The Evolution of Entertainment Engineering | Design News

nullPC-based controls are continuing to make a mark on entertainment applications. The platform has a long history of providing performance and flexibility, but is now also evolving to bring additional technology for productions such as Hamilton, lobby theaters for resorts, and controls used in the 2017 America’s Cup.

Cost-effective automation systems are setting the stage for theater and show applications of all sizes based on the experience of Hudson Scenic Studio. Hudson serves Broadway productions such as Aladdin, but also supports stage and show technology for customers of all sizes.

To control all of the complex moving parts in a large-scale theatrical production, Hudson uses embedded PCs from Beckhoff Automation with 1.5 GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core CPU, as well as several CX5100 embedded PCs with Intel Atom processors with up to four cores. Seven-inch CP6606 panel PCs with ARM Cortex-A8 processors are used for testing effects before implementing them in the field.

Source: The Evolution of Entertainment Engineering | Design News

Bringing Open Standards for Safety Critical to the Automotive Industry | Design News

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Enhanced safety features are seen by many as the next major differentiator for vehicle manufactures looking to grow market share. At the same time, artificial intelligence is increasingly seen as a means to enable these advanced features and capabilities that were not previously considered possible or viable.

Advancing safety features by using sensor fusion in a vehicle to make tactical driving decisions is only seen as viable if using artificial intelligence, for instance.

The next-generation of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) support in vehicles needs to compute vast amounts of data using sensor fusion applications with decision-making capabilities in order to make sense of the environment in which vehicles operate and make safe tactical maneuvers and decisions.

This presents a growing need for neural network processing and multi-layer data compute stacks to receive and consume vast amounts of data from things like sensors, cameras, GPS, LiDAR 3D point data, ultrasonics, and V2X or V2V communication.

Moreover, there is a need for the layers in these systems to not only be technically efficient, but also compatible with existing automotive safety standards.

Source: Bringing Open Standards for Safety Critical to the Automotive Industry | Design News

Argonne Computational Model to Accelerate Engine Development for Hypersonic Flight

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Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, working in collaboration with Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Convergent Science Inc., have created a new numerical modeling tool that allows for a better understanding of a powerful engine that could one day propel the next generation of airplanes and rockets.

Rotating detonation engines (RDEs) have received significant attention from the propulsion community in the last decade.

Unlike conventional gas turbine engines, which rely on subsonic constant pressure combustion, RDEs leverage high-intensity, self-sustaining detonation — a supersonic reaction wave coupled with a shock — to rapidly consume the fuel-air mixture, typically in a ring-shaped, cylindrical chamber.

Source: Argonne Computational Model to Accelerate Engine Development for Hypersonic Flight

Researchers Turn to Microgrids to Improve Energy System Efficiency


Microgrids—local energy grids with independent control capabilities—have significant benefits when it comes to delivery energy to homes, business and other buildings.

These energy systems are typically connected to the  central power grid, but can break off and operate independently using local energy generation powered by distributed generators, batteries or other renewable resources.

A group of researchers from Lehigh University, the Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute North America and Zhejiang University in China are working to improve microgrids, developing a new robust direct current (DC) microgrid system that can deliver energy safely without interruptions from inclement weather or system overload due to peak consumption.

Most DC systems—where energy moves in one direction—are vulnerable to sudden changes, including changes in load that can cause a voltage overload.

Source: Researchers Turn to Microgrids to Improve Energy System Efficiency

Hollywood: Don’t Let 5G Madness Screw Up TV | Light Reading

nullAmerica’s “race to 5G” is now running up against America’s love of television.

Specifically, some of the nation’s biggest content companies — including Disney, Discovery, CBS and Fox — are warning that the wireless industry’s latest 5G proposal could mess up video programming for up to 300 million people throughout the US.

“There ought to be at least as much time and thought devoted to protecting video downlinks [for TV] as there has been to the debate over private clearing vs. public auctions [for 5G spectrum],” wrote the content companies in a filing to the FCC.

Source: Hollywood: Don’t Let 5G Madness Screw Up TV | Light Reading

Eurobites: Chinese Ban Could Cost Europe euro 55B, Warns GSMA | Light Reading

A GSMA study estimates that a ban on the use of Chinese telecom equipment would add around €55 billion ($62 billion) to the cost of 5G network rollout in Europe, Reuters reports.

The higher bill would be the result of both “higher input costs” following a “significant loss of competition” and the need to replace existing infrastructure before carrying out 5G upgrades. (See Huawei 5G Ban May Cost UK £7B, Say Telcos in Panicky Report.)

Source: Eurobites: Chinese Ban Could Cost Europe euro 55B, Warns GSMA | Light Reading

Capacity Media | Microsoft and Oracle to combine clouds


Microsoft and Oracle have entered into a cloud interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

Thanks for the partnership enterprises can connect Azure services like Analytics and AI, to Oracle Cloud services like Autonomous Database.

“As the cloud of choice for the enterprise, with over 95% of the Fortune 500 using Azure, we have always been first and foremost focused on helping our customers thrive on their digital transformation journeys,” said Scott Guthrie (pictured), executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division.

Source: Capacity Media

Capacity Media | Cinia and MegaFon sign MoU for Arctic cable

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Cinia, a Finnish designer, builder and operator of intelligent network solutions, and MegaFon have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a new subsea cable in the Arctic.

Once completed the new system will create a new route to connect continents and to meet the growing connectivity needs of the Arctic region. The main purpose of the agreement is to establish the development company by Q4 of 2019.

“The Arctic cable will contribute to the socio-economic development of the Arctic areas. The cable is an environmentally sustainable way to boost global, regional and local economy,” said Ari-Jussi Knaapila, CEO of Cinia. “At the same time, the cable will connect three continents, covering approximately 85% of the world’s population.”

Source: Capacity Media

Stripped of Android, Huawei is Pursuing ‘Plan B’ | EE Times


Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license (known as the Android Open Source Project, or AOSP), which is free to anyone who wishes to use it.

According to data from Google, there are about 2.5 billion active Android devices worldwide.

Google will cut off Huawei from future access and tech support and cooperation on its proprietary apps and services, the spokesman confirmed.

Source: Stripped of Android, Huawei is Pursuing ‘Plan B’ | EE Times

Chipmakers Open Checkbooks to Bolster Connectivity | EE Times


Infineon Technologies has inked a deal to acquire Cypress Semiconductor for $10 billion, the latest in a series of acquisitions of connectivity chip suppliers in the last few months.

Last week, NXP announced it was acquiring Marvell’s WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity assets for $1.76 billion.

And in March, Nvidia said it was acquiring networking IC vendor Mellanox Technologies for $6.9 billion.

The common thread appears to be connectivity.

Source: Chipmakers Open Checkbooks to Bolster Connectivity | EE Times