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Joint efforts for another leap in autonomous driving technology
from Sensible 4. “Our software is expected to be ideally flexible and reliable to next- gen sensor hardware – and of course we are utterly excited to now commence this in depth-testing period with the 6 axis sensor from Panasonic Industry. We are curious about the outcomes, but strongly believe in groundbreaking insights on the
Panasonic and Sensible 4 announce research and testing collaboration with new IMU for full self-driving vehicle software Backed-up by experience, challenged by the weather: Based in Espoo, Finland, Sensible 4 pioneers software solutions for autonomous driving under real-life and Industry
particular weather conditions. with new IMU for full self-driving vehicle software
parallelism, inserts pragmas, and determines optimal software and hardware partitioning. This enables designing at a higher level of abstraction, orders of magnitude faster simulation, and a better result through high-level optimizations and design space exploration. “Software programmability is imperative to our long-term goal to accelerate the path from software to application- optimized hardware systems,” says Salil Raje, executive vice president and general manager, Data Center Group, Xilinx. “Silexica’s technology complements our existing Vitis solution and roadmap and will accelerate our ability to attract a wider range of developers seeking to leverage our heterogeneous computing architectures.” “This project is a special one to all of us”, says Ryosuke Toda from Product Marketing at Panasonic Industry in Munich. “We are deeply interested in sending out our new sensor to this freezing baptism by fire to Finland and learn more on its readiness to contribute to that new level of mobility that we all eagerly waiting for.” Learn more on this joint project on www.sensible4.fi and stay tuned for any new insights and testing results. alignment of soft- and hardware for autonomous driving.” Specialists of both companies shortly will kick-off an extensive evaluation period with plenty of tests and analyses.
Eager to take self-driving reliability and accuracy to the next level, Sensible 4 and Panasonic Industry Europe now announced a joint test project levering the synergies between Sensible 4’s proven self-driving software and the benefits of Panasonic Industry’s unrivaled Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). To briefly recapitulate: The IMU plays an essential role in the sensor fusion process, which is more or less the fundament for driving autonomy by merging/synchronizing the data with other sensors – such as, for instance, odometry, GNSS and lidar. “The IMU is employed to rectify the point cloud and thus impacts the accuracy of lidar data”, explains Fredrik Forssell Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the leader in adaptive computing, announced that it has acquired Silexica, a privately-held provider of C/C++ programming and analysis tools. Silexica’s SLX FPGA tool suite empowers developers with an unparalleled development experience building applications on FPGAs and Adaptive SoCs. This technology will become integrated with the Xilinx Vitis™ unified software platform to substantially reduce the learning curve for software developers building sophisticated applications on Xilinx technology. Leveraging standard high-level synthesis tools from Xilinx, the SLX FPGA tool suite tackles non-synthesizable and non-hardware aware C/C++ code, detects application
Xilinx Acquires Silexica to Broaden its Developer Base
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Latest News “Silexica’s vision is to create a disruptive
especially in rural areas, providing much-needed connectivity to schools, hospitals, and other anchor institutions. Nokia’s mmWave portfolio is comprised of compact, multi-band, high-power and medium-power solutions, offering a wide range of deployment options and providing flexibility in ensuring service continuity across a wide variety of environments. Nokia and UScellular recently announced an agreement to add 5G mmWave capabilities in the 24 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum bands with UScellular deploying Nokia’s award-winning AirScale portfolio, with Cloud RAN capabilities, to provide enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) 5G mmWave. Juho Sarvikas, vice president and president, North America, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., said: “This successful collaboration represents another significant milestone for 5G mmWave aiming to close the ‘connectivity divide’ and expand broadband services to rural, suburban, and urban communities. Qualcomm Technologies is at the forefront of driving the next generation of wireless connectivity and with this milestone we are empowering operators and OEMs to offer cost-efficient, high-performance, extended-range multi-gigabit 5G broadband connectivity to consumers.” Mike Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer, UScellular, said: “These latest trial results reinforce the important role that fast, reliable wireless service plays in keeping people connected no matter where they live or work. With After six years of cutting- edge academic research, Silexica was spun out of RWTH Aachen University in 2014. Its headquarters are in Cologne, Germany, with offices in Silicon Valley and Japan. It serves innovative companies in the automotive, robotics, wireless communications, aerospace, and financial industries and has received $28 million in funding from international investors.
developer tool – one that closes the gap between the software and hardware developer domains,” says Maximilian Odendahl,
former CEO of Silexica. “The integration of our technology with the Xilinx Vitis portfolio fully aligns with our goal of making adaptive computing accessible to software developers. We are excited to continue the journey as part of the Xilinx Vitis team.”
