Content posted in October 2013
Toyota Case: Vehicle Testing Confirms Fatal Flaws
News & Analysis 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.
Qualcomm Buys Arteris Tech, Team
News & Analysis 10/31/2013 11 comments
Arteris says it will continue to license, support, and enhance its on-chip networking technology even though Qualcomm now owns the IP and the design team.
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.
Sensor Hubs Arrive for Android
News & Analysis 10/30/2013 5 comments
Turnkey sensor fusion, gesture recognition, and context-aware functions are performed by Hillcrest's first sensor hub (SH-1), which come pre-integrated with Atmel's SAM D20 ARM Cortex M0+ based microcontroller.
SK Hynix Licenses BeSang's 3D IC
News & Analysis 10/29/2013 8 comments
Besang's 3D IC technology finds a home at SK Hynix, which has licensed it for undisclosed future chips – probably 3D DRAM that is 100-times denser than stacked die.
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.
Is ARM Adopting Microsoft Model?
News & Analysis 10/28/2013 5 comments
XMOS Semiconductor has signed a deal to use ARM-based chips from Silicon Labs alongside its own deterministic multicore silicon in a single package.
Vicarious AI Passes Turing Test
News & Analysis 10/28/2013 11 comments
Vicarious's artificial intelligence is as smart as a human for the Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart – CAPTCHA.
Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed
News & Analysis 10/25/2013 107 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.
Acceleration Case: Jury Finds Toyota Liable
News & Analysis 10/24/2013 43 comments
A jury finds that Toyota's electronic throttle control system caused the sudden acceleration of a 2005 Camry in a 2007 accident that killed one woman and seriously injured another on an Oklahoma highway off-ramp.
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.
IBM Grabs ARM for ASICs
News & Analysis 10/24/2013 9 comments
Signaling a shift from the PowerPC, Big Blue will use ARM Cortex and Mali cores for a range of router, switch, set-top box and other customer ASICs.
Synthetic Biology Ramps Semiconductors
News & Analysis 10/23/2013 13 comments
The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) launched its Semiconductor Synthetic Biology (SemiSynBio) program which aims to meld biology with electronics in hybrid bio-semiconductor systems.
China's SMIC Responds to Soaring 3D IC Market
News & Analysis 10/21/2013 5 comments
To capture the rapidly growing thru-silicon-via technology-based stacked device market, China Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. has formed an R&D and manufacturing center dedicated to 3D IC.
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