Pervasive computing — IoT, edge, cloud, data center, and back
Xilinx introduced its Versal AI Edge series of adaptive SoCs, or adaptive compute acceleration platforms (ACAPs), that can be manage AI-ML workloads in edge applications. The chip is designed for flexible, low latency, edge applications where algorithms may need updating. The software programmable chips have an AI Engine-ML feature that clocked 4X faster AI per watt in its machine learning inference than a previous AI Engine architecture, according to a press release. Accelerator RAM with an enhanced memory hierarchy for evolving AI algorithms contributes to the 4X AI performance-per-watt versus GPUs.
Ten German companies formed the Quantum Technology and Application Consortium (QUTAC), which will support efforts to develop quantum computing industrial uses. BASF, BMW Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bosch, Infineon, Merck, Munich Re, SAP, Siemens, and Volkswagen are the founding members of the consortium. Similar consortia exist, such as the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) in the U.S.
Black Sesame Technologies licensed IP arteries’s FlexNoC interconnect IP and the accompanying FlexNoC Resilience Package for use in its ISO 26262-compliant automotive advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) chips. Black Sesame Technologies is an AI companies founded in 2016 in Shanghai. The company focuses on image processing, perception algorithms, and SoC design, with expertise in automotive. Black Sesame released its first AI chip in 2019, followed by its second AI chip — which supports L3 autonomous driving — in June 2020.
Synopsys acquired Code Dx, a company that provides an enterprise application vulnerability manager that can helps automate finding, prioritizing, and fixing software vulnerabilities. The tool, which works with many popular third-party and open-source security tools, will be part of Synopsys’ portfolio of security options, enabling the consolidation of risk reporting and prioritization from over 75 security and development tools. Code Dx was a member of the Synopsys Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program and was already working with Synopsys, so Synopsys says it can offer Code Dx in its tools immediately. Code Dx will complement Synopsys’ recently introduced Intelligent Orchestration, which automates running security tests.
Siemens has acquired the proFPGA product family and team from PRO DESIGN, an electronic engineering and manufacturing services company based in Germany. The proFPGA product is a field programmable gate array (FPGA) desktop prototyping technology already used in Siemens’ EDA portion of its Xcelerator portfolio. With the acquisition, Siemens Digital Industries Software will integrate proFPGA into its Veloce hardware-assisted verification system of ICs. PRO DESIGN, which specializes in FPGA-based designs, will remain an independent company.
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July 26 is the call for papers deadline for IEEE’s International Conference on Physical Assurance & Inspection Of Electronics (PAINE), which will be held 11/30-12/2/21. Speakers from DARPA, Navy, Intel and others. Topics include PCB trust & assurance, counterfeiting, fault injection assessment and countermeasures and more.
Susan Rambo is the managing editor of Semiconductor Engineering.
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