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EETE APRIL 2013

April 2013 Automotive safety: a new perspective Increasingly car manufacturers are making safety a key selling point with which to differentiate themselves from their competition. Fighting driver’s distraction with LEDs Manufacturers test these interfaces at different stages in the value chain to verify their functionality and compliance with standards. 22 24 - ELECTRONICS IN ROBOTICS Fine-tuning legged robots’ dynamics on granular media Robotics moves to multicore devices to create artificial nervous systems A young German company is changing the way industrial robots are designed and developed. Robotics makes inroads into education The EMEA Freescale Cup Challenge that took place late last month at ESIEE Paris’ university campus gathered 83 students, from 27 teams representing their respective university from 10 European countries. 35 36 38 - ASSEMBLY & PACKAGING 3D views cut costly iterations and ease assembly in robotics design Over the last two years, the use of the latest 3D design technology has greatly improved the electronic developments in the Miniature Mobile Robots Group (MOBOTS) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL Switzerland). Maintaining investment security with intelligent packaging System development and manufacture set a wide variety of challenges - all the way from product concept through to final delivery. 40 43 Reader offer In this month’s reader offer, win a PicoScope 3207A, Pico Technology’s latest 2-channel USB oscilloscope with 250 MHz bandwidth, 1 GS/s sampling rate, 256 MS buffer memory and a built-in function generator. 46 distribution corner opinion Uncommon Market: China rising with branded products strategy Last Word: Bringing greater Quality-of-Service to small cells 4 50 news & TECHNOLOGY Flexible battery operational at a 300% stretch Open source hardware makes a comeback Open source hardware has been making a bit of a comeback in recent months. Originally envisaged as the open exchange of hardware designs, often for 3D printing, the idea has also been taken up for other areas. Toshiba operating system designed to save power Nose in clothes’ sensor for wearable electronics detects illness and fatigue Nvidia R&D chief sketches road to chip stacks Low-cost organic substrates paired with new I/O techniques represent the best path to 3-D chip stacks, explains Nvidia’s chief scientist. The BMW Group could soon integrate free-gesture paint defect control Vehicle to vehicle communications to reach 62% by 2027 Fully recyclable organic solar cells take cellulose as an ecofriendly substrate LED-on-microwire startup raises 10 million euros ZnO-based n-channel TFTs on flexible foil could drive future AMOLED displays 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 DESI GN & PRODUCTS SPECIAL FOCUS: - AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY Image sensing and recognition silicon optimise automotive safety Safety systems that protect both vehicle passengers and pedestrians by increasing the chances of avoiding accidents are at the top of the design agenda for European automotive engineers. 19 49 3 Electronic Engineering Times Europe April 2013 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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