- ROS 2 Hardware Acceleration Working Group - meeting #13
- Intrinsic acquires OSRC and OSRC-SG
- Mobile robot shipments increased by 53% in 2022
- Making sure AMD has the complete tech package
- Researchers develop AV object detection system with 96% accuracy
- How robotics can help manufacturers solve labor shortages
- TSMC founder says 'globalization is almost dead' as Asian foundry giant expands in US
- As semiconductor VC funding dips, startups trip, crash, build for the next boom
- Where automotive FPGAs stand in smart car designs
- Microchip showcases RISC-V-Based FPGA and space-compute solutions at RISC-V summit
- CUDA toolkit 12.0 released for general availability
ROS 2 Hardware Acceleration Working Group
Source: ROS Discourse, December 13, 2022 
We discussed Updates on the Robotic Processing Unit and Robotics MCU projects and discussion around standardization efforts. Particularly REP-2008, REP-2014 and and RobotPerf. The session also includes a guest talk provided by Piotr Rybicki and Adam Dabrowski from Robotec.ai telling us about their recent work around the RobotecGPULidar, a cross-platform (Windows and Linux), C/C++ library for simulating LiDARs on CUDA-enabled GPUs, accelerated by RTX cores if available.
Source: Open Robotics, December 14, 2022
Intrinsic has acquired the Open Source Robotics Corporation (OSRC). In this post, Brian Gerkey looks at the structural side of the acquisition and why he's excited about it. There is no change in OSRF's core mission or day-to-day operations.
Source: The Robot Report, December 13, 2022 
The mobile robot market saw a 53% increase in mobile robot shipments in 2022. By 2027, Interact Analysis expects an installed base of over 4 million mobile robots. Material transport AGVs and AMRs will make up almost a quarter of the total by 2027.
Source: The Next Platform, December 12, 2022 
The chief technology officers in the tech world have done their time in the engineering trenches, writing their papers, getting their patents, and helping suppliers up and down the IT supply chain make the money that keeps the innovation flowing. But someone always needs to focus the imagination and enthusiasm of system architects, chip designers, and software engineers and design devices that solve real-world, actual customer problems.
Source: The Robot Report, December 13, 2022 
An international research team at Incheon National University in South Korea has created an Internet-of-Things enabled, real-time object detection system. System is based on deep learning specialized for autonomous driving situations. Researchers used end-to-end neural network to detect objects with high accuracy in 2D and 3D.
Source: Robotics & Automation News, December 8, 2022 
Manufacturing is critical to the United States and the Midwest. It’s responsible for creating jobs, supporting businesses, and generating economic growth. Manufacturing is also a key driver of innovation, helping to create new products and technologies that can improve our lives.
Source: The Register, December 8, 2022 
Morris Chang reportedly made the comments at Tuesday's ceremony for TSMC's advanced chip manufacturing site in Arizona. TSMC is expanding in the US for the first time in over 20 years. The company plans to spend roughly $40 billion to open a 4nm fab in 2024 and a more sophisticated 3nm plant in 2026.
Source: The Register, December 10, 2022 
Funding for semiconductor startups in 2022 reached $7.8 billion, as of December 5. That's a 46 percent decline from the record $14.5 billion investors pumped into silicon firms last year. The number of worldwide semiconductor funding deals fell this year to 618.
Source: EDN, December 14, 2022 
The most advanced cars can have up to 10-12 FPGAs inside them, all performing varying functions. These include infotainment systems, advanced driver assistance systems and in-cabin artificial intelligence. Deloitte projects 45% of the cost of a new car will come from electronic systems by 2030.
Source: EEJournal, December 9, 2022 
Microchip will be showing its solutions at the 2022 RISC-V Summit. PolarFire 2 FPGA and PolarFire SoC families already deliver the industry's best thermal and power efficiency. Microchip was the first to offer FPGAs for power-efficient edge-compute segments.
Source: NVIDIA Technical Blog, December 13, 2022 
NVIDIA announces the newest CUDA Toolkit software release, 12.0. This release is the first major release in many years and it focuses on new programming models and CUDA application acceleration through new hardware capabilities.
Source: Evaluating Motion Planning Performance, 2022 
This work presents the Human Navigation Simulator (HuNavSim), an open-source tool for the simulation of different human-agent navigation behaviors. The main goal is to ease the development and evaluation of human-aware robot navigation systems in simulation. HuNavSim includes a rich human navigation behavior and a complete set of metrics for navigation benchmarking.
Source: IOPScience, 2022 
Three-dimensional convolutional neural network (3D CNN) widely used in the fields of action recognition and video analysis. General purpose processors are difficult to achieve efficient and intensive computing. Deployment of 3D CNN based on FPGA has the advantages of low power consumption, high energy efficiency, and customizability.
