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IKOULA hosts Raspberry Pi 4 “micro server” for 4.99+ Euros per month

2020-11-29 08:58 CNXSoft Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)

Hosting services for Arm single board computers where you pay a monthly fee for a...

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CodeBug Connect IoT development board is designed for young makers (Crowdfunding)

2020-11-28 05:43 CNXSoft Abhishek Jadhav

In 2015, a UK-based team launched a mini IoT development board called CodeBug. The same...

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RadioGlobe, tunes into the world via a Raspberry Pi 4B

2020-11-27 18:24 ElectronicsWeekly Alun Williams

Imagine spinning a globe to select a place of interest and then hearing a radio broadcast currently taking place at that very location. How cool. A sort of RadioGlobe (preferably with a Raspberry Pi 4B at its heart, let's say)...

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Raspberry Pi finds its inner PC

2020-11-27 17:34 LinuxGizmos Eric Brown

Here we take a look at discounted Waveshare kits that extend the Raspberry Pi 400 with an up to 13.3-inch touchscreen plus some RPi 4 kit discounts, an overview of the RPi laptop scene, a Vulkan driver for the Pi, and more. The Raspberry Pi may be the most popular embedded board of all time, […]

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Frogs Model Chip Growth

2020-11-27 15:21 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

16 years ago Merrill Lynch analyst Joseph Osha took a mathematical model devised by the 19th century Belgian scientist Pierre Francois Verhuldt for forecasting population growth where resources are finite, and adapted it to predicting dollar and unit growth in the chip business. “If modelling semiconductor demand bottom-up, product-by-product, looks to be impossible – and we think ...

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10 tips for cyber security at your business

2020-11-27 13:52 ElectronicsWeekly Steve Bush

Ready for international Computer Awareness Day on Monday, London based IT company WFH IT Support has released its list of the ten most common cybersecurity mistakes made by businesses. “2020 has presented challenges across the board to businesses big and small and to make things worse, cybercriminal tactics have become more sophisticated than ever. The National Crime ...

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Panel PC for access management available at Rutronik UK

2020-11-27 12:44 ElectronicsWeekly Caroline Hayes

Intelligent face recognition and sensor-controlled temperature recording are integrated in the Smart Panel PC MM8 from Holitech. It is now available from Rutronik UK. The PC is designed to integrate into existing systems to implement access management for private and public areas. It integrates a touch display, a 2Mpixel camera, loudspeaker and temperature sensor. Data ...

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ASRock Mars 4000U could be the world’s thinnest AMD Ryzen 4000 mini PC

2020-11-27 10:39 CNXSoft Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)

We’ve already written about AMD Ryzen 7 4800 mini PC‘s such as ASROCK 4×4 BOX-4800,...

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uSVC Arduino VGA board – a portable and programmable retro-gaming console (crowdfunding)

2020-11-27 08:16 CNXSoft Abhishek Jadhav

Itaca Innovation previously launched uChip, an Arduino-compatible board that has a Cortex M0+ MCU that...

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Government crack-down on tech giants

2020-11-27 07:30 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

The government is to set up a Digital Markets Unit within the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to oversee a pro-competition regime for tech sites including those funded by digital advertising, such as Google and Facebook. Around £14 billion was spent on digital advertising in the UK in 2019, around 80 per cent of which was spent on ...

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£20m for Turing Fellowships

2020-11-27 07:19 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

New Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships will give fifteen of the UK’s top AI innovators the resources to drive forward research from speeding up medical diagnosis to increasing workplace productivity. These pioneering projects could enable the UK to meet some of today’s most pressing challenges, such as reducing carbon emissions, while helping to transform industries across the UK economy, including healthcare, energy ...

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Harwell to host 5G/satellite engineering hub

2020-11-27 07:12 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

An engineering hub for 5G and satellites technologies is to be built by the IT and business consultancy CGI at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire. The hub is backed by over £3 million of Government investment and due for completion in 2021. The centre is being backed by a European Space Agency contract, and as ...

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ASUS Chromebox 4 features Intel Comet Lake processor, WiFi 6, up to 16GB RAM

2020-11-27 05:46 CNXSoft Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)

Chrome OS devices, be it Chromebook laptops, Chomebox mini PCs, or Chromebit PC sticks, used...

