26/2013   3 comments
Using a logic analyzer to investigate the problem, an engineering technician finds a simple way to meet the design requirements for an early RF device.
Broadcom’s Car Gambit: 802.11ac/Bluetooth LE Combo IC
News & Analysis  
9/26/2013   21 comments
Broadcom is making an aggressive wireless entry into the automotive market by rolling out the industry’s first automotive-quality 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth low-energy combo chip.
Maker Faire 2013: Tiny Oscilloscopes With OLED Screens
Blog  
9/26/2013   15 comments
These itty-bitty scopes are simply fantastic. You just have to see them to understand.
Plan for High-Speed Test During Design & Development
Blog  
9/25/2013   1 comment
There are a number of considerations for design and development teams when dealing with high-speed test. This article will focus on overall high-speed test capabilities.
Golden Apple of China: iPhone 5s
Blog  
9/25/2013   24 comments
Since last Friday when Apple released its two new phones, early results show the more expensive iPhone 5s is by far outselling iPhone 5c globally, including China.
Astronaut Attacks Asteroid Threat
Blog  
9/25/2013   6 comments
Former astronaut Ed Lu told Silicon Valley investors about his non-profit startup, which is raising funds to protect the Earth from asteroid collisions.
What? DARPA Does Open-Source?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/24/2013   13 comments
How to weed through a growing number of vision algorithms, to best to aid the time-consuming task of generating test objects necessary for better vision algorithms, has been DARPA’s focus in recent years.
Slideshow: Smart Brings Joy to New Concept Car
News & Analysis  
9/24/2013   15 comments
The Smart Fourjoy includes a futuristic interior with a rear bench seat designed to look like lounge furniture, as well as transparent exterior parts and LEDs fitted to its front and rear lights.
Automotive Evolution – 1 Step at a Time
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
9/23/2013   25 comments
While at an event, I learned Google and Tesla – both tech companies with no traditional automotive ties – are very much admired but also viewed as a thorn in the side of Detroit’s automakers.
Slideshow: Can Edison2 Convince Detroit to 'Lighten Up'?
Slideshow  
9/20/2013   81 comments
Edison2's CEO Oliver Kuttner's dream is to change today's car architecture completely. He is pitching Very Light Car platform, available for partnering or licensing, to ultimately bring margins back to the automotive industry.
Agilent Splits HP DNA Again
News & Analysis  
9/19/2013   29 comments
With a bold three-year plan, Agilent will split into a separate $3.9 billion life science and $2.9 billion traditional T&M company.
NXP Teams With TTTech to Develop Automotive Ethernet Switch Chip
News & Analysis  
9/18/2013   8 comments
With the Ethernet now invading cars, “the next logical thing” for the auto industry to look for is an automotive Ethernet switch chip, says NXP.
Counter Argument: 3 Reasons We Need V2X
News & Analysis  
9/17/2013   25 comments
Often left out of the self-driving car debate are the real reasons behind developing the autonomous car -- in a social context.
Learning Sign Language to Talk to Your Cadillac
Blog  
9/16/2013   14 comments
Nailing down the perfect human/machine interface is an eternal quandary for every serious consumer technology developer.
2 Fabs Get the Final Approval in India
India Chip Chat  
9/13/2013   36 comments
The long-awaited decision to set up semiconductor manufacturing facilities in India has been announced.
Mil/Aero Test Challenges
Blog  
9/13/2013   3 comments
Marvin Test Solutions' CEO Steve Sargeant talks about test challenges, surprises, and his advice for new engineers.
China’s Take on iPhones: It May Surprise You
Blog  
9/12/2013   28 comments
Never underestimate China, or prejudge the taste of the Chinese consumer.
Oscilloscope Mistakes, Part 1
Blog  
9/12/2013   4 comments
Avoiding these common pitfalls will get you better data with minimum effort. Steve Sandler takes a look at four common scope mistakes and gives details on how to avoid them. This particular mistake focuses on bandwidth and sample rates.
If a Car’s Really 'Autonomous,' Why V2X?