Nokia, Qualcomm and UScellular hit extended-range 5G world record over mmWave
Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and UScellular announced that they have achieved a world record extended range over mmWave of more than 10km utilizing its 5G extended-range millimeter Wave (mmWave) solution on a commercial network. This milestone paves the way to bring extended range 5G service with massive capacity and low latency to even more regions across the U.S., including rural areas. The field trial, which utilized Nokia’s AirScale Baseband and mmWave Radios in the 28 GHz (n261) band, was conducted on UScellular’s commercial network in Grand Island, Nebraska. The companies jointly tested multiple locations with different scenarios, measuring distance, throughput and latency. This milestone was achieved at a world record distance of ~10km with average downlink speeds of ~1 Gbps, and uplink speeds reaching approximately 57Mbps. Additionally, ~750 Mbps downlink speed was recorded at a distance of >11km*. 5G mmWave will help close the “digital divide” and offers extreme capacity throughout rural, suburban, and urban areas. This significant milestone shows that Nokia’s 5G extended- range mmWave solution and Qualcomm® Fixed Wireless Access Platform gen 1 enables mobile operators such as UScellular to address the connectivity gap in communities that previously were not serviced or may not have an adequate internet connection. Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) deliver fast broadband speeds on a cost-effective basis, thereby providing “last mile” access
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5G mmWave technology from companies like Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, we can provide our customers with the leading-edge capabilities of high performance, ultra-low latency 5G and offer an even wider range of communications services to enhance their wireless experience.” Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks, Nokia, said: “These results demonstrate what 5G mmWave will bring to consumers, enterprises and industries. By extending the distance for 5G mmWave technology without sacrificing speed or latency, we
will deliver an incredible 5G experience to even more areas. We are proud to work with our partners on this important and significant achievement. This is another milestone in the development of 5G services and demonstrates the capacity of our commercially deployed 5G solutions.” *Actual testing results Line-of-sight testing: 11.14km, downlink 748Mbps, uplink 56.78Mbps
Bosch opens wafer fab of the future in Dresden
Fully connected, controlled by artificial intelligence. Chancellor Merkel: „The new Bosch wafer fab will boost our capacity in microelectronics.“ Bosch CEO Denner: “With
“The new Bosch wafer fab will boost our capacity in microelectronics.
Microelectronics is the basis for nearly every promising technology, for applications of artificial intelligence, for quantum computing, and for automated and connected driving – which is also a Bosch specialty,” said Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. “The new wafer fab is the single largest
our first AIoT factory, we are setting new standards in chip production.” EU Commissioner Vestager: “Semiconductors will help strengthen Europe’s
competitiveness as a cradle for cutting-edge innovations.” Minister-President Michael Kretschmer: “The new wafer fab is good for Europe, for Germany, and for Saxony.” Artificial intelligence will create a sound basis for data-driven, continuous improvement in production, as well as for fast production rollouts. The first chips for Bosch power tools will roll off the production line in July – six months earlier than planned. At roughly one billion euros, the new manufacturing facility is the biggest single investment in Bosch’s more than 130-year history. It is planned that 700 people will work in the facility once it is completed. Fully connected, data-driven, self-optimizing: in Dresden, Bosch is opening one of the world’s most modern wafer fabs. Highly automated, fully connected machines and integrated processes, combined with methods of artificial intelligence (AI) will make the Dresden plant a smart factory and a trailblazer in Industry 4.0. In the virtual presence of Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, EU Commission Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, and Saxony’s Minister-President Michael Kretschmer, the high-tech facility was officially inaugurated on June 7, 2021.
