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Mouser Electronics New Product Insider: September 2019
September 26, 2019 - Mouser Electronics, Inc. specializes in the rapid introduction of new products and technologies. As the industry leader in New Product Introductions (NPIs), Mouser makes it a priority to stock the newest products and technologies from its over 750 manufacturer partners, giving customers an edge and helping speed time to market. Last month, Mouser launched more than 325 new products and technologies ready for same-day shipment. Some of the products introduced by Mouser last month include: ◆ Nordic Semiconductor Thingy:91™ Multisensor Prototyping Kit The battery-operated Nordic Thingy:91 is built around the Nordic nRF9160 system in package (SiP), which supports LTE-M, NB-IoT, and GPS, and an nRF52840 board controller that supports Bluetooth Low Energy and NFC capabilities. ◆ Texas Instruments DLP230NP DLP® 1080p Digital Micromirror Device TI’s DLP230NP DLP 0.23 digital micromirror device is a digitally controlled micro-opto-electromechanical system spatial light modulator that can display a crisp, high-quality 1080p image or video when coupled to an appropriate optical system. ◆ Pimoroni Breakout Boards Pimoroni Breakout Boards add useful functions to microcontroller boards and single board computers, such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards. ◆ Molex HSAutoLink I Interconnect System The Molex HSAutoLink Interconnect System brings a proven, USCAR-30 compliant solution for point-to-point in-vehicle connections, complete with multiple keying options and full-length cable shielding for superior signal performance and reduced electromagnetic interference (EMI). 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.
3Dtracking enhances dispatch planning with route visualisation and optimisation
St Martin, Guernsey (September 25, 2019) – 3Dtracking, a leading global telematics platform provider, today announced that the company has enhanced the dispatching module in its telematics service platform with new visualisation and analysis tools for optimising routes (link to video). The dispatching module in the 3Dtracking telematics service platform provides fleet managers with the framework for planning and monitoring the progress of dispatch orders. The 3Dtracking platform now includes visualisation and analysis tools for optimising routes and managing costs. These new optimisation tools allow fleet managers to define real-world operating costs on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis, resulting in multi-vehicle planning schedules that achieve the lowest cost-of-completion. For each planned dispatching order, the 3Dtracking platform maps and displays the optimal route taking into consideration travel requirements, such as distance, planned stops, fuel consumption, time and vehicle characteristics and capacities. Real-time monitoring of dispatching orders and configurable alerts are also now available in the dispatching module of the 3Dtracking platform. These alerts can be used to notify fleet managers on the progress of a dispatching order and specific events, such as an early arrival, late departure or aborted journey. “Being able to optimise delivery schedules for an entire fleet based on highly granular details and then monitor real-time performance against a planned schedule, allows fleet managers to minimize costs and remove much uncertainty from the operations of their fleets or vehicles,” said Roydon Michael, Head of Business Development at 3Dtracking. For telematics service providers using a white labelled version of the 3Dtracking platform, these order dispatching and route optimisation enhancements can be leveraged as competitive strengths to differentiate their fleet management service offerings. Telematics service providers can also use these enhancements to better serve their customers and offer a value-added service for route optimisation. 3Dtracking is currently offering demonstrations and no-obligations trials of these new enhancements to of its telematics service platform.