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Black Friday is coming to Godeal24 – Get Windows 10 for totally free!! (Sponsored)

2020-11-27 04:00 CNXSoft Sponsored Post

Black Friday is a huge promotional event created by major retailers in the United States,...

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The Importance Of Interruptions

2020-11-27 02:14 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

As lockdown lingers on, notifications of virtual events proliferate. There seems to be a realisation among those who like to talk that a vast audience of those prepared to listen is there to be tapped. And for those who like to talk there is an added temptation to become self-indulgent because there are no interruptions. ...

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Vicor dc-dc enables a second tethered drone

2020-11-26 18:42 ElectronicsWeekly Steve Bush

FlyFocus has developed a detachable tethered drone that can hover for up to 30 days at 70m altitude, powered through a tether, then drop the line to fly for up to 30 minutes on internal batteries. Called CableGuard, the drone consumes up to 5kW, and 400Vdc is specified within the tether cable to reduce I2R ...

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Space: Mars Horizon strategy game emulates space agencies

2020-11-26 18:37 ElectronicsWeekly Alun Williams

This might be of interest to the gamers among our readers, those with a space mission bent – it’s the Mars Horizon video game, by Auroch Digital, created with support from the European Space Agency. It’s described as a strategy simulation game and the idea is that you role play leading a major space agency, ...

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Anti-static ESD bags prevent corrosion too

2020-11-26 17:53 ElectronicsWeekly Steve Bush

EcoCortec’s EcoSonic VpCI-125 HP anti-static bags and film contain corrosion inhibiting materials suitable for protecting multi-metal items such as electronics. The materials used, according to the company, form a molecular corrosion inhibiting layer on metal substrates and does not interfere with the physical or chemical properties of electronic components. “The film and bags replace conventional ...

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Fable: The Company Which Lives On The Edge

2020-11-26 15:23 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

Over 50 years ago a company was founded which was fated to live on the edge. “The only sane strategy is to bet the company regularly,” said one of the founders. It was nearly wiped out by Japanese memory companies It was challenged by RISC architectures It was attacked by cloners It was fined by ...

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MorphESP 240 ESP32-S2 board integrates a 1.3-inch color display (Crowdfunding)

2020-11-26 13:21 CNXSoft Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)

We’ve already seen ESP32 platforms with a color display such as M5Stack, but MorphESP 240...

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Yokogawa adds differential scope probes to simplify product range, plus new current probes

2020-11-26 13:18 ElectronicsWeekly Steve Bush

For oscilloscopes, Yokogawa has replaced six existing differential voltage probes with three expanded capability probes, and is offering new current probes too. “Recent trends for higher voltages in electric vehicles, railway inverters, new energy sources such as renewable solar and high-voltage commercial power lines such as 400Vrms have shown the need for oscilloscope probes that can ...

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Electrification, EVs and battery management: an interview with NXP

2020-11-26 12:58 Embedded.com Nitin Dahad

Vehicle electrification is on the rise, and with governments around the world attempting to achieve sustainability targets, it’s likely to continue growth. This article presents excerpts of a conversation with Jens Hinrichsen, executive vice president and general manager of the advanced analog business line at NXP Semiconductors, on the various aspects of vehicle electrification – from the technology aspects, including battery management, to the challenges for growth, including addressing factors like range anxiety, a common consumer hesitation.

To set the scene, electric vehicles seems to be gaining market share. A scan of the reports from CleanTechnica paints a positive picture all around for electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in vehicles, driven by full electric (also known as battery electric vehicles or BEVs). For example, in October 2020, the Germany, France, Sweden and the UK, all had record months for plug-in vehicles. In Germany, the plug-in vehicle share of the market was 18% at 48,000 units registered, driven by 365% growth over the previous month in BEVs. Similarly, France saw plug-ins record 11.8% market share in October, Sweden saw 36.2% market share, and the UK stood at 12.1% market share.

Looking to the future, based on third party research, NXP said it anticipates the market for various forms of EVs (xEVs) will make up nearly 25% of the total autos produced by 2023, and it believes the xEV (which stands for all types of EVs, including plug-in and BEVs) should account for just under 50% of the total autos produced in 2030.

