UK launches social care robot challenge

The Challenge runs from now, and will culminate in a daylong public presentation of collaborative learnings in Central London on Friday June 30, 2017, during the second annual UK Robotics Week 2017 (taking place from 24th – 30th June 2017).

The collaborative research themes will be agreed via themed workshops to be held during Spring 2017, addressing issues including assisted mobility; personal hygiene; social support; preventative and rehabilitation monitoring; remote assistance; and food preparation.

AI ethics under scrutiny

Initially funded with $27 million from the Knight Foundation; LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman; the Omidyar Network; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; and Jim Pallotta, founder of the Raptor Group, the new fund will also seek to advance public understanding of AI.

Artificial Intelligence made in Russia

These opportunities have a downside, though, which is being pondered by people like Elon Musk. This fall, he pointed to a statement about AI made by President Vladimir Putin during the All-Russia Open Lesson: "Whoever becomes the leader in this area will own the world." Musk’s reaction on Twitter was no less unequivocal: "China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3."

embOS port for the Open Source RISC-V CPU architecture

The embOS port comes with a board support package for the Digilent Artix-A7 ARTY evaluation board providing a straightforward getting-started experience with Segger software on RISC-V. Packages simply work, out of the box, without additional configuration or setup, and a ready-to-run project is included for Embedded Studio.

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32 Bit Over-Sampling ADC with Configurable Digital Filter

Offset drift is 7 parts per billion per degree C, gain drift is 50 parts per billion, and the signal-to- noise ratio is 104dB at 1Msps. Such applications have traditionally used sigma delta ADCs, but the LTC2500 is much more versatile. Unlike a sigma delta ADC, the choice of digital filter is arbitrary, and the LTC2500-32 provides 78 filter options to suite a variety of applications.

SOI wafers optimized for NIR, 3D imaging

The wafer enables increased performance in the near-infrared spectrum including 3D image sensors such as those used in the latest smartphones for augmented and virtual reality applications and facial recognition.

The Imager-SOI provides enhanced quantum efficiency by trapping light above the buried oxide (BOX) layer and reduces cross-talk between pixels. The BOX also limits the impact of substrate noise and metal contamination, and acts as a diffusion barrier to prevent metal contaminants migrating into pixels.

IHS Markit remains bullish on 2017 chip market

This is higher than recent estimates from the WSTS organization and Gartner.

The chip market achieved 12 percent sequential growth in the third quarter, according to IHS Markit, a quarter in which Samsung took first place above Intel in the chip vendor ranking. Global revenue in 3Q17 was $113.9 billion, up from $101.7 billion in the second quarter of 2017.

Lattice will migrate products to FDSOI

Lattice will migrate to FDSOI for new products. Existing products will remain on their existing nodes and foundries, the company said.

Lattice recently escaped the attention of a China-funded venture capital when a proposed acquisition was blocked by President Donald Trump over national security concerns (see President Trump blocks Lattice deal).