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Content posted in October 2011
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Car Connectivity Standard Puts Smartphones in Driver's Seat
Electronic News & Comment 
10/6/2011  7 comments
The Car Connectivity Consortium unveiled an open standard last week that's aimed at making it easier for vehicle head units and smartphones to communicate.
Monkeys Messed Up My Boogie Board
Made by Monkeys 
10/6/2011  13 comments
The Brookstone Boogie Board was not everything W. Wallick expected, especially the battery compartment.
'Trusted' Security Effort Could Protect Factory, Embedded Networks
Guest Blogs 
10/6/2011  5 comments
Security in the factory and automation sectors could get a big boost if a new industry working group succeeds in creating authentication and data security standards for the embedded arena.
Renesas Recounts Japan Earthquake Recovery
Electronic News & Comment 
10/5/2011  3 comments
Renesas Electronics recovered from the March earthquake in Japan in just six months, but the company believes it could be done in three.
How Should Engineers Respond to Tepid US Manufacturing Report?
Wolfe's Den 
10/5/2011  14 comments
What do we make of new Commerce Department figures that say US capital equipment sales increased in August by the most in three months?
The Case of the Stuttering Tape Drive
Sherlock Ohms 
10/5/2011  10 comments
When we moved a tape deck into a different part of our building, we started running into a host of problems with the equipment. Call Sherlock Ohms.
Stealth Material Cloaks Military Vehicles
Guest Blogs 
10/4/2011  16 comments
Infrared-camoflauging tiles developed by engineers at BAE Systems in Sweden can alter military vehicles' infrared (IR) signatures so that troop carriers could appear to be passenger cars or even blend into the background.
Monkeys Got to the Spark Plugs on My Mustang GT
Made by Monkeys 
10/4/2011  27 comments
Could changing spark plugs be such a big deal? Apparently it is if the monkeys get to it first.
Cadence Builds MCAD Bridges
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/4/2011  6 comments
With globalization and complexity raising the stakes in semiconductor development, Cadence Design Systems is honing a strategy to integrate MCAD platforms into its design flow to give customers greater control over semiconductor data.
ESC: Auto Industry Needs to Innovate
Electronic News & Comment 
10/3/2011  9 comments
An expert panel at the Embedded Systems Conference said automakers need to step up the pace of innovation in energy efficiency, and they will need suppliers to help them do it.
The Case of the Unplugged Orifice
Sherlock Ohms 
10/3/2011  6 comments
The difficulties of an aircraft airflow sensor set up challenges for Sherlock Ohms.
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