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EE Times Community Weighs In on Toyota Case
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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'?
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.
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
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.
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
Slideshow  
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   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.
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   11 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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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.
Why Hydrogen Cars Are Suddenly Back in Vogue
News & Analysis  
7/2/2013   42 comments
GM and Honda announced that they will join forces to develop a common hydrogen powertrain – fuel cells and hydrogen tanks – for fuel cell vehicles.
Mechanical Design Proving Beastly for EEs Who Deal in Bits & Bytes
News & Analysis  
6/30/2013   13 comments
Software has traditionally been the biggest time suck in the product development process. But it’s the mechanical parts that now are flummoxing a new wave of Internet entrepreneurs and tinkerers.
C&K Components has developed the PTS 840 Series side actuated switch series
Product News  
6/19/2013   Post a comment
C&K Components' microminiature switch is available with front PIP leads to deliver strong shear resistance and higher reliability.
TE Connectivity (TE) launched a line of M.2 next-generation form factor (NGFF) connectors
Product News  
6/13/2013   1 comment
TE Connectivity’s next-generation connector series leads industry transition from PCI Express mini card connectors to M.2 next-generation form factor products.
C&K designs switch for mirror control in automotive, industrial apps
Product News  
6/5/2013   Post a comment
C&K Components’ 4-way adjustable direction switch simplifies assembly with customizable wire harness and connector.
C&K Components' the PTS 810 series top-actuated switches enable easy identification in complex systems
Product News  
5/22/2013   Post a comment
C&K Components’ latest switches enable visual differentiation and variable operating forces.
Artificial heart ready for human trial
Design How-To  
5/16/2013   1 comment
France’s Carmat SAS applied medical and aerospace technologies to develop a bioprosthetic artificial heart which has won approval for clinical trials.
High-density BNC male connectors target broadcast, telecom network apps
Product News  
5/15/2013   Post a comment
Bomar’s RF interconnects feature low loss at extended frequencies to support higher data rates.
Connectors target solid-state lighting designs
Product News  
5/9/2013   Post a comment
Hirose Electric’s latest connectors deliver high cable pull force and reliability, and are offered in small sizes.
NKK adds brushed chrome to YB2 Series IP65-rated pushbuttons
Product News  
4/25/2013   Post a comment
NKK Switches has updated its YB2 Series of tamperproof pushbuttons with a brushed chrome cap and bezel option for non-illuminated models.
FCI launches Minitek 127 modular connector system
Product News  
4/11/2013   Post a comment
FCI's Minitek 127 is a modular connector system on a 1.27 (.050”) pitch.
C&K Components TDA Series DIP switches feature bifurcated contact for increased electrical reliability
Product News  
4/3/2013   Post a comment
Aimed at providing design flexibility in hand-held devices, C&K has expanded its ultra-miniature DIP switch series to include a 1-position version.
FCI expands Mini-SAS HD line with an active optical cable assembly
Product News  
3/28/2013   Post a comment
FCI’s Mini-SAS HD active optical cable offerings are fully compliant to the SFF-8644 standard and meet all signal integrity performance requirements outlined in both SAS 2.1 and SAS 3.0 protocols.
Tact switches target sensitive applications
Product News  
3/21/2013   Post a comment
C&K Components’ customizable tact switches combine homogeneous backlighting with excellent tactile feel and clear audible haptic confirmation.
Creating solutions for health through technology innovation
Design How-To  
3/20/2013   4 comments
The medical industry has a huge potential as a market for technology. TI shows how some of its technologies are serving the industry.
Hirose develops halogen-free 0.5 mm pitch FPC/FFC connector
Product News  
3/12/2013   Post a comment
The unique design of Hirose’s latest connector provides the high retention force that is required in rugged environments.
Molex HSAutoLink II system interconnect system delivers design versatility, bandwidth
Product News  
3/7/2013   Post a comment
Next-generation HSAutoLink II system meets demand for multiple high-speed media protocols and network bandwidths up to 2.0 Gbps in automotive safety and infotainment.
Car infotainment systems need multi-output power ICs
Product How-To  
3/5/2013   Post a comment
Engineers from Linear Technology outline the need for a multi-output IC that can provide a small solution footprint with a configurable number of moderately powered rails.
Enhancing performance and healthy development in Chinese schools
Design How-To  
2/27/2013   Post a comment
Philips Design has studies the school context in China to identify potential scalable business opportunities for the creation of a safe and healthy environment where learning and teaching can flourish and achieve the best results.
An introduction to piezo MEMS oscillators
Design How-To  
2/26/2013   Post a comment
Piezoelectrically transduced pMEMS resonators have emerged as one of the strong candidates for replacing quartz technology for high-frequency, low phase noise reference applications. In this paper, IDT introduces the design principles and performance characteristics of pMEMS oscillators.
Mill-Max spring-loaded connectors feature ultra-low profile
Product News  
2/14/2013   Post a comment
Mill-Max’s lowest-profile spring-loaded connectors measure just .100-in. in height.
How to meet driver assistance requirements
Design How-To  
2/12/2013   Post a comment
A flexible multi-channel approach to communications can meet the requirements of infotainment and driver assistance as they grow together and face higher bandwidth needs.
Hirose DF60 Series board-to-wire connector handles up to 40 amps
Product News  
2/7/2013   Post a comment
Hirose Electric has developed the DF60 Series, a board-to-wire connector with the capacity to handle up to 40 amps.
How healthy is your heart?
Design How-To  
2/6/2013   Post a comment
Medical equipments have one thing in common and that is the presence of electronics. From the tiny gadget that checks the amount of sugar in blood to the bulky ECG machine which measures your heart operation. This paper gives a small-window view of the places where electronics is used and has been sitting silently in our lives over the years.
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