Alipay, a China-based online payment platform by Alibaba Group, has come up with an innovative digital payment system in China. The technology allows customers to make payment by merely flashing a smile that authenticates customers’ identity for the online transaction. Introduced as a beta version in 2015 by Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma, the service has now been launched by the company’s Ant Financial Affiliate in Hangzhou headquarter, where the technology is being trialed with KFC. It makes use of Face++ functionality from Chinese startup Megvii.
The Japan Marine Recreation Association (JMRA) and Fujitsu Limited have announced to deploy a cloud-based emergency position reporting system. This system is aimed to be utilized for JMRA’s pleasure boat rescue service, the Boat Assistance Network (BAN). The service will begin in the fall of 2017. BAN is a rescue service operated by JMRA to offer 24/7 support to pleasure rescue boat owners who run into minor troubles. However, it’s often a challenge to track the confirmed location of the crafts that are in trouble. Owing to the lack of reference points on the sea and the tidal waves carrying everything away, it’s difficult for those requesting help to convey their exact position.
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd has announced that it is going to expand its Creative Digital Space User-Interface (UI) technology. Developed in 2015, it turns entire rooms into digital spaces and smooths co-creation activities across multiple platforms. With the widespread smart devices and advancement in cloud and communication technologies, it has become easy to share issues arising in manufacturing sites and other settings through device screens, even between remote locations. However, this is still limited to text and image data and holding discussions with a large number of people to share data is a difficult task.
Maxim Integrated Products Inc., a leading producer of innovative analog and mixed-signal products and technologies, has come up with a new buck converter. The device MAX77756 is a flexible 24V, 500mA, low quiescent current (Iq) unit. It can be utilized by the developers of multi-cell, USB Type-C products requiring higher current, dual input, and I2C support. In order to detect USB insertions, the USB Type-C products must generate an always-on 3.3V rail. Products making use of the Power Delivery (PD) voltage range of 5V to 20V can generate an always-on (1.8V/3.3V/5.0) digital supply rail for the port controller using MAX77756 step-down converter.
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, has released a new high-sensitivity, high-resolution 8.48 megapixel (MP) CMOS image sensor. The device is termed as RAA462113FYL and supports 4K video cameras. In combination with the existing Renesas 2.12 MP product that is already in mass production, the company will be offering full-scale sales support for its high-end CMOS image sensor for network security cameras.
Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., and the Fujitsu Social Mathematics Division of the Institute of Mathematics for Industry at Kyushu University have together developed an AI-based matching technology that uses game theory to automatically calculate an optimal matching of children to daycare centers. The complexity of daycare admissions screening poses many difficulties. There are complex requirements into the admission rules, such as some parents prioritize siblings going to the same daycare center while some don’t mind if siblings attend separate daycare centers but pull out if only one child gets a place. Either there are multiple matching patterns satisfying all rules or each matching pattern violating some rules.
Intel has officially disclosed that the world-record performance of the Xeon Scalable Processors will now be made available for the next-gen expert workstations. This would enable photorealistic design, modeling, artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, and virtual-reality (VR) content creation. Professional workstations are a key component to the creation of the immersive 3D VR media which is trending today. However, rendering such content is a time-consuming process demanding the highest performance workstations. Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver breakthrough dual-socket performance offering up to 56 crores, up to 112 threads and an Intel Turbo Boost Technology frequency up to 4.2 GHz.
Tektronix, an industry-leading innovator of video test and monitoring solutions, has unveiled a comprehensive set of production tools to help the content creators minimise and manage this complexity at its source- the camera. The new solutions will be demonstrated at IBC 2017 this September. With the mixed use of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) cameras, while using traditional waveform monitors, the different trace levels of the same luminance levels forces operators to do a lot of guess work as they are required to balance the cameras.
Intersil, a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation, announced two new high-speed, isolated RS-485 differential bus transceivers. These provide 40Mbps bi-directional data communication for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks. The ISL32741E offers 1,000VRMS working voltage and 6kV of reinforced isolation, more than 2x higher than competitive solutions. The higher working voltage and reinforced isolation are required for today’s most rigorous medical and high-speed motor control applications.
Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have announced the development of sensor data analysis technology. It can aggregate vibration data with sensors attached to the surface of a bridge, and then estimate the degree of the bridge’s internal damage by applying “Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai Technology”. The technology has been validated by using data obtained from verification tests of fatigue degradation of bridges carried out by the Research Association for Infrastructure Monitoring System (RAIMS). It’s a mutual aid organization that carries out joint research into technologies used in industrial activities.
IBASE, a global leader in the manufacture of embedded computing and IIoT solutions, has announced the official release of the brand new AMS300 series expandable modular box PC. AMS300 is a compact, yet expandable fan-less system designed for industrial control and measurement processes in smart factory automation applications. It is powered by 7th/6th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors and comes integrated with 8GB memory as well as 64GB of industrial-grade SSD storage. IT comes with an optional 2MB MRAM expansion module to store data without power. The series is built with two module compartments for PCI-E/PCI cards and Fieldbus modules, which allows customers to configure the various I/O required.