investment in the company’s history. This cannot be stressed too much. Its size and additional production capacity alone are impressive. The very latest methods of data-driven continuous improvement in production make the Dresden plant a smart factory. To put it another way: in this plant, natural and artificial intelligence have joined forces with the internet of things to form a productive symbiosis.” “The state-of-the-art technology showcased at the new Dresden wafer fab is a great example of what public and private European actors can achieve when they join their efforts. Semiconductors will contribute to the development of industries like transportation, manufacturing, clean energy, and healthcare –where Europe excels. It will help strengthen Europe’s competitiveness as a cradle for cutting-edge innovations,” said Margrethe Vestager, EU Commission Vice- President. “For Bosch, semiconductors are a core technology, and it is strategically important to develop and manufacture them ourselves. In Dresden, with the help of artificial intelligence, we will take semiconductor manufacturing to the next level,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “This is our first AIoT factory: fully
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connected, data-driven, and self-optimizing right from the start.” Bosch is investing roughly one billion euros in this high-tech location. This is the biggest single investment in the company’s more than 130-year history. Production in Dresden will start as early as July – six months earlier than planned. From that time on, semiconductors made in the new plant will be installed in Bosch power tools. For automotive customers, chip production will start in September, and thus three months earlier than planned. The new factory will be an important part of the semiconductor manufacturing network. With it, Bosch is strengthening Germany’s position as a technology and business location. “The new wafer fab is good for Europe, for Germany, and for Saxony. Directly and indirectly, it means many new jobs in a huge growth industry. This billion-euro investment strengthens Silicon Saxony and the entire European semiconductor industry,” said Michael Kretschmer, the minister-president of Saxony. On 72,000
Hailo-8 AI module to produce a solution capable of optimizing demanding edge workloads and accelerating time-to-market for AI deployments. Lanner’s low- footprint LEC-7242 industrial wireless gateway integrates the Hailo-8 into a fanless, efficient appliance for real-time applications powered by AI at the edge. Both solutions process multiple video streams in real-time on a single device, while securely transmitting curated metadata and insights with robust onboard network connectivity. Lanner’s modular approach to network appliances provides a clear path for engineers looking to optimize neural processing workloads. Integrated with Hailo’s AI module, Lanner’s fanless Edge AI computers enable mission-critical applications such as video analytics, traffic management, access control, and beyond. “Our expertise in creating effective purpose-built hardware platforms, combined with Hailo’s unparalleled AI module performance, will provide industries with a reliable vision-based solution that is low power, low latency and cost-effective,” said Geoffrey Egger, VP and GM of Lanner Intelligent Edge BU. No other automotive supplier has been working intensively on microelectronics since the 1950s. Since 1958, Bosch has been making semiconductor components itself. And since 1970, the company’s Reutlingen plant has been making special components that are not commercially available. In its wafer fabs in Reutlingen and Dresden alone, Bosch has invested more than 2.5 billion euros since 200-millimeter technology was introduced in 2010. On top of this, billions of euros have been invested in developing microelectronics. In this way, the company is continuing to pursue its growth strategy in semiconductor development and manufacturing. “This expertise is the key to many high-caliber systems solutions made by Bosch,” Denner said. square meters of floor space, 250 people are already working in the wafer fab in Saxony’s state capital. The workforce is set to grow to roughly 700 once construction work has been completed.
AI Chipmaker Hailo Partners with Lanner Electronics to Launch Next-generation AI Inference Solutions at the Edge
Lanner’s Edge Computing Appliances, Combined with the Hailo-8™ AI Acceleration Module, Offer the Highest Performance, Lowest Power, and Most Cost-Effective Edge AI Hardware Solutions for Smart Cities, Smart Retail and Industry 4.0
Leading AI (Artificial Intelligence) chipmaker Hailo announced its partnership with Lanner Electronics, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of intelligent edge computing appliances, to launch groundbreaking AI inference solutions for real-time computer vision at the edge. Hailo has combined its Hailo-8™ AI acceleration module with Lanner’s edge computing boxes to create high-performance, compact devices to support the demands of emerging AI applications at the edge. Smart cities, retail, and industrial operations require hundreds of cameras generating video streams that need to be processed locally, quickly, and efficiently with minimal latency. Scaling AI to meet this challenge requires ultra-high performance and easy to deploy solutions, which this joint offering provides. Lanner’s LEC-2290 edge box pairs an x86 CPU with the
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purpose-built design that can withstand the distinct challenges of the industrial edge. Combined with the Hailo-8 AI module, the joint solution provides unmatched AI performance that is more powerful, scalable, and cost-efficient than competing solutions,” said Orr Danon, CEO and Co-Founder of Hailo. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact that our collaborative platform will have on rapidly evolving sectors including smart cities, smart retail, industrial IoT, and beyond.” Several Tier-1 customers are already engaged with the platforms. More information about the bundle solution can be found here. The Hailo-8™ recently won the 2021 Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year Award for Best Edge AI Processor. Learn more about why Hailo was chosen as the winner of this prestigious award here.
