As I have mentioned previously, I had to replace my BlackBerry after it
hit a rock when it fell out of the holster. This got me wondering about
how companies go about stress testing consumer products, and
specifically cell phones. A colleague sent me a link for "Testing time for mobile phones" found
on the BBC News program called >Click.
It is a really interesting story about how Nokia stress tests the
products that they put out into the market, which includes more than
200 physical tests. The story talks about durability tests, like how
often and how hard certain buttons are pressed, environmental test,
like leaving it in extreme hot and cold temperatures, drop tests (which
I would have like RIM to do more of :-), and physical build of the
What tests do you think should be done more or less of? Are there
situations that are missing? How about having a two year old
want to call mom on it and throwing it in the dog food bowl when you
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.