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The Auto Industry’s Latest and Greatest Engines
Automotive News 
4/26/2016  3 comments
If there’s a rule of thumb in modern engine design, it’s that smaller is better. Smaller engines weigh less, burn less fuel, and simplify packaging.
Boeing-Inspired Golf Club Helps Win the Masters
Electronics News 
4/25/2016  Post a comment
In his recent victory at the US Masters tournament, golfer Danny Willett unknowingly received an assist from an unexpected source -- The Boeing Co.’s computational fluid dynamics software.
Test Solutions for ‘Giga-Gate’ Designs
Electronics News 
4/21/2016  Post a comment
A new breed of test products is needed to handle of the challenge of chips that contain hundreds of millions, or even billions, of logic gates.
NXP’s New Dev Kit Simplifies Home Automation
Product News 
4/15/2016  Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has released a software development kit that works with Apple’s HomeKit, enabling design engineers to automate thermostats, door locks, and other home products using Kinetis microcontrollers.
What Engineers Can Learn from the Maker Movement
Electronics News 
4/14/2016  9 comments
The so-called “maker movement” may not be big on degrees and formal training, but it can teach the engineering community valuable lessons in product design, an expert at UBM’s Embedded Systems Conference said this week.
Hackable ESC Badges Demonstrate the Power of Wireless Networking
Electronics News 
4/14/2016  Post a comment
Attendees at UBM’s Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week received a special treat when 100 of them were given programmable, LED-based show badges powered by eight-bit microcontrollers.
The Best and Worst of Automotive Headlights
Automotive News 
4/11/2016  33 comments
Higher prices and glitzy new technologies don’t necessarily make for better automotive headlights, a first-ever study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests.
Automakers, Suppliers Ratchet Up Autonomous Car Programs
Automotive News 
4/8/2016  Post a comment
A February letter from federal regulators to Google Inc. appears to have sent automakers and tier-one suppliers scrambling to accelerate their investments in autonomous vehicle technology.
What the Tesla Model 3 Will Mean to the Auto Industry
Automotive News 
3/31/2016  10 comments
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
MCU Targets Voice Detection for the Internet of Things
Product News 
3/30/2016  Post a comment
A new microcontroller family could provide a low-power solution for battery-operated, IoT voice detection apps, ranging from baby monitoring to home automation to building control.
To Boost Product Reliability, Cut Back on the Excitement
Automotive News 
3/28/2016  6 comments
Consumer Reports’ new automotive reliability survey may be targeted at car buyers, but it also provides hard evidence that product reliability is a choice, and not an accident, for design engineers.
15 of the Auto Industry's Most Reliable Vehicles
Automotive News 
3/22/2016  13 comments
When it comes to automotive reliability, it’s no secret that Japanese cars dominate. Still, Consumer Reports' latest reliability ratings may come as a surprise to some.
15 Vehicles That Get Dinged for Poor Reliability
Automotive News 
3/16/2016  21 comments
Vehicle reliability has climbed steadily the past two decades, but some vehicles still frustrate their owners with repeated issues, says the April issue of Consumer Reports.
The Maker Community Is Going High-Tech with FPGAs
Electronics News 
3/15/2016  2 comments
Lower cost and greater simplicity are combining to bring the FPGA to a new class of users -- the DIY community.
This Sensor Turns Your Smartphone Case Into a Weather Station
Electronics News 
3/11/2016  2 comments
A tiny new environmental sensor package from Bosch Sensortec is carving out an unusual niche in the world of smartphones and, at the same time, serving as a novel business model for sensor manufacturers.


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