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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.
ARM Servers Face Long, Winding Road
Blog  
10/31/2013   24 comments
ARM's hopes of making a major incursion on Intel's dominance of cloud computing are getting dialed back by ARM and its partners.
Uncle Sam Puts Out IoT Challenge
News & Analysis  
10/31/2013   39 comments
The US has kicked off a challenge to build and operate multiple test beds to show what can be done and what's lacking in the Internet of Things.
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.
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.
ARM Drives Mali GPU to New High
News & Analysis  
10/29/2013   9 comments
ARM announced two new Mali mobile GPU cores, the T760, which it claims outperforms archrival Imagination, and the T720 for middle-market devices.
Slideshow: Imagining a Trillion Sensor World
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10/28/2013   20 comments
The organizer of the Trillion Sensor Summit is one of many executives trying to both accelerate and get ahead of the Internet of Things.
Can Hydraulic Hybrids Compete With Electric Hybrids?
Blog  
10/28/2013   5 comments
The little-known and largely undervalued hydraulic hybrid could play a role in heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years and may even find application in next-generation cars, a new study says.
Alliance Revs Up Cloud Computing Research
Blog  
10/25/2013   10 comments
A new effort promises to meet the need for performance per Watt gains in cloud computing at a time when advances in CMOS are slowing.
Why Toyota’s Oklahoma Case Is Different
Blog  
10/25/2013   37 comments
If you are an engineer or a Toyota vehicle owner, you owe it yourself to remain open-minded and read the followup story we just posted on www.eetimes.com, Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed.
Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed
News & Analysis  
10/25/2013   104 comments
Could bad code kill a person? It apparently did. The Bookout v Toyota Motor Corp. case, which blamed sudden acceleration in a Toyota Camry for a wrongful death, touches the issue directly.
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.
Oracle Laser Lights Way to Silicon Photonics
News & Analysis  
10/22/2013   18 comments
Oracle is working on a low-power laser that it hopes will drive the next-generation silicon photonics needed for high-end servers.
Nokia Guns for 6-Inch Phablets
News & Analysis  
10/22/2013   16 comments
Nokia showed off its first tablet (10-inch screen) and two six-inch screen 'phablets' at the company's annual event in Abu Dhabi.
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.
EV Battery-Maker A123 to Focus on Micro-Hybrids
Blog  
10/21/2013   10 comments
A123 Systems LLC, which opened North America’s biggest electric car battery factory in 2010, is retargeting its lithium-ion technology toward the fast-growing micro-hybrid market.
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.
Brain Implants Near Milestone
News & Analysis  
10/16/2013   28 comments
NeuroPace is close to approval for the first brain implant that listens to, then acts, on brain activity -- a milestone in the rising field of neural electronics.
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?
Is It Up or Down? Depends on How & What You Count
Blog  
10/14/2013   7 comments
Gartner and IDC released their measurements of the PC industry. The dueling giant research firms have never agreed on the exact number.
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.
Ex-Samsung Exec Leads Korea’s Specialty Fab to Expansion
News & Analysis  
10/11/2013   7 comments
Dongbu has been sharpening its strategy and steadily expanding capacity under Chang-Sik Choi, an ex-Samsung executive who arrived as president a year and a half ago.
Power Week in Review: Paper Generators, Folding Battery, EV Charging Eqpt Forecast & More
News & Analysis  
10/10/2013   1 comment
This week, paper-like generators that produce energy from user interaction, a forecast for electric vehicle charging equipment, folding batteries for increased energy density, and an isolated energy measurement chipset for embedded applications.
With Dual-Mode Wireless Charging IC, IDT Urges to Cut the Cords
News & Analysis  
10/8/2013   14 comments
Jeffery McCreary, IDT's CEO, revealed that IDT is gunning for the still embryonic but potentially huge wireless charging market.
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.
Tesla Battery Fire: Musk Responds & an Expert Explains
News & Analysis  
10/7/2013   26 comments
A video of a burning Tesla Model S spread across the internet like wildfire. Elon Musk has responded.
Video: Impact Caused Tesla Battery Fire
News & Analysis  
10/7/2013   17 comments
A fire in a Tesla Model S electric sedan has once again placed a spotlight on the issue of lithium-ion battery safety.
Intel Quark Rides Arduino
News & Analysis  
10/3/2013   19 comments
Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich appeared on the Maker Faire Rome stage to show an Arduino-compatible board using Intel's new Quark processor.
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?
Seeking the iPhone of Wearables
Blog  
10/2/2013   6 comments
It's time to think different in mobile, but we may need some new enabling technologies. Energy harvesting, where are you?
Auto Market Challenges Chipmakers’ Stamina
News & Analysis  
10/1/2013   25 comments
I don’t think I’m alone in wondering why any chip company these days would stay in the automotive electronics market.


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