“We are confident that together, our vision inference solutions will enable industries ranging from smart retail to smart cities to push computing to the edge.” Hailo’s specialized Hailo-8™ AI acceleration module delivers unprecedented performance to edge devices. Featuring up to 26 Tera Operations Per Second (TOPS), the module is built with an innovative architecture that enables edge devices to run sophisticated deep learning applications that could previously only run on the cloud. Its advanced structure translates into higher performance, lower power, and minimal latency, enabling enhanced privacy and better reliability for smart devices operating at the edge. “Lanner’s hardware platforms bring proven reliability, with a
World’s best impact startups for the city of the future honoured with the Future Hamburg Award
have the opportunity to develop their products and solutions in the fields of logistics and maritime technologies at the homePORT test field in Hamburg. The following startups will be able to advance their business model with the support of the Future Hamburg Award: 1st place: Breeze Technologies, Germany Established in 2017 and based in
The Future Hamburg Award 2021 was presented as part of a digital awards ceremony at the International Innovation Day by Plug and Play Hamburg. The winners of this year’s award are the startups Breeze Technologies, traceless materials, and Infinite Mobility. Based in Norway and Germany, these three impact startups convinced the Future Hamburg Award’s expert jury with
Hamburg and Copenhagen, Breeze Technologies is already a technology leader in the area of air quality sensors, data and analysis. The sensors developed by Breeze allow for real-time, area-wide air quality monitoring, whether on business premises or in urban environments. The Breeze Environmental Analytics Cloud collects real-time data from Breeze’s own air quality sensors and enriches these with information from external data sources. This technology helps managers, environmental scientists and city administrators understand their local air quality and identify ways of improving it. With their AI-generated decision-making tools for air pollution control measures, Breeze Technologies plays a decisive role in reducing CO2 emissions. Combining a successful business model with the fight against air pollution, Breeze Technologies has the potential to thrive internationally. The company’s mature technology is particularly convincing as it provides extra transparency with regard to
their smart solutions for sustainable cities of the future. Up- and-coming businesses from 15 countries had applied for the award. Bonus prizes by homePORT, a partner of the award, were bestowed on the teams of Blue Atlas Robotics from Denmark and KONVOI from Germany. The three sustainable companies will be invited to join a tailor- made programme by the Hamburg Startup-Unit and will be able to take their business model or products to the next level in Hamburg. Moreover, they will be supported in building a high- quality industry network and establishing contacts with investors. The first-place startup, Breeze Technologies from Germany, will also be able to take part in an international four-week accelerator programme hosted by Plug and Play in Silicon Valley. In addition, the homePORT innovation campus of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) is contributing attractive bonus prizes: Blue Atlas Robotics from Denmark and KONVOI from Germany will
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key questions on air quality. What is more, it is possible to integrate data from third-party air measurement systems too. Other strong points include the company’s highly responsible approach to privacy and data protection. An outstanding startup that is already well-developed, Breeze is capable of greatly improving urban life through its recommendations for action in particular, while also providing potential usage scenarios for existing technologies. To honour the team’s innovative strength, entrepreneurial mindset and the willingness to collaborate, Breeze Technologies has been awarded the first prize of the Future Hamburg Award. www.breeze-technologies.de 2nd place: traceless materials, Germany Traceless materials, a bio-economy startup, has created a holistic, eco-friendly alternative to plastic. The highly innovative technology developed by traceless now makes it possible to use by-products of the agricultural industry to produce storage- stable films, solid materials and wafer-thin coatings that are fully compostable. Yet this novel material has the same positive properties as conventional plastics. With its innovative plastic substitute, the company contributes to solving the global issue of plastic pollution. Founded in Hamburg in 2020 by two female entrepreneurs, traceless managed to secure a single-digit million investment in its first round of financing. Traceless materials uses its innovative power to tackle one of the most pressing global issues caused by plastic waste. The founders have the expertise regarding the relevant technology and have been able to translate this into a highly convincing sustainable business model that has the potential to reduce the ecological footprint of products considerably. Still in