Mellanox Announces Support Solutions for SONiC Open Source Network Operating System
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – September 25, 2019 - Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced ASIC-to-Protocol (A2P) customer support solutions for the SONiC Network Operating System (NOS) on Mellanox Spectrum switches. SONiC—Software for Open Networking in the Cloud—is a fully open sourced NOS for Ethernet switches, first created by Microsoft to run Microsoft Azure and now a community project under the Open Compute Project (OCP). SONiC is built on the Switch Abstraction Interface API (SAI) and breaks down traditional monolithic switch software into agile, microservices-based containerized components. This model accelerates innovation within the NOS and the data center by breaking vendor lock-in and simplifying switch programmability, allowing network operators to choose the best-of-breed switching platforms. SONiC offers a full suite of network functionality—like BGP, ECMP, VXLAN, IPv6, and RDMA—that has been deployed and production-hardened in some of the largest data centers in the world. Mellanox pioneered the Open Ethernet approach to network disaggregation with multiple families of Ethernet switches supporting a wide range of open network operating systems, including SONiC. Democratizing web-scale network automation and visibility, Mellanox is making SONiC available and accessible to tier-2 cloud providers, telcos, and large enterprises that want to embrace open source technologies and leverage the R&D investments of hyperscaler cloud titans in a vendor-supported networking environment. Already a major contributor to SONiC, Mellanox is announcing support offerings for customers running large deployments of the SONiC NOS on Mellanox SN2000 and SN3000 switches. Mellanox is the first switch vendor to offer comprehensive A2P support contracts for both hardware and software to customers deploying SONiC on Mellanox switches. This A2P support covers all aspects of the switch hardware and software, including the ASIC, SAI, switch system hardware, NOS, and networking protocols. To accelerate initial SONiC deployments, Mellanox is also creating SONiC starter kits that go beyond a simple bundle of parts. The Mellanox SONiC starter kits are built around tested and verified use-cases with sample switch configurations, topology guides, test plans, and Ansible scripts to simplify and speed up deployments. Open source solutions come with great benefits while requiring the best level of support. These SONiC starter kits are designed to accelerate the adoption of open source data center automation across cloud and enterprise customers. Mellanox ASIC-to-Protocol support ensures single-vendor ownership of support and faster time to resolution for any issues. Mellanox rounds out the networking solution with world-class SONiC training from the Mellanox Academy a SONiC certification program for network engineers who want to become proficient with cloud scale tools and operations. Customers can sign up for this training today at Mellanox Academy. “SONiC is an amazingly versatile and scalable NOS for the data center, and Open Ethernet is an incredibly powerful concept,” said Amit Katz, Vice President of Ethernet Switches, Mellanox Technologies. “Every week we hear from more customers who want to combine the power of SONiC with the best-in-class switch silicon in Mellanox Spectrum. Our unique support offering and vast SONiC experience make this easy for new and existing SONiC customers.” Yousef Kahlidi, Corporate Vice President, Azure Networking at Microsoft Corp. said, “SONiC delivers scalable and efficient cloud networking that offers one optimized NOS that runs on a variety of best-of-breed switches. Offering support for SONiC on their switches allows Mellanox to bring the benefits of SONiC to a larger customer segment.” "Meituan is deploying SONiC in production because it is a non-proprietary, open NOS that has the features and scale we need for our cloud data centers," said Lei Zheng, Leader of the SONiC team at Meituan. “SONiC works well on Mellanox and it gives us full network visibility features needed to operate a modern data center. We are extremely excited that that our upcoming SONiC deployment will be fully supported by a world class networking company like Mellanox.” Expanded Portfolio of OCP-compliant Secure Cloud SmartNICs In addition, Mellanox is introducing today new OCP SmartNICs powered by the ConnectX-6 Dx ASIC and BlueField-2 I/O Processing Unit (IPU), joining the broad Mellanox OCP adapter portfolio of ConnectX-4 Lx and ConnectX-5 OCP 2.0 and OCP 3.0 adapter cards. Mellanox advanced network adapters enable faster and more efficient cloud, storage, security, AI, machine learning, video streaming, and big data solutions for cloud, telco and enterprise customers. The Mellanox OCP SmartNIC portfolio delivers unprecedented performance and advanced features including Mellanox multi-host®, Mellanox socket-direct® and host-based management, which complement the Mellanox Open Ethernet switches and expanded support for SONiC. Mellanox is showcasing SONiC on Spectrum switches with hardware-accelerated telemetry, and its broad portfolio of OCP SmartNICs at the 2019 OCP Summit event in Amsterdam, September 26-27. Visit Mellanox at booth A14 to learn about the benefits of Mellanox high-throughput networking solutions, including programmable OCP-form-factor SmartNICs and Open Ethernet switches with advanced, built-in network telemetry.
