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.

Intel taps India for discrete GPU team

The deal has been described as "acqui-hire", in that Intel is purchasing Ineda resources, specifically staff, for their skills rather than the products or IP the company has developed.

"Intel acquired engineering resources from Ineda Systems, a silicon and platform services provider based in Hyderabad. This transaction provides Intel with an experienced SOC team to help build a world-class discrete GPU business," The Times of India quotes an Intel spokesperson as saying.

Twin SerDes devices for simultaneous transmission of video, audio and data

Typical applications for the new APIX3 chips are infotainment and entertainment systems, as well as instrument clusters and head-up displays in vehicles. The latest APIX3 generation can host multiple display connections with bandwidths of up to 12 Gbps and supports HD and Ultra HD displays.

Full-colour ambient light sensor detects LED flicker

The  VD6281 ambient light sensor (ALS) simultaneously providing scene colour temperature, ultra-violet (UVA) radiation level, and lighting frequency information, enabling cameras to correct white balance and enhance colour presentation, while setting appropriate exposure times to avoid flicker artefacts and eliminate banding in pictures and videos, especially in scenes lit with contemporary LED sources.

MCUs simplify application development with secure cryptographic engine

The four new S5D3 MCUs join the mid-range S5D5 and high-end S5D9 MCU Groups with similar S5 Series features—integrated 120 MHz Arm Cortex-M4 core and advanced security—as well as general-purpose features that simplify designing cost sensitive, low power Internet of Things (IoT) endpoint devices. The entry-level S5D3 MCUs target a broad range of industrial, building automation, and office equipment, as well as smart metering, and home appliances employing a capacitive touch human-machine interface (HMI).

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GloFo sees success for its diversification strategy

Globalfoundries had to switch to short-time work in June 2018 after losing a major customer and no longer being able to fully utilise its production facilities in Dresden. Working hours at the entire site were reduced by 20 to 30 percent. The number of employees also fell during this period from approx. 3400 to 3000.

Consortium seeks to scale artificial intelligence

SCAiLE stands for SCalable AI for Learning at the Edge and the consortium is working with the Japanese authorities to review opportunities for the 2020 Olympics, including video-based event detection and response capability.

"It is an open group and we have other companies expressing an interest to join," Sylvain Dubois, vice president of marketing and business development of Crossbar, told eeNews Europe.

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