Tesla’s Model 3 is supposed to be the electric car that changes everything. Beautiful, high-tech, affordable: this is the car that is supposed to bring electric cars into the mainstream. But don’t expect to be driving one anytime soon. If you’re not already on the 500,000-person reservation list, you won’t be driving one this year. Or next. Or probably the year after. Thankfully, there are dozens of electric and plug-in hybrid cars that are available right now. And more are on the way. To be sure, electric cars are still very much in their infancy. Sales of electric cars represent just 1 percent of the record 17.55 million cars sold last year in the US. And a recent survey of 2,500 American found that 60 percent were still “unaware of electric cars,” eclipsing concerns such as range or charging station availability. That’s a huge hurdle to overcome. But the automotive industry is clearly trending toward electric. BMW will release two new … [Read more...] about How to buy an electric car
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Without a doubt, the tremendous amount of activity surrounding the opportunities in today and tomorrow’s vehicles is mind-boggling but absolutely exciting. When big shifts occur such as the one we are seeing in automotive, that equates to big opportunities for companies that get it right with a certain application, at the right time.It means partnering with the right ecosystem partners, from IP and EDA tool providers to foundries and even packaging/assembly houses.I’m not alone in this thinking, obviously. Being in Silicon Valley recently to attend the RISC-V Workshop, and then moderate a panel that highlighted some incredible women in the industry on the topic of leadership there is so much buzz about automotive, and for good reason.As I was speaking to Mick Tegethoff, director of AMS product marketing at Mentor, a Siemens business this week, he remarked that there is definitely a coming together of requirements of ICs that reside in a car and ICs that traditionally have … [Read more...] about Automotive Opps Drive Change For Systems Companies
Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) are becoming one of the key differentiators in system performance, reversing a decades-old trend that equated speed with processor clock frequencies, the number of transistors, and the instruction set architecture.Even with today’s smartphones and PCs, it’s difficult for users to differentiate between processors with 6, 8 or 16 cores. But as the amount of data being generated continues to increase—particularly with images, video and other sensory data—performance will be determined less by a central processor than how quickly that data can be moved between various elements within a system, ore even across multiple systems. “This notion of vision capabilities that deep learning has brought to the forefront of the industry fulfills a need that people wanted a long time ago, and it has opened the door for new capabilities that existing architectures are not designed for,” said Samer Hijazi, senior design engineering … [Read more...] about Using CNNs To Speed Up Systems
If malware seems like a nuisance on your PC, just wait until it hits the 3,000-pound piece of metal you ride around in every day. Fortunately, your car might soon learn to spot malevolent code before it can run amok. At an automotive conference last week, Symantec announced a product designed to catch malware by learning what patterns of data traffic should look like inside a car and raising flags if it spots something unusual. This could enable the system to spot previously unseen, or “zero day,” automotive exploits, says Brian Witten, senior director of IoT Security at Symantec.“We learn what’s normal for how [the computers in a car] talk to each other, and we capture that,” Witten says. “If some of the modules are forced to interact with each other in a different way, the car knows it’s gone into a potentially dangerous state, and then it can try to do some remediation, or send the information back to automaker headquarters.” Car … [Read more...] about Your Car Could Learn to Recognize Hackers
Seven has long been considered a lucky number. But since we don’t take the fine folks at Audi to be a superstitious bunch, we imagine they’ll be looking for more than just luck when the German luxury automaker implements its seven new automotive technologies in the coming years.According to WorldCarFans, Audi has recently released a booklet outlining seven new technologies the company is working on, which it hopes to refine and implement into future cars. Some of the new and exciting technologies Audi is looking to develop and implement include: Audi Wireless Charging, Audi Garage Parking Pilot, Audi Hybrid Body Materials, Audi FRP Coil Springs, Audi OLED Technology, Audi Multitouch Controls, and Audi Predictive Suspension.While there is no specific date given; realistically we can expect some of these new features to appear in the next 2 – 3 years time. Here is a quick rundown of each of Audi’s proposed automotive technology of the future:Audi … [Read more...] about Lucky number seven: Audi announces seven exciting automotive technologies it’s working on
