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Mouser Electronics New Product Insider: November 2019
December 2, 2019 - As an authorized distributor, Mouser Electronics, Inc. is focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies, giving customers an edge and helping speed time to market. Over 800 semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers count on Mouser to help them introduce their products into the global marketplace. Mouser’s customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each manufacturer. Last month, Mouser launched more than 434 new products ready for same-day shipment. Some of the products introduced by Mouser last month include: • Microchip Technology DM320118 CryptoAuth Trust Platform Kit Microchip DM320118 CryptoAuth Trust Platform Kit is a CryptoAuthentication™ evaluation kit used for exploring and developing solutions for the IoT space with a pre-provisioned ATECC608A Trust&GO, pre-configured TrustFLEX, and fully customizable TrustCUSTOM products. • Texas Instruments AWR1843 mmWave Automotive Radar Sensor The TI AWR1843 is an integrated single-chip frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar sensor designed for mmWave applications in low-power, self-monitored, ultra-accurate automotive radar systems. • Molex Micro-Lock Plus Vertical Connectors Molex Micro-Lock Plus vertical connectors are 1.25-mm pitch vertical headers with a positive lock feature and an optional potting capability. These vertical headers are ideal for use in a variety of industrial and consumer applications. • Osram Opto Semiconductors Oslon® P1616 Infrared Emitters Osram Opto Semiconductors Oslon P1616 devices are double-stack infrared (IR) emitters for applications such as CCTV surveillance, eye tracking, gesture recognition, and security. With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.
Compatible network accessories for business customers: AddOnNetworks and KOMSA enter into sales partnership
Cirencester, UK, 28 November 2019 – AddOn Networks, the largest global supplier of compatible transceivers and optical connectivity solutions, today announced that it has partnered with Saxon ITK distributor and service provider, KOMSA. The partnership will see KOMSA expand its network range with complementary connectivity products from AddOn Networks. KOMSA’s trading partners and their business customers will also benefit from extended warranty periods and German-language support from KOMSA's Technical Assistance Centre. "With KOMSA, we have opted for a partner who is closely linked to the resellers and can assess which products and services trade partners need. Together we want to broaden our offer for system houses and business resellers in the DACH region," said Sam Walker, VP Sales for EMEA at AddOn Networks. "AddOn offers KOMSA trade partners a wide range of solutions with very good quality at competitive prices and with short delivery times." With this new partnership, KOMSA is able to offer its trade partners the entire AddOn range with individually extended warranty periods. Technical service and customer support in the event of a fault is also provided by the Technical Assistance Centre, enabling customers and partners to have very complex problems and malfunctions explained and rectified in their native language. In addition, KOMSA makes it possible to exchange defective devices quickly and offers training courses on the products at the KOMSA Academy on request. "We are very pleased about the new partnership with AddOn," explains Steffen Ebner, B2B Sales Director of the KOMSA Group. "The products offer our specialist trade and system house partners a great advantage in marketing to business customers as the AddOn products are 100 percent compatible with more than 150 manufacturers including Cisco, HP, Juniper, Alcatel and Brocade. AddOn works very closely with companies and understands the current realities of their IT infrastructures where products from different manufacturers are often installed through step-by-step renewals."
TCG Japan Regional Forum Open Workshop to build security resilience in an increasingly connected world
Chiyoda City, Tokyo, 27 November 2019: As all sectors of society enter the Internet of Things (IoT) era, Trusted Computing Group (TCG) has announced the return of its annual TCG Japan Regional Forum (JRF) Open Workshop to address new and emerging security threats and challenges in the digital world. Celebrating its eleventh anniversary, the workshop – ‘Beyond Security by Design required in the IoT Era’ – will take place at Akihabara UDX Gallery NEXT in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Over the course of the afternoon, it will highlight the critical progress TCG has made in improving secure computing across the world, with individuals and businesses alike needing to change the way they protect their data and assets. During the Open Workshop guest speakers – including Cisco Systems, Panasonic, JPCERT/CC and a Professor at Osaka University’s Information Security Headquarters – will take security by design to the next level, addressing issues related to the entire product lifecycle, including safe disposal. New security measures that have been introduced in view of the diversification of product lifecycles amid the IoT era will also be discussed. The event is being held as the rise of the IoT era creates a complex environment where security is becoming a top concern for many individuals and organizations. The host of prestigious speakers will provide insight on the latest security threats, advise on how organizations should be responding to the and share the benefits of standardization activities promoted by Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Taking place from 13:00, the event will also include a panel session featuring all speakers. This will be followed by a reception to network with speakers and TCG members. TCG member companies’ products, technologies, and services will be showcased at a TCG technology demonstration, which will be available during the reception. Registration is now available online for both TCG members and non-members until Thursday, December 12.
