Specialized hardware needed for AI to develop in gadgets

February 15, 2017

Computers are now able to beat humans at the Go game, identify melanomas as accurately as dermatologists do, and help autonomous vehicles navigate the world, and this is all thanks to an artificial intelligence technique called deep learning. Now, circuit designers are working on hardware they hope will lead to the democratization of deep learning, bringing the powerful method to the chips inside smart phones, wearables, and other consumer electronics….


Large scale quantum computer blueprints unveiled

February 2, 2017

The first practical blueprint for how to build a quantum computer, the most powerful computer on Earth has been  unveiled by an international team, led by a scientist from the University of Sussex. This huge leap forward towards creating a universal quantum computer has been published in the influential journal Science Advances. It has long been known that such a computer would revolutionize industry, science and commerce on a similar scale…


Texas Instruments STEAMs ahead with the TI-Innovator Hub

January 31, 2017

Introducing the next gen for the next gen. Texas Instruments have developed a classroom tool to teach future engineers the foundations of coding. However, as opposed to isolating the teaching of coding and programming in one class, this palm-sized box with built-in microcontroller plugs into the graphing calculator many secondary students already own (a TI-84 Plus CET or a TI-Nspire CC and TI-Nspire CX CAS). It was created using the same…


Starblaze achieves first-pass silicon success for storage SoC

Synopsys has announced that Starblaze has achieved first-pass silicon success for its MB1000 enterprise SSD controller using Synopsys’ DesignWare ARC HS38 processor as well as DDR4 and PCI Express controller and PHY IP. Starblaze selected the ARC HS38 processor because it offers multicore support for SMP Linux, a 40-bit physical address space and the ARC Processor EXtension (APEX) technology that enabled them to add instructions to reduce I/O latency. Furthermore, the…

January 31, 2017

Raspberry Pi to receive Google gift of AI

January 27, 2017

Selling more than 10 million credit card-sized computers, Raspberry Pi is the most successful British computer ever. Now it could be about to get even more powerful. Google is working to bring its artificial intelligence, machine learning and other developer tools to the small computer, Pi’s creators have said. “Google is going to arrive in style in 2017,” a blog post on the Raspberry Pi website says. “The tech titan…


Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 launched

January 16, 2017

Raspberry Pi have launched two versions of Compute Module 3. The first is the ‘standard’ CM3 which has a BCM2837 processor at up to 1.2GHz with 1GByte RAM, the same as Pi3, and 4Gbytes of on-module eMMC flash. The second version is what we are calling ‘Compute Module 3 Lite’ (CM3L) which still has the same BCM2837 and 1Gbyte of RAM, but brings the SD card interface to the Module pins so…


No boundaries for boundary scan at IPX Apex 2017

January 5, 2017

JTAG Technologies return to San Diego this year to premiere several new hardware products for PCB testing and In-System [Device] Programming and -to introduce their new collaborative product with Altium – JTAG Maps. Introduction to JTAG Maps A large number of today’s electronic designs feature JTAG/boundary-scan components that provide valuable test resources during hardware debug, manufacturing test and even depot repair. JTAG Maps is a simple extension to the Altium…


Gold-plated DNA wires conduct energy

November 10, 2016

The transistor industry has shrunk the central elements of their computer chips to fourteen nanometers in the last sixty years. Conventional methods, however, are hitting physical boundaries. Researchers around the world are looking for alternatives. One method could be the self-organization of complex components from molecules and atoms. Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and Paderborn University have now made an important advance: the physicists conducted a current through gold-plated…


A promising alternative to animal testing created

October 26, 2016

The first entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing has been made by Harvard University researchers. Built by a fully automated, digital manufacturing procedure, the 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be quickly fabricated in customized form factors allowing researchers to easily collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies. This new approach to manufacturing may one day allow researchers to rapidly design organs-on-chips, also known as microphysiological systems, that match the properties of…


Enterprise emulation platform developed for Post-K computer

Cadence Design Systems has announced that Fujitsu has adopted the Cadence Palladium Z1 enterprise emulation platform for the development of the ARMv8-based Post-K computer. The Post-K computer is the next gen flagship supercomputer in Japan that reaches performance targets that are a maximum of 100 times faster than the K computer, which is the original 10-petaflop supercomputer that started full-scale operation in 2012. After a rigorous multi-vendor selection process, Fujitsu decided to…

October 25, 2016