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Is Foxconn Ready for Cars?
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4/25/2017   Post a comment
What makes Taiwan’s foray into cars interesting is if and when Foxconn gets involved. We spotted several key technologies at AutoTronics show last week.
KKR, INCJ Team For New Toshiba Bid
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4/21/2017   9 comments
The U.S. private equity fund KKR will be partnering with a Japanese public-private fund – Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ) – to bid jointly for Toshiba’s memory unit, Japan’s economic newspaper Nikkei reported Friday.
Taiwan Eyes Automotive Market
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4/21/2017   4 comments
How could Taiwan, a tiny island nation with only one local car OEM become the next hub for the global automotive industry? It’s tantalizing to imagine that an OEM/EMS relationship like Apple/Foxconn could eventually emerge in automotive.
Rambus, Microsoft Heat Up With Cold DRAM
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4/17/2017   1 comment
Rambus, in collaboration with Microsoft researchers, has succeeded in prototyping DRAM operating below 90 kelvin. Cryogenic memory will be essential to data centers, “currently the fastest growing consumer of memory” in the industry, said Rambus chief scientist.
Apple's In, But DMV Is Telling Us More
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4/16/2017   2 comments
The DMV website turns out to be a treasure trove of information on all the facets of highly automated vehicles currently in development.
5 Unresolved Issues Facing Robo-cars
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4/13/2017   19 comments
It’s time to separate the “science-project” robotic car from the commercially viable autonomous vehicle that carmakers need but don’t have. Here are five open questions that await the tech revolution.
MIPI Goes Beyond Mobile, Camera
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4/12/2017   1 comment
After earning universal respect within the mobile ecosystem, MIPI Alliance’s spec is moving decisively beyond mobile. The industry group unveiled MIPI CSI-2 v2, which can now respond to complex imaging needs of IoT, wearables, AR/VR, drones and automotive.
Renesas ‘Opens’ Autonomy for Cars
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4/11/2017   2 comments
Renesas Electronics emerged from a prolonged silence Wednesday, heralding the launch of Renesas Autonomy, a newly-designed advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving platform.
When Your Sweat Knows More about You…
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4/10/2017   5 comments
Lucio Lanza believes that billions of things, once connected, will eventually embody intelligence. The notion makes us feel a little uneasy.
Robo-Cars Need Relationship Map
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4/7/2017   5 comments
To sort out autonomous car development among chip vendors, Tier Ones, tech companies and car OEMs, the ideal solution might be a “relationship map” to illustrate who’s in bed with whom on highly automated vehicle platforms.
Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
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4/6/2017   3 comments
Chip designers are hearing AI’s footsteps as it encroaches on their design work. Solido Design Automation, which has been applying its home-grown machine-learning algorithms to its software, is making its crown jewel available to customers via Machine Learning Labs.
Connecting Cars with (All) Riders
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4/5/2017   13 comments
Often left out of discussions about the connected vehicle ecosystem are people who ride bicycles and motorcycles.
Mentor in Robo-Car Race with Mobileye, Nvidia
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4/4/2017   3 comments
Mentor Graphics Corp. will come to SAE World Congress in Detroit to demonstrate how “raw data fusion” – not the fusion of processed data generated by sensor modules – can provide dramatic improvements in sensing accuracy and overall system efficiency.
Apple Drops Imagination
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4/3/2017   3 comments
Apple has notified Imagination Technologies, a key GPU core licenser to Apple for years, that it will no longer use Imagination’s IP in new products. Analysts are skeptical if Imagination can survive as an independent company without Apple.
Comment: Re: Uber Crash - junko.yoshida - 3/31/2017
Police Report Untangles Uber Crash Mystery
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3/30/2017   25 comments
EE Times has obtained the police report of Uber traffic collision on March 24. It tells a story different from earlier accounts of the crash. It also reveals details that might prompt more questions about Uber.
