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Non-Traditional Security in a Digital World

By Mitch Maiman | January 25, 2018
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Cybersecurity is really the hot topic of the day. Issues related to it impact virtually all of us in both our personal and business lives.

Thin-Film Memristor Designed to Meet IoT Memory Demands

By Elizabeth Montalbano | January 24, 2018

While much talk of new technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT) focuses on power sources and sensors, memory also is an area that will demand new designs to support the IoT’s significant data-storage requirements.

Researchers from Finland’s Aalto University have developed a potential memory solution with the design of the basic building blocks of future components for what are called “neuromorphic” computers, which are inspired by the workings of the human brain.

How Can Engineers Stop AI from Going Rogue?

By Chris Wiltz | January 23, 2018

How do we stop artificial intelligence from going rogue? The idea is scary enough that robotics companies are proposing that the UN put a ban on killer autonomous robots.

Nanostructure Key to Making Organic, Thin-Film Transistors Stable

By Elizabeth Montalbano | January 23, 2018

Scientists have made headway in the development of organic electronic components by addressing what’s so far been the most significant obstacle to using organic semiconductors for thin-film transistors.

The breakthrough—from researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)--comes in the form of a nanostructured gate dielectric

Automotive aftermarket in Mexico to grow more than 6% annually

By Clare Goldsberry | January 22, 2018

The automotive aftermarket in Mexico totaled $4.3 billion in 2016 and represented 8% of North American demand, according to a new report from the Freedonia Group (Cleveland), a division of The Freedonia Group said the value of the Mexican peso relative to the U.S. dollar declined during the 2011 to 2016 period, with the result that sales fell through 2016. In spite of that, aftermarket sales continued to climb at a strong rate when measured in pesos, said the study, "North American Automotive Aftermarket, 8th Edition."

Designers of Autonomous Vehicle Electronics Need to Change Their Test Strategies

By Charles Murray | January 22, 2018

Automotive engineers will need to adopt a design-for-compliance policy for autonomous vehicles, otherwise they will compromise safety, an expert will tell attendees at the upcoming DesignCon Conference in Santa Clara, CA.

Materials Testing Is Critical for Continuous-Flex Cables

By Don Nester | January 22, 2018

If the cables you plan to use in your system design require continuous movement, there are several considerations that must be taken into consideration. Carefully pairing continuous-flex cables with cable carrier systems – also known as e-chains – is critical in preventing damage to manufacturing systems and interruptions that result from that damage.


Google's Cloud AutoML Is An AI To Help Engineers Program AI

By Chris Wiltz | January 19, 2018

In late 2017 Google announced it had been working on AutoML (short for “automated machine learning”), a machine learning algorithm that is essentially capable of programming and training other algorithms. Now Google has introduced an alpha version of AutoML to developers in a cloud-based form, Cloud AutoML.

Argus, STMicroelectronics Bring Connected Vehicle Cybersecurity to the Edge

By Chris Wiltz | January 19, 2018

Argus Cyber Security, listed as one of our top automotive startups to watch in 2018, has entered into a partnership with semiconductor company STMicroelectronics to bring enhanced cyber security to automotive infotainment and telematics systems.