- ABB: 62% of US businesses looking to invest in robotics
- Sony making sensors for autonomous vehicles
- Arm’s new CPU and GPU cores usher a new generation of total compute solutions
- Reverse-engineering insect brains to make robots
- Imagination’s first real-time embedded RISC-V CPU
- Chip democratisation leads to open-source choices
- Microsoft's metaverse is for training autonomous drones
- Retbleed Hack: the hardware vulnerability preying on Intel and AMD CPUs
- Sensing breakdown: Waymo Jaguar I-Pace robotaxi
- Optimizing and serving models with NVIDIA TensorRT and NVIDIA Triton
Source: The Robot Report, July 8, 2022 
Robot sales hit a record high in the first quarter of 2022. Sales increased 28% from Q1 of 2021, to 11,595 units sold in 2022. 43% of businesses surveyed said that they were planning to invest more in robotics and automation. The survey polled 1,610 executives in the U.S. and Europe.
Source: The Robot Report, July 19, 2022 
Sony is developing a sensor for self-driving vehicles that uses 70% less electricity. Sensor will be made by Sony Semiconductor Solution and will be paired with software developed by Tier IV. Sony has already commercialized edge computing technology in chips for retailers and industrial equipment.
Source: Forbes, July 14, 2022 
ARM pre-briefs the press and analysts about its latest innovations in the client computing space. Mobile gaming is heavily influencing Arm's vision of mobile computing. The company talked at length about performance from the perspective of gaming, which generally translates to performance improvements for many other experiences as well.
Source: eetimes, July 19, 2022 
Opteran has reverse–engineered insect brains to derive new algorithms for collision avoidance and navigation. Opteran's natural intelligence requires no training data, and no training, more like how a biological brain works. The company is a spin–out of the University of Sheffield.
Source: Electronics Weekly, July 15, 2022 
Imagination Technologies has announced its first real-time embedded RISC-V CPU. Called IMG RTXM-2200, the 32bit core is aimed at SoCs for networking, packet management, storage controllers, sensor management for AI cameras and smart metering, according to the company.
Source: E&T Magazine, July 19, 2022 
Despite mask and software costs accelerating. some observers believe wider access to custom chips is coming. Growing number of design teams can justify the switch from software or FPGA to ASIC or SoC. RISC-V now offers a wide range of options, whether free and open-source or commercial paid-for.
Source: The Register, July 19, 2022 
The software can simulate millions of drone flights in real-world scenarios. Pre-trained models can be used to build more customized digital drone pilots for use in the industrial metaverse.
Source: allaboutcircuits, July 19, 2022 
Researchers from ETH Zürich have discovered that some of the most popular processors on the market may have a backdoor to information theft.
Source: Tangram Vision Platform, July 19, 2022 
Waymo has quietly rolled out their own driverless robotaxis in San Francisco. At this year's TechCrunch Sessions, we had the chance to inspect a stationary Waymo I-Pace in detail. Discovered hidden sensors and what we believe to be a dual use approach to sensor arrays.
Source: NVIDIA Technical Blog, July 20, 2022 
You can squeeze better performance out of a model by accelerating it across three levels. NVIDIA GPUs are the leading choice for hardware acceleration among deep learning practitioners. Algorithmic or network acceleration revolves around the use of techniques like quantization and knowledge distillation that make modifications to the network itself.
Source: sciencedirect, June 2, 2022 
The paper discusses the impact of single-event effects (SEEs) induced by radiation in an advanced extensible interface (AXI) central direct memory access (CDMA) core based on 28 nm Xilinx ZYNQ-7000 FPGA.Soft errors of CDMA have been tested with an 241Am source using data transmitting between the block random-access memory (BRAM) and external memory (DDR3). Soft errors of CDMA have been tested with an 241Am source using data transmitting between the block random-access memory (BRAM) and external memory (DDR3).
Source: arXiv.org, June 7, 2022 
Software architecture is the process of ensuring that the structure or the design of a system is according to specifics needs. For mobile robotics, specific requirements are, for example, real-time capabilities, asynchronous data processing and distributed functionality. Therefore, it is prudent to take into account not only the design, but also the suitability of the implementation as well.
Source: arXiv.org , June 30, 2022 
A robotic platform for mobile manipulation needs to be compact and support large enough to prevent tipping over. This paper proposes a novel robot design that can reconfigure its footprint to navigate through tight spaces and take advantage of its triangular configuration on uneven ground by preventing support-switches.
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Wessling, B. (2022, July 19). Sony making sensors for autonomous vehicles. The Robot Report. https://www.therobotreport.com/sony-making-sensors-for-autonomous-vehicles/?spMailingID=72239&puid=2502618&E=2502618&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=72239 ↩︎
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Hertz, J. (2022, July 19). Retbleed Hack: the hardware vulnerability preying on Intel and AMD CPUs. allaboutcircuits. https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/news/retbleed-hack-hardware-vulnerability-preying-on-intel-amd-cpus/ ↩︎
Rodnitzky, A. (2022, July 17). Sensing breakdown: Waymo jaguar I-pace RoboTaxi. Tangram Vision Platform: The Modern Perception Platform. https://www.tangramvision.com/blog/sensing-breakdown-waymo-jaguar-i-pace-robotaxi ↩︎
Varshney, T., Rodge, J., & Comly, N. (2022, July 20). Optimizing and serving models with NVIDIA TensorRT and NVIDIA Triton. NVIDIA Technical Blog. https://developer.nvidia.com/blog/optimizing-and-serving-models-with-nvidia-tensorrt-and-nvidia-triton/ ↩︎
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