Here are a selection of articles that appeared in the latest EE Times Europe print edition: October 22 – November 4. Click on the headline to see the full story.
Apollo, a three-year strategic research program being pursued by research organization IMEC, is beginning to produce results in its quest to provide the technology for efficient migration to 4G communications and multiprocessing in the sub-45-nm era. It is also set to help drive business at IMEC’s latest spinoff, according to researchers.
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At the DARPA Urban Challenge, cars will have to navigate through an urban environment; the challenges include recognizing of other traffic. In order to become aware of moving and fixed obstacles, the vehicles use an array of different sensors with infrared scanners as the basis technology, completed by radar and optical cameras.
French EDA startup DeFacTo Technologies SA is aiming to bring design-for-testability (DFT) to a higher level of abstraction with a software tool that enables designers to plan, analyze and implement IC test logic before synthesis.
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Science fiction is full of micro- and nanoscale smart materials that can reconfigure themselves to create a kind of living landscape– a vision that is far from be- ing realized. But the far more practical idea of adaptive furniture, currently being developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL; Lausanne), works on the macroscopic scale and should be doable with today's technology: Modular robots would link themselves together or break themselves apart to form new structures that could be active or passive as required.
The European Union is reviewing its Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive and is expected to recommend tweaks that would make RoHS clearer, simpler and perhaps a bit broader. Companies selling electronics products into EU markets should be aware of the possible modifications on the table.