Whistle blower faces bankruptcy while Airbus 380 still uses “flawed” chip

The Airbus 380 is the world’s largest airliner and going through approval currently. But it could have issues. The chief engineer of a computer chip that controls an air valve has been fighting against his former employer and Airbus due to his accusations that there are flaws in the design of the chip.
Now Joseph Mangan and his family are in dire straits as they deal with a lawsuit that is driving them to bankruptcy, all because one man was looking to do the right thing.

Mangan said he found serious flaws early last year in TTTech’s computer chips and the software for the A380’s cabin-pressurization system, according to legal documents. The system was executing “unpredictable” commands when it received certain data, possibly causing the pressure valves to open accidentally.


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