Apple developing processor especially for AI

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Apple is developing a processor specially for artificial intelligence applications, according to a report on Bloomberg

The maker of iPhones, iPads and a number of other computing devices and machines is said to refer to the chip internally as the “Apple Neural Engine”.

Bloomberg, which says its source requested anonymity, adds that the AI-dedicated chip will be used for facial recognition, speech processing and other tasks which require the processing of large amounts of data.  Continue reading Apple developing processor especially for AI

Tiny chip capable of running deep neural networks could accelerate robotics development

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One of the challenges in robotics development is the fact that the computer processing required is just massive, often too much for a complex machine to handle onboard without packing very large pieces of hardware. 

One way around it has been to connect the robots up to cloud computing systems which run such things as neural networks and can remotely process data – but this is inefficient and slow.

Even if takes a few seconds to process massive quantities of data, those seconds are just too much time wasted for a machine such, for example, an autonomous car on the move – these things need to be instantaneous.  Continue reading Tiny chip capable of running deep neural networks could accelerate robotics development

Qualcomm unveils first communications chip for connected cars

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Chip giant Qualcomm has revealed its first communications chip for connected cars, a market in which it is soon to be dominant after its acquisition of NXP Semiconductor goes through. 

Presenting the new chip at CES, Patrick Little, Qualcomm’s senior vice president of automotive, said the chip can handle cellular signals at speeds measured in gigabits per second, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

“No longer will you be cranking windows and pushing buttons,” WSJ quoted Little as saying. “You’ll walk into your car and it will feel like a very seamless transition with your handset.”

Full report on Wall Street Journal

Qualcomm could become king of the road if it buys NXP

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Mergers and acquisitions happen quite frequently these days, and there’s a lot of interest surrounding them. 

For example, there are currently strong rumours that US smartphone chip giant Qualcomm is about to buy NXP Semiconductor for $40 billion.

NXP itself last year bought Freescale for $12 billion. The deal gave NXP access to the market for micro-controllers, in which Freescale is one of the leading companies.

And in a separate, similarly large deal, Japanese communications colossus SoftBank recently agreed to buy the British chip designer ARM for $32 billion.  Continue reading Qualcomm could become king of the road if it buys NXP

‘One in every 15 cars uses our chips,’ boasts Infineon

System diagram of automotive 77 GHz radar system
System diagram of automotive 77 GHz radar system

Infineon Technologies predicts that by the end of 2016, more than half of all new automotive 77-GHz radar systems worldwide will be equipped with chips from the company. 

Statistically speaking, that means around one in 15 new cars will use a driver assistance system with 77-GHz radar chips from Infineon.

Given these figures, Infineon claims “market leadership… in the rapidly growing market for radar chips for driver assistance systems”. Continue reading ‘One in every 15 cars uses our chips,’ boasts Infineon

New Infineon chip enables Lenovo to build world’s smallest 3D camera, bringing augmented reality to smartphones

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Lenovo is the first manufacturer worldwide to bring Tango technology to a consumer product.

Google’s technology that allows devices to understand spatial information is an exclusive feature in the Phab2 Pro smartphone.

Based on the Time-of-Flight principle, the Real3 image sensor chip from Infineon Technologies equips the smartphone with a 3-dimensional perception of the surroundings in real-time.

Infineon provides the only image sensor chip in the world meeting Google’s specifications.  Continue reading New Infineon chip enables Lenovo to build world’s smallest 3D camera, bringing augmented reality to smartphones