its early stage, traceless is currently preparing to enter the larger market. The Future Hamburg Award is proud to support this challenging and exciting journey towards market maturity. www.traceless.eu 3rd place: Infinite Mobility, Norway Founded in 2020, Infinite Mobility specialises in developing lightweight, solar-powered vehicles for urban mobility, offering innovative solutions for short inner-city journeys. The company is committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals – poverty alleviation, climate action as well as sustainable cities and communities in particular – by ensuring that their solar-powered tuk-tuks are not only cost-effective, but also safe and space-efficient. Infinite Mobility convinced the jury with its great range of usage opportunities and the high disruption potential of its forward-looking business idea. While the mobility market is still dominated by large corporations, small innovative companies are increasingly demonstrating that greater diversity can significantly
improve the quality of life in cities. In future, micro-vehicles will play a key role especially with regard to the “last mile” and will contribute to shaping life in the city. Precisely because Infinite Mobility is still in an early seed phase, the Future Hamburg Award will be glad to support the company in taking its vision to the next stage. Being the host to the ITS World Congress for Intelligent Transport Systems in October 2021, the City of Hamburg is certainly a fitting location for advancing this project. www.infinite-m.no The following bonus prize winners will be provided with access to the test field at the HPA’s homePORT innovation campus: Blue Atlas Robotics, Denmark Blue Atlas Robotics aims to modernise underwater monitoring and the inspection of ships and other structures in the marine environment through cross-sector collaboration and autonomous analysis technology. The startup is currently working with a number of shipping companies on prototypes as well as KONVOI is dedicated to developing a preventive security system for parked lorries based on sensors and machine learning. The aim is to make the stopping and resting time of such vehicles much safer as robberies have become a major global issue here in recent years. Using state-of-the-art technology, KONVOI helps protect the security of parked lorries via an autonomous process, while at the same time increasing the safety of drivers. www.konvoi.eu The Future Hamburg Award: a tailor-made support programme for sustainable high-impact startups Hamburg is one of the few European cities to have its own startup award. With the Future Hamburg Award, the city honours sustainable innovations in the fields of mobility, logistics and hydrogen. The award aims to help new enterprises test their innovative business projects in an urban ecosystem – projects that have the potential to become best-practice models and thus generate additional positive impact. With its international layout, Hamburg’s new startup award also serves as a bridgehead between Europe, the United States and other pioneering regions worldwide. The award winners will be able to advance their projects in Silicon Valley and in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and benefit from Hamburg’s excellent connections to key global markets. behalf of the City of Hamburg. More information at: https://future.hamburg/award. customised product solutions. www.blueatlasrobotics.com KONVOI, Germany
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The Future of Adaptive Computing: The Composable Data Center
Salil Raje, EVP and GM Xilinx Data Center Group
Most of us are still meeting with our co-workers via online video conferencing after the paradigm shift caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. You are probably not thinking much of what it takes to stream all the content and feeds from your meetings. But if you’re a data center operator you probably haven’t been getting a lot of sleep over the past year worrying about how to handle the unprecedented pandemic surge in video traffic. Not only that, but data centers these days must handle an explosion of unstructured data from a broad range of workloads like video conferencing, streaming content, online gaming and e-commerce. Many of these applications are very sensitive to latency and are also subject to ever-evolving standards for compression, encryption and database architectures.
This has forced data centers to scale up their infrastructure to meet the performance and latency requirements of a variety of demanding workloads, while at the same time trying to minimize cost and power consumption. That’s proving to be very difficult, and it’s forcing data center operators to rethink their current architecture and explore new configurations that are inherently more scalable and efficient. Currently most data centers have racks with fixed sets of resources, combining SSDs, CPUs and Accelerators in a single server. While this ensures a high bandwidth connection between compute and storage, it is very inefficient in terms of resource utilization, since there’s a fixed ratio of storage and compute in every server. As workloads require a different mix of compute and storage, islands of unused resources are left in each server.
