Google Cloud partners AT&T for digital transformation


Google Cloud and AT&T have announced a collaboration to help enterprises maximize Google Cloud’s technologies using AT&T edge connectivity, including 5G.

Together the two companies will test a portfolio of 5G edge solutions edge computing solutions for industries, such as retail, manufacturing, and transportation.

The project will combine AT&T’s network, Google Cloud’s technologies such as AI/ML and Kubernetes, as well as edge computing to help enterprises address real business challenges.

Source: Google Cloud partners AT&T for digital transformation

Relief as CFIUS Clears Infineon Cypress Deal | EE Times

Infineon Technologies and Cypress Semiconductor must have breathed a big sigh of relief on Monday evening, as they both issued statements saying the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had cleared the planned acquisition of Cypress by Infineon. The statements added that the final part of the process was for Chinese approvals.

Market speculation was rife last week after it was reported in some media that the $10.1 billion deal could be blocked by the U.S Treasury body on the grounds of national security risks.

Source: Relief as CFIUS Clears Infineon Cypress Deal | EE Times

Eurobites: France says ‘oui’ to Huawei | Light Reading

French cybersecurity agency ANSSI is set to tell operators that they can use Huawei gear in their networks – as long as they keep it out of the “core” bits. This is according to Reuters, which cites two anonymous sources.

The decision clearly flies in the face of advice from the Trump administration in the US, which sees Huawei as a conduit for Chinese state-sponsored espionage, and has for months been applying pressure on European countries to exclude the Chinese vendor from their respective communications infrastructures.

(See For Huawei, US Purgatory Is the New Norm and For Trump’s Attack Dogs, There’s No Stopping Huawei.)

Source: Eurobites: France says ‘oui’ to Huawei | Light Reading

Is 5G industrial intervention needed? | Light Reading


Recent press reports suggest that some in the US are considering whether there should be strategic purchases of Ericsson or Nokia in order to bolster their ability to compete against Chinese manufacturers in 5G networks.

However, this argument is flawed in so many ways.

5G is critical. Proponents of 5G argue that it is much more than just another generation of cellular technology and that it will be transformational. Some suggest it will be more important to society than the arrival of electricity.

But this is wrong. 5G will be just another generation – much as 4G was an incremental improvement over 3G.

Source: Is 5G industrial intervention needed? | Light Reading

Europe’s telco incumbents slashed 18.5K jobs in 2019 | Light Reading


Since 2012, the workforce across seven telecom incumbents in Western Europe has shrunk by 15%, or nearly 105,000 jobs, as companies have sold assets, outsourced operations and taken advantage of automation and other efficiency-boosting measures.

Data compiled by Light Reading shows the seven operators, all former state-owned monopolies, had around 573,000 employees last year, down from more than 678,000 in 2012. The companies are Deutsche Telekom (Germany), KPN (the Netherlands), Orange (France), Proximus (Belgium), Swisscom (Switzerland), Telecom Italia (Italy) and Telefónica (Spain).

Source: Europe’s telco incumbents slashed 18.5K jobs in 2019 | Light Reading

COVID-19 makes data connectivity as critical as toilet paper | Light Reading


Confining teenagers to their bedrooms used to be a form of punishment. These days it is a treat like no other. With great broadband and a round-the-clock curfew comes a great opportunity for social media and Fortnite.

As governments fight the outbreak of COVID-19 by closing schools and restricting outdoor activities, residential broadband usage could spike, this Light Reading analysis shows. Teenage gaming enthusiasts and Instagram addicts are not the only reason. Adults forced or advised to work from home will need online connectivity throughout the usual office hours.

Source: COVID-19 makes data connectivity as critical as toilet paper | Light Reading

Xilinx Launches Biggest ACAP Yet | EE Times


Xilinx has released details of its Versal Premium series, designed for telco network infrastructure and cloud applications. These devices offer three times the bandwidth and will enable double the compute density for accelerated workloads in the data center, when compared to Xilinx’ previous generation of FPGAs.

Versal Premium is part of Xilinx’ adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP) — the company’s name for its combination of ‘adaptable hardware’ (programmable logic), scalar engines (CPUs), intelligent engines (AI or DSP accelerators) and hard IP blocks for connectivity and security.

Source: Xilinx Launches Biggest ACAP Yet | EE Times

EC to Bet on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles | EE Times


In its push to become climate neutral by 2050, the European Commission this week unveiled an industrial strategy called the “Clean Hydrogen Alliance.

The public-private partnership between the EC, Europe’s fuel cell and hydrogen industry and research organizations will drive the region’s efforts to ensure Europe’s energy independence and develop zero-emission cars.

The universal goal for the next-generation vehicles is cars that produce less harmful substances and less noise. The whole world is experimenting with electric vehicles (EV). One of the drawbacks of EVs, which belong to the electro-mobility sector, is that they have long charging times.

That’s a problem that might be solved by hydrogen fueling, also called cell fueling. Hydrogen cells exploit the same energy used by spacecraft to reach the Earth’s orbit.

But how do hydrogen cars work? What are the strengths and weaknesses?

Source: EC to Bet on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles | EE Times

A new architecture for the provision of secure storage offers higher capacity at lower cost | EE Times


The steady progression of semiconductor fabrication processes as predicted by Moore’s Law has been beneficial for embedded systems developers in almost all respects.

But it has given rise to one particular difficulty for users of applications processors who require a high level of security protection for their device and for the data that it transmits and receives. That’s because of the growing mismatch between the CMOS fabrication process in which an applications processor is made and the technology for fabricating the non-volatile on-chip NOR Flash in which boot code, application code and sensitive user data are stored.

While leading-edge applications processors today are being fabricated in a sub-10 nm process, the NOR Flash process has lagged behind for several generations because of basic physical limitations of the technology. Today, floating-gate Flash circuitry is only embedded in devices fabricated at 40nm or earlier nodes.

This means that Flash is not embedded in the most advanced, highest-performance processors. For secure code and data storage, designers therefore have to specify an external device which contains secure memory capacity.

Source: A new architecture for the provision of secure storage offers higher capacity at lower cost | EE Times

Vehicle Networking: More Than Just a Trend | EE Times


The worldwide automotive industry is in the midst of its biggest transformation in decades, with two concurrent megatrends — fundamental changes in drive technology, and vehicle networking. Actually, the word trend falls short here, as vehicle networking is a necessary and basic step on the way to fully or partially automated driving. In fact, even before taking automated driving into account, connectivity is already playing a decisive role for OEMs as a key to new business and service models.

There are numerous use cases, and they underline the importance of consistently pushing this concept forward in all areas. This is because vehicle networking is a blanket term for a wide variety of technologies that collectively determine the next level of automotive evolution.

A special aspect here is that some concepts and innovations dig deep into the DNA of the decades-old vehicle architecture and rethink it.

This is important because the challenge of achieving fully networked and automated vehicles can only be met with solutions that depart from existing structures.

Source: Vehicle Networking: More Than Just a Trend | EE Times