NASA, Taiwan to Develop Robotic Lunar Lander News & Analysis 7/22/2016 4 comments Several Taiwanese research institutions have signed an agreement NASA to jointly develop an unmanned lunar lander that could crawl the moon’s surface as early as 2020, according to Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency.
AI Drives Startup to Map Deep Learning Computer News & Analysis 7/21/2016 Post a comment AI is driving hardware innovation. Wave Computing has leveraged the well-understood dataflow technology, and designed a new processing unit, called Dataflow Processing Unit (DPU), that can natively support Google TensorFlow and Microsoft CNTK.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic? News & Analysis 7/20/2016 14 comments Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank? News & Analysis 7/19/2016 20 comments The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
FCC Paves Way for 5G News & Analysis 7/15/2016 Post a comment The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
FinFET Startup Seeks Partners for Collaboration News & Analysis 7/14/2016 Post a comment FinScale Inc. (Dublin, Calif.), a startup that claims it knows how to build superior FinFETs optimized for quantum effects, has formed an industrial and academic partner program to accelerate development and adoption of its technology.
Leti Unveils New 3D Network-on-Chip News & Analysis 7/14/2016 Post a comment Leti’s 3D IC technology fundamentally differs from other 3D chips available on the commercial market. The difference lies in the interposer. Leti’s 3D NoC technology uses a ‘smart interposer,” where active elements are integrated.
Will NTSB Apply Brakes to Tesla's Autopilot? News & Analysis 7/12/2016 11 comments The NTSB’s entry into the investigations on a deadly crash on May 7 involving the “Autopilot” function in a 2015 Tesla Model S will certainly bring extra scrutiny to the automotive industry’s push for semi and full autonomous-driving technology.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Ex-Broadcom Unit to Shape Cypress IoT Future News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Cypress closed the previously announced acquisition for $550 million of Broadcom’s Internet of Things business unit. The new unit’s directions and strategies will likely tilt toward the Broadcom team, which dwarfs its counterpart at Cypress.
Intelligence Agency Sets 3D Challenge News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has issued a $100,000 challenge to the programming community to improve upon the automatic generation of 2D-to-3D imagery from satellites.
Startup Debuts Open Source SoCs News & Analysis 7/11/2016 2 comments Startup SiFive aims to use the open source RISC-V core as the heart of two SoC platforms, enabling a broader set of engineers to build custom processors.
Chip Sales Remain Stagnant News & Analysis 7/8/2016 3 comments Chip sales posted a slight sequential uptick in May, but were down nearly 8% compared with May 2015, according to the SIA.
Qualcomm Sues Chinese Smartphone Firm News & Analysis 7/8/2016 1 comment Phone chip supplier and intellectual property licensor Qualcomm Inc. has sued Meizu Technology Co. Ltd. (Xhuhai, Guangdong, China) alleging infringement of patents covering features and technologies used in smartphones.
Google To Acquire Image Recognition Startup News & Analysis 7/7/2016 Post a comment Google announced a deal to buy image-recognition startup Moodstocks. Created in 2009, the French startup first introduced on-device image recognition in 2012, enabling smartphones to recognize whatever their camera sees.
IBM Rolls Out Job-Cutting Plan In The Netherlands News & Analysis 7/7/2016 Post a comment According to a leaked company memo, IBM is imposing involuntary job cuts in the Netherlands for the first time. Does the move serve as a template for Big Blue to impose forced layoffs in regions where local labor laws have made it difficult to impose mandatory cuts?
Tesla's Fatal Crash: 6 Unanswered Questions News & Analysis 7/7/2016 44 comments Tesla’s fatal crash has many automotive industry experts wondering what exactly happened. EE Times makes an attempt to dissect which technologies were at play inside Model S Autopilot, and what limitations each technology was manifested in the crash.
Brexit Threatens London's Data Center Market News & Analysis 7/5/2016 8 comments The future of the UK, and specifically of London, as the leading market for data centers in Europe could be affected by Brexit, according to an analysis by 451 Research. However, the split could also provide opportunities for the US.
Auto Security Demands All-Over Answer News & Analysis 7/5/2016 Post a comment In automotive security, the state of play has significantly altered. If Harman’s acquisitions of three auto-security tech companies are any indication, the industry is demanding a comprehensive answer covering over-the-air update and intrusion-detection systems to in-vehicle network protection.
Why Intel Got Inside BMW-Mobileye Deal News & Analysis 7/1/2016 Post a comment The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will collaborate to bring fleets of fully self-driving vehicles to the streets by 2021. While the BMW-Mobileye connection has been known to industry observers, Intel was a surprise element in the three-way deal.
Micron to Cut Jobs News & Analysis 7/1/2016 Post a comment Memory chip maker will shed unspecified number of jobs in cost-cutting move amid challenging market conditions.
UL Bringing ‘Adult Supervision’ to IoT--Really? News & Analysis 6/29/2016 2 comments In early April when UL launched its new cybersecurity standard, dubbed UL 2900, reactions from the IoT market were split. Three months later, is it proving an extra burden or a benefit to the IoT community?
Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning News & Analysis 6/28/2016 2 comments We are already living with deep learning and large-scale neural networks, as evidenced by the growing number of applications that rely on computer vision, language understanding, robotics and more. Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean discusses what he wants most from neural networks and machine learning.
How Do You Update 1 Billion IoT Devices? News & Analysis 6/27/2016 5 comments IoT devices need over-the-air firmware and software updates, but that must be done quickly and securely. Resin.io, which just got $9 million in funding from GE Ventures, Ericsson and others, thinks it has answers to such hard IoT problems.
Brexit Ripples Through Tech Community News & Analysis 6/27/2016 18 comments UK voters gave a thumbs up for leaving the European Union, generating concerns in the tech community over the ease of finding jobs and potential company relocations.
Zero Power Listen-Mode Sensor Debuts News & Analysis 6/22/2016 3 comments An acoustic “event-detection” device like Vesper’s new piezoelectric MEMS microphone uses sound energy to wake a system from full power-down mode, thus enabling battery life of a system embedded with the sensor to span not months but years.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.