NEXCON the only international online conference on Smart Manufacturing welcomes top speakers from around the globe
Stuttgart (Germany), November 27, 2019 – NEXCON, the international online conference on Smart Manufacturing, will be held on March 5, 2020 in its third edition. For the first time, speakers from North and South America are among the speakers. The event is the prelude to numerous other highlights on the platform sharing the name NEXCON. Participants can expect success stories on the digitization of value chain worldwide as well as the latest technology trends in the area of Industry 4.0 at the online conference NEXCON. Independently of location, NEXCON visitors can take a virtual peak at 13 expert lectures and visit an exhibition hall online. In addition, the networking lounge offers the opportunity to network internationally via chat. The conference will be hosted by the Germany-based consulting firm STAUFEN.DIGITAL NEONEX. So far NEXCON has focused on digitization activities in Germany and China. In March, the inclusion of North and South America should further promote the global exchange of knowledge. Carlos Santiago, vice president of operations at Mercedes-Benz Trucks Brazil, will report on the company’s way of transforming to a digital factory, and BASF vice president of digitalization production and technology, Uwe Hinsen, will provide insights into the digital transformation of the chemical company. The diverse speaker repertoire of NEXCON includes speakers from Germany, China, Mexico and the US from companies such as Microsoft, Schaeffler and Mabe. In addition to top-class speakers, companies can present themselves live in the exhibitor area. For NEXCON, a purely virtual exhibition environment is simulated, in which companies from the Industry 4.0 sector present their products and services. The meetings between the visitors and the exhibiting companies take place in an exhibition hall purely virtual - but not less personally. It is possible to chat with other participants and speakers, ask questions and get to know new business contacts. NEXCON is aimed at managers from the manufacturing industry as well as solution providers from the Industry 4.0 area. The organizers are certain that global networking of the community can best be achieved via the internet. Thomas Rohrbach, Managing Director of STAUFEN.DIGITAL NEONEX, on the vision behind NEXCON: "Our goal is to reduce financial and location barriers and provide easy access to knowledge, global collaboration and smart manufacturing exchange. NEXCON is a platform for knowledge democratization and, moreover, ecologically responsible. " The online event on March 5 will be the prelude to further conferences and highlights on the NEXCON platform. All premium tickets allow access not just to the contents of the lead event for a month, but also the participation in three other regional conferences as well as various seminars and coaching sessions throughout the year. NEXCON's partners include the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, the Shanghai-based Jiao Tong University and the IoT-One innovation consultancy, the Mexican industry association Alianza 4.0, as well as STAUFEN AG and its subsidiaries in Brazil and China.
HUBER+SUHNER to launch unique 5G-ready indoor antenna at Microwave Workshops & Exhibition
Discover the SENCITY® Occhio MIMO 4x4 antenna – featuring a sleek futuristic design and smart mounting features, the antenna provides perfect RF performance With 5G on the horizon, operators will require access to more bandwidth than ever before. Reliable, fast coverage, extended capacity and simplistic installation processes are vital factors and top priorities for operators as they look for the best technology on the market to support their journeys to 5G. Along that journey, always-on mobile communications, especially within indoor environments has become critical. In Pacifico Yokohama, HUBER+SUHNER will unveil the key to indoor small cell connectivity, SENCITY Occhio, the latest addition to its antenna portfolio. Among its attributes, the SENCITY Occhio MIMO DAS (Distributed Antenna System) or small cell antenna, offers the operator 5G coverage, a simple, time-saving installation process and an attractive industry preferred design with a small form factor. “The SENCITY Occhio MIMO antenna is a unique combination of stylish design and innovative engineering which appeals to both interior designers and architects,” said Claudia Bartholdi, Product Manager in the Radio Frequency Division at HUBER+SUHNER. “The new antenna has received the 'Red Dot Award for Product Design 2019' in the category communication technology. The design, developed by Christian Keller (erfindergeist GmbH), convinced the international jury with its unique brand identity.” “What once was a trade-off between electrical performance and design, SENCITY Occhio mitigates these concerns and is robust, reliable and enables a simplified densification of the network in an unobtrusive, attractive design. The antenna’s innovative smart-connect system guarantees a quick and efficient installation process.” Thanks to its multiband capability between 1.7-6 GHz and 2x2/4x4 MIMO configurations, the SENCITY Occhio antenna fulfils the multiple requirements of the 5G standard and equally meets current 4G applications. As standard, the antenna utilises the latest NEX10® connector interface, with outstanding PIM (Passive Intermodulation) performance. Cable assemblies to connect the SENCITY Occhio to any other interface are also available upon customer request.