So on to our conversation with Jens Hinrichsen. To listen to the full interview, play the podcast link above,

Presented below are some excerpts of the interview.

Market adoption drivers and challenges
First, we asked about what’s driving EV adoption, and what are the challenges?

Hinrichsen: There is indeed a trend towards electrified vehicles. Even in challenging years like 2020 where the overall car production was down, the electrified vehicles was still increasing in such a year. From my perspective, there are multiple elements driving the increasing demand and adoption rate. Overall, it really starts with the increasing desire to do something good for environment, to find a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way of mobility.

But then, it comes really quickly down to a compromise of cost and convenience. You can imagine if the EV does not perform in a similar way you to what you are accustomed to based on cars with a combustion engine, then you wonder whether it really makes sense to go for such a car. So, range and the speed of charging is really critical from my perspective. Convenience is a key element as well.

Cost and affordability is also another critical item. While the car makers constantly have to increase the performance, in the same way they also need to drive down the cost and make these cars very affordable. From that perspective, I really, truly think that a little bit of a catalyst is still needed to drive this process: this includes government regulations and mandates, and then from a consumer perspective is subsidies and tax incentives.

The technology perspective
Next, we moved on to the technology and the challenges, including how you address fast charging, safety, and ‘range anxiety’.

Hinrichsen: If you want to extend the range and also make fast charging possible, so you probably have to put way more energy and power into the battery, and also establish very, very quick speeds of charging. That makes the battery and also the charging process a fairly hazardous element of your car. So, you have more and more power in this battery and leverage and unleash the maximum power and efficiency out of this battery.

This means it needs a super high level of functional safety. You need to ensure that that battery is constantly operating fine and that this battery is not getting into any kind of trouble. And if that is the case, that there are mechanisms around that it’s basically shut down or stopped or controlled. Functional safety is becoming a critical element for this very, very important system in the car.

From a technology perspective, what’s needed to deliver an electric vehicle? What are the different elements, the pieces?

Hinrichsen: The most important part is the power train: this differentiates it from a regular car with a combustion engine. In the power train of a hybrid vehicle, probably even a little bit more complex than for a pure electric vehicle, you need a couple of elements. You still have the combustion engine and that needs a bit of a motor control for the combustion engine. On top of this, you have an e-motor, and the e-motor needs an inverter platform, and that inverter platform is just there to make the e-motor move.

Then you usually have a low voltage battery and you have a high voltage battery. The low voltage battery is simply there to support regular features, your entertainment system, your seat control, everything. The high voltage battery is the energy source for the e-motor, and that’s a real critical element.

When you have a low voltage and a high voltage net in your car, you need a DC-DC converter to connect these systems. And usually, if you have a plug-in hybrid, you need an AC-DC converter for onboard charging that you can take your normal power supply and plug it in and then the car is doing the conversion. In addition to the high voltage battery, which is the energy source for the electric motor, you need a smart and a pretty sophisticated battery management system, which is really critical in such a set-up. That’s pretty much all you need.

What’s NXP’s role in enabling all of those technology pieces?

Hinrichsen: NXP provides the semiconductors which control the power and control and monitor the systems. We are not providing power to the motor – these are usually the power semiconductors such as MOSFETs and IGBT, so silicon carbide solutions. We are not focusing on the power semiconductors.

We do all the control systems – all the processors which do the intelligent processing, and all the networking components. We have the power management components to support the intelligent processors. We have the entire connectivity to interlink all these systems. And we also do have all the analog front-end solutions. This includes the battery cell controllers, which basically sense all the data in this system from the outside. We process and control the system. We don’t provide the power to the system.

Battery management

battery management NXP
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OK, so what’s the importance of battery management and how does it work?

Hinrichsen: The battery management system is constantly monitoring and controlling the battery, and constantly checking in nearly real-time the state of health, the state of charge and the state of function, for each cell of this huge battery pack.

