When the US administration added Huawei Technologies to the Commerce Dept.’s Entity List in May — effectively placing the Chinese vendor on the trading naughty step — it opened up what I would call the Pandora’s Box of Telecoms. Why?
Because it unleashed an array of industrial and political ills that, ultimately, mean the global telecoms technology supply chain will never be the same again, no matter what agreements are struck in the coming days or weeks.
While the current perfidious smiles of politicians indeed suggest that a trading truce between the US and China will lead to new, more relaxed rules of engagement between US vendors and Huawei (likely), or even the removal of the Chinese firm from the Entity List altogether (less likely), the damage has been done.
Free Netflix. Free Hulu. Private WiFi. Oh, and 5G too.
And that’s all available only on your carrier’s most expensive unlimited plan.
Verizon has heralded 5G as powering the “fourth industrial revolution.” Sprint promises it will “allow our customers to live a better life.”
But in practice, 5G mostly sits next to promotions like a free Apple Music account inside of operators’ existing pricing plans.
Meaning, none of the nation’s four big 5G providers has introduced new 5G pricing options like the operators in South Korea did when they launched 5G. Nor are they offering different 5G speed tiers, as Vodafone announced this week (Vodafone’s 5G plans offer 2 Mbit/s for $29/month, 10 Mbit/s for $34/month or the fastest 5G speeds for $38/month).
Instead, US carriers are just cramming 5G into their existing, most expensive unlimited data plans.
DDS is an IIoT connectivity standard that specifically addresses the growing software integration challenges in industrial systems.
Automation platforms require an increasing amount of distributed software at the control and process levels. Once a technician monitored and controlled the mud pump subsystem on the rig and coordinated with other technicians running other subsystems like the drill head. With an automation platform, there are compute nodes running software applications that manage both subsystems.
These applications need to share data at high rates between dozens to hundreds of software applications in ways that are secure and can scale. This is where the use of DDS, one of the core IIoT connectivity standards suggested by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), has proven its value.
OPC UA is another IIC core connectivity standard in industrial automation used to address the device integration challenge.
Privacy. Security. The two notions have never been mutually exclusive, but there’s always been some risk of tension between them. Recently, technology has been increasingly at the intersection of the two, increasing that tension.
Electronics companies and the engineers who work for them have created the means to both improve and violate privacy, and to both increase and compromise security, sometimes all at once in the same product. That makes the industry increasingly liable for all of it.
Which is why we embarked on this Special Project on the intersection of privacy and security.
First, there’s the challenge of quantifying what “good enough” means in the specific case. Second, it is rare that a single, briefly stated objective such as “accuracy of 0.1%” is enough to characterize the full situation, as there are many kinds of accuracy and errors: worst-case and typical nonlinearity, distortion, and various artifacts can lead to some interesting and often heated discussions as to which specs are important and how they related to the context of the situation.
Plus, you nearly always have to factor in the temperature range that the electronic and mechanical elements may see, for assessing effect of temperature and even component overheating.
When the objectives are aggressive, and the accuracy and performance specs are tight, the designer must look at multiple paths to success. There are usually three ways to go, and they can be used individually or in parallel …
We talk a lot about what’s going on with metal powders and resins and the advances in thermoplastics that are adding a whole new level of functionality to FDM printers.
However ceramics are coming to occupy their own niche within additive manufacturing. By now you’re probably thinking, why focus on yet another 3D printing material?
The answer is because 3D-printable ceramics offer a range in technologies and applications not found in many other areas of 3D printing.
3D printing with ceramics deserves a shoutout for a number of reasons: It has unique material properties making it applicable to a wide variety of fields; those properties allow for a design freedom unique even by the standard of additive manufacturing; that design freedom allows for creating complex geometries that would be tricky, if not impossible.
First released in 2007 by two Stanford PhD students who observed their colleague’s lack of entry into the robotics field, the Robot Operating System (ROS) was developed to be a distributed and modular open-source platform for robotics software development.
Makers, engineers, researchers, and educators can use as little or much of the modular library functions for their robotics designs and projects. The distributive abilities of sharing modular software component packages is the major appeal of ROS within the robotics community. And there are currently over 3,000 software component packages contributed by the Open Robotics community, creating thriving ecosystem for ROS.
Although ROS is not operating system in the vein of Windows 10 or Linux, the software development platform provides a system of nodes that allows interprocesses to occur within the target’s intelligent platform.
Etisalat Digital is partnering Microsoft in the UAE to provide government bodies, large enterprises and SMEs with digital solutions to support business transformation.
The announcement comes in time with the official launch of Microsoft’s cloud regions in the region. The newly launched cloud regions will offer services that include Azure, Office 365 and ExpressRoute, as well as data residency options for customers.
In the world of AI research, Europe has drawn a line in the sand, declaring that R&D must focus squarely on “Edge AI.”
This proclamation draws a stark contrast to “Cloud-based AI,” the model aggressively pursued by China and the United States.
During “Innovation Days” hosted here by French research institute CEA-Leti this past week, Emmanuel Sabonnadiere, CEA-Leti’s CEO, discussed the “two schools of AI research” that have split the world in two.
Applied Materials, Inc., bid $2.2 billion to acquire Kokusai Electric Corp. in a deal in line with the current conservative tone of acquisitions in the capital equipment sector. Kokusai’s vertical diffusion furnaces, which are mainly used by DRAM and NAND vendors, would add about 10% to Applied’s revenues.
Kokusai grew about 42% in the memory boom of the past three years and logged an estimated $1.8 billion in 2018 revenues. But it is likely to take a significant hit from the current downturn among DRAM and NAND makers who are its major customers.