Nemesysco Empowers Emotion Detection Service for Leading Call Center in Japan
Kadima, Israel (November 26, 2019) – Nemesysco, a leading provider voice analytics technologies and solutions for genuine emotion detection, today announced that CENTRIC, a prominent provider of outsourced call center services in Japan, is using the company’s core QA7™ and Layered Voice Analysis (LVA™) technologies in its award winning Deep SEA service. CENTRIC is headquartered in Tokyo and maintains three call centers across Japan. As part of the company’s strategic expansion plans, CENTRIC has recently opened a new call center in Wakayama in the south of the country and tripled its overall staff of call center agents during the past six months. CENTRIC’s growing customer base includes one of the largest home appliance and electronics retailers in Japan, numerous e-commerce companies and other consumer-oriented businesses. CENTRIC is leveraging Nemesysco’s QA7 technology to enable its Deep SEA emotion detection and analysis service. The QA7 technology provides users of the Deep SEA service with real-time indications of the current emotional state of callers. Deep SEA is an add-on service that CENTRIC offers its customers as part of its outsourced call center package. The Deep SEA service is applied in live operations to optimize outbound marketing and sales campaigns as well as identify upsell opportunities during inbound calls. Based on the emotional responses measured by the QA7 technology, call center agents receive real-time recommendations, including tailored scripts on how to approach each caller. The QA7 technology is designed to reveal the genuine emotional state of a person. It detects and measures uncontrolled psychophysiological changes to a person’s voice during conversations. The technology is indifferent to language or the content of speech and works by analyzing over 150 tiny bio-markers that correlate with many key human emotions. Examples of emotions that can be detected and measured by the QA7 technology include excitement, stress, uncertainty, anger, happiness, hesitation, embarrassment and more. “We consider Nemesysco’s voice analytics technologies and our Deep SEA service to be our main competitive differentiators that enable our call center service to stand out in an increasingly crowded market,” explained Ryo Yamada, CEO of CENTRIC. “We have confidence in Nemesysco and its technologies and are currently formulating plans to expand Deep SEA, including offering the service to companies that manage their own call centers.” In addition, CENTRIC uses Nemesysco’s LVA technology to improve its human resources activities. The LVA technology helps CENTRIC evaluate applicants for open positions and candidates for promotions. With this technology, CENTRIC also monitors the wellbeing of agents and tracks changes over time in order to identify agents that are stressed and at risk of churning. Both QA7 and LVA are built to reveal and measure the emotions of a person during voice-based communications. While QA7 focuses on softer emotions, LVA is designed to detect signs of risk. At the recent 2019 Contact Center Award ceremony in Tokyo, CENTRIC won the Judge’s Choice Award for its Deep SEA emotion detection and analysis service. The Contact Center Awards are an annual award program organized by Call Center Japan magazine that recognizes outstanding contributions for improving the customer experience and management of contact and call center operations across Japan. “The call center industry in Japan is clearly the most advanced and demanding in the world and we are proud to be playing an important role in the success of CENTRIC’s operation,” said Amir Liberman, CEO of Nemesysco. “The unique deployment of our voice analytics technologies for CENTRIC in Japan can serve as an example to other providers of outsourced call centers considering emotion detection as a value added service for improving the customer journey and sales performance of their customers.”
Internet of Media Things to Take off with New Series of International Standards
Internet of Media Things (IoMT) has the potential to change our world through massive-scale data exchange. But synchronization and interoperability are vital for this to work. ISO/IEC 23093, the series of International Standards for the Internet of Media Things developed by ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), provides the requirements and common language to enable media devices, applications and services to work together, outlining an architecture and specifications for the effective flow of data between media things. The series provides a framework that can be used across technologies and national boundaries, enabling communication, storage, analysis, interpretation and retrieval of media big data emerging from large-scale IoMT devices. These standards therefore make it possible to realize large-scale interoperable IoMT applications. The first two standards in the series have just been published and specify application programming interfaces (APIs) and the tools for use when it comes to the exchange of data between applications. ISO/IEC 23093-2, Information technology – Internet of media things – Part 2: Discovery and communication API, specifies the APIs to discover media of things in the network, and communicate between them, along with APIs to facilitate transactions. ISO/IEC 23093-3, Information technology – Internet of media things – Part 3: Media data formats and APIs, contains the tools to describe the data exchanged between media things, such as media sensors and analysers for their APIs. A further two standards in the series, due to be published next year, will cover, respectively, architecture and reference software and conformance. Teruhiko Suzuki, Chair of the ISO and IEC technical committee that developed the series of standards, said there are many areas where this technology can reduce costs and improve quality of life for people. “In healthcare, for example, smart glasses that help the visually impaired to see better, or body sensors that help diabetics to better monitor their insulin levels, are just some of the many applications of this revolutionary technology,” he said. Other examples of where the development of this technology can help improve the world include intelligent firefighting with Internet Protocol (IP) surveillance cameras and various aspects of smart manufacturing. The ISO/IEC 23093 series of standards was developed by ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, subcommittee SC 29, Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information, the secretariat of which is held by JISC, ISO’s member for Japan.
Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Explore Crowd Funding for Innovators in Newest “Engineering Big Ideas” Video
November 25, 2019 - Mouser Electronics Inc. and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara unveiled the third video in the Engineering Big Ideas series, part of their award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ program. In part three, Imahara meets with Josh Lifton, President of Crowd Supply, a successful crowd funding platform based in Portland, Ore. Crowd Supply partners with creators and entrepreneurs who utilize the service to tap pools of small contributions from the public to fund ideas. The company also provides mentorship from their staff of product development veterans, filling a role similar to a business incubator. “In the prototype stage, creators are often plagued by funding challenges and face design bottlenecks,” says Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics. “Platforms like Crowd Supply give designers access to a wealth of monetary and intellectual resources, opening avenues to innovation not previously accessible.” “By helping address major issues in funding and launching products in general, Crowd Supply helps level the playing field for creators by sharing these essential resources,” adds Imahara. Imahara’s and Lifton’s conversation takes a look at the processes and resources available to help innovators best determine whether it’s feasible to manufacture their ideas. Throughout their discussion, they examine the process of taking an idea from concept through to prototype, to eventually a product that someone will want to buy or invest in. The Engineering Big Ideas series is sponsored by Mouser’s valued suppliers Analog Devices, Intel®, Microchip Technology and Molex. The global electronic component distributor is teaming up with engineer Grant Imahara for the fifth consecutive year to present the Engineering Big Ideas series, which explores the process of turning an idea into a product and examines the path to commercialization — from discovery to design and eventually development. The Empowering Innovation Together program has been one of the most recognized and notable electronic component educational programs since 2015, highlighting a range of innovative developments from IoT and smart cities of the future to robotics technologies.