It checks temperature and measures a other critical items and the accuracy of the high precision analog. Then, it can decide, “Can I consume the power out of this cell at the moment or is the cell maybe too hot and I should leave it alone for a while? Is the cell now empty and do I need to charge this particular cell? And is there anything I need to do to leverage each particular cell of the system in an optimized way to unleash the full energy density, the full energy power of that particular system without damaging it and without overstressing it so that we are not getting into a status of malfunction?”

The more precisely you can do this, the more you can truly unleash the full power out of a battery and therefore achieve a very long range with the battery so you can get the maximum out of your power while at the same time not damaging the battery. And that results into long lifetime. In the short-term, of course, you need to ensure it is not getting out of control and so need to constantly ensure the functional operations and the functional safety of this particular system. That’s what the battery management system does.

How many battery cells are there typically that you need to manage? This is quite complex, isn’t it?

Hinrichsen: Right, it’s really complex. Let’s take a simple example. A typical system is 400V, for a high performance car, it can be 800V or 900V. That’s the voltage you need to manage. Each particular cell can handle, based on your setup, between 3-4V roughly. So if you take the 400V example and let’s say 4V per cell, that means you have 100 cells which you need in the battery. You need to control 100 cells, and they need to be controlled constantly in real-time.

Listen to the full interview, which goes on talk more about the semiconductor components in vehicle electrification, what will drive further adoption of electric vehicles, plus how manufacturers can get costs down. Produced as part of the NXP Smarter World podcast, click here: “Electrification and the Future of EVs.

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Connector caps add IP67 protection

2020-11-26 12:31 ElectronicsWeekly Steve Bush

GradConn has added cap accessories to its Nautilus range of IP rated coaxial cable assemblies and connectors, adding further protection, particularly to connections that stay un-mated for extended periods. The caps are IP67 rated and help prevent the build-up of moisture, dust, and dirt in the connector’s mating face. Due to the design of the ...

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Farnell invests in XP Power’s healthcare and industrial supplies

2020-11-26 11:52 ElectronicsWeekly Caroline Hayes

Distributor Farnell has increased its range of products from XP Power, with the PLS600 series of DC power supplies, the DRC series of DIN rail power supplies, the FCS range of AC-DC power supplies and the VCE series for industrial and domestic power supplies. The PLS600 single output programmable DC power supplies are intended for ...

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300mA low-noise LDO is 1 x 1mm

2020-11-26 11:52 ElectronicsWeekly Steve Bush

Toshiba has announced a series of low noise low drop-out (LDO) voltage regulators in a 1 x 1 x 0.38mm plastic DFN4C package. Noise credentials are typically 5µVrms between 10Hz and 100kHz. There are 32 products in the TCR3RM series, as it will be known, with single fixed outputs spanning 0.9 to 4.5V. Ripple rejection ratio ...

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Rockchip RK3588 specifications revealed – 8K video, 6 TOPS NPU, PCIe 3.0, up to 32GB RAM

2020-11-26 09:18 CNXSoft Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)

Rockchip RK3588 is one of the most anticipated processors for the year on this side...

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Cold Atom Space Payload Accelerometer aims to advance climate modelling

2020-11-26 07:14 ElectronicsWeekly Alun Williams

Teledyne e2v’s Chelmsford-based Space & Quantum team are working on the development of a Cold Atom Space Payload (CASPA) Accelerometer, for future space missions’ ability to take sensitive measurements of atmospheric drag. The aim is that the sensors will improve scientifc understanding of upper atmospheric dynamics and drive advances in climate modelling, weather forecasting and ...

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Auto caps compensate for temperature

2020-11-26 07:10 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

Murata has launched two new metal terminal type multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) series with temperature compensating U2J characteristics. The KCM line for automotive applications delivers low loss and excellent stability performance in high temperature, high voltages, and high frequencies. Similarly, the KRM was developed for general purpose functions, with certain models rated at 1,250 VDC. ...

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Alias-free ADC

2020-11-26 07:03 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

ADI has introduced an alias-free ADC that aims to simplify front-end design and speed up time to market for precision DC-350kHz applications. Traditional precision data-acquisition signal chain design is a time-consuming activity as designers balance anti-alias filter requirements, passive component tolerances, phase and gain errors, as well as high-speed ADC drive requirements. The AD7134 introduces ...