News & Analysis  
9/12/2013   42 comments
As the Advanced Driver Assistance System used in smartcars further improves, and LTE proliferates, do autonomous cars even need to wait for the elusive V2X future?
China Is the Only Reason the iPhone 5c Matters
News & Analysis  
9/10/2013   39 comments
The iPhone 5c matters, because Apple's China strategy goes nowhere without it.
In Embedded Vision, Sensors Rule, Part 2
Blog  
9/10/2013   Post a comment
Lately I’ve realized that new image sensor capabilities (such as 3D, higher resolution, faster frame rates, and increased dynamic range) are having a dramatic impact on system architecture and algorithms.
New Twist on RF Production Test
Blog  
9/10/2013   Post a comment
Peter Sarson and Andreas Wild of ams develop a standard test routine to alleviate the aggravation added to the testing process when RF filter characterization requirements are changed late in development.
Wanted: Link Between EVs & the Grid
Blog  
9/10/2013   23 comments
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants you to foster connections between EVs and the electric grid.
Qualcomm’s Naked EV Ambition
Slideshow  
9/10/2013   11 comments
When FIA launches the electric-car competition in 2014 as an alternative to Formula 1, Qualcomm will be first in line, serving as a technology partner to the Formula E championship.
Women in Engineering: The Balancing Act
Blog  
9/9/2013   8 comments
What motivates women to become engineers? Here's a piece from Shamree Howard offering one woman's reflection on her path.
Japan No Longer Gung-Ho on Vehicle-to-Infra Alone
News & Analysis  
9/9/2013   6 comments
In hopes of enabling the V2X future, the US, Japan, and Europe are all looking at different scenarios as to when and how Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure should unfold.
Why Electric Cars Are Safer
News & Analysis  
9/9/2013   45 comments
Tesla Motors’ recent five-star sweep in NHTSA safety ratings shed light on an important aspect of electric cars: They’re inherently safer than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.
Sticking to the Startup Plan
Blog  
9/6/2013   8 comments
Devils will sit on founders' shoulders tempting them to keep updating startups' products and services to recapture that "latest thing" status. Most of the time those founders should resist.
Nuke Fatigue & the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Blog  
9/5/2013   33 comments
People and the media in Japan would rather talk about something else, like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as they look past the still unfolding nuclear crisis in Fukushima.
SPICE Made Easy
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
9/5/2013   24 comments
Check out this handbook for the LTspice IV Simulator from Wurth Electronik, as reviewed by EMC expert Ken Wyatt.
Top 8 Tools for Building a Personal Prototyping Laboratory
Blog  
9/5/2013   139 comments
For any beginners out there, here's a list of tools and equipment I have found to be important when building a personal prototyping laboratory, along with some of the mistakes I've made along the way.
Broadcom Buys Renesas' LTE Assets – IP, SoC & Engineers
News & Analysis  
9/4/2013   19 comments
Broadcom Corp. surprised many in the mobile industry by announcing a definitive agreement to acquire LTE-related assets from Renesas Mobile.
LeCroy & Phase Matrix Discuss 100 GHz Scope
News & Analysis  
9/4/2013   2 comments
Check out the design details on the 100 GHz scope prototype announced last month.
Chip Market Growth Strengthens in July
News & Analysis  
9/4/2013   8 comments
Global chip sales for July were up 5 percent on the same period in 2012, with a US boom more than compensating for a declining Japanese market. However, Japan showed strong growth compared with the previous quarter.
Back in the Test Game
Blog  
9/3/2013   Post a comment
After a year doing other assignments, Senior Techical Editor Martin Rowe is back in the test game. Help him catch up.
Test Production AOC Cables
Blog  
9/2/2013   Post a comment
Active optical cables (AOCs) have, in many places, replaced electrical cables for 10Gbit/s and higher applications.
Average Vehicle Age Hits 11 Years
News & Analysis  
9/1/2013   12 comments
How old is your car? Your car may be younger than the average vehicle age on the road.


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