Samsung SDS Cloud is Internationally Certified as Global TOP 10
▲ Samsung SDS Chuncheon Data Center (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) Samsung SDS (CEO Hong Won-pyo) held Cloud Media Day at Chuncheon Data Center on September 20 and introduced Samsung SDS’s cloud platform and technology that can easily convert and operate customer's IT infrastructure and work system to cloud. Samsung SDS entered the cloud external business in earnest last year based on its cloud switching and operation experience with affiliates, and currently operates 210,000 virtual servers including servers, storage, and networks. In recognition of this competence, Samsung SDS became the only Korean company to be named as the global top 10 provider of IT infrastructure operation services* selected by Gartner. * Source : Gartner, Market Share Analysis: Infrastructure Managed Services, Worldwide, 2018, Colleen Graham et al., 22 August 2019. ▲ CEO Hong Won-pyo of Samsung SDS (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) CEO Hong Won-pyo of Samsung SDS stated, “The cloud business is entering the second phase after passing the first phase. The first step is to transform the IT infrastructure to the cloud, while the second step is to integrate the core solutions and services into the cloud. It seems that many companies are now at the second stage after the first stage. In 2018, sales amounted to KRW 10 trillion and 14% for the external business. Samsung SDS is challenging to increase sales in 2019 and to increase the proportion of external business to 19%.” Yoon Shim, Samsung SDS Vice President and Cloud Business Manager, emphasized, “We will contribute to enhancing our customers' business competitiveness by providing services that can be optimized in the cloud along with cloud IT infrastructure.” Samsung SDS started the cloud business in 2010, and as of 2019, operates five domestic data centers, ten overseas locations, and 210,000 units of equipment. There are more than 200 operating cases of platform-based cloud application system (PaaS), and financial and public clouds for Korea are also in operation. To build a cloud infrastructure, the company is building about 10,000 lines of code and using it to complete development and setting, and to automate it as well. ▲ Yoon Shim, Vice President of Samsung SDS (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) Recently, enterprise customers want to go beyond converting their IT infrastructure to the cloud and operate core business systems and business platforms in the cloud. To this end, Samsung SDS proposed three solutions that enable efficient use of various clouds, easy and convenient development environment, and rapid spread of global services. First, Samsung SDS introduced Samsung SDS Hybrid Cloud Platform, which manages private and public clouds at once, easily supports data movement between clouds, and manages faults through server resource monitoring. Secondly, Samsung SDS introduced Samsung SDS PaaS (Platform as a Service), which applies cloud-native technology to enable corporate customers to quickly and easily develop and operate business systems and to easily modify and deploy applications in the cloud environment. By using Samsung SDS PaaS, which is a representative cloud-native technology with 1) Container, 2) DevOps, which simultaneously develops and operates, and 3) Modular development (MSA: Micro Service Architecture) that changes only necessary modules and distributes them, customers can shorten the time spent for establishing development environment from eight days to one day and application deployment from two weeks to one day. Finally, corporate customers who want to rapidly spread their services in the global market can reduce infrastructure construction and application installation and deployment time from 11 weeks to 3 weeks by applying the Samsung SDS Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) method. ▲ Samsung SDS Chuncheon Data Center Server Room (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) Meanwhile, Samsung SDS introduced the recently opened Chuncheon Data Center based on Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). Samsung SDS announced that it will be able to rapidly expand resources by integrating and operating Chuncheon, Sangam and Suwon data center server resources by applying SDDC technology. In addition, Chuncheon Data Center is equipped with eco-friendly and cutting-edge facilities that actively utilize renewable energy such as solar light to maximize energy efficiency, and improve power efficiency by using natural wind. Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is recording 1.2, and the Dongtan data center dedicated to High Performance Computing (HPC), built on the know-how gained here, is being designed for PUE 1.1.
Pandora selects key partner in digital transformation
20 September 2019, Pandora announced an agreement with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for application maintenance, application development, and end user services, including service desk, store support and IT security. The deal with TCS comes on top of Pandora’s cloud agreement with Accenture, which was announced in July. Combined, the two new partners will deliver IT services previously provided by around 60 suppliers. The consolidation will significantly improve Pandora’s digital capabilities and cut annual IT costs by at least DKK 200 million. “The deal with TCS completes the transformation of our IT setup and is an important milestone for Pandora. It gives us a large global partner with strong skills in retail, who will help us provide better and more cost-efficient digital services to the business and our customers,” says Pandora’s CIO Peter Cabello Holmberg. The IT transformation is part of Programme NOW, Pandora’s brand relaunch and business turnaround plan. Programme NOW targets total annual cost reductions of DKK 1.2 billion by the end of 2020. The savings will fund investments in strengthening Pandora’s brand through increased marketing spend, a new store design, a new online shopping experience and more. Over the coming year, Pandora will gradually move from its current IT vendor setup to TCS and Accenture. The transition is expected to be completed during the second half of 2020.
QNAP Introduces QDA-SA2 6Gbps SATA to SAS Drive Adapter for Dual Controller Windows/Linux Servers and Enterprise ZFS NAS
Taipei, Taiwan, September 5, 2019 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today added the QDA-SA2 6Gbps 2.5-inch SATA SSD to 3.5-inch SAS drive adapter to the QDA family. The newly released QDA-SA2 is designed for dual controller Windows®/Linux® SAS servers and QNAP Enterprise ZFS NAS. The QDA-SA2 drive adapter allows installing a 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps SSD in a 3.5-inch SAS drive bay on dual controller servers and QNAP Enterprise ZFS NAS, enabling SAS dual-port capacity on the SATA drive to ensure a high-availability and fault tolerant enterprise storage environment. Users can replace an expensive SAS drive with an affordable high-performing SATA SSD to meet various storage demands and budget requirements. The QDA-SA2 drive adapter is available on QNAP Accessories Store. Watch the live presentation video to learn more. To view the full QNAP product lineup, please visit www.qnap.com.