Hardware Acceleration in Robotics Newsletters
- Hardware Acceleration in Robotics #37 - China surpasses U.S. in robot density, India in the Era of ‘Silicon Diplomacy’ and more
- Hardware Acceleration in Robotics #36 - Acceleration Robotics collaborating with Microchip to fasten robot computations with ROS 2 and RISC-V FPGA SoCs and more
- Hardware Acceleration in Robotics #35 - Robotics and ROS 2 in the PolarFire® SoC FPGA, Outdoor mobile robot shipments 'to hit 350,000 by 2030', No, autonomous vehicles aren’t dead and more
- Hardware Acceleration in Robotics #34 - ROS2 HAWG #13, Robotics markets: up, down or just sideways?, Nvidia offers new advanced chip for China that meets U.S. export controls and more
- Hardware Acceleration in Robotics #33 - ROS 2 HAWG - meeting #12, Why are some companies still short semiconductor chips when others are swimming in them? and more
- Hardware Acceleration in Robotics #32 - Acceleration Robotics expands to India and takes over TechnoYantra to grow in Asia, An open architecture for hardware acceleration in robotics and ROS 2 - ROSCon 2022 and more
- Hardware Acceleration in Robotics #31 - ROS 2 HAWG #12 meeting, Google announces new open-source OS for RISC-V chips, How digital twin technology can bridge America’s chip manufacturing gap and more
- Hardware Acceleration in Robotics #30 - The semiconductor industry is ‘near its limit,’ says Nvidia CEO, Intel and Google collaborate on computing ASIC for data centers and more
- Hardware Acceleration in Robotics #29 - 2022 Hardware acceleration report in robotics, ROS 2 HAWG #12, REP-2008 - ROS 2 hardware acceleration architecture and conventions and more
- Hardware Acceleration in Robotics #28 - ROS2 HAWG #11, About Tesla's Optimus robot brain, a robotics hardware and software computer architecture perspective and more
ROS 2 Hardware Acceleration Working Group meetings
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #13
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #12
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #11
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #10
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #9
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #8
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #7
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #6
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #5
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #4
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #3
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #2
- Hardware Acceleration WG, meeting #1
Wessling, B. (2022, December 13). Mobile robot shipments increased by 53% in 2022. The Robot Report. https://www.therobotreport.com/mobile-robot-shipments-increased-by-53-in-2022/ ↩︎
Making sure AMD has the complete tech package. (2022, December 12). The Next Platform. https://www-nextplatform-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nextplatform.com/2022/12/12/making-sure-amd-has-the-complete-tech-package/amp/ ↩︎
Wessling, B. (2022, December 13). Researchers develop AV object detection system with 96% accuracy. The Robot Report. https://www.therobotreport.com/researchers-develop-av-object-detection-system-with-96-accuracy/ ↩︎
Allinson, M. (2022, December 8). How robotics can help manufacturers solve labor shortages. Robotics & Automation News. https://roboticsandautomationnews.com/2022/12/08/how-robotics-can-help-manufacturers-solve-labor-shortages/58540/ ↩︎
Martin, D. (2022, December 8). Globalization 'almost dead,' TSMC founder says amid US moves. The Register: Enterprise Technology News and Analysis. https://www.theregister.com/2022/12/08/tsmc_founder_globalization/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_content=article ↩︎
Martin, D. (2022, December 10). Semiconductor VC funding dives, startups plan for next boom. The Register: Enterprise Technology News and Analysis. https://www.theregister.com/2022/12/10/semiconductor_vc_funding_down_startups/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_content=article ↩︎
O'donnell, B. (2022, December 14). Where automotive FPGAs stand in smart car designs. EDN. https://www.edn.com/where-automotive-fpgas-stand-in-smart-car-designs/ ↩︎
Microchip showcases RISC-V-Based FPGA and space-compute solutions at RISC-V summit. (2022, December 9). EEJournal. https://www.eejournal.com/industry_news/microchip-showcases-risc-v-based-fpga-and-space-compute-solutions-at-risc-v-summit/ ↩︎
Armstrong, R., Nertney, R., Sundaram, A., Nicely, M., Jensen, R., & Oh, F. (2022, December 13). CUDA toolkit 12.0 released for general availability. NVIDIA Technical Blog. https://developer.nvidia.com/blog/cuda-toolkit-12-0-released-for-general-availability/ ↩︎
Perez, N., Otero, R., Caballero, F., & Merino, L. (2022). HuNavSim: a ROS2 human navigation simulator for benchmarking human-aware robot navigation. Evaluating Motion Planning Performance. https://motion-planning-workshop.kavrakilab.org/papers/hunavsim.pdf ↩︎
Shidong, L., Long, T., Zhixian, H., Liang, Y., & Zhenzhong, L. (2022). 3D CNN Hardware circuit for motion recognition based on FPGA. IOPScience. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1742-6596/2363/1/012030/pdf ↩︎