Molecule Discovery Could Advance Drug Design


The researchers were able to form reactive intermediates called ketyl radicals that could allow scientists to use catalysts to convert simple molecules into complex structures in one chemical reaction in a more sustainable and waste-free manner.

“The previous strategy for creating ketyl radicals is about a century old. We have a found a complementary way to access ketyl radicals using LED lights for the synthesis of complex, drug-like molecules,” David Nagib, co-author of the new study and assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Ohio State, said in a statement.

Source: Molecule Discovery Could Advance Drug Design

October 2018 – 5G in the US: Will Satellite and Mobile Industries Finally Work in Unison? | Via Satellite


The rollout of 5G in North America is happening at a good pace.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made a series of significant announcements this year, as it looks to get the 5G revolution up and running in the United States.

It is a pivotal time for the satellite industry as it looks to maximize its revenue opportunities through C-band spectrum and 5G.

Intelsat has made proactive moves, firstly getting together with Intel and then with SES and Eutelsat to get backing for proposals that will see new solutions come to the fore.

Intelsat made huge headlines in the satellite industry proposing to expand the use of the 3700-4200 Megahertz spectrum from satellite services to terrestrial mobile services.

Source: October 2018 – 5G in the US: Will Satellite and Mobile Industries Finally Work in Unison? | Via Satellite

Tariffs Will Depress Board Sales | EE Times

After January you will pay $1,500 for a 2080 Ti and $1,000 for the 2080. U.S. consumers will be paying that tax, not the Chinese government as some politicians would like you to believe.

The price increases will provide opportunities for some smart people who will buy and hold the new AIBs (add-in boards). When the price goes up, they will sell them on eBay for only 15% more than today’s price and make a nice profit. That won’t help the GPU or AIB suppliers, already nervous about the last generation of AIBs bought for mining being dumped on eBay and killing new sales.

The falloff in sales could reflect back into the supply-chain as orders from the AIB and GPU builders are cut back. That could swell inventory levels, making balance sheets for the graphics superstars look like a mid-western cereal company’s financial report.

As a result, we could see layoffs in the supply chain, mostly in China, that could have the perverse effect of increasing costs reflected six months later in higher end-user prices. The process could trigger a feedback-loop that could look like a death-spiral.

Source: Tariffs Will Depress Board Sales | EE Times

5 Stages of an IoT Deployment | EE Times

An IoT deployment is a process. Unless a business undertakes and completes each part of the process, the deployment will be rich with problems as well as data.

It begins with planning that has little to do with the technology of the IoT and everything to do with what the business is trying to achieve.

Unless the management team are united and have a clear understanding of what it intends to deliver the whole project is doomed to get off to a slow start and an unsatisfactory finish.

Source: 5 Stages of an IoT Deployment | EE Times

What to Look for at Arm TechCon | EE Times

There are no shortages of conferences in the high-tech industry. In fact, it would have been possible to attend a conference almost every week in 2018 just focusing on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML).

However, not all conferences are created equal. I place conferences in three categories — show/deal, topic and technical.

The first are the shows like CES that are full of the new devices and where companies go to build relationships and close deals.

Topic conferences are focused on a single topic and typically have a particular audience, such as executives and investors, and there are a plethora in this category.

The third are the rarest these days, but the most important to the industry and, to the geek in us, the most interesting — the technical conferences like Arm TechCon.

Source: What to Look for at Arm TechCon | EE Times

The Memory Party is Winding Down | EE Times


A major indicator that DRAM ASPs are on the verge of decline is back-to-back years of big increases in DRAM capital spending, flooding the market with capacity that is now outstripping demand.

According to IC Insights, DRAM capital spending jumped by 81% to $16.3 billion last year and is expected to climb by another 40% to $22.9 billion this year.

“Capex spending at these levels would normally lead to an overwhelming flood of new capacity and a subsequent rapid decline in prices,” said the firm.

Source: The Memory Party is Winding Down | EE Times

Apple, Amazon Refute China Chip Hacking Story | EE Times

Sources told Bloomberg that the chips — about the size of a grain of rice and not part of the servers’ original design — were inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.

The attacks were made on servers sold by Supermicro, according to the report.

Source: Apple, Amazon Refute China Chip Hacking Story | EE Times

Apple-Dialog Deal Seen as ‘Win-Win’ | EE Times


Apple’s $600 million deal to buy Dialog Semiconductor’s power management IC business is not only a shrewd move from Apple’s perspective, but it is also the best possible scenario for the British chip company considering that its biggest company was inevitably going to design Dialog out of most if not all of its products.

To be clear, Dialog would have clearly preferred its lucrative arrangement with Apple — which as recently as 2016 accounted for 74% of Dialog’s revenues — indefinitely.

But by late last year, Dialog could see the writing on the wall, warning in a regulatory filing that it realized that Apple had the potential to bring its PMIC development in house, leaving Dialog out in the cold.

Source: Apple-Dialog Deal Seen as ‘Win-Win’ | EE Times

Five changes Democrats will seek at the Pentagon if they win power in Congress | Military & Aerospace Electronics


Here are five defense priorities Democrats identify if they win back the majority:

  • trimming the defense budget;
  • cutting off military support in Yemen;
  • more oversight of special operations;
  • reversing Trump’s transgender troops ban; and
  • blocking a low-yield nuclear weapon.

Few Democrats argue that the military is not facing readiness issues, yet the military needs to be “smart” about how it spends its money, says U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Source: Five changes Democrats will seek at the Pentagon if they win power in Congress – Military & Aerospace Electronics

Lockheed Martin eyes satellite sensor payload providers for next-gen missile warning system


This competition will be part of the first-phase contract for the next-generation overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) Block O Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) satellite, which will replace the service’s current Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) expected to be phased out within the next five years.

The award includes development scope through critical design review.

Source: Lockheed Martin eyes satellite sensor payload providers for next-gen missile warning system