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AI is all about speeding up the movement and processing of data. Ali Cheraghi, solution architect at Flex Logix, talks about why floating point data needs to be converted into integer point data, how that impacts power and performance, and how different approaches in quantization play into this formula. » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive, mobility Fraunhofer IIS has opened a five-kilometer (3.11-mile) 5G test bed for automotive 5G applications near the city of Rosenheim in Bavaria, Germany. A closed 5G network with multiple base stations covers the test track, where connected cars can be tested under real conditions. “The automotive test bed is designed specially for developers and users that want to test new conn... » read more

Software-Defined Cars


Automotive architectures are becoming increasingly software-driven, a shift that simplifies upgrades and makes it easier to add new features into vehicles. All of this is enabled by the increasing digitalization of automotive functions and features, shifting from mechanical to electrical design, and increasingly from analog to digital data. That enables OEMs to add or up-sell features years ... » read more

Zero Dark Silicon


Planning for AI requires an understanding of how much data needs to be processed and how quickly that needs to happen. Nick Ni, senior director of data center AI and compute markets at AMD, talks with Semiconductor Engineering about data bubbles and domain-specific designs, why dark silicon is no longer as useful as in the past, and how to optimize power and performance in both the data center ... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive, mobility Stellantis is buying Share Now, a car sharing service owned by BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Through the acquisition, Stellantis will be adding 3.4 million car sharing customers, 10,000 vehicles, and 14 new European cities to its Free2move car sharing service, which currently has 2 million users, 2,500 vehicles, and has 7 “mobility hubs” in the U.S. and Europe. ShareNow was a... » read more

The Importance Of Memory Encryption For Protecting Data In Use


Nowadays, as SoC (System-on-a-Chip) systems become more and more complex, security functions must grow accordingly to protect the semiconductor devices themselves and the sensitive information residing on or passing through them. While a Root of Trust security solution built into the SoCs can protect the chip and data resident therein (data at rest), many other threats exist which target interc... » read more

Building Security Into ICs From The Ground Up


Cyberattacks are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated, but they also are starting to compromise platforms that until recently were considered unbreakable. Consider blockchains, for example, which were developed as secure, distributed ledger platforms. All of them must be updated with the same data for a transaction to proceed. But earlier this year a blockchain bridge platform calle... » read more

Optimizing NoC-Based Designs


Semiconductor development is currently in a phase of rapid evolution driven by the combination of new technologies and methodologies. The technique of combining multiple functions into systems-on-chips (SoCs) is continuing to grow in complexity. Rapid advancement in new technologies for market segments like data centers, robotics, ADAS and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) are re... » read more

The Changing Automotive Industry Landscape


By Lance Brooks and Brendan Morris Consumer demand for sophisticated highly connected vehicles that provide advanced features is forcing the global automotive industry to develop more advanced electrical and electronic (E/E) architectures. The increasing adoption of connected features in all categories and segments, including on and off-road vehicles, is also driving powerful smart features ... » read more

Digitalizing Water Monitoring


Managing water resources has always been important, but that monitoring is becoming increasingly high-tech and much more useful. Rather than a spot check at the tap, or a crude measurement of water levels in a reservoir, chips are making it possible to monitor and measure water quantity and quality at the source, wherever it is stored, the spigot, and in the wastewater systems. As climate ch... » read more

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