Composable Infrastructure A new architecture is emerging that promises to make a dramatic improvement in resource utilization. It’s known as “composable infrastructure”. Composable infrastructure entails decoupling resources and instead pooling them together and making them accessible from anywhere. Composable infrastructures enable the provisioning of workloads with just the right amount of resources, and rapid reconfiguration via software. A composable architecture with pools of CPUs, SSDS and accelerators that are networked together and controlled by a standards-based provisioning framework promises vastly improved data center resource efficiency. In such an architecture, different workloads might have different compute, storage and acceleration requirements, and those resources
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will be assigned accordingly with no wasted hardware. That all sounds great in theory, but in practice there is one big issue: Latency. The Latency Challenge As you disaggregate resources and move them farther apart you incur more delays and reduced bandwidth due to the network traffic between CPUs and SSDs, or between CPUs and accelerators. Unless you have some way to reduce the network traffic and interconnect the resources in an efficient way, this can be severely limiting. That’s where FPGAs play three major roles in solving the latency challenge: FPGAs act as adaptable accelerators that can be customized for each workload for maximum performance. FPGAs can also bring compute closer to the data, thereby reducing latency and minimizing the required bandwidth. The adaptable, intelligent fabric of FPGAs enables efficient pooling of resources without incurring excessive delays. Adaptable Acceleration The first significant advantage for FPGA-based compute accelerators is dramatically improved performance for workloads that are in high demand these days. In video transcoding use cases for live streaming applications, FPGA solutions typically outperforms x86 CPUs by 30x, which helps data center operators meet the huge increase in the number of simultaneous streams. Another example is in the critical field of genomic sequencing. A recent Xilinx genomics customer found that our FPGA-based accelerator delivered the answer 90 times faster than a CPU, helping medical researchers test DNA samples in a fraction of the time it once took.
Figure 1: Xilinx Alveo SN1000 SmartNIC
Moving Compute Closer to Data The second key advantage for FPGAs in a composable data center is the ability to bring adaptable compute close to the data, whether at rest or in motion. Xilinx FPGAs used in SmartSSD computational storage devices accelerate functions like high speed search, parsing, compression and encryption, which are usually performed by a CPU. This helps offload the CPU for more complex tasks, but also reduces the traffic between the CPU and the SSDs, thereby cutting down on bandwidth consumption and reducing latency. Similarly, our FPGAs are now used in SmartNICs like our new Alveo SN1000 to accelerate data in motion with wire-speed packet processing, compression and crypto services as well as the ability to adapt to custom switching requirements for a particular data center or customer. Intelligent Fabric When you combine an FPGA’s adaptable compute acceleration with low-latency connectivity, you can go a step further in the composable data center. You can assign a compute- heavy workload to a cluster of
accelerators that are interconnected by an adaptable intelligent fabric - creating a high-performance computer on demand. Of course, none of this is possible if you can’t program the compute accelerators, SmartSSDs and SmartNICs with the optimal acceleration algorithms, and then provision them in the right numbers for each workload. For that task, we have built a comprehensive software stack that leverages domain-specific industry frameworks like TensorFlow and FFMPEG, which work in conjunction with our Vitis development platform. We also see a role for higher-level provisioning frameworks like RedFish to help with intelligent resource allocation. Conclusion The promise of the composable data center is an exciting change and Xilinx devices and accelerator cards are key building blocks to this new efficient architecture. With rapid reconfigurability, low latency and a flexible architecture that can adapt to changing workloads, Xilinx is well positioned to be a major player in this evolution.
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keeping connectivity on track
Gary Evans MD Powell Electronics, Europe
Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) Enter FRMCS (Future Rail Mobile Communication Systems), which is expected to replace existing GSM-R wireless connectivity technology. FRMCS will utilise 5G mobile technology and will have the ability to transmit, receive and use increasing volumes of data, all geared around sustainable transport. GSM-R equipment is expected to become obsolete by 2030. The International Union of Railways (UIC) sees FRMCS as the vital element to drive the digitalisation of railways, while cellular services will maintain their role in connecting the train to the wayside. FRMCS technology is currently being finalised with first trials due in 2023, and wide-scale deployment targeted between 2025 and 2035. East Coast Microwave, a division on connector distributor, Powell Electronics, specializes in RF/
When you consider rail applications, heavy duty, harsh environment connectors immediately come to mind. Power connectors must be ultra-reliable and rugged enough to withstand high levels of shock and vibration. But increasingly rail and other mass transportation systems also require high speed comms systems, not only to improve the passenger experience but also to allow smart connectivity control and monitoring systems, and even state of the art security systems to ensure passenger and employee safety. In this respect, 5G could become a major driving force, but industry experts are already concerned that 5G alone won’t be enough to meet the future demand for cellular connectivity – a 2019 report from Deutsche Bahn found that the projected data demand was not likely to sufficiently support the demand for 27GHz. That’s the reason behind the development of trackside networks that can deliver very high bandwidth connectivity and low latency.