Q'comm Names CTO, Girds for NXP Influx
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm appointed James Thompson, EVP of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, as the company’s new CTO. Thompson is responsible for R&D activities in all wireless chipsets in QCT, semiconductor business. He will oversee the companywide technical and product roadmaps.
Uber Crash Exposes V2X Politics
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3/28/2017   8 comments
If both vehicles –- Ford and (Uber) Volvo -- had some form of V2V technology, would the outcome have been different?
Patent Trolls Plague Chip Vendors
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3/28/2017   2 comments
One of the unintended consequences of increased M&A activities in the semiconductor industry is that more chip vendors are facing the risk of getting targeted by patent trolls. Who are the key patent trolls? How do you protect yourself?
Uber Yanks Robo-Cars after Arizona Crash
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3/27/2017   14 comments
Uber Technologies grounded all of its driverless cars deployed in pilot programs in Tempe, Arizona, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, after a crash Friday in Arizona. Here’s what we know now, and here’s what we need to find out.
ST's SPAD Imager Likely Linked to iPhone 8
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3/21/2017   3 comments
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 with a “3D camera” is the subject of intense speculation. Dots yet to be connected are the explicit relationships among the iPhone 8, single photon avalanche diodes and STMicroelectronics.
Is ADAS Ready for a Little 'Disruption?'
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3/20/2017   Post a comment
Chronocam, a developer of revolutionary event-driven sensor, is emerging in a red hot ADAS/Autonomous vehicle market where big players – Intel/Mobile -- are now beginning to merge. Is the startup tilting the windmills?
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NXP Goes All In on FD-SOI
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3/15/2017   1 comment
By launching the lowest power general-purpose applications processors yet developed for IoT, NXP’s senior executive has unveiled a sweeping plan to broadly migrate design and production of general-purpose processors and microcontrollers from CMOS nodes to the FD-SOI process.
Intel/Mobileye Duopoly: Dream or Nightmare?
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3/15/2017   8 comments
Intel’s Mobileye acquisition has stirred mixed emotions and contrasting reviews among those who cover the industry. Semiconductor Advisors LLC, for one, said “Intel is taking a leap of faith to go very far outside its core business.”
Silicon Labs Beefs Up IoT SoCs
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
After a year of selling multiprotocol wireless IoT SoCs, Silicon Labs is back in Nuremberg with a better mousetrap. It’s rolling out new Gecko SoCs, with more memory, support for switched multiprotocol and a full featured MCU.
Comment: Re: movidius - junko.yoshida - 3/13/2017
Intel Rocks World with $15B Mobileye Buy
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3/13/2017   5 comments
Intel and Mobileye dropped a bombshell Monday by announcing that the world’s largest processor giant plans to spend roughly $15 billion to acquire Israel-based Mobileye, the world’s leader of computer vision chips and algorithms for ADAS and autonomous driving.
Xilinx AI Engine Steers New Course
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3/13/2017   Post a comment
Combining computer vision with machine learning mostly remains a theoretical and elusive goal for many system designers. Xilinx is hoping to change this perception by rolling out “reVision” stack, offering resources for platforms, algorithms and application development.
Your Money or Your Brakes
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3/10/2017   3 comments
Worrisome isn’t WikiLeaks’ revelation that the spy agency might have contemplated hacking vehicles. A scenario that scares the automotive industry is ransomware targeted at vehicles. Security experts have said that 2017 is the year that this will happen.
Auto SoCs: Race to ASIL D
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3/9/2017   Post a comment
Where does the automotive industry stand today on the Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) of the SoCs in their current ADAS models or in the autonomous cars on their drawing boards?
Softbank to Sell 25% of ARM to Saudi-Backed Fund
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3/8/2017   4 comments
Softbank is about to sell 25 percent of ARM into a new, Saudi-backed $100 billion investment fund. The Japanese decision appears to be driven by Mubadala -- which owns 100 percent of Globalfoundries -- who is interested in ARM.
Competing Sensors Crave Human Contact
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3/7/2017   1 comment
While CMOS imagers and infrared are well established as sensors in smartphones, today’s $64 million question is whether they will make room for radar and ultrasound inside IoT devices. And if yes, what roles will they play?
