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Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
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4/18/2014   18 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Power Week-in-Review: 30s Smartphone Charge, Compact EV Motor Prototype & Class-D Driver
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4/10/2014   1 comment
This week, a smartphone battery that recharges in 30 seconds, a compact EV motor that weighs 77 kg and fits in a notebook backpack, a Class-D audio driver IC, and more.
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks
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4/1/2014   20 comments
A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota said in his keynote at EE Live! that the best assurance for preventing similar "deadly" outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
NSA’s Huawei Spying Used Well-Tested Methods
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3/27/2014   32 comments
According to published reports, the NSA investigated China's Huawei for possible spying, creating a backdoor into a large portion of the company's network. It's a method the NSA has perfected.
Smartphones Tap Printed Antennas, Says EE Live! Speaker
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3/26/2014   2 comments
Antennas printed with conductive inks are coming to smartphones, and silicon photonics are headed for datacenters, says the CTO of TE Connectivity.
Wireless Charging Shift Ahead
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   29 comments
Several wireless charging solutions are in development or on the market, but consolidation is necessary before the technology can become ubiquitous.
Design Engineers Take On Component Police
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2/17/2014   13 comments
Design engineers want to use parts that work. Component engineers and purchasing agents want as few parts as possible. Put the two together, and trouble ensues.
Slideshow: DesignCon Hits 100G Targets
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2/3/2014   14 comments
A tour of the show floor at DesignCon revealed boards, testers, and other enabling technologies for high-speed systems hitting 100G rates.
Qualcomm LTE IC Makes (Auto-) Grade, But Only in Module
News & Analysis  
1/30/2014   8 comments
As car OEMs put together in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems based on consumer technologies, the question is: Are these consumer chips automotive-qualified?
Whatever Happened to Superconducting Power Lines?
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1/22/2014   7 comments
We were assured that these zero-loss transmission lines would be among the next disruptive technologies to go mainstream, but it is not clear what their reality actually is.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined
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1/13/2014   4 comments
Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
CES: 9-Axis Sensor Stars in Movea Wearable
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1/8/2014   3 comments
Reference designs for wearable spots and wellness applications debuted at the CES from Movea, Xm-Squared, and Texas Instruments.
Welcome to the Xmas Return Line
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12/30/2013   38 comments
The last two consumer electronics products I bought failed miserably. Is it just my bad luck or has quality gone to hell?
Power Week-in-Review: Smallest Laptop Adapter, Fusion Power Breakthrough & BLE Wireless Power Solution
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12/26/2013   12 comments
This week, development of a laptop power adapter in a wall plug form factor, a breakthrough in the superconducting cables needed to control nuclear fusion reactors, a new LDO+ from Linear Technology, a Bluetooth Smart-based wireless charging solution and more.
Graphene Flakes May Spin Gold Into Quantum Computing
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12/25/2013   6 comments
Researchers at MIT have found that graphene can be used for quantum computing thanks to spin selectivity observed along the edges of the material under extreme conditions.
Space Flight Revs Up in 2014
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12/20/2013   30 comments
Virgin Galatic is gearing up for the first commercial space flight in 2014 with 660 tickets sold at $250,000 each for four minutes in microgravity.
Top 10 Automotive Agendas for 2014 & Beyond
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12/20/2013   22 comments
Carmakers today languish between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, they face a dizzying array of new technologies to adopt, while they must comply with new regulations.
The Self-Driving Car Will Watch Your Every Move
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12/20/2013   28 comments
The biggest hurdle for autonomous cars is not whether a car can drive itself from point A to B, but if we can strike a balance in extending human driving abilities into the world of AI.
NXP’s JV Bets on China’s Tenuous EV Market
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12/10/2013   3 comments
Given China’s strong government support for new energy technologies, and the fact that China has the biggest, fastest growing automotive market in the world, a plan by the joint venture between NXP and China’s state-owned Datang Telecom Technology Co. to go after automotive is a no-brainer.
Google Searches for Robots' Home
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12/4/2013   4 comments
Andy Rubin, the man behind Android and a robot enthusiast, will try to leverage Google's clout to bring robots into the mainstream.
Spansion Exec Reassures Fujitsu Customers
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11/25/2013   9 comments
The most tangible technology advances, after Spansion acquired Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU/analog business, will come from the adoption of Spansion’s proprietary eCT technology in embedded MCUs -- to be released in 2015.
5 MEMS Chips Debut at MEMS Exec Congress
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11/18/2013   4 comments
New micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) chips were announced at the recent MEMS Executive Congress (Napa, Calif., Nov. 7-9).
Will Rohm's Fuel Cell Gambit Pay Off?
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11/11/2013   13 comments
Among a handful of promising companies whose hearts were set on the portable fuel cell market, Japan's Rohm has recently become the first to blink. Although not ditching its nascent fuel cell business, Rohm decided to change focus.
EE Times Community Weighs In on Toyota Case
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11/7/2013   27 comments
EE Times readers took Toyota’s unintended acceleration case to heart. After all, Toyota’s failures, pointed out by the expert witnesses, aren’t just Toyota’s problems. Its failures are relevant to all the hard choices engineers make.
Slideshow: NI Days Keynote Address
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11/6/2013   4 comments
At NI Days 2013 in Boston, attendees saw product demos and some smashing.
Maxim's USB Emulator Consolidates In-Car Device Charging
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11/5/2013   17 comments
Have USB, will travel. Maxim has developed an automotive-quality USB solution that can recognize any portable device and charge directly from car battery.
Mobile Phones Too Crowded: Nobody Goes There Anymore
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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
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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.
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.
Nice Circuit, Ugly Schematic
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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.
Slideshow: ITS Touts Automation & Big-Data
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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?
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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?
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.
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.
What’s Going Through This Driver’s Head?
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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.
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?
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'?
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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.
Dialog Mulls MEMS Market Entry
News & Analysis  
9/12/2013   14 comments
The mixed-signal and power chip vendor wants to add MEMS technology to its range of offerings for mobile devices.
Qualcomm’s Naked EV Ambition
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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.
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.
Slideshow: In Search of the Ideal User Interface in Cars
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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.
Autonomous Cars: Breaking Down Market Forecasts
News & Analysis  
8/23/2013   35 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.
ST Hawks Smallest MEMS Compass
News & Analysis  
8/2/2013   4 comments
STMicroelectronics calls its LSM303C, combining a three-axis magnetometer and a three-axis accelerometer in a 16-bit, 2x2mm package, the world's smallest MEMS compass.
Japan to Form Power Device Initiative
News & Analysis  
7/31/2013   10 comments
Unlike the CE market, there are no established testing procedures for power devices used in vehicles or other high-voltage, high-current infrastructure equipment. It could result in life and death issues, warned an Advantest executive.
Ethics in the Workplace
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7/29/2013   64 comments
Sometimes work can throw you an ethical challenge, and the right and wrong of it are not always black and white. That's when you have to step back and do some non-engineering thinking.
Slideshow: Lexus's $10K Bike Hits Japan
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7/22/2013   18 comments
Luxury automaker Lexus has shifted gears, temporarily applying its technical expertise to the creation of a $10,000 bicycle.
Japan Firm Offers Personal 3D Printer
News & Analysis  
7/16/2013   17 comments
Japan firm is offering a 3D printer plus design software for less than 200,000 yen, or less than about US$2,000, in the form of the Scoovo C170 model.
Car Hacking: NXP Pushes Flexible Security
News & Analysis  
7/11/2013   25 comments
NXP early on realized that automotive security could benefit from the company’s experience in developing a "secure element" – successfully deployed in millions of smartcards.
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