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Advanced analogue in a 3mmx3mm package

2020-11-26 07:02 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

Dialog is sampling its first Advanced Analog GreenPAK IC which integrates an instrumentation amplifier with auto-trimming, digital pots, analogue switches and myriad digital functions with in-system programmability in a 3 mm x 3 mm package. The SLG47004 is a suitable replacement for designs that include programmable gain amplifiers, instrumentation amplifiers, digital potentiometers and analogue switches. ...

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Allwinner H6 SBC offers dual Ethernet, four display outputs, M.2 expansion

2020-11-26 05:48 CNXSoft Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)

While the processor was introduced in 2017, there are only a few Allwinner H6 SBC’s...

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DevTerm with ClockworkPi v3.14: a modular, portable computer

2020-11-26 04:35 CNXSoft Abhishek Jadhav

After the launch of ClockworkPi GameShell in Q4 2018, now ClockworkPi has come with yet...

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China Focusses On EDA

2020-11-26 02:02 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

Just as numerous Chinese device manufacturers fall into trouble, the Nikkei reports on a trio of EDA start-ups in China which are hiring Synopsys and Cadence people in another attempt to grow a self-sufficient domestic chip industry. The three are: X-Epic of Nanjing, Hejian Industrial Software of Shanghai, and Advanced Manufacturing EDA Co., or Amedac, ...

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Raspberry Pi CM3+ gets its own keyboard computer

2020-11-25 21:50 LinuxGizmos Eric Brown

Clockwork is pre-selling an $219 to $249, open-spec “DevTerm” retro AiO PC kit with a Raspberry Pi CM3+, a keyboard with gamepad, a 6.8-inch IPS screen, a thermal printer, and a battery holder. Future options will include RK3399 and Allwinner H6 models. Clockwork’s open source DevTerm Kit runs Linux on a Raspberry Pi Compute Module […]

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Imagination launches new multi-core low-bandwidth NNA for ADAS

2020-11-25 18:59 Embedded.com Nitin Dahad

Imagination Technologies has launched the IMG Series4, a family of neural network accelerators (NNA) featuring a new multi-core architecture and up to 90% improvement in data processing bandwidth efficiency. The company said its features enable up to 600 tera operations per second (TOPS) performance and low latency for large neural network workloads in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

Commenting on the new architecture, Andrew Grant, senior director, artificial intelligence, Imagination Technologies, said, “In terms of hardware architectural features, we have created pre-built clusters with on-chip memory (OCM or SRAM), shared OCM, high bandwidth interconnect and a new flexible pipeline which is more efficient.” He continued, “The new IMG Series4 is a multi-core NNA with low-energy, low-bandwidth requirements and ultra-low latency. It has advanced features like Imagination Tensor Tiling (ITT) to reduce bandwidth by up to 90% and it’s designed for automotive safety.”

Its multi-core capability allows for flexible allocation and synchronization of workloads across the cores. Imagination’s software, which provides fine-grained control and increases flexibility through batching, splitting and scheduling of multiple workloads, can now be exploited across any number of cores, available in configurations of 2, 4, 6, or 8 cores per cluster.

Imagination Series 4 architecture
In this diagram 8 cores are shown with high bandwidth interconnects connecting them and shared on-chip memory (OCM) that can be used by all the cores. In addition, each of the cores has its own on-chip memory or SRAM for it to use so weights and intermediate data are kept close to the individual cores. Each 8-core cluster delivers over 100 TOPS in 5 nm technology and with over 30 TOPS per watt and over 12 TOPS per millimetre squared. (Image: Imagination Technologies)

The ITT function is a patent-pending technology that addresses bandwidth efficiency by splitting input data tensors into multiple tiles for efficient data processing. ITT exploits local data dependencies to keep intermediate data in on-chip memory. This minimizes data transfers to external memory, reducing bandwidth by up to 90%. ITT is a scalable algorithm with major benefits on networks with large input data sizes.

Imagination said that with ITT, which is patent pending, this brings in reduced bandwidth requirements, providing the ability to split the networks and run them on the selected cores and enabling really fine-grained control over the workload.

