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posted in October 2013
Toyota Case: Vehicle Testing Confirms Fatal Flaws
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Noonen, GloFo Executive VP, Resigns
News & Analysis  
10/7/2013   19 comments
Mike Noonen has resigned from his position as the executive vice president at GlobalFoundries. Noonen was responsible for global products, design, sales, and marketing at the world’s second largest foundry.
Power Week in Review: Harnessing Lightning, Supercap Forecast & Power Semis
Blog  
10/3/2013   1 comment
This week, scientists use "lightning" to charge a mobile phone, supercapacitors see a positive forecast, the power semi market loses steam, and Bill Schweber presents a fundamentals course on energy management.
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?


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This year, for EELive! I had a little surprise that I was quite eager to share. Qualcomm had given us a TOQ smart watch in order to award someone a prize. We were given complete freedom to ...

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Sometimes it can feel like you're really performing in the big tent when presenting your hardware. This month's caption contest exemplifies this wonderfully.

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The Frankenstein's Fix contest for the Tektronix Scope has finally officially come to an end. We had an incredibly amusing live chat earlier today to announce the winners. However, we ...

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