HUBER+SUHNER to debut innovative solutions for mission-critical communications at PMRExpo 2019
The company will display the latest products from its state-of-the-art special communication portfolio HUBER+SUHNER, a leading manufacturer of radio frequency, fiber optic and low frequency cabling, components and bespoke integrated solutions, will highlight its extensive expertise in public emergency services as it showcases its expanded special communications portfolio for the first time at PMRExpo 2019 in Cologne, Germany. The market-leading portfolio has established HUBER+SUHNER as the main antenna supplier in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It also supplies security networks across Europe following its acquisition of Kathrein Special Communications. “We have expanded our offering for security-relevant applications and strengthened our market position in the area of special communications and Public Mobile Radio (PMR),” said Andre Berninger, Vice President Sales Special Communication at HUBER+SUHNER. “Our special communications portfolio draws on the synergies between standard products within HUBER+SUHNER and our antenna portfolio to offer a comprehensive product range that is robust and reliable to address mission-critical applications.” At PMRExpo 2019, HUBER+SUHNER will present the first-of-its-kind Dual-Band Panel solution, which has the capability to revolutionise the remote antenna application landscape. Combining TETRA and LTE in one antenna, the Dual-Band Panel enables a cost-efficient revolution in PMR Network Planning and can create LTE networks from the same locations as existing TETRA networks. With its long frequency range, the Dual-Band Panel will perfectly fit with the requirements of the emergency services sector and can be used to bridge longer distances without compromising on the sensitivity of the antenna to ensure reliable communications every time. Solving real-world challenges in mission-critical applications, HUBER+SUHNER will also showcase its Direct GPS-over-Fiber solution, the world’s first “truly copperless” link that utilises the fiber optic cable to distribute both power and signal. This recently developed product supports rapid deployments by reducing the amount of hardware and enhancing operational effectiveness through the “copperless” link. Alongside the Dual-Band Panel and Direct GPS-over-Fiber, HUBER+SUHNER will reveal other innovative solutions from its special communications portfolio including the Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) Omni antenna, the low-loss Spuma RS FR cable and lightning and EMP protectors. “The PMRExpo is the perfect backdrop for us to launch our special communications portfolio,” added Berninger. “With our expanded connectivity offering we can provide the emergency services sector with proven and reliable products that address the ever-increasing demands of mission-critical communications. The new portfolio covers all possible radio frequency (RF) service applications’ needs from TETRA and GSM to LTE, 5G and WiFi in both SISO and MIMO configurations.” Attendees are also invited to watch Andre Berninger present some of the crucial market applications and product benefits of the special communications portfolio on November 26, 15:00, at Speakers' Corner, Stand C23. Attendees at PMRExpo can find HUBER+SUHNER at hall 10.2 stand B16, 26-28 November at Koelnmesse, Germany.
Mouser Electronics to Sponsor Formula E All-Electric Racing for 6th Year
November 21, 2019 - Mouser Electronics, Inc. is proud to once again sponsor the GEOX DRAGON racing team as they kick off the Formula E racing season with double-header races, Nov. 22 and 23, at the Diriyah E-Prix outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mouser is sponsoring the GEOX DRAGON Formula E team throughout the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship racing season, in collaboration with TTI, Inc. and valued suppliers Molex and AVX. This is the sixth-straight year that Mouser and Molex have sponsored Formula E racing. The team brings on two new drivers in the new season. Piloting the No. 6 car is former Formula One and World Endurance Car champion Brendon Hartley, while former Audi Abt Schaeffler test and reserve driver Nico Müller will helm the No. 7 car. “With the introduction of the Gen2 cars last season, Formula E really raised the bar on electric motorsports sustainability and performance,” said Todd McAtee, Vice President, Americas Business Development for Mouser Electronics. “We are very excited to team up with Molex and TTI, along with AVX, to sponsor GEOX DRAGON and to promote these innovative technologies.” “TTI proudly joins Mouser in supporting this exciting sport and its spotlight on sustainable automotive technologies of the future,” said Mike Morton, TTI Chief Operating Officer. “The new Formula E season promises to continue the evolution of this thrilling sport,” said Fred Bell, Vice President of Global Distribution for Molex. “Mouser and Molex have been proud supporters since the inception of Formula E, and we wish the GEOX DRAGON team a very safe and successful season.” “We at AVX are thrilled to partner with Mouser, Molex, and TTI to support this incredible racing technology,” said Eric Pratt, AVX’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. The Formula E series features cars that are powered solely by electricity and represent a vision for the future of the motor sports industry, serving as a framework for research and development around zero-emission motoring. The Gen2 cars offer a huge step forward in electric vehicle racing technology, with maximum power of 250 kW and speeds up to 280 km/h. Racing is all about speed and endurance, and racing sponsorships are an innovative way for Mouser to communicate its performance-driven business model and promote the newest technologies from its manufacturer partners. Fans can cast a vote for Hartley and Müller in FANBOOST, which allows fans to play an active role in influencing the outcome of the race. FANBOOST gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the race. The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes are awarded a significant burst of power, which they can deploy in a 5-second window during the second half of the race. FANBOOST voting for the Diriyah E-Prix opened Nov. 18 and is available up to 15 minutes into the race.
