Startup Funding: August 2020


Semiconductor startups were hot this month, with big funding going to designers and chip analytics. In automotive, one Chinese electric vehicle company raised another large round right before its IPO, and a LiDar maker's reverse merger gave it a cash infusion and set it on its own IPO road. Plus, a growing quantum computer developer saw a funding boost. This month, we feature 17 startups that c... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Pervasive computing — data center, edge, IoT Maxim Integrated’s new USB-C Power Delivery products — the MAX77958 USB-C PD controller and the MAX77962 28W buck-boost charger — are aimed at devices, such as IoT or mobile phones, that need more power or for fast charging. To shave time off development and cost when changing from single-cell to two-series cell architectures, these are USB-... » read more

Auto Chip Reliability Opens Door To Other Industries


Digital chips in the semiconductor industry evolve from each other. Ideas flow into each other over the years, with occasional big leaps in evolution. The term ‘evolution’ fits because one chip evolves to perfectly optimized for one industry niche. But what happens when one industry’s chip becomes a useful for other industries because it is more cost-effective than what is being used i... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Pervasive computing — data center, edge, IoT, 5G Qualcomm settled its 5G licensing disagreement with Huawei, which will pay $1.8 billion in back royalties and will pay for licensing going forward. Huawei is also now the world’s largest supplier of smartphones, surpassing Samsung Electronics Co. Qualcomm also announced a super-fast charging platform this week for Android devices that is sup... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Si2 launched an industry-wide survey to identify planned usage and structural gaps for prioritizing and implementing artificial intelligence and machine learning in EDA. A recently formed Si2 Special Interest Group is conducting the survey as part of an effort to identify where industry collaboration will help eliminate deficiencies caused by a lack of common languages, data models, labels, and... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


COVID-19, IoT Last week, the United States’ Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) announced it will not enforce penalties for certain U.S. HIPAA Rules violations involving COVID-19 testing sites. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, protects privacy of health information. Lawyers are looking it over. "Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, providers are ... » read more

Where Is The Edge AI Market And Ecosystem Headed?


Until recently, most AI was in datacenters and most was training. Things are changing quickly. Projections are AI sales will grow rapidly to $10s of billions by the mid 2020s, with most of the growth in Edge AI Inference. Edge inference applications Where is the Edge Inference market today? Let’s look at the markets from highest throughput to lowest. Edge Servers Recently Nvidia annou... » read more