The latest 8th Gen Intel Core processor family has made its official debut and the rollout has kicked off with a range of mobile processors. These have been designed specifically for the sleek thin and light notebooks as well as 2-in-1s. Intel’s main aim behind this step is to deliver platform-wide improvements and enhance innovation ranging from 4K to VR and make these accessible on a large-scale. The new mobile family raises the bar for outstanding performance by offering a boost of up to 40% over the previous generations.
Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions, has become a member of PowerAmerica- a manufacturing institute comprising public and private representatives. The aim is to accelerate the commercialization and adoption of wide band gap semiconductors. Microsemi has been awarded the contract as part of PowerAmerica’s USD 70 Million backed from the U.S. Department of Energy over five years. The allocation promotes adoption of advanced semiconductor components made with silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) into a wide range of products and systems.
Intel hosted the NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) Wrap-Up Event at the Santa Clara Campus, thereby concluding an 8-week summer program. As a key partner of FDL, Intel provided support to the ongoing research that is exploring the use of AI to solve a range of challenges within the fields of space weather, space resources, and planetary defense. Intel aims to address the critical knowledge gaps by using AI in order to help establish humanity as a space-faring civilization and solve problems potentially affecting all of us residing on Earth. Under the program, Intel mentored researchers who used Intel Nervanna deep learning technology to tackle the complex challenge of building detailed maps of the lunar poles.
Fiat Chrysler has joined BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye to form an alliance and sign a Memorandum of Understanding. The aim is to develop a world-leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform for global deployment. This cooperation will allow the partners to leverage each other’s strengths, capabilities, and resources. It would result in enhanced platform technology, less time to market, and increased development efficiency. Currently, the collaboration is on-track to deploy 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road by the end of this year. It also hopes to leverage data and learning from the recently announced 100 Level 4 test vehicle fleet of Mobileye, demonstrating the scale effect of this collaborative approach.
Microsoft has introduced a new framework that allows businesses to adopt blockchain technology for increased enterprise privacy and security. Intel has been named as a key hardware and software development partner for this program. Under the collaboration, Microsoft, Intel, and other blockchain technology leaders will build a new enterprise-targeted blockchain framework termed as the Coco Framework. It will integrate Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) to deliver improved transaction speed, scale and data confidentiality to enterprises.
Microchip Technology Inc has introduced the MPLAB-ICD 4, an in-circuit programming and debugging development tool for Microchip’s PIC microcontroller (MCU) and dsPIC digital signal controller portfolios. The debugger includes all features of the popular MPLAB ICD 3 tool with added speed through a faster processor and increased RAM. The MPLAB ICD 4’s improved speed is the result of a 32-bit MCU running at 300 MHz. Further, the faster processing, along with an increased buffer memory of 2MB gives way to a product which is up to twice as fast as its predecessor. Housed in a durable, black case with a brushed aluminum top, the puck-shaped debugger is accented with an LED light strip to indicate the debugging status.
Littlefuse Inc., the global leader in circuit protection, has added 80A discrete bi-directional TVS Diode Arrays to its SP11xx Series TVS Diode Arrays (SPA® Diodes). The SP1103C Series 80A Discrete Bidirectional TVS Diodes offer circuit designers lower standoff voltage options so as to protect lower voltage power buses from electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage. The diodes have been constructed by using TVS diodes fabricated in a proprietary silicon avalanche technology. These provide protection to electronic equipment which is sensitive to destructive ESDs. The robustness of the diodes helps in absorbing repetitive ESD strikes at ±30kV without affecting the performance.
B&K Precision, a leading designer and manufacturer of reliable, cost-effective test and measurement instruments, has announced its first series of DC resistance meters namely- 2840 and 2841 models. These are designed to accurately measure resistance in the milliohm range. The 2840 model’s measurement range is 1 μΩ to 20 kΩ with a basic accuracy of 0.1%, whereas the 2841 model’s measurement range is 0.1 μΩ to 100 MΩ, with a basic accuracy of 0.01%. Both the meters feature temperature compensation and are ideally suited for measuring contact resistance of relays, switches, and PCB traces with greater accuracy and resolution than typical multi-meters.
Littlefuse Inc., the global leader in circuit protection, has released a series of 16A SCR (silicon-controlled rectifier) switching thyristors developed especially for use in electric vehicle on-board charge (EVOBC) applications. S8016xA Series SCR Switching Thyristors offer excellent AC handling capability and surge robustness. This allows handling of Level 1 charging up to 16ARMS at 120V, and Level 2 charging up to 16ARMS at 240V at 100°C and up to 25ARMS at 80°C. The S8016xA Series is the first line of SCR switching thyristors capable of handling such high current levels in TO-220R and TO-263 packages.