Versa Networks takes SD-WAN to the next level with role in two MEF19 PoCs
Versa Networks is participating in two Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstrations at the sixth annual MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase. Versa’s presence at MEF19, held from 18-22 November at the JW Marriott LA LIVE in Los Angeles, confirms its status as a leading SD-WAN innovator and caps off a momentous year rich in milestones. The Showcase brings together 46 of the world’s leading service and technology providers to present ground breaking demonstrations of SD-WAN, inter-provider and intra-provider service automation with LSO APIs, AI/ML, security, intent-based networking, Blockchain, Carrier Ethernet, satellite services, 5G, network slicing, IoT, private cloud, service assurance, and more. In the first of its two PoC collaborations, Versa is partnering with NTT Communications, Netcracker, Spirent, Adva, and Silver Peak to showcase how multi-vendor SD-WAN services can be orchestrated, activated, assured and managed using zero touch provisioning and end-to-end service automation. Powered by a unified marketplace, self-service portal and NFV-based uCPE platform, the PoC will show how MEF 70 compliant SD-WAN services from different vendors can be selected independently of the CPE hardware and seamlessly deployed with little-to-no intervention from the service provider or end-user. Through this new “digital user experience”, SD-WAN services are orchestrated, activated, assured and managed using zero touch provisioning and end-to-end service automation in alignment with MEF’s LSO framework. In its second PoC, Versa will be demonstrating how SD-WAN services can be supported by API automation certification. Partnering with CenturyLink and Spirent, Versa will help show automated activation of MEF SD-WAN services with integrated service testing based on the SD-WAN test certification suite to provide customers with an SD-WAN service “birth certificate”. “This has been extraordinary year of innovation as industry players strive toward a common goal of accelerating adoption of dynamic and assured services across automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF. “The PoCs are always a highlight for our annual event,” said Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF. “This year’s Showcase will provide invaluable insight that enterprises, service providers, and technology companies need to successfully navigate on their digital transformation journey.”
Xilinx-SK Telecom Held Press Conference to Present FPGA-Based AI Accelerator Implementation Cases
Xilinx and SK Telecom held a press conference at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas Hotel in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on November 1st, and SK Telecom announced the adoption of Xilinx Alveo data center accelerator card to strengthen its real-time AI-based physical intrusion detection service. SK Telecom's AI inference accelerator (AIX) implemented on Xilinx Alveo cards provides efficient and accurate physical intrusion detection using deep neural networks. ADT CAPS CO., LTD. licenses and commercially deploys the physical intrusion detection service. SK Telecom's AI-based physical intrusion detection service, T view™, monitors hundreds of thousands of customers' commercial and home camera systems in real-time and dispatches security guards under physical intrusion circumstances. Processing a large volume of data from thousands of cameras using deep neural networks necessitates a powerful AI accelerator that can provide enough throughput and accuracy. T view uses SK Telecom's AI inference accelerator (AIX), implemented on Xilinx Alveo U250 cards. Running on servers in SK Telecom's data center, Alveo U250 cards have demonstrated high throughput and accuracy in theft detection services. Built on the Xilinx 16nm UltraScale+ architecture, Alveo accelerators are adaptable to changing algorithms and acceleration requirements, enabling domain specific architectures that optimize performance for a range of workloads without changing hardware, and while reducing overall cost of ownership. Xilinx Alveo accelerator cards are designed to meet the performance and flexibility needs of data center AI workloads, providing 10X higher performance for AI-based speech translation and over 3X higher throughout for video analytics pipelines compared to GPUs. ▲ Sam Rogan, Vice President of APAC Regional Sales at Xilinx ▲ Jin-hyo Park, Head of ICT Technology Center at SK Telecom Sam Rogan, vice president of APAC regional sales at Xilinx, introduced that the key to meeting the growing demand for computing is ‘performance’, and there are many ways to define it. And the definition of this performance and the way to improve it are changing. Starting with competing simple processor speeds, parallel processing, a combination of multicores and heterogeneous cores have been made as well as a lot of performance gains in the process. However, we are now faced with the limitations of performance improvements again. And Xilinx has proposed a ‘domain-specific architecture’ in the form of next-generation system configurations. This ‘domain-specific architecture’ is drawing more attention in the hot topics such as artificial intelligence and machine learning applications. Since 2012, about 20 to 30 models of neural networks have invented, and compared to the earlier models, the current models are able to use parallel processing or non-sequential processing, which greatly increases processing performance. In addition, the neural network model for these AIs requires the optimal architecture to boost the performance, and also requires customized precision, datapaths, and memory hierarchies to get the highest performance from the architecture. At this time, the hardware that can be used to implement these features is GPU, ASIC, FPGA. Of these, the GPU is flexible but has a problem of high-power consumption and latency. In addition, ASIC/ASSP, which locks logic on hardware to overcome the drawbacks of the GPU, takes long time from design to production, and sometimes the neural network model is already devalued at the start to production. FPGAs, however, overcome the challenges of GPUs and ASICs, and provide an environment to quickly keep up with the ever-changing neural network model. Xilinx highlighted that it develops tools and libraries that users can easily access, and provides a way of using high-level languages that can be used for the existing model development on FPGAs. Jin-hyo Park, Head of ICT Technology Center at SK Telecom, explained that the existing telecommunications company thought that it would be necessary to use 'artificial intelligence' in areas that can differentiate itself from the existing operators in expanding the scope as a ‘service’ other than telecommunications. And he commented that SK Telecom has an artificial intelligence service called ‘NUGU’, which requires the development of algorithms and software for artificial intelligence, and an appropriate infrastructure to use the developed software and algorithms well. Hence, SK