Microwave connectors, cables and components. The company -m which is now supported across Europe from Powell’s European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, focuses on three areas: Wi-Fi for passengers and staff Mobile communication repeater systems Carriage bridging wireless data transmission Wireless networks can be used for a range of applications including on- board ticketing, timetable information and internet for passengers. Multiple antennas per access point provide wireless coverage in the train. The main criteria when selecting antennas are the coverage required in certain parts of the train, and the demand for the latest MIMO (multiple input multiple output) technology. East Coast Microwave provides a wide range of compact omni-directional and directional antennas for various installation situations plus associated connectors and MIMO technology for
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surveillance system, they turned to the engineering team at TT electronics for support. Effective transport surveillance systems have been shown to increase passenger security by deterring crime and anti- social behaviour. The installed systems need to remain operational in fluctuating temperatures and during extreme vibration conditions whilst providing instant high-resolution images direct to the driver and storing them. The team at TT electronics was able to meet these design challenges head-on with a flexible product offering that met the exacting standards of the rail industry. The AB Multipole high speed & signal data connector was selected by Petards for its simple yet robust characteristics. The innovative connector features a low fire hazard thermoplastic insulator, which is removable for repositioning and can withstand operational temperatures from-55˚C to +125˚C. The connector’s IP67 rating alongside BSEN61373 Cat 1 Class A shock and vibration classification meant it was the ideal solution for several Petards passenger train upgrade projects in 2011. High-reliability power connectors Glenair is a primary supplier of interconnect components and systems for Trains for Regional Service (TSR) in Italy. Designed and manufactured in cooperation with AnsaldoBreda and Keller, TSRs are double-deck Electric Multiple Unit trains with distributed power, consisting of two MCH motor coaches with driver’s cabs and one or more intermediate motor coaches. The traction unit’s composition can be varied from 3 to 6 motor coaches to maintain constant performance. Two or more traction units can be coupled and remote controlled, up to 12 motor coaches. The installation of the train’s furnishings allows easy modification of the seat layout, and the ability to substitute seats with a baggage compartment, folding seats, or lockers. An IGBT traction inverter is installed in
higher data rates and greater stability of the wireless network. Today, passengers expect much more: telephone coverage without dead spots; internet access using 4G and 5G technology; high data transmission rates; and national and international network coverage. The direct use of mobile communication networks in trains presents a problem since the design of railway carriages tends to cause significant attenuation of radio waves. The installation of repeater systems with the latest LTE technology now makes it possible to provide fast, reliable mobile communications inside the train. Signals are strengthened from the roof antenna using a repeater and distributed to antennas or emitting cables using cables and splitters. East Coast Microwave provides halogen-free RF cables - developed specifically for the rail market – that can include thin, flexible jumper cables for tight radii and low-attenuation feeder cables for larger distances. MIMO technology is available for interior and exterior antennas. Data can also be transmitted between carriages using antennas rather than cables. This results in lower installation and maintenance costs, particularly when retrofitting. Less effort is also required to couple and uncouple the carriage. The signal is often transmitted from carriage to carriage using Wi- Fi standard 802.11 a/n in the 5 GHz frequency band. This is mainly done to avoid problems between the various communication standards within a train. MIMO antennas also allow larger data volumes to be transmitted. Surveillance The development of any CCTV surveillance system demands high quality reliable components matched with superior build quality. This is especially true when the surveillance system is mounted in a challenging passenger train environment. When Petards, the market leader in on-train CCTV solutions secured contracts for their high performance eyeTrain digital
each motor coach. Each of these water- cooled inverters feeds two three-phase asynchronous motors. Furthermore, two static groups (3 kV DC/380 V AC 50 Hz) for auxiliary services, each equipped with a battery charter, are installed on the train. Every TSR is equipped with mechanical disc braking on each axle and regenerative electric braking, with reserve rheostat, on each motor axle. The TSR Train cars manufactured in cooperation by AnsaldoBreda and Keller Glenair’s IRT Series power connectors for the connection of power cables in rolling stock is a critical application. Beyond specific parameters like voltage, current, or watertight sealing, other application requirements must be considered: environment and operating conditions, robustness, handling, and other customer specifications. The IRT connector series is one of the most popular connection systems used around the world, and is able to satisfy all of the common parameters from different railway authorities. Glenair is able to develop customized connectors for specific applications, certifying the products according to your unique requirements. Powell Electronics stocks and supports a wide range of interconnection solutions for rail at its new EU European facility in Ireland.