The outcome of these architectural features is ultra-high performance and ultra-low latency, according to Imagination. The low-power NNA architecture is designed to run full network inferencing while meeting functional safety requirements. It executes multiple operations in a single pass to maximize performance per watt and deliver industry-leading energy efficiency.

The Series4 offers 12.5 TOPS per core at less than one watt. For example, an 8-cluster core can deliver 100 TOPS: thus, a 6×100 solution offers 600 TOPS. A Series4 NNA achieves performance that is over 20x faster than an embedded GPU and 1000x faster than an embedded CPU for AI inference.

On the low latency front, by combining all the cores into a 2, 4, 6 or 8-core cluster, all the cores can be dedicated to executing a single task, reducing latency, and therefore response time, by a corresponding factor. For example, for an 8-core cluster by a factor of eight.

Series4 has already been licensed and will be available on the market in December 2020.

Addressing AI performance for automotive
The automotive industry is on the cusp of a revolution, with new use cases such as self-driving cars and robotaxis demanding new levels of artificial intelligence (AI) performance. To that end, Imagination is already working with leading players and innovators in automotive, and other industries where functional safety is valued.

James Hodgson, principle analyst, smart mobility and automotive, ABI Research, said, “While we expect the demand for ADAS to triple by around 2027 the automotive industry is already looking beyond this to full self-driving cars and robotaxis. Wider adoption of neural networks will be an essential factor in the evolution from Level 2 and 3 ADAS, to full self-driving at Level 4 and Level 5. These systems will have to cope with hundreds of complex scenarios, absorbing data from numerous sensors, such as multiple cameras and LiDAR, for solutions such as automated valet parking, and intersection management and safely navigating complex urban environments. A combination of high performance, low latency and energy efficiency will be key to scaling highly automated driving.”

Andrew Grant added, “Innovators are already tackling the task of creating the silicon that will support the next generation of ADAS features and autonomous vehicles. Any company or R&D team looking to be a serious player in automotive needs to be integrating this technology into their platforms now.”

Grant also said Series4 enables the safe inference of neural networks without performance degradation. “It incorporates hardware safety mechanisms and is designed following ISO 26262 processes. We have hardware features such as CRCs, watchdogs and performance monitors, and selective parity in logic and RAMs so that we can meet ASIL decomposition requirements. These hardware safety mechanisms protect the compiled network, the execution of the network and the data processing pipeline. The IP safety package also includes documentation.”

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Compact embedded system runs Linux on i.MX8M

2020-11-25 17:20 LinuxGizmos Eric Brown

MiTac’s fanless “ME1-108T” embedded computer runs Linux on an up to quad-core i.MX8M with up to 4GB LPDDR4, up to 32GB eMMC, 2x GbE, 3x USB, and HDMI, DP, serial, mini-PCIe, and 40-pin RPi GPIO. ICP Germany announced the launch of MiTac’s compact ME1-108T embedded system. Although we have reported on dozens of compute modules […]

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Touch-less screen avoids unnecessary contact

2020-11-25 16:42 ElectronicsWeekly Steve Bush

GTK has partnered with UK fabless chip maker TouchNetix to develop a touch-less user interface that avoide unnecessary contact. TouchNetix’ aXiom chip allows the touchscreen sensor to detect a user’s hand some distance from the screen – Operation can be though a finger held 50 – 60mm from the screen executing tapping, flicking and swiping ...

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AdaCore tools for Wind River Helix virtualisation

2020-11-25 16:15 ElectronicsWeekly Steve Bush

AdaCore has launched a new edition of its Gnat Pro Ada, C and C++ development tool suites to support Wind River’s Helix virtualisation platform. Gnat Pro comes in separate packages for Ada or C/C++, and “enhances Helix platform’s ability to consolidate mixed-criticality aerospace, defence and automotive applications onto a certifiable platform”, according to AdaCore. “Helix platform ...

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The Pay-Off

2020-11-25 15:27 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/Astra Zeneca and Moderna all announced major vaccine milestones last week. However, while Moderna and BioNTech, both smaller biotech firms, have seen their share prices soar through much of 2020, Pfizer and AstraZeneca merely trotted along, with Pfizer’s share price is down 2% since the beginning of the year.