What’s Behind ‘Non-Standalone’ 5G?
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3/3/2017   Post a comment
At this year’s Mobile World Congress, the industry’s 5G conversation not only kept drifting back to 4G, but also quietly shifted from 5G's "Core Network” to "New Radio (NR)."
Q’comm CTO on Non-Standalone 5G, LTE-U, IoT
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3/2/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm calls it Pre-5G. Nokia calls it 4.9G. Verizon pushes 5GTF. This year’s Mobile World Congress spoke volumes of the cellular industry’s desire to boost the current LTE business while milking the promise of 5G, which isn’t here yet.
Intel, Spreadtrum Demo Brainchild
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3/1/2017   3 comments
Intel Corp. is showing a new mobile SoC chip developed by China’s Spreadtrum. Manufactured by Intel, using its 14nm process, this may pave the way for Intel to manufacture its own new modem later this year in its own fab, targeting Apple.
Handsets at MWC: Same But Different
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2/28/2017   Post a comment
As smartphones start to mature, what can vendors possibly do to differentiate their phones from their rivals’ devices? Here's what we've found at the Mobile World Congress this year.
Ultrasound: Can Chirp Usurp UI?
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
Chirp Microsystems is rolling out a single-chip ultrasonic time-of-flight sensor. “Touchless” – based on ultrasonic sensing – can “add another modality” to UI for wearable, AR/VR, smartphones and even automotive, believes the startup CEO.
Q’comm, Samsung, MTK Offer Hints on iPhone 8
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
The 10nm process technology – common to all three chips announced by Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek – and faster speeds enabled by the advanced LTE modem are two likely elements to be leveraged in iPhone 8.
5G Might Be Buzz Saw for Carriers
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2/24/2017   1 comment
In the IoT era, mobile carriers’ customers are no longer just people. They’d have to deal with machines, vehicles, sensors, hot spots, ‘things’ – in an orchestrated ecosystem.
EU Privacy Rules Can Cloud Your IoT Future
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2/23/2017   Post a comment
Looming large for the MWC crowd are two unresolved issues: the security and privacy of connected devices. EU’s privacy rules will affect not just big data companies like Google but also IoT companies, even when located outside Europe.
Cellular IoT Chip Battle Escalates at MWC
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2/22/2017   5 comments
The 3GPP completed the standardization of NB-IoT last June. ARM, Sequans Communications and Altair Semiconductors are all rushing to the cellular IoT market. IHS sees NB-IoT technology in 2017 as “an inflection point in the LPWAN market.”
9 Startups with Self-Driven Future (Maybe)
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2/20/2017   2 comments
How many autonomous driving startups are out there – waiting to be snatched up, or hoping to become the next Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project)?
Thread Adds Stitch to Spec
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2/17/2017   Post a comment
Thread Group set its goal high in enabling not just conformance but also interoperability among Thread 1.1 products.
Altair Readies Cellular IoT IC with GPS Inside
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2/15/2017   1 comment
Altair is rolling out a highly-integrated cellular IoT chip, designed for easy transformation into an IoT module. Executing on Sony’s vision, it also features a GPS receiver. Altair’s future IoT chip may use FD-SOI.
Ex-Leadcore Team Crafts SoC for Xiaomi
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2/14/2017   Post a comment
Xiaomi’s home-grown custom-designed SoC, crafted by a team originally from China’s Leadcore, will drive its soon-to-be-unveiled Mi5C smartphone. The SoC, based on eight ARM A53 cores, is capable of LTE Cat 6.
Winners & Losers of GloFo's China Deal
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2/13/2017   18 comments
Globalfoundries’ $10 billion Chengdu fab announcement is a reminder of China’s inexorable arms race for semiconductor production capacity. Who just gained from the deal? Who's losing ground as the fab tsunami sweeps over China?
Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Argo AI
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2/10/2017   Post a comment
Ford announced a $1 billion investment over the next five years in a startup called Argo AI, founded by two top AI robotic talents. Argo AI designs brain, Ford builds nerves, skeleton and muscle of autonomous cars.
FASTR Looks to Speed Auto-Tech Alliance
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
In the era of autonomous cars, there are two hard problems the industry needs to solve: Cybersecurity and software reliability. Which industry groups are actually helping carmakers take a holistic view on both issues?
Intel to Spend $7 Billion on Arizona Fab
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2/8/2017   10 comments
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, standing beside U.S. President Donald Trump, announced the company would invest $7 billion investment in a semiconductor fab in Arizona.
V-Nova Plucks Faroudja’s Patent Portfolio
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2/8/2017   1 comment
The news earlier this week that London-based V-Nova has acquired Faroudja Enterprises’ complete patent portfolio – lock, stock and barrel – speaks volumes about the rapid changes affecting the market in video technologies.
Comment: Re: Silly - junko.yoshida - 2/7/2017
Hold Your iPhone -- Pizza Style
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2/6/2017   17 comments
Last year, when I was covering the Mobile World Congress, I noticed my Chinese colleague constantly holding her phone horizontally – pizza-style – and addressing the microphone.
Object-Detection Becomes Wearable
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2/6/2017   1 comment
Obstacle-detection technology, enabled by sensor fusion, is at the core of autonomous cars. What are the possibilities of applying the same sensor-fusion technology to wearable devices to aid the visually impaired or blind?
Q'comm-NXP Faces Trump, China Hurdles
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2/2/2017   9 comments
Qualcomm’s $39 billion acquisition of NXP could hit a snag. China’s MOFCOM could target the deal by demanding material divestitures as a condition of clearance. CFIUS could object to concessions Qualcomm and/or NXP might offer to MOFCOM.
Trinamic Surfing ‘Automation’ Wave
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2/1/2017   2 comments
Automation is a mega trend. Sensors and connectivity are key enablers for automation. But what about actuators and motors? Little known Germany company Trinamic hopes to connect the physical and digital worlds through its diverse motion control solutions.
Nokia Applies IMPACT to IoT Fragmentation
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1/31/2017   Post a comment
Lack of security and fragmentation are often cited as basic reasons why the Internet of Things market has been slow to catch fire. Nokia hopes to provide pre-integrated applications that help alleviate customers’ initial trepidation before plunging into IoT.
Our Man in China: Ask Yorbe
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1/31/2017   3 comments
As China was gearing down for its New Year celebration, we asked our colleague, EE Times China's editor in chief, about China’s electronics industry and the market in 2017.
Talent Hunt in China's Memory Triangle
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1/26/2017   19 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup’s recently disclosed d plans to build a $30 billion memory chip in Nanjing was unexpected – even by many China watchers. Unfolding are fierce battles over talent, manufacturing equipment and regional financing – among Xi’an, Wuhan and Nanjing.
Ex-Elpida CEO's China Fab Plan Dropped?
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1/25/2017   1 comment
A China-based memory chip called Sino King Technology, founded with ambitious goals by the former CEO of Elpida less than a year ago, has apparently ceased operations.
Nvidia's Jetson Goes Embedded, Gets Cisco
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1/24/2017   2 comments
GPUs shine no longer in just supercomputers, PCs and game machines. Nvidia, the graphics chip giant, is eagerly plowing inroads into the embedded market, by leveraging Jetson TX1, its AI computing platform.
Comment: Headline - junko.yoshida - 1/23/2017
Batteries Caused Samsung Galaxy to Explode
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1/23/2017   4 comments
Following a three-month investigation into the exploding Galaxy Note 7 handsets, Samsung put the blame squarely on the devices’ batteries. The company ruled out any issue with the smartphones’ software or other hardware.
Toshiba's NAND Future Uncertain
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1/23/2017   1 comment
Roughly 10 suitors are interested in Toshiba’s NAND flash business. Selling a stake in the spun-off chip business is the quickest way for Toshiba to boost its capital, but several factors make Toshiba’s plan both more urgent and complex.
