Right-Sizing Your Cryptographic Processing Solution


The cornerstone of all security solutions that deal with confidentiality, integrity and authentication is cryptography. Cryptography is a complex math problem used to help create security applications. Algorithms vary for different applications and are used for specific purposes. The common cryptographic algorithms are symmetric block ciphers for confidentiality, hash functions for integrity, a... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: July 10


Heating up EV batteries Researchers from Pennsylvania State University developed a self-heating battery that can charge rapidly in cold conditions, a step they hope could spread adoption of electric vehicles. "Electric vehicles are popular on the west coast because the weather is conducive," said Xiao-Guang Yang, assistant research professor in mechanical engineering, Penn State. "Once you ... » read more

Machine Learning’s Limits


Semiconductor Engineering sat down with Rob Aitken, an Arm fellow; Raik Brinkmann, CEO of OneSpin Solutions; Patrick Soheili, vice president of business and corporate development at eSilicon; and Chris Rowen, CEO of Babblelabs. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: Where are we with machine learning? What problems still have to be resolved? Aitken: We're in a state where thi... » read more

The Impact of AI On Autonomous Vehicles


Automotive systems designers initially used traditional embedded-vision algorithms in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). One of the key enablers of vehicle autonomy moving forward will be the application of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, particularly those based upon deep-learning algorithms implemented on multi-layer convolutional neural networks (CNNs). These algorithms show... » read more

IIoT And Predictive Maintenance


It’s every production line manager’s nightmare—some machinery breaks down, stopping production on the factory floor. In a fab, if just one piece of semiconductor manufacturing equipment goes down and is out of service for hours, wafer fabrication can grind to a halt. Such shutdowns are expensive, especially if the plant is operating on a 24-hour schedule to meet demand. One selling poi... » read more

Finding And Fixing ML’s Flaws


OneSpin CEO Raik Brinkmann sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to discuss how to make machine learning more robust, predictable and consistent, and new ways to identify and fix problems that may crop up as these systems are deployed. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: How do we make sure devices developed with machine learning behave as they're supposed to, and how do we... » read more

Architecture, Materials And Software


AI, machine learning and autonomous vehicles will require massive improvements in performance, at the same power consumption level (or better), over today's chips. But it's obvious that the usual approach of shrinking features to improve power/performance isn't going to be sufficient. Scaling will certainly help, particularly on the logic side. More transistors are needed to process a huge i... » read more

AI: The Next Big Thing


The next big thing isn't actually a thing. It's a set of finely tuned statistical models. But developing, optimizing and utilizing those models, which collectively fit under the umbrella of artificial intelligence, will require some of the most advanced semiconductors ever developed. The demand for artificial intelligence is almost ubiquitous. As with all "next big things," it is a horizonta... » read more

The Week in Review: IoT


Finance Toronto-based Ecobee, which markets smart thermostats, raised $61 million in its Series C funding, bringing the total funding for the 11-year-old company to $146 million. Energy Impact Partners led the new round and was joined by Amazon’s Alexa Fund, Relay Ventures, and Thomvest. Ecobee counts Nest Labs, the Google subsidiary, as its chief rival. ThoughtWire, also headquartered in... » read more

Analyzing The Losses In Visually Lossless Compression Algorithms


Over the past few years there has been a remarkable progress in the quality of display devices, with 4K displays becoming the norm, and 8K and 10K displays following closely. However, this increase in quality has led to a tremendous increase in the amount of data being transmitted over display links. To meet these demands most display interfaces are now making use of compression. This white pap... » read more

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