Continental Continues to Invest in Artificial Intelligence
Technology company Continental has acquired a minority stake in Israeli start-up company Cartica AI. Cartica AI develops software in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The solutions from Cartica AI are designed to accelerate machine learning in the field of object recognition. In the future, automotive systems for automated and autonomous driving will be able to adapt to and handle new traffic situations more quickly. The parties have agreed not to disclose the investment amount. Cartica AI working on rapid development of object recognition Continental already uses technologies from the field of artificial intelligence for object recognition in advanced driver assistance systems. The sensor data and images are used to identify road traffic objects with the aid of the software in the vehicle control units. The calculation of driving strategy is subsequently based on this environment recognition. Up to now, the corresponding systems for object recognition have had to be manually and extensively trained: every traffic situation and every object on the road first needs to be classified and designated by a human. This is a very time-consuming and cost-intensive process, especially for safety-relevant applications. With Cartica AI’s AI-based software solution, much less manual input will be required. With the aid of Cartica AI software, Continental sees a great opportunity for new vehicle systems from various companies and manufacturers to be prepared for use on the road more quickly in the future. This is how Cartica AI could work on the rapid development of object recognition for the entire industry. Venture capital as the third pillar of Continental’s artificial intelligence activities “Cartica AI offers the opportunity for faster production of AI projects in the automotive sector. It could be an alternative to lengthy and complex human safeguards in the area of data quality in machine learning,” explained Demetrio Aiello, head of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at Continental. “Continental’s investment in Cartica AI underscores its strategy of becoming an AI-empowered company. To this end, we already rely on nearly 500 AI experts within the company. In addition, we have established an intensive scientific network in the field of AI through our partnerships with international research institutes. The investment in Cartica AI as a risk capital provider now forms the third pillar of our activities in the AI environment. This is where we support promising AI companies,” concluded Aiello. Rapid deployment of artificial intelligence in road traffic can increase safety At the same time, Continental’s minority stake is a signal for the technology company to the entire industry. Continental’s aim is to make the Cartica AI software available to the entire automotive industry and thus promote the rapid implementation of AI technologies for the safe mobility of the future. From Continental’s point of view, this, together with the worldwide distribution of advanced driver assistance systems, represents a building block for the realization of accident-free road traffic in a healthy mobility ecosystem. Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2018, Continental generated sales of €44.4 billion and currently employs more than 244,000 people in 60 countries and markets.
Smart factory: CONTACT Software and Mitsubishi Electric become IoT partners
CONTACT Software is a new member of Mitsubishi Electric's e-F@ctory Alliance. This partner network supports Mitsubishi Electric's Factory Automation division in providing its customers with tailor-made complete solutions for smart connected manufacturing. Mitsubishi Electric is one of the world's leading suppliers in the field of factory automation. Headquartered in Tokyo, the company not only supplies its customers with control and drive technology, robots and much more, but also accompanies their industry 4.0 projects at all levels. In the future, the Factory Automation EMEA division will also rely on CONTACT Elements for IoT to intelligently network production facilities and bundle them into a single platform. "With Elements for IoT, our customers can implement complete solutions for the digital factory that are individually tailored to their requirements and take given infrastructures into account," says Thomas Lantermann, Senior Business Development Manager e-F@ctory Solution at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Factory Automation EMEA. "CONTACT Software adds a strong player to the e-F@ctory Alliance". CONTACT Elements for IoT generates digital twins of Mitsubishi's industrial robots to visualize and further process the operating data of the integrated condition monitoring. Sub-process systems of a comprehensive process context can be supplemented, for example by automatically triggering predefined actions - for example, when production processes are to be optimized or maintenance tasks are pending. The openness, connectivity and breadth of solutions offered by CONTACT's technology platform provide Mitsubishi Electric's customers with comprehensive options. Companies can benefit from end-to-end shop floor management that is directly linked to the internal enterprise IT and continuously increases process performance.
