Future Cars Face Terabyte Memory Load
Junko Yoshida 5/10/2017 (3) comments
A consensus among experts in automotive and memory industries is this connected vehicle will require data storage of at least hundreds of gigabytes (GB) and probably a terabyte (TB).
As Apple Jilts Imagination, MIPS Goes on Block
Junko Yoshida 5/4/2017 Post a comment
Imagination Technologies that it had started a "dispute resolution procedure" with Apple, as their negotiations have stalled. Not coincidentally, the company revealed plans to sell two businesses. Going on the block are MIPS and Ensigma.
Baidu Battles Google in Robo-Car Derby
Junko Yoshida 4/27/2017 (1) comment
Baidu's plan to "open up" its autonomous driving platform to others surprised many auto industry watchers. One analyst described it "a bit of a moon shot." But he thinks China is the right place to try this out.
Is Foxconn Ready for Cars?
Junko Yoshida 4/25/2017 Post a comment
What makes Taiwan's foray into cars interesting is if and when Foxconn gets involved. We spotted several key technologies at AutoTronics show last week.
Robo-Cars Need Relationship Map
Junko Yoshida 4/7/2017 Post a comment
To sort out autonomous car development among chip vendors, Tier Ones, tech companies and car OEMs, the ideal solution might be a "relationship map" to illustrate who's in bed with whom on highly automated vehicle platforms.
Mentor in Robo-Car Race with Mobileye, Nvidia
Junko Yoshida 4/5/2017 (1) comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. will come to SAE World Congress in Detroit to demonstrate how "raw data fusion" # not the fusion of processed data generated by sensor modules # can provide dramatic improvements in sensing accuracy and overall system efficiency.
ST's SPAD Imager Likely Link to iPhone 8
Junko Yoshida 3/21/2017 Post a comment
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 with a “3D camera” is the subject of intense speculation. Dots yet to be connected are the explicit relationships among the iPhone 8, single photon avalanche diodes and STMicroelectronics.
Intel/Mobileye Duopoly: Dream or Nightmare?
Junko Yoshida 3/17/2017 Post a comment
Intel's Mobileye acquisition has stirred mixed emotions and contrasting reviews among those who cover the industry. Semiconductor Advisors LLC, for one, said "Intel is taking a leap of faith to go very far outside its core business."
Hold Your iPhone -- Pizza Style
Junko Yoshida 2/8/2017 (2) comments
Last year, when I was covering the Mobile World Congress, I noticed my Chinese colleague constantly holding her phone horizontally - pizza-style - and addressing the microphone.
NHTSA Lets Tesla Off The Hook
Junko Yoshida 1/20/2017 Post a comment
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded a months-long investigation of a fatal crash in Florida last May, and reported Thursday that the agency found no defects in Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Autopilot systems.
ARM Exec Dizzy for Open-Source Twizy
Junko Yoshida 1/11/2017 Post a comment
At this year’s CES, ARM brought Renault’s Twizy to its booth, typically full of mobile devices. Calling Twizy “the world’s first OEM open-source vehicle,” ARM said Renault is seeing a wave of open-source hardware and software developments.
Race for AI Chips Begins
Junko Yoshida 12/26/2016 Post a comment
Deep learning has continued to drive the computing industry’s agenda in 2016. But come 2017, experts say the Artificial Intelligence community will intensify its demand for higher performance and more power efficient “inference” engines for deep neural networks.
China’s Memory Drama: Must-See in 2017
Junko Yoshida 12/22/2016 Post a comment
China’s memory chip production plans became evident to close industry observers in 2016. What they’ll be watching for next is, who will make the first move in devising and negotiating technology licensing agreements or joint ventures with China.
Your A List for CES 2017
Junko Yoshida 12/15/2016 Post a comment
Ask any market researcher or industry analyst about what to watch for at the CES next month in Las Vegas and the “A” list you’ll almost certainly hear are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and Automotive.
Lurking Behind Every M&A Is China
Junko Yoshida 12/14/2016 Post a comment
Despite all the buzz in the global semiconductor industry about the accelerated consolidation of chip vendors, the biggest story this year goes untold — the presence at the negotiating table — in almost every M&A deal — of Chinese investors
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT
Junko Yoshida 12/1/2016 Post a comment
Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
Junko Yoshida 11/30/2016 Post a comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5B Deal
Junko Yoshida 11/14/2016 (1) comment
Siemens agreed to buy Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion deal. Europe’s largest industrial conglomerate has been beefing up its industrial software capabilities, sees Mentor’s tools as critical for developing “smart” and “connected” products -- including autonomous vehicles.
Do Automakers Still See Hackers as a Hoax?
Junko Yoshida 10/28/2016 (1) comment
Earlier this week, when the Department of Transportation laid out cybersecurity guidance for carmakers, U.S. Transportation Secretary called cybersecurity “a safety issue.” The latest survey, however, found that automakers still haven’t made cybersecurity a priority in vehicle development.
Germany Hits Tesla, Raises Bigger Issues
Junko Yoshida 10/17/2016 (1) comment
The German Transport Minister requested Tesla to stop advertising its EV’s Autopilot function. The question is whether this is a result of concerted efforts by German automakers “looking for a way to ‘clip Tesla’s wings,’ asked one analyst.
Did Processor Cause Samsung Note 7 Blowup?
Junko Yoshida 10/14/2016 Post a comment
It’s far from clear what caused Samsung Note 7 to catch fire. But a new report emerged that the culprit might not be the lithium-ion batteries. Rather, the problem might reside in tweaks made to the processor.
Autonomy Isn't Just About Cars Anymore
Junko Yoshida 10/11/2016 Post a comment
Autonomy Paris is an antidote to classic automotive fair, the Paris Auto Show. Autonomy reflects the yearning of those who prefer to live in cities, without the burden of owning cars.
Toyota: Hydrocar as 'Power Bank' 20 Years out
Junko Yoshida 10/5/2016 Post a comment
Toyota brought to Paris Toyota FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) PLUS. It uses compressed hydrogen as its fuel source. Toyota proposes the FCV PLUS will be also used as a “generator” for homes, other cars and local power grids.
Deep Learning: Achilles Heel in Robo-Car Tests
Junko Yoshida 10/3/2016 Post a comment
Advancements in machine learning have made autonomous driving almost a near reality. But when it comes to “safety testing,” machine learning is the Achilles Heel of autonomous driving. Safety experts are finding several “holes” in DoT’s Automated Policy.
Massive Sensor Fusion for Cars Is HERE
Junko Yoshida 9/26/2016 (2) comments
HERE’s new live traffic/map offerings are the world’s first services created from real-time sensor data from competing car brands. From technical perspectives, though, bigger issues include: how open the specifications will be for collected sensory data.
Amazon Echo & How It Resonates
Junko Yoshida 9/22/2016 Post a comment
Amazon’s Echo-like smart speakers are on the rise. The voice interface is emerging as one of the most natural interface to control IoT devices. Analysts expect the voice interface in home automation hubs, TVs, set-top boxes, HVAC/environmental control hubs and more.
Robo-Car's Safety Challenges DoT
Junko Yoshida 9/21/2016 Post a comment
The federal policy places self-driving cars directly under the purview of federal regulators. Stripped from the privilege of “self-certifying” their vehicles, carmakers will need “pre-market approval” from the DoT. The key question, however, is testing of AI cars’ safety.
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