The OpenROAD project on lowering ASIC costs and design times
- The OpenROAD project attacks the barriers of Cost, Expertise and Uncertainty (i.e., Risk) that block the feasibility of hardware design in advanced technologies.
- OpenROAD is centered on digital SOC layout generation ("RTL-to-GDSII"), and is part of the broader DARPA IDEA program and Electronics Resurgence Initiative which seek to transform the design of hardware systems.
- OpenROAD aims to develop tools that adapt, self-tune, and never get stuck unexpectedly.
- Problem: Hardware design requires too much effort, cost and time.
- Challenge: $$$ costs and “expertise gap” block system designers’ access to advanced technology.
- Objective: We want to enable no-humans, 24-hour design and catalyze open source EDA.
- Kahng and the OpenROAD team are aiming to develop open-source tools that achieve autonomous, 24-hour layout implementation.
Realities of the Modern Datacenter
- He leads a team of analysts responsible for identifying and analyzing people, process and technology trends affecting the deployment and management of edge infrastructure, enterprise datacenters and clouds worldwide.
- IDC believes that these new enterprise workloads are shifting towards an infrastructure-agnostic model that extends from edge to core to cloud.
- The continuum of applications and data that arises from this business transformation will result in a new model of distributed or “edge IT.” The edge is not a singular entity, but rather a way of recasting infrastructure boundaries beyond the datacenter, which depends on workload, industry, or business function.
- As businesses embrace a new model of distributed IT that stretches from core to cloud and out to the edge, IT staff will need to work horizontally and collaboratively across traditionally siloed stacks.
Beyond Bitcoin: Here are some of the new use cases for distributed ledger technology
- This is a preview of the Beyond Bitcoin (2018) report from Business Insider Intelligence.
- To learn more about the trends, use cases and financial institutions investing in DLT technology, click here.
- DLTs are most often associated with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but such coverage sidelines the broader use cases of DLTs, even though they stand to make a far bigger impact on the broader the financial services (FS) industry.
- This means DLTs have the potential to streamline financial institutions' (FIs) operations, boost data security, improve customer relationships, and drastically cut costs.
- In the Beyond Bitcoin report, Business Insider Intelligence takes a look at what DLTs are and why they hold so much promise for FS, the sectors in which DLTs are gaining the most traction and why, and the efforts underway to remove the obstacles preventing wider DLT adoption in finance.
Foxconn and Wisconsin are renegotiating their massive factory deal, governor's letter reveals
- Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers says the state is renegotiating its contract with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn to build a massive LCD plant in the state, after Foxconn approached state officials to propose changes in the deal.
- The disclosure comes in a letter from Evers to Foxconn executive Louis Woo, a special assistant to Chairman Terry Gou and the company's point person on the project.
- In 2017, amid great fanfare including a White House ceremony including President Trump, Foxconn officials and then-Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the company announced plans for a $10 billion manufacturing complex outside Racine, Wisconsin, with the promise of 13,000 new jobs.
- But in his letter, Evers says Woo talked to him — as well as State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald — about unspecified changes to the deal at a meeting in March.
Apple-Qualcomm 5G settlement isn’t a simple case of winner and loser
- A this point, Qualcomm has achieved a near monopoly in the commodity market for 5G modems – at least in mid- to high-end devices.
- Getting out of the commodity business of modem supply is the right move as Intel pivots towards the data center market and less dependency on devices.
- Samsung – Samsung will continue to use Qualcomm chips and modems in its high end devices in the US and some other parts of the world, as it understands that it needs that level of performance to compete.
- Others (e.g., Mediatek) – the change in market will have some limited effects as Intel/Infineon did sell modem chips to a variety of smaller players and its likely many will seek the up and comers for next generation Smartphone products, particularly in emerging markets like China and India.
Tech Needs More Conscientious Objectors
- This was the parting advice given to me during my exit interview from Google after spending a month internally arguing, resignation letter in hand, for the company to clarify its ethical red lines around Project Dragonfly, the effort to modify Search to meet the censorship and surveillance demands of the Chinese Communist Party.
- The internal turmoil led to the creation of Google’s A.I. Principles, which committed the company to not “design or deploy” technologies that violate “widely accepted principles of international law and human rights.” The combination of Maven’s cancellation and the inability to complete the required federal certifications led to Google’s withdrawal from a $10 billion contract to build the Pentagon’s cloud computing effort called Project JEDI.
- But even the collective action of key employees on Dragonfly has not led to a public statement that the project would have violated Google’s commitment to not design technologies violating human rights.
History of Container Technology Offers Lessons for Future
- But as Jim Ford, founder of cloud startup Pareidolia and a 23-year-veteran as the chief architect at ADM, pointed out in the opening keynote at last week's Container World, the genesis behind what would become container technology goes back to early virtualization efforts.
- Ford's keynote presentation was partly a history lesson, partly a look at the issues we face now, and partly a cautionary tale as we move boldly into the always connected future.
- Ford's purpose was to offer insight into how to look ahead and anticipate the future.
- Ford's optimism was tempered by the observation that many of the pressing issues being faced by the tech industry, especially on the security front, are embedded in the technology we're using.
- That's no guarantee however that we won't be burdened in the future by today's decisions.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon just released his annual letter to shareholders — read it here
- As I visit with our associates all over the world and ask, "Other than our purpose and values, the only thing that's constant at Walmart is ..." and they respond: "Change!" It's a powerful mindset, and our people have it.
- Our customers and Sam's Club members are being served by associates who are better equipped to create new ways of shopping and put today's technology to work.
Why top automakers spend millions on concept cars they don't plan on making
- You may find them synonymous with outrageous designs, exaggerated interiors, and features that have never been seen in a production car, like this floating key.
- But long after the media is gone, the auto show's around for a couple weeks, and the public comes around, and they may not know much about the brand sometimes, and they go, "Whoa," and they come across this concept car that makes an unmistakable statement about where the brand wants to go with technology.
- Narrator: Like BMW's Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car in 2009, it was designed to be a high-performance hybrid, balancing speed and fuel efficiency.
- The design stayed intact, but some of the flashy features like the see-through doors and moving grill didn't make it to production.
- Turns out these concepts are testing out how driverless technology could respond to the way people interact with cars in the future.
Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
- The upbeat tone of Trump's tweet represented a reversal of the tone he had taken just hours before, on Tuesday morning, when he used his personal Twitter account criticize the tech giant.
- Trump is a prolific tweeter, and his account had more than 59 million followers as of Tuesday afternoon.
- The president uses Twitter practically every day to communicate directly with the public on issues affecting every facet of his administration.
- Over the course of a day, Trump's Twitter topics can range from serious foreign policy matters like the North Korean nuclear talks, to small scale domestic political rivalries.
- The social media platform was instrumental in driving Trump's meteoric rise through the ranks of Republican politics.
- In 2015 and 2016, Trump's blunt, outspoken tweets helped him to break through a crowded Republican primary field to win the party's presidential nomination and from there, the White House.