Boeing CST-100 Starliner


With Starliner, we’re building your future in spaceflight. The spacecraft is developed in partnership with NASA and designed for researchers and adventurers alike.

Our teams used lessons passed down from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and shuttle programs, including the firsthand experience of the astronaut who commanded Space Shuttle Atlantis on the shuttle program’s final mission. Join us as Starliner expands humanity’s access to space.

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Telecom Industry Rift Widens Over Key 5G Security Issue | Light Reading

The telecom industry is riven over a critical security matter in Europe’s 5G networks, with billions of dollars on the line depending on its ultimate resolution.

The debate hinges on whether the radio access network (RAN) should be subject to less stringent controls than the 5G “core.” Some of Europe’s biggest operators are proceeding on that basis, but Ericsson, its largest vendor of mobile networks, thinks distinguishing between these domains will become increasingly difficult in 5G. If governments heed its take, the operators may be in for a shock.

That’s because many have chosen to build a 5G RAN with Huawei, a Chinese vendor deemed a security threat by US officials and some European watchdogs. Operators are keeping Huawei out of the core in the hope that any restrictions on the Chinese supplier are limited to that part of the network. As Ericsson and others stir the pot, the danger is that governments go for a more comprehensive ban.

Source: Telecom Industry Rift Widens Over Key 5G Security Issue | Light Reading

Sigfox to Support a Billion Devices by 2023 | EE Times


Sigfox CEO and co-founder Ludovic Le Moan said that with 16 million devices expected to be connected to its network by the end of this year, the company believes that having 1 billion devices connected to Sigfox by 2023 is an attainable goal.

Sigfox rolled said it is enhancing its network connectivity for the Internet of things (IoT), and announced new deployments, modules and partners at its third annual event for its partner ecosystem and customers this week (see {doclink 1335321}).

Source: Sigfox to Support a Billion Devices by 2023 | EE Times

Robo-soccer? C’mon, Man! | EE Times

“Jaw-dropping” is a word I deplore. Yet, I came close to muffing a mandible when I encountered stories about a bunch of electronics engineers — clearly with too much time on their hands — working feverishly on “the development of robotic soccer players which can beat a human World Cup champion team.”

Really?

According to an explanation of this eccentric dream, “the idea of robots playing soccer was first mentioned by Professor Alan Mackworth” of the University of British Columbia in the early 1990s.

When a robot soccer league got launched in Japan, the whole mad scheme kicked into overdrive: “Within a month… they received overwhelming reactions from researchers outside of Japan.” By 1997, the “RoboCup games” drew 40 teams and “over 5,000 spectators.”

Source: Robo-soccer? C’mon, Man! | EE Times

The 9 most disruptive tech trends of 2019 | Design News


Cobots are designed to collaboratively work alongside human with a gentle touch, i.e., to not smash fingers or step on the toes of their work buddies. Doing so requires that cobots be much more aware of their location in relation to the humans, via sensing and perception technologies.

To achieve this goal, one company, Veo Robotics, uses a variety of 3D sensors placed around the robot’s workcell to aid in location awareness. The company’s sensors add an extra measure of safety by automatically slowing down the movement of the industrial cobots whenever a human co-worker comes close.

To help supplement actual human activity, cobots are becoming more dexterous and moving beyond merely picking components on an assembly line.

Source: The 9 most disruptive tech trends of 2019 | Design News

Cellular IoT’s Top 400 Projects Account for 279 Million Devices | Light Reading

The largest 400 cellular IoT projects in the world accounted for approximately 279 million active IoT devices globally at the end of 2018, according to Analyst firm Berg Insight.

“The projects included in the top 400 list together account for approximately 279 million active cellular IoT subscriptions,” Rickard Andersson, principal analyst at Berg Insight, said in a statement. Andersson adds that this corresponds to as much as 23% of the total number of cellular IoT connections worldwide at the end of 2018.

Source: Cellular IoT’s Top 400 Projects Account for 279 Million Devices | Light Reading

Canadian Researcher Ponders Cyborg Rights | EE Times


The first thing that comes to mind when meeting Tamara Banbury via Skype video is “resistance is futile.” But the decision to implant small electronic devices in the back of her hands is her own.

Banbury is part of an online subculture created by voluntary cyborgs who are looking for mainstream acceptance and widespread adoption of their practices. It was a long winding road for her to end up back at university in 2010 at age 37, having previously been a long-haul truck driver and later working in an office for a transportation company.

Initially, Banbury went back to school for computer science because there was money to be made coding, but she found it wasn’t the right fit. “My brain does not operate the same way that coding does. I’m not such a literal logical thinker that way.”

Source: Canadian Researcher Ponders Cyborg Rights | EE Times

Global IC Sales Continue Their Dive | EE Times


Global semiconductor sales continued to decline in the third quarter of 2019, despite growth signs in the memory market.

Meanwhile, Intel retains top slot in global rankings, while Sony Semiconductor Solutions is a shining star as it entered the top 10.

In aggregate, semiconductor revenue for the first three quarters of 2019 fell by $52 billion, representing a 14.2 percent drop compared to the first three quarters of 2018.

Revenue was down by 14.7 percent to $111.3 billion in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $130.5 billion during the same period in 2018.

Source: Global IC Sales Continue Their Dive | EE Times

Qualcomm Rides on China’s Belt & Road Initiative | EE Times


China’s leading smartphone vendors such as Oppo, Vivo and Xioami aren’t just pursuing the Chinese market. Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said these companies are “tracking China’s Belt and Road initiative.”

On full display at Qualcomm’s annual Tech Summit here last week was the unassailable leadership role Qualcomm has cultivated in China. This status has enabled Qualcomm to advise Chinese smartphone OEMs and facilitate their expansion outside their home market.

Asked at a roundtable in Maui how the company is doing in China, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon responded that China’s mobile ecosystem has broken beyond China’s boundaries and has gone global.

Source: Qualcomm Rides on China’s Belt & Road Initiative | EE Times

Apple Sues Nuvia’s CEO, a Former Employee | EE Times

Top Apple processor designer Gerard Williams left Apple in February to helm the startup. Apple is suing him for breach of contract.

Gerard Williams presided over the creation of Apple’s iPhone and iPad processors. When he bolted from Apple early in 2018 to become CEO of a startup processor company, he was tempting fate, given how common it is for corporations to induce employees to sign non-compete agreements. Unsurprisingly, fate just came calling in the form of a lawsuit against Williams from his former employer, charging him with breach of contract.

Williams left Apple in February to join Nuvia, which just emerged from stealth with news of having attracted $53 million in venture funding. The company expects to create processors for servers used in data centers, competing directly with Intel.

Source: Apple Sues Nuvia’s CEO, a Former Employee | EE Times