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3D printable nylon from old Cornish fishing nets

2020-11-25 15:11 ElectronicsWeekly Steve Bush

If you want to try printing with nylon, with less environmental impact* that virgin nylon, a company called Fishy Filaments is making a 1.75mm filament by recycling Cornish fishing nets. ‘Porthcurno‘ (right) is nylon 6 and, according to the company, made from the nets of boats sailing from Newlyn (where the company is based) to ...

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UK Second Best At Tax Avoidance

2020-11-25 15:11 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

Here’s something we’re nearly world-beating at – facilitating tax avoidance. The Cayman Islands beat us into No.2 with estimates from the recent State of Tax Justice 2020 report saying that, in an average year, $70.4 billion tax revenues is lost around the world due to the Caymans’ facilitation of corporate tax abuse and private tax evasion. ...

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E-skin detects both temperature and force with one sensor

2020-11-25 13:26 ElectronicsWeekly Steve Bush

Ion-based sensing is at the heart of an e-skin that can separately detect temperature and pressure through a single mechanism. To create the skin, Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) teamed up with Stanford University. “Human skin is freely stretchable yet unbreakable because it is full of electrolytes, so the joint research team made ...

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While my guitar gently senses

2020-11-25 12:24 ElectronicsWeekly Alun Williams

Check out this Bluetooth LE sensor which continuously monitors the internal temperature and humidity levels of an an acoustic guitar to help maintain the instrument - it's the Lee Guitars Bluetooth Thermo-Hygrometer.

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2:1 MIPI switch for 2x data + 1x clock D-PHY, or 2x C-PHY

2020-11-25 10:39 ElectronicsWeekly Steve Bush

Diodes is aiming at image sensors and cameras in smartphones and other mobiles with a MIPI 2:1 switch for D-PHY and C-PHY signals. Called PI3WVR628, it is a six channel single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switch supporting two data lanes plus a clock lane for D-PHY signals, or two lanes for C-PHY signals. Optimisation is for rapid switching between ...

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Ender 3 Pro 3D printer in late 2020 – Build and first prints

2020-11-25 08:36 CNXSoft Karl Johnson

Karl here. How does the Ender 3 Pro 3D printer stand up in late 2020?...

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SK Telecom develops AI processor

2020-11-25 07:49 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

SK Telecom has developed an AI chip named ‘SAPEON X220’ with a deep learning computation speed of 6.7 kilo-frames per second with a power draw of 60W. From next year, the company will apply SAPEON X220 to its AI service NUGU to improve the voice recognition capability. An SK affiliate company, ADT Caps, will use the ...

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Drew Nelson to relinquish CEO role at IQE and become President

2020-11-25 07:28 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

IQE, the compound semiconductor specialist, has announced that its founder and CEO Drew Nelson will stand down as CEO once a successor has been found. He will then take up the role of president of the company. Nelson founded IQE 32 years ago. “I have been extremely proud and privileged to serve IQE and its ...

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China to spend $165bn on 5G

2020-11-25 07:26 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

China plans to spend $165 billion on 5G, according to Xu Ziyang (pictured) CEO of switchgear vendor ZTE. That amount would be 50% more than China spent on 4G, said Xu. ZTE estimates the Q2 RAN market at $9.4 billion and said that ZTE had a 30% share of it. According to Xu, 690,000 5G ...

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AAC Clyde Space UK signs deal for 10 Glasgow-built xSPANCION satellites

2020-11-25 07:14 ElectronicsWeekly Alun Williams

A deal signed by AAC Clyde Space UK and the European Space Agency (ESA) will see 10 new government-backed satellites being built in Scotland. The small satellites will be built as part of a new three-year project entitled xSPANCION. The aim is to create a satellite constellation that businesses can use for applications such as ...

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Melexis tyre pressure sensor meets upcoming regulatory standards

2020-11-25 07:12 ElectronicsWeekly David Manners

Melexis, the Belgian automotive IC fabless specialist, has unveiled a smart tire sensor to help OEMs prepare for the forthcoming extension of mandatory tire-pressure monitoring to include commercial vehicles, and to enable future generations of smart tires. Specially designed to be embedded in the tire, unlike current rim-mounted TPMS sensors, the MLX91805 TMS integrates an ...

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