Digitalization of Manufacturing Is More Than Fast Analog | Design News


Because digitization changes the nature of the processes, it offers manufacturers the ability to rethink the production processes and bring them into alignment with customer needs.

“Digitization is the key to being able to innovate and compete, and this is why it’s becoming more common among mid-sized and small manufacturers,” said Zvi Feuer, SVP of manufacturing engineering software at Siemens PLM Software.

“Today’s market-leading companies are digitizing manufacturing in order to be more innovative, competitive and to take on new business opportunities.”

Source: Digitalization of Manufacturing Is More Than Fast Analog | Design News

When Fatigue Can Be Fatal | Embedded Intel® Solutions


Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) that monitor fatigue-related safety to ensure employees operate at adequate levels of alertness have been in place for years in the transportation industry. However, little is done outside of enforcing duty time limitations and minimum rest times between shifts to ensure the operator doesn’t fall asleep at the wheel.

The challenge for the transportation industry is finding a way to provide real-time feedback to drivers of fatigue symptoms before drowsiness occurs. This will allow for proper intervention before there is any real risk of safety.

One such solution are biometric wearables, which have the potential to monitor vital signs and provide feedback for the wearer to take action when there is a warning of fatigue.

Source: When Fatigue Can Be Fatal | Embedded Intel® Solutions

New University Robotics Kit and Curriculum from TI Prepare Future Engineers for Systems-Level Design | 8-bit, 16-bit & 32-bit


The TI-RSLK is a low-cost robotics kit and classroom curriculum, which provide students a deeper understanding of how electronic system designs work.

The first in the series, the Maze Edition, has more than 60 electronic and mechanical components, including the industry-leading SimpleLink™ MSP432P401R microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad™ Development Kit.

TI’s SimpleLink MCU platform is the broadest portfolio of connected ARM® MCUs in a single software development environment, delivering flexible hardware, software and tool options for Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics applications.

Through the curriculum, students learn the function and purpose of each hardware and software component included within the TI-RSLK system.

Source: New University Robotics Kit and Curriculum from TI Prepare Future Engineers for Systems-Level Design | 8-bit, 16-bit & 32-bit

For Medical Device Design on the IoT, Get a Solid Head Start | IoT & M2M


If developers are able to start from a point from which they can directly address their shared challenges, they can add innovation—and value.

Early in the process they can quickly get started meeting those often intricate specific needs for a successful medical device project. That boils down to the concept of a “platform”—a combination of basic software and hardware that lets developers get right to adding their specific value and innovation.

Of course, such a platform must offer hardware and software components, which, while shared among medical projects, still focus on the common needs of medical devices.

Source: For Medical Device Design on the IoT, Get a Solid Head Start | IoT & M2M

Internet of Things Developers Conference


The Internet of Things Developers Conference (IoT DevCon) is designed specifically for IoT product developers and managers and decision-makers. The two-day focused conference delivers top industry keynote speakers, technical sessions and panel discussions from domain-specific to general techniques.

You will meet and hear from industry leading influencers as they present authoritative and trending perspectives on how the IoT will affect business and product development, and a look into the future of what IoT will bring.

When: June 5-6, 2018
Where: Santa Clara, CA

Source: Internet of Things Developers Conference – Resolving the Technical and Business Challenges of Getting Connected to Internet of Things

Self-Driving Cars’ Massive Power Consumption Is Becoming a Problem | WIRED


Today’s self-drivers don’t need extra engines, but they still use terrific amounts of power to run their onboard sensors and do all the calculations needed to analyze the world and make driving decisions. And it’s becoming a problem.

A production car you can buy today, with just cameras and radar, generates something like 6 gigabytes of data every 30 seconds. It’s even more for a self-driver, with additional sensors like lidar.

All the data needs to be combined, sorted, and turned into a robot-friendly picture of the world, with instructions on how to move through it. That takes huge computing power, which means huge electricity demands. Prototypes use around 2,500 watts, enough to light 40 incandescent light bulbs.

Source: Self-Driving Cars’ Massive Power Consumption Is Becoming a Problem | WIRED

Putting the enterprise experience first

IBM Cloud Direct Link will give Megaport’s enterprise customers the opportunity to accelerate their cloud adoption by enabling them to architect a hybrid environment linking on-premise infrastructure with private and public cloud services.

The connectivity gives Megaport’s customers access to IBM’s growing global footprint and cloud-native services which include artificial intelligence, blockchain, internet of things, serverless and more. It initially launched in the US and Australia, but will rollout to all of Megaport’s other markets over the coming weeks.

Source: Putting the enterprise experience first

Deutsche Telekom leads NB-IoT roll-out in Europe and US

The company says that it will complete deployment of the new network in the US by the middle of 2018 and Europe is due for completion by the end of 2018.

“Deutsche Telekom’s aim is to deliver this exciting technology across Europe and the US as quickly as possible, both by making the NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT) sensor network available everywhere as well as actively driving the development of innovative NB-IoT solutions,” said Ingo Hofacker, head of IoT business at Deutsche Telekom.

“The extensive availability of NB-IoT network coverage in 2018 beyond the initial city-led pilots we have seen last year lays the ground for NB-IoT solutions to be deployed not only locally, but also nationally and across borders.”

Source: Deutsche Telekom leads NB-IoT roll-out in Europe and US

IoT Development Tools for PIC32 | Design News


This series of lectures will present an IoT design and development paradigm based on modular firmware and hardware that supports Microchip’s family of PIC32 microcontrollers and the MikroElektronika click boards.

When: January 29, 2018 to February 02, 2018
Where: Online

Source: IoT Development Tools for PIC32 | Design News

VIP Central | Next Generation Memory Technology for Graphics, Networking and HPC


In this era of revolutionary technologies, memory plays a vital role in any application that requires high-speed processing. High-resolution graphics require high-speed and high-bandwidth graphics memory, resulting in rapid adoption of next generation memory technology High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM).

HBM is finding its way into leading-edge graphics, networking, HPC (High Performance Computing), and Artificial Intelligence systems; for example, decoders for a video signal, fully autonomous vehicles, neural network designs, and other advanced applications that demand low power and massive bandwidth.

Our previous memory blog – Next generation memory technologies: Ready to take the verification challenges?, discussed several next generation memory technologies across applications.

This blog will review the details of HBM, a next generation memory technology for graphics, networking and HPC.

Source: VIP Central > Next Generation Memory Technology for Graphics, Networking and HPC