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One More Time: GM Announces Another Flood of Recalls
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5/21/2014  10 comments
General Motors has again added to its already long list of recalls, citing 2.4 million more cars for lap belt, airbag, and transmission problems, as well as 218,000 for a potentially dangerous overheating hazard in the dashboard center stack.
Slideshow: GM Announces Another Giant Recall
News 
5/16/2014  30 comments
General Motors is recalling 2.7 million more vehicles for defects involving tail lamps, headlights, brakes, tie rods, and windshield wipers.
14 Things to See at EDS 2014
Product News 
5/15/2014  5 comments
The critical words at this year’s EDS were energy efficiency, miniaturization, and ruggedness. Here’s a brief sampling of components introduced at the show.
Stratasys Acquires Solid Concepts & Harvest Technologies
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5/2/2014  2 comments
The two new companies will be combined with RedEye, Stratasys' printing service that sells 3D parts directly to customers.
Web Tool Simplifies Design of Circuit Protection
Product News 
4/25/2014  9 comments
A new web-based software tool aims to give engineers a fast, intuitive way to design circuit-protection systems for their electronic products.
AMD Fires Up to Release New Graphics Card
Product News 
4/16/2014  2 comments
AMD is set to launch the industry's first 16 GB workstation graphics card -- the W9100.
Embedded Computer Offers Faster Performance, Less Heat
Product News 
4/9/2014  7 comments
Engineers searching for a smaller embedded computer that combines high performance with extended temperature operation may now have a solution.
MCUs Cut Costs & Reduce Board Space in 8-Bit Applications
Product News 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
Engineers looking for ways to cut costs and reduce board space on closed-loop applications may now have a solution -- thanks to Microchip Technology.
Bluetooth Device Ends Distracted Driving
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4/2/2014  15 comments
Called SafeRide, the device works in conjunction with a smartphone app to lock the driver’s smartphone screen, mute the audio, and disable the hardware buttons as soon as the car starts moving.
Laser Cutting Technique Could Improve Fuel Injection
Product News 
3/31/2014  2 comments
A new laser could make it easier and faster to cut precise spray holes in fuel injectors, ultimately helping automakers to boost the fuel economy of their engines.
Slideshow: Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles Picking Up Steam
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3/18/2014  13 comments
The push toward compressed natural gas vehicles continues to gain momentum as major automakers unveil products and politicians voice their support for the technology.
Researchers Develop Living Liquid Crystal
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3/18/2014  2 comments
Researchers have developed a type of liquid crystal that has the properties of a living organism, which may improve early disease detection.
Virtualization Platform Simplifies Machine Design
Product News 
3/14/2014  3 comments
Machine builders looking for a way to combine multiple embedded functions onto a single hardware platform may now have a simpler solution.
DoD Awards $70M for Digital Manufacturing Open Research Lab
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2/27/2014  5 comments
As part of President Obama's promise to invest in innovation in American manufacturing, the US Department of Defense has awarded Chicago-based UI Labs $70 million to open the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a research and commercialization institution.
Wilocity Chipset to Deliver WiGig Speed to Mobile Devices
Product News 
2/26/2014  13 comments
Wilocity has developed a WiGig chipset for mobile phones that will bring lightning-fast wireless capability based on the 802.11ad standard to a new range of devices.
Obama Ratchets Up Support of Natural Gas Vehicles
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2/6/2014  36 comments
President Obama's State of the Union address last week contained a surprising reference to natural gas cars and trucks and omitted any mention of electric vehicles, leaving some to wonder whether the administration is embracing a slight shift in policy.
Wearable Device Treats Pain of Diabetes-Caused Nerve Damage
Product News 
1/29/2014  13 comments
The Sensus Pain Management Device is attached to a wearable plastic band that looks similar to a device used to measure a person’s heart rate when performing a cardiovascular activity.
Teardown Time Warp: A Look Inside the Mac 128K
Product News 
1/27/2014  45 comments
For the Mac 128K's 30th anniversary, the folks at iFixit are taking us back to 1984, with a detailed look inside the machine.
Slideshow: Why Ford Was Able to Use Aluminum in F-150 Truck
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1/24/2014  44 comments
If the aluminum body in the new F-150 pickup is successful, Ford Motor Co. can thank the engineers at Aston Martin and Jaguar.
GE Gets a Touch Closer to Automation Data
Product News 
1/24/2014  10 comments
GE releases a touchscreen device that brings plant control and historical data together on one tablet-like product.
Did Boeing Battery Work as Designed?
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1/17/2014  24 comments
Boeing officials insist that a smoking 787 Dreamliner battery worked as designed, but battery experts aren't heaping praise on the aircraft manufacturer.
CES 2014: Analog Devices Rolls Out Audio Processor
Product News 
1/15/2014  6 comments
Audio applications ranging from automotive headsets to home speakers may get a boost from a new processor that packs three times as much signal processing capability in a package that's about half the size of its predecessors.
Mac Pro Teardown Update: Fan Assembly
Product News 
1/13/2014  5 comments
Not sated by its initial findings, the folks at iFixit decided to take a second look at the seemingly innocuous fan assembly that caps the new Mac Pro.
bRight Switch Invents Android-Powered Homes
Product News 
1/10/2014  14 comments
Bellatrix Systems has invented a smart home electrical switching system that lets people program their lights and other devices from a touchscreen interface on the wall.
Slideshow: Mac Pro Late 2013 Teardown
Product News 
1/3/2014  8 comments
After making its debut during the WWDC 2013 Keynote, the reimagined, reformulated Mac Pro finally arrived at iFixit's doorstep.