Telecom has focused on accelerators using FPGAs in researching infrastructure for artificial intelligence services, which is the third application for SK Telecom. In addition, he stated that AI and accelerators will be used for MEC in the future, and cooperation with Xilinx is important to create new converged services. ▲ Kang-Won Lee, Head of Cloud Labs at SK Telecom ▲ AIX, an accelerator for high-performance AI inference environments Kang-Won Lee, Head of Cloud Labs at SK Telecom, introduced that SK Telecom's “AIX” was the project name for the inference accelerator for AI services. He explained that SK Telecom is currently the largest mobile network operator in Korea, and is conducting business in various areas such as media, e-commerce, security, and semiconductors. Also, in all those areas, AI is used for various purposes, and AI is not a technology for a specific area, but a technology that can provide value to customers and society in every area. Moreover, in the application of AI, there are AI technologies that become 'cores' such as image analysis, data analysis, and natural language processing. SK Telecom believes that these technologies will be the core competency of the business, and has been developing accelerators. In general, the lifecycle of an AI service consists of 'training' and 'inference', of which 'training' takes place in a specific part of the data center during the development phase. It is not latency sensitive and is primarily deployed in GPU farm environments. And ‘inference’ is what the developed AI services actually provide, and when more parts become AI in the future, it is expected that there will be greater market opportunities related to inference. Furthermore, he stated that the service infrastructure for the AI inference environment is targeted at large users, and since cost and power consumption are important as well as performance, an accelerator that can satisfy both high performance and high efficiency will be effective. SK Telecom's AIX designs the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI inference and mounts it on Xilinx FPGAs to use for the actual services. At this time, the AIX unit implemented in the FPGA can provide high performance with high performance memory such as HBM, and the FPGA is a configuration that is used in a commercial server in the form of a PCIe card. In addition, software stacks such as compilers, libraries, and runtime environment for AIX are prepared. In terms of software, it supports the framework environment that is widely used, and there are modules for performance optimization under it. It also provides a runtime environment that enhances users’ convenience. ▲ An example of speeding up the intrusion detection process with AIX, based on Alveo U250, was introduced. SK Telecom stressed that its AI services were not created at the laboratory level, and have been repeatedly used and improved in actual services. In addition, AIX has been used for voice recognition of 'NUGU' speakers to achieve higher performance and cost-effectiveness than existing GPU-based systems. SK Telecom also introduced that it provided a real-time speech-to-text (STT) service through AIX accelerator to the call center’s STT service, Vanessa Speech Note. Moreover, in the case of 'T view', AIX has expanded its use of video analysis. While there have been many false positives and inefficiencies until now, AI-based intrusion detection technology will provide more accurate detection and higher cost efficiency. The two hardwares used in the case of ‘T view’ are Alveo U250 and a custom card with two Virtex-based FPGAs. AIX utilizing FPGAs can expect to be more than twice as cost-efficient as GPUs, and can handle a lot of processing while reducing latency. Even removing some of the latency constraints, AIX provides more performance than GPU. In addition, by utilizing AIX for intrusion detection, the inefficiency of on-site dispatch caused by false positives was greatly reduced, and the environment where AI could send out dispatch requests was implemented with accurate and quick intrusion detection. Meanwhile, with the rise of 5G networks, the ‘edge cloud’ can place infrastructure and services closer to users and expect lower latency. By utilizing the edge cloud in 5G networks, the network and the edge cloud can handle the tasks that the devices had to handle because of latency until now. Consequently, it is expected to reduce the dependence on device performance and spread the use of “smart” devices. In particular, AI will also be handled at the network level, offering a wider variety of AI services to more users and adding new value to customers. ▲ Adam Scraba, Director of Product Marketing, Data Center and AI at Xilinx Adam Scraba, director of product marketing, data center and AI at Xilinx, introduced about 'Adaptive Platform' and Vitis Unified Software Platform. He stated that in the future, the demand for "real-time" AI services is expected to increase in voice-activated AI assistants, home security, and commercial environments, but achieving this goal is not so easy. And to achieve this, a processor-centric computing architecture would have to be transformed into a workload-specific form, and computing would have to evolve in the way of more closely integrating with storage and networks. To meet the high throughput, low latency, power efficiency, and fast adoption of modern algorithms that future services will demand, next-generation computing environments are also required to be transformed into ‘adaptive platforms’ that can be defined in both software and hardware. In addition, Xilinx stressed that the Alveo data center accelerator card enables companies such as SK Telecom to respond appropriately to problems, combines the latest architecture, performance, and connectivity, and can be used in various areas such as cloud services. Above all, Xilinx highlighted that it provides the 'adaptive' features in both hardware and software terms. Xilinx introduced that the company is providing solution stacks for its Alveo accelerator cards and platforms, and in terms of Alveo’s market entry, it can be used both on premises and in the cloud. Accordingly, various methods such as channel partners, cloud providers, and solution providers may be possible to provide. Moreover, in AI inference performance, Alveo can be used as an effective means of achieving performance goals in the presence of various algorithms and workflows. Even on HPC, Alveo can offer several to tens of performance improvements over traditional CPUs or GPUs, such as in financial risk modeling. In leveraging 'adaptive hardware' in these new workloads, Xilinx Vitis unified software platform enables developers to abstract better, develop applications based on industry-standard frameworks, and utilize Xilinx hardware in an optimal form, providing an environment that can speed up development. Furthermore, Vitis AI integrates the 'Domain Specific Architecture' development environment so that the customer’s AI models can be optimally used on Xilinx hardware through industry-standard frameworks and pre-trained AI models.
