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10/11/2018

The power delivery network of chip designs is proving troublesome as IC features shrink to 7 nanometers, causing related issues in chip performance, Brian Bailey writes. Scott Johnson of ANSYS says, "Not only do you have a very disjointed power delivery system below the thick metals, but you are really reducing the voltage levels dramatically."

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10/11/2018

Nvidia is promoting the use of its Drive AGX Xavier System, an artificial intelligence processor, as an element in advanced driver-assistance systems, and has convinced Volvo to put the AI-based component in its next-generation vehicles. The company also introduced RAPIDS, a set of open-source libraries for analytics and machine learning accelerated by graphics processing units, offering Python interfaces for software development.

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Nvidia, Volvo, RAPIDS
10/11/2018

STMicroelectronics brought out the upgraded STLINK-V3 probe for programming and debugging its STM8 and STM32 microcontrollers. The STLINK-V3SET kit includes an adapter board, cables, a debug connector and the probe.

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10/11/2018

Four industry experts talk about advanced IC packaging, machine learning technology, reliability and resilience in this roundtable interview. Referring to future failures in chips and systems, "The systems themselves have to be designed to be fault-tolerant, whether that's error correction in memory or some form of software tolerance," said Rob Aitken of Arm.

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Rob Aitken
10/10/2018

Chinese tech firm Huawei unveiled two artificial intelligence chips that the company will use in its own servers. The company's use of its own chips will align with Beijing's Made in China 2025 development plan, which aims to have more locally made products, including chips, in 40% of all domestic devices.

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Huawei, AI, AI
10/10/2018

National Instruments brought out the PXIe-5785 FlexRIO transceiver for developing and testing advanced radar systems in military/aerospace applications.

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10/10/2018

Average selling prices for DRAMs and NAND flash memories are expected to slump during this quarter, ahead of significantly lower prices next year, DRAMeXchange forecasts. The market research firm sees DRAM contract prices falling by 5% or more in Q4, while ASPs for NAND flash will slide by 10% to 15% before the end of 2018.

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EE Times
10/10/2018

Intel is reallocating production of older chipsets from 14-nanometer processes to the 22nm node with the goal of easing processor supply issues during the first three months of 2019, Intel's Shane Yu says. Freeing up 14nm production capacity will benefit fabrication of server processors, followed by Core processors for notebook computers and other uses, he adds.

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10/10/2018

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report calling on countries to do more about heading off global warming, raising issues of how private enterprise can do its part, this analysis notes. Eliot Whittington of the Prince of Wales' Corporate Leaders Group says, "If you want to face up to the climate change challenge, then fundamentally we need to take the greenhouse gas emissions that arise from our economy out of the equation, and therefore net zero needs to be the end point."

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GreenBiz
10/10/2018

Melissa Cefkin, principal scientist and design anthropologist at the Nissan Research Center, talks about how anthropology and sociology can limit biases in developing algorithms for use in autonomous vehicles. "The place that we started was trying to understand how people react on the road in traffic with other road users so that we could begin to extrapolate what happens when you have robots in that mix," she says.

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Nissan Research Center, Nissan