A revamping of security standards is being prepared by the major payment card issuers and is expected to be announced within the next 60 days."[MasterCard, along] with other payment brands including American Express, Discover, JCB and Visa, are currently considering potential recommended updates to the PCI Data Security Standard based on feedback provided by industry stakeholders," MasterCard Global Technology Communications Vice President Christina Rae told the E-Commerce Times.The PCI (Payment Card Industry) standard was adopted by the card issuers about a year ago to set guidelines for the secure handling of credit card information by merchants and service providers."A date for release of a revised standard has not yet been determined," Rae said. "However, there are no plans to make any of the PCI Data Security Standard requirements less robust."There have been discussions among standards setters about reducing the strength of encryption recommended in the existing guidelines, … [Read more...] about Credit Card Security Revamp in Works
Over the last two weeks, I attended a huge HP lab event, watched Apple launch the iPhone SDK brilliantly, and saw one of the strongest consumer laptop lines launched by Acer. All three vendors are growing in the 30 percent range in the PC market; Acer just passed Dell for the No. 2 spot in the notebook market; and all three vendors have smartphone efforts in their infancy.This leads me to believe there is a collision coming and that it might be fun to talk about each vendor's strengths and weaknesses in the fight.We will close with my product of the week, which could eventually capture much of what we now call the PC market.HP's clear advantages in this fight are represented by its overall leadership in a number of related segments ranging from server lines all the way down to printers. The company has what appears to be the most capable of the remaining labs, which has undergone a significant change recently making it vastly more strategic to the overall business.In addition, HP is … [Read more...] about OPINION HP vs. Acer vs. Apple: The Fight to Come
Here's a disturbing thought: A RoboCEO powered by artificial intelligence -- possibly based on IBM's Watson -- could be running some companies within the next decade. Not every company will warm to the idea, to be sure, but it's conceivable that the practice could begin.Are you ready to work for a RoboCEO? Though it seems farfetched, this idea has started to bubble to the surface, with leaders like Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma apparently taking it seriously.As with computers, the Internet and other technological leaps, there's quite a bit of both good and bad around artificial intelligence. How would working life be different under a RoboCEO? If we widen the focus, how might it impact our life -- and, in fact, our society in general? Things will change, whether or not we are ready for a revolution.Would a RoboCEO running on AI be unforgiving? In what ways might that be so? Who would be the judge if employees should have grievances against a RoboCEO?AI software might be challenged to make … [Read more...] about ANALYST CORNER Are You Ready for a RoboCEO?
I don't know about you but I can't seem to get out of my head the image of that poor Asian doctor who, seemingly unconscious, was dragged off that United flight. The fact that the airline did that to a 69-year-old doctor just so it could save money moving employees around is nearly as unbelievable as the initialtone-deaf response from United's CEO, who blamed the passenger. (It was only after a tremendous backlash that the CEO offered an actual apology.)While the United debacle was going on, I happened to be reviewing Qualcomm's counterclaim against Apple, and holy crap. It alleges that Apple crippled the modems in some iPhones to cover up its use of cheap parts, and that it aggressively acted to prevent anyone, particularly Qualcomm, from pointing it out.I have the view that if you pay for a thing, you should get that thing -- and Apple customers, according to Qualcomm, are getting screwed. Given how we depend on our phones, my guess is that if this is true, it won't end well for … [Read more...] about OPINION Why Is It OK to Abuse Customers?
Many of the most promising cars are still trucking down the long road toward production (we’re looking at you, 2018 Nissan Leaf), but there are plenty on the market right now. These are the best electric cars on the market right now. Chevy Bolt EVWhy should you buy this: It’s the first affordable electric car worthy of a road trip. The best 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV The Bolt EV is the perfect blend of accessibility, usability, and fun. $37,495.00 from Chevrolet Who’s it for: Drivers who want to give up gas without sacrificing range.How much will it cost: $37,495 Why we picked the Chevrolet Bolt EV:For years, consumers essentially had two choices when it came to electric cars — low price or … [Read more...] about The Best Electric Cars You Can Buy