RoboSense Wins Award for World’s First MEMS-based Smart LiDAR Sensor for Self-Driving Passenger Vehicles
November 7, 2019, Shenzhen, China – RoboSense, the world’s leading autonomous driving LiDAR perception solution provider, announced today that it has won the CES 2020 Innovation Award the second year in a row for autonomous vehicle technology. RoboSense won this year’s CES 2020 Innovation Award for the first MEMS-based Smart LiDAR Sensor, the RoboSense RS-LiDAR-M1, winning in the Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology category. The RoboSense award-winning RS-LiDAR-M1 is the world’s first and only MEMS-based smart LiDAR sensor for self-driving passenger vehicles with its own embedded AI algorithm technologies and SoC (System on a Chip). The RS-LiDAR-M1 goes beyond traditional LiDAR, providing full data collection and comprehension. As a ground-breaking product, the RS-LiDAR-M1 not only collects and interprets high definition 3D point cloud data, but also processes road data in real-time, with a built-in AI algorithm and SoC, while at the same time synchronizing high-precision positioning output; road traffic signage; lane markings, driving areas, road curbs, and obstacle detection; tracking; and classification. Also, it is the world’s smallest MEMS-based solid-state LiDAR, providing a low cost, high stability, and superior manufacturability to meet automotive-grade and serial production requirements. “We are honored to be recognized by CES for the second year in a row for our innovative autonomous vehicle technology to advance passenger vehicle acceptance and mass production,” said Dr. Leilei Shinohara, RoboSense Vice President of R&D. “Our technologies have been certified by RoboSense’s over 100 global partners in various types of autopilot scenarios. Recently, we have partnered with FAW (‘First Automobile Works’), the world’s leading automotive OEM, to include the RS-LiDAR-M1 as a core component into FAW’s proprietary next-generation autonomous driving system development. After extensive data training and model optimization, our sensors have shown performance stability far superior to any other technologies available on the market.” The RoboSense RS-LiDAR-M1 Smart LiDAR Sensor will be on display in the Innovation Awards Showcase at the upcoming CES 2020.
Microsoft Office 365 Announces New Partnerships to Optimize O365 Networking
Charlotte, NC, November 7, 2019 -- Microsoft announced at Ignite that the first 5 networking providers, globally, have been certified to deliver Office 365 networking "in a way that minimizes latency and maximizes performance and reliability of enterprise connectivity on Office 365 user experience". This is critical because, according to Microsoft's post linked above, "the most significant factor that determines the quality of the Office 365 end user experience is network reliability..." 4 of the 5 Office 365 Preferred Networking Partners are very large, long-time Microsoft partners (Citrix, Zscaler, Silver Peak and NTT). The fifth partner, NetFoundry, is a NaaS (Network-as-a-Service), Zero Trust networking startup. According to Microsoft's post linked above, all 5 of the partners "have met Microsoft’s testing requirements" and "support a high-quality end user experience." Microsoft also stated that Cisco, Oracle and Riverbed are in the midst of trying to get qualified. NetFoundry's O365 networking optimization solution states that it is the only one of the 5 Preferred Partners to both enable the lowest latency Office 365 networking (direct Internet without trombone through third party cloud infrastructure), and not require a specific WAN solution, instead functioning as software-only NaaS, on top of any WAN. The same NetFoundry Platform used for O365 optimization also enables Zero Trust, private Azure connectivity, and has both NaaS and Developer Platform options. Galeal Zino, CEO of NetFoundry, stated "We are excited to be the first Zero Trust, NaaS provider to be a certified partner in the Microsoft Network Partner Program for Office 365. We are 'the easy button' for optimized O365 because our solution enables businesses to optimize O365, without implementing an SD-WAN solution or deploying hardware, while securing business sites with our Zero Trust solution, and without needing to send the data through third-party infrastructure."
