FONTANA, Calif.--Technology deep dives, trackside insights, scorching heat, pictures, memories and a spectacular race that saw the season's points leader crash early and later return to the track highlighted the last Speed2Design event of the 2012 IndyCar season.
That's what five lucky engineers took home after three days here, Sept. 13-15, part of a the season-long program from Littelfuse designed to get engineers talking to engineers about some of the most advanced vehicles on the planet. During five race events, about two dozen engineers got a chance to spend time in the pits and in the garages, chatting with engineers from KV Racing Technology (sponsored by Mouser, Littelfuse and other technology companies), watching practice and qualifying, and getting up close and personal insights on bleeding-edge automotive technology.
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Here are some outtakes from the program's stop here for the MAVTV 500, Sept. 14-15, 2012:
Built in 1997 by Roger Penske, the AutoClub Speedway here served as the final stop for the 16-race 2012 IndyCar series season. Penske said he'd like the 2013 to finish here as well.
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.