Teardown: Deconstructing Valve's Steam Machine
Product News 
12/27/2013  16 comments
If last month’s round of next-gen console launches left you in a fog, prepare yourself for the incoming Steam Machine.
Quintic's Chipset Is Optimized for Wearable Tech
Product News 
12/27/2013  10 comments
Quintic's 9020 is the first product from the company’s wearable platform roadmap, which aims to provide specific chipsets with better battery life, increased wireless performance, and other enhancements. It also offers a more sophisticated sensor fusion algorithm, which provides more local intelligence.
Bluetooth Smart Radio Boasts Ultra-Low Power Consumption
Product News 
12/18/2013  7 comments
Imec is offering a new ultra-low-power Bluetooth Smart radio that can consume less than five times the power of current competitive products, and also features a low-memory footprint.
Teardown: Inside Nest Labs' Nest Protect
Product News 
12/11/2013  13 comments
The team at iFixit want to keep you and your home safe. So they tore into Nest Labs' Nest Protect smoke alarm to see what it's made of.
Toolkit Brings Hardware-in-the-Loop Test to Hybrid Cars
Product News 
12/10/2013  5 comments
Hybrid vehicle engineers may now have a way to do hardware-in-the-loop simulation testing, instead of physical dynamometer testing, on the electric motors that propel their cars.
New EV Battery Chemistry Boosts Range, Life
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12/5/2013  33 comments
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Teardown: Inside the Xbox One Kinect
Product News 
12/2/2013  5 comments
Hot on the heels of the Xbox One teardown, the iFixit team is cracking open the Kinect 2.0, the fully re-engineered next-gen version of Microsoft's voice, vision, and motion control accessory.
Slideshow: Xbox One Teardown
Product News 
11/29/2013  22 comments
The iFixit team got its hands on Microsoft's Xbox One and promptly took it apart.
Tesla to NHTSA: Investigate Our Model S Fires
News 
11/19/2013  20 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation to examine the potential risks associated with “undercarriage strikes” on Tesla’s Model S electric cars.
Slideshow: PlayStation 4 Teardown
Product News 
11/19/2013  12 comments
After seven (long for some) years, Sony PlayStation finally gets a 4 on the box. The teams at iFixit and Chipworks got their hands on one and tore it apart for you, our faithful readers.
Connect Your System to the Outside World
Product News 
11/19/2013  8 comments
Microchip has announced its 24-member PIC32MZ Embedded Connectivity (EC) family.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display
Product News 
11/15/2013  14 comments
The folks at ifixit have wielded their trusty tools yet again. This time, they are breaking into Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display. Take a look inside.
Teardown: Google's Nexus 5 Deconstructed
Product News 
11/13/2013  15 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are taking apart Google's Nexus 5 smartphone.
Road Debris Causes Another Tesla Model S Battery Fire
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11/11/2013  45 comments
A second Tesla Model S electric car caught fire last week after the driver struck a metal object in the road.
Embedded Expert: No Pedal Misapplication in Toyota Case
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11/8/2013  37 comments
The Toyota unintended acceleration case decided by a jury two weeks ago may have hinged on the testimony of an embedded systems expert who definitively said there was no pedal misapplication.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Air
Product News 
11/4/2013  15 comments
The folks at ifixit.com and MacFixit Australia got their hands on Apple's just-released iPad Air. If you're like us, you are itching to get a look inside the latest update. Take the tour.
Teardown: Inside the Anki Drive System
Product News 
10/30/2013  9 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again, this time tearing into the Anki Drive System. Come along for the ride.
Thinfilm Offers Printed-Electronics Standalone Sensor System
Product News 
10/30/2013  9 comments
Norwegian company Thinfilm claims it’s built the first standalone smart-label sensor from printed electronics, a battery-driven system that can be used to provide temperature management for perishable goods.
Freescale's ARM-Based Processor Is for Industrial Control, Networking
Product News 
10/24/2013  3 comments
Developers of industrial robots and automation systems will soon have a family of processors from Freescale Semiconductor that combine the functionality of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and microcontrollers in a single chip.
Teardown: Inside the iMac Intel 21.5 Inch
Product News 
10/23/2013  4 comments
This Apple iMac appears to be identical to its predecessor, but there was only one way to find out the truth. Take a tour as we tear apart the Apple iMac 21.5 Inch.
Teardown: What Makes the iMac Intel 27 Inch Tick?
Product News 
10/21/2013  15 comments
In the calm after the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c storm, Apple thought it could slip a couple new iMacs by us. Today we're tearing open the 27-inch iMac. Check back later this week for the internals on the iMac 21.5 inch!
Touchscreen Controller Brings Active Performance to Passive Stylus
Product News 
10/18/2013  6 comments
Cypress Semiconductor's touchscreen controller delivers active stylus-type performance to superphones, e-readers, and tablets, in a low-cost, passive-style format.
Slideshow: Inside the Kindle Fire HDX
Product News 
10/16/2013  5 comments
We tore the guts out of Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX 7 Inch. Take a look inside of the latest in the company's e-reader lineup.
Slideshow: Kindle Fire HD 2013 Teardown
Product News 
10/10/2013  12 comments
Take a look inside this year's Kindle Fire HD and see what Amazon has in store with the latest iteration of its e-reader gone tablet.
Teardown: Fitbit Flex
Product News 
10/3/2013  20 comments
The folks at iFixit ripped into Fitbit's newest pedometer/heart-rate monitor/sleep-tracker wristband. What kind of a diet helped this thing fit into its tiny jacket? We're about to find out.
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