Trump: Man Without Scruples
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1/23/2017   26 comments
The world isn't so sure yet which Trump will show up for the long haul. The Chinese government, too, is still deciding how to react to the new U.S. president.
NHTSA Lets Tesla Off The Hook
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1/20/2017   5 comments
The NHTSA concluded a months-long investigation of a fatal crash in Florida, and reported that the agency found no defects in Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking and Autopilot systems. Did NHTSA let Tesla off the hook too easily? Absolutely.
Alexa: Secret Agent or Double-Agent?
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1/19/2017   20 comments
I’m now sufficiently intrigued with Amazon Echo and Google Home. But when it comes to an actual purchase, I’m still on the fence. What about you?
Toshiba Mulls Chip Business Spinoff
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1/17/2017   4 comments
Toshiba is considering a plan to spin off its chip business and sell a partial stake in the unit to Western Digital, reported Japanese financial daily newspaper Nikkei.
Racing to Offer Mobileye 'Killer Chip'
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1/17/2017   1 comment
With Mobileye acknowledged as the king of the hill in the hottest automotive vision market, it has become incumbent upon competitors to say they’ve got “a Mobileye killer solution.” But what would it take to become the next Mobileye?
Automakers Sharing Data? When Cars Fly
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1/16/2017   5 comments
"HD Mapping” and “Connectivity” (V2V, V2I) are both viewed as indispensable predictive tools for highly automated driving.
Biggest Robo-Car Roadblock Is Human
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1/13/2017   11 comments
Despite all the robo-car announcements, this year’s CES revealed that more companies – including Toyota and Mobileye – are scrambling to address the inconvenient truth that robo-cars pose a man-machine relationship more complicated than we care to admit.
Infineon: What Makes Robo-Cars Zero Defect?
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1/11/2017   Post a comment
Infineon CEO discussed why autonomous cars are “much more than high-performance computing platform.” He talked about how to achieve “100 percent reliability – aircraft-level – at the price of a car” and how “sensor fusion can’t afford to have confusion.”
ARM Exec Dizzy for Open-Source Twizy
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
At this year’s CES, ARM brought Renault’s Twizy to its booth, typically full of mobile devices. Calling Twizy “the world’s first OEM open-source vehicle,” ARM said Renault is seeing a wave of open-source hardware and software developments.
MediaTek Auto Gambit: Radar, Vision SoC
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
In an exclusive interview with EE Times during the CES, JC Hsu, MediaTek’s corporate vice president, emphasized that telematics and multimedia aren’t MediaTek’s only tools in its automotive strategy.
Nvidia CEO Rocks CES Crowd with GPU, AI
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1/6/2017   6 comments
Nvidia's CEO, sporting his familiar black leather jacket, rocked a whooping and cheering crowd of 2,500 during his opening keynote speech at CES. He promoted two scenarios for AI: Auto-Pilot & Co-Pilot.
CES 2017 Connects with AI
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1/5/2017   3 comments
"CES Unveiled" showcased a host of wearables, hearables and robots. App-intensive and connected to the Internet, many are programmed to get smarter with built-in artificial intelligence that will learn and recognize a user's speech, face and daily habits.
Intel Auto Puzzle: Where Do They Fit?
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1/4/2017   Post a comment
Intel is coming to the CES this week to recast the scope of its automotive business and tease its plans -- including a new brand, "Intel Go," and development kits for carmakers. What's still missing from its plan?
Maxim to Simplify Auto Head Unit Design
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1/4/2017   Post a comment
Maxim is rolling out what it calls "a remote tuner solution." Its mission is to vacate the space in a head unit previously crowded with multiple radio tuners, bringing the radio tuners closer to the antenna.
'Open Source' Robo-Car in '17?
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12/30/2016   1 comment
What’s on the auto industry 2017 agenda that could change the course of robotic car development? Here's EE Times' prediction.


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