NBCU signs ASEAN OCC Content Code at the Asia Video Summit 2019
Singapore, 6 November 2019 – The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) today announces that NBCUniversal have signed the ASEAN Subscription Video-on-Demand Industry Content Code, joining other industry players including ASTRO, dimsum, DOONEE, HOOQ, iflix, iWant, Netflix, tonton and TVB. The Content Code, first released in June 2018, is a self-regulatory framework that aims to ensure the commitment of online streaming services in the ASEAN region to uphold the interests of their users by providing content that does not infringe copyright and does not promote pornography, violence, terrorism, and hate crimes. It also aims to protect minors from accessing age-inappropriate and sensitive content, empowers users and their families to choose video content that suits their needs, interests, passions, and values, and serves to distinguish legitimate services from pirate sites. NBCUniversal operates the hayu service in 14 countries globally, including Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines within the Asia-Pacific region. The company has also announced that it is launching a general entertainment streaming service, Peacock¸ in 2020 in the US and later in international territories. Commenting on NBCUniversal’s decision to sign onto the code, Christine Fellowes, Managing Director for Asia-Pacific, said: “NBCUniversal is delighted to sign up to this important initiative, part of our overall effort to deliver the highest quality online services in a safe and responsible manner. As audience viewing moves increasingly online, it is critical that industry demonstrates the high degree of responsibility that consumers expect, and provides re-assurance to Governments of the region that we are their partners in promoting a safe and lawful online environment.” Witnessing the signing, Louis Boswell, CEO of the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA), the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific, also said, “We are delighted that more OCC industry players see the Code as a way to affirm their commitment to being responsible industry players. Having a code which distinguishes legitimate, responsible content providers from pirated and user-generated content platforms gives regulators confidence and consumers control. We encourage more companies to join us in this commitment.” The signing onto the Content Code between NBCUniversal and AVIA was held on stage at AVIA’s Asia Video Summit on Wednesday (November 6).
GBG appoints senior leaders in APAC to build on growth success
GBG (AIM:GBG), the global technology specialist in fraud, identity and location data intelligence, today announces the appointment of three senior leaders across APAC (Asia Pacific), to bolster the Group's commitment to continue expanding its Location, Identity and Fraud business' in the region. GBG reported solid growth in APAC in its FY2019 Annual Results, with international (outside of the UK) revenues increasing from 34% to 45% of the Group's total revenue. In October 2018, GBG acquired VIX Verify, an Australian-based leader in identity verification and location intelligence. This technology and data complemented and strengthened GBG's existing fraud offerings and capabilities, and extended its reach further across APAC. The new senior hires will build further growth momentum, and lead penetration into key markets including Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. • Chee Leong joins as Chief Technology Officer, APAC, to drive GBG's technology strategy, whilst increasing efficiencies within the business, to ensure it can continue to innovate through technology for its growing, global customer base. With over 25 years of experience in technology, leading high performing engineering organisations, Chee has most recently held senior leadership positions at Experian and Carousell. • Carol Chris joins as Regional General Manager, Australia, in a newly created role, responsible for leading and consolidating all business operations in ANZ. Primarily based in Sydney, Carol will focus on ANZ market development for GBG's suite of solutions. An experienced leader with over 20 years' experience in B2B businesses, Carol joins from Equifax, where she was Executive General Manager. • Dayna Leng joins as Head of Marketing, APAC, to lead the strategic delivery of GBG's marketing priorities, aligning sales and marketing strategies with business objectives to generate the next level growth. Based in Singapore, Dayna is an experienced leader, having spent the last 20 years in the international B2B technology industry, including senior roles at NetSuite Oracle and Criteo. June Lee, Executive Managing Director, APAC at GBG says: "I'm delighted to welcome Chee, Carol and Dayna to our growing APAC team. All three bring a wealth of experience that will be instrumental in expanding and supporting GBG's growth, whilst leading and developing our talented teams. As we grow, we need to continue to innovate and understand what drives success for our customers. We have maintained strong growth in the region already, particularly in Malaysia, Indonesia and China. Our new hires will ensure we continue to understand the market and our customers, strengthen operations, and support our 19,000 global customers to capitalise on the significant market opportunities ahead." GBG has team members across 9 locations in APAC, including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Jakarta.
Style Theory Triples Subscription Sign-ups with CleverTap’s Personalized Customer Engagement Platform
CleverTap, the leading AI-powered customer lifecycle, and user retention platform, today announced that online fashion leader Style Theory has realized a 3x increase in subscriber conversions since deploying CleverTap. Founded in 2016 by Chris Halim and Raena Lim, Style Theory is Southeast Asia's largest fashion rental subscription platform with over 30,000 designer outfits from more than 250 international designer brands. As a provider of sustainable fashion consumption, Style Theory is focused on reducing waste and pollution in the clothing and textile market. Style Theory has over 100K mobile app users who rent apparel and designer bags each month, exchanging their unused bags and apparel to receive attractive payouts. CleverTap's mobile marketing automation provides Style Theory with a real-time view of its customers' journey and enables a highly personalized mobile user experience from the initial sign-up. The result is that Style Theory has a deeper relationship with its customers, higher retention rates, increased customer loyalty, and positive word-of-mouth. "While acquisition is important for us at Style Theory, retention is what helps us grow consistently. CleverTap's end-to-end mobile marketing platform helps us boost our key conversion rates and maximize customer lifetime value, making it the most powerful piece of our growth stack," said Sreeram Rajendran, Head of Growth at Style Theory. "By knowing where in the customer lifecycle a user is most likely to engage, we can build campaigns that deliver contextual and meaningful engagement." With CleverTap's omni-channel marketing campaigns working for them, Style Theory experienced a 3x boost in high-intent shoppers converting to paying subscribers--as compared to users who were not engaged via any channel. "The fashion industry is one of the most dynamic industries in the world, and Style Theory is solving a real problem for consumers by building a community of users who are passionate about sustainable fashion," said Anil Menghani, VP -- APJC Region at CleverTap. "With CleverTap, Style Theory is maximizing not just its subscriptions, but also the customer lifetime value. With positive bottom-line growth, Style Theory is positioned to be the market leader in South East Asia--where the industry is growing annually at over 11.4 percent."