The Looming AI War

A recent spate of acquisitions and announcements in AI and machine learning is setting the stage for a colossal showdown across the tech industry. Among those vying for top spots are Samsung, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, each with a large enough revenue stream to support an M&A feeding frenzy and the sustained investments required to remain competitive. Consider the most recent a... » read more

We’re All Beta Testers Now

There are two distinct camps forming around autonomous vehicles. One group wants to see self-driving cars on the road as quickly as possible because it will save more lives than if people are behind the wheel. Others are wary, insisting there is no way will this can or should happen in the next 10 to 15 years. Time will tell who's right. But what is clear is that the technology has far outst... » read more

Connected Reliability Concerns

Ever since the invention of the integrated circuit, the focus has been on improving technology—making it faster, smaller, cheaper, while also cutting the power budget. With the advent of the IoT and ubiquitous connectivity, the value proposition will change. Rather than just improving the chip, the focus will shift to how that chip behaves in context. How does it work in a connected world... » read more

Sharing Information About Corner Cases

The definition of what is good enough when it comes to new technology is still evolving. In safety-critical applications, as well as a number of other areas such as drones or domestic robots, people will need to watch over all machines very closely rather than the other way around. While these machines may serve a useful purpose, they also need to be monitored to ensure they don't go too far as... » read more

Will Little Guys Win IoT Race?

What we call the Internet of Things is actually a series of unrelated vertical markets, loosely tied together using various communications protocols to the Internet. Each has its own challenges, rate of growth and risk/reward formulas, which will be defined, redefined, and ultimately refined in ways we cannot see at this point. For the foreseeable future, though, it's unlikely that we will ... » read more

Why This Roadmap Matters

The semiconductor industry is now officially looking beyond PCs and servers, establishing metrics and guidance for existing and developing market segments rather than just focusing on how to get to the next process nodes. The IEEE's International Roadmap for Devices and Systems marks a fundamental shift in the industry. The uncertainty that has ensued ever since the introduction of 3D transi... » read more

The Next Big Challenge

In his keynote speech at the Synopsys User Group last month, company chairman and co-CEO Aart de Geus defined IoT as the Internet of Threats. As interviews across the semiconductor industry have revealed over the past 12 months, his comment was very much on target. As more things are connected—and that includes everything from watches to toasters to cars to buildings within a city—securi... » read more

The Price Of Fear

Fear sells, and judging from the attendance numbers and the messages coming out of this week's RSA Conference, it's selling quite well. Increasing connectedness comes at a significant price, and apparently lots of people are willing to pay that price. Security has become a huge and growing business. Attendance is one indicator. There were an estimated 40,000 attendees at this year's conferen... » read more

Mapping Silicon Valley’s Changes

Silicon Valley is changing again, this time in ways no one would have predicted a decade ago. The Valley has a long history of reinventing itself, and to some extent redefining the boundaries of exactly what constitutes Silicon Valley. The core of the Valley started out producing electronic components primarily for the military and then large electronics companies in the 1970s. The actual te... » read more

Reliability Adds Risk Over Time

Being able to connect devices to other devices has a long list of benefits, many of them related to the digitization of the analog or physical world. That includes all the benefits of being able to quantify, process and analyze information to to relay it in real time all over the globe. This is what's at the heart of the Internet of Things/Internet of Everything revolution. It's also at leas... » read more

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