Gary Evans MD Powell Electronics, Europe
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Israeli startup EVR Motors unveils extremely small, lightweight, high performance electric motor based on new topology New-Tech Magazine Group LTD.
Opher Doron, CEO of EVR Motors: "We managed to improve the basic design of the electric motor, which has remained much the same for the last several decades, while maintaining the traditional advantages of radial flux motors" Israeli startup EVR Motors is unveiling an innovative electric motor, based on a new patented topology, which it calls TSRF (Trapezoidal Stator Radial Flux). The company has successfully developed and tested the first prototypes of its lightweight and compact TSRF motor. EVR expects its new motor architecture will be adapted to a wide range of vehicles in cooperation with automotive OEMs and Tier 1s. A production-ready motor is scheduled to be introduced to the global market later this year. According to EVR's tests, the novel
motor is less than half the size and tens of percent lighter than existing state of the art RFPM (Radial Flux Permanent Magnet) motors with similar power. EVR is currently holding discussions with a variety of OEMs, Tier 1s and users in several countries, on conducting demonstrations and developing motors suited to their specific requirements. The company will hold an online demonstration of its novel motor on May 19, as part of the Ecomotion Week 2021 virtual event. The transformation of the industry has put huge pressure on automakers to match the internal combustion engine’s performance and cost with small, lightweight and price competitive motors. “We managed to change the basic design of the electric motor, which has remained much the same for the last several decades, while maintaining
the traditional advantages of the radial flux motors,” said Opher Doron, CEO of EVR Motors. “Our small, lightweight motors will provide vehicle manufacturers with improved performance while increasing installation flexibility and reducing costs.” EVR notes that its patented TSRF motor topology will enable superior power and torque density, as well as reduced production costs. EVR Motors can tailor its TSRF solution to most mobility and industrial applications, from two wheelers to cars and trucks and from Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) to Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs). TSRF technology can support a wide range of power and torque outputs, with voltage ranging from 48V to 800V, that are suitable for different power levels and for a wide range of speeds. EVR's neodymium-based motors
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perform significantly better than conventional RFPM motors at a significantly lower cost. The company notes that the new motor, when offered in low cost, rear- earth free, Ferrite-based versions, outperforms induction motors of a similar price range. EVR has recently conducted tests on a prototype traction motor designed for two- and three-wheel electric vehicles. The air-cooled motor delivered a best-in-class peak power of 17kW, and 40 Nm of torque, from a 2-liter volume, weighing only 9 Kg, far exceeding other small, air cooled radial flux motors. Additional versions of the motor will be tested in the coming months, including versions with different voltages, liquid cooled versions, and Ferrite magnet-based versions. Larger motors suitable for mainstream passenger and commercial vehicles are under development. Up till now, EVR Motors has raised seed funding of $5.5 million from several investors, led by Marius Nacht, one of Israel's leading serial entrepreneurs, tech founders and investors. Teramips Technologies, which funds innovative technical ideas, is another key investor, and additional funding has been received from SIBF (South Israel Bridge Fund VC) and through grants from the Israel Innovation Authority. The company is led by CEO Opher Doron, who in the past held senior positions at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel’s largest aerospace firm. In his former role as General Manager of IAI’s Space Division, Doron was responsible for the development, construction, launch, and operation of observation and communication satellites for Israeli and foreign users and led the IAI team in designing and constructing SpaceIL’s Beresheet lunar lander.
Figure 1: EVR Motors' electric motor prototype near a smartphone
EVR was founded by its current president and COO Eli Rozinsky, together with Victor Kislev and Ruslan Shabinski. The company's chairman is Ophir Shoham, former Director of Defense R&D Directorate at the Israeli Ministry of Defense
(MAFAT) who manages Marius Nacht’s investments in high-tech. EVR's workforce has grown to 20, including three PhDs, skilled engineers, a motor assembly team, and a test group.
Figure 2: EVR Motors team
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