Mouser Electronics New Product Insider: August 2019
August 29, 2019 - Mouser Electronics, Inc. specializes in the rapid introduction of new products and technologies. As the industry leader in New Product Introductions (NPIs), Mouser makes it a priority to stock the newest products and technologies from its nearly 800 manufacturer partners, giving customers an edge and helping speed time to market. Last month, Mouser launched more than 619 new products and technologies ready for same-day shipment. Some of the products introduced by Mouser last month include: • Xilinx Zynq®-7000 SoCs Xilinx Zynq-7000 system-on-chips (SoCs) are available with one or two Arm Cortex-A9 cores integrated with 7 series 28nm programmable logic. • Superior Sensor Technology HV120 Differential Low Pressure Sensors The Superior Sensor Technology HV120 sensors offer four full scale pressure ranges and feature piezoresistive MEMS technology that enables higher performance for applications that require zero stability and/or low-drift performance. • TE Connectivity’s Buchanan Wiremate ITB Releasable Poke-in Connectors TE Connectivity's Buchanan Wiremate inverted thru-board (ITB) releasable poke-in connectors facilitate fast and easy termination with no wire crimping required for linear and circular LED modules. • EPCOS / TDK Mini Lateral PowerHap™ Piezo Actuators TDK Mini Lateral PowerHap devices are small, rectangular piezo actuators with high acceleration and short response time for haptic feedback. 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.
Apstra Delivers Advanced Interoperability with VMware NSX
Apstra® Inc. today introduced significant advancements to the Apstra Operating System (AOS®) including tighter design, build, and operational interoperability between the underlying physical network and software-defined overlay networks with a solution that liberates customers from being locked into any specific network hardware vendor. Enterprises are embracing business and digital transformation to improve customer experience, gain competitive advantage and increase revenue. A barrier to this is often the ability of the infrastructure to support these transformations which can result in a significant loss in investment expenses. Apstra enables these transformations through automated software-first Intent-Based Networking. Apstra customers are able to mitigate challenges introduced by the underlying network when implementing digital transformation with VMware NSX network virtualization. Customers are now able to confirm that any underlay network they design, deploy and operate meets several criteria to reliably support NSX including VLAN configurations, MTU settings, and LAG configurations. These validations occur both during the initial setup of the network along with continuous validation during ongoing operations. “Customers that want to accelerate digital transformation require a software-defined network that spans all infrastructure and ties all these pieces together with one-click deployment,” said Nikhil Kelshikar, vice president of product management, networking and security at VMware. “Network virtualization offers the only practical way to provide this automated experience. NSX with Apstra AOS enables customers to treat the network infrastructure as code. This helps to accelerate deployments by bridging the gap with the physical underlay, reducing operational costs and simplifying troubleshooting.” “Driving global innovation and customer value requires the ability to leverage both private data centers and public clouds with an expectation of consistency in operations, policy, and intent across each of these,” said Ken Brooks, Lead Network Architect at Chevron. “Apstra and VMware are enabling businesses to drive cloud-scale availability, resiliency, and efficiencies in private data centers while maintaining unified policy across these data centers and the public cloud.” “Haute-Savoie Department provides services to thousands of people and relies on information technology to do this with the highest quality and resiliency possible,” said Thierry Grosjean, Head of Technical Support and Service at Haute-Savoie Department. “Apstra and VMware are converging the configuration, visibility, and ongoing validation of the overlay and underlay which enables organizations such as Haute-Savoie Department to gain better closed-loop operation of our infrastructure.”
Mellanox Introduces Revolutionary ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 Secure Cloud SmartNICs and I/O Processing Unit Solutions
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), today introduced ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 – next-generation cloud SmartNICs and I/O Processing Unit (IPU) solutions, delivering unprecedented data center security, performance and efficiency at massive scale, for any workload. Continuing Mellanox’s innovation in high-performance cloud fabrics, ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 make the impossible possible by introducing cutting-edge hardware acceleration engines and best-in-class software programmability to mission-critical applications. They deliver new levels of security and efficiency with the highest return on investment (ROI) for hyperscale, enterprise, and telco environments. ConnectX-6 Dx SmartNICs provide up to two ports of 25, 50 or 100Gb/s, or a single port of 200Gb/s, Ethernet connectivity powered by 50Gb/s PAM4 SerDes technology and PCIe 4.0 host connectivity. The ConnectX-6 Dx innovative hardware offload engines include IPsec and TLS inline data-in-motion crypto, advanced network virtualization, RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) storage accelerations. The BlueField-2 IPU integrates all the advanced capabilities of ConnectX-6 Dx with an array of powerful Arm processor cores, high performance memory interfaces, and flexible processing capabilities in a single System-on-Chip (SoC), supporting both Ethernet and InfiniBand connectivity up to 200Gb/s. BlueField-2 based embedded controllers are ideal for building highly efficient and cost-effective flash storage, security, IoT and edge computing platforms. BlueField-2 based SmartNICs act as a coprocessor that puts a computer in front of the computer to transform bare-metal and virtualized environments using advanced software-defined networking, NVMe SNAP storage disaggregation, and enhanced security capabilities. Furthermore, BlueField-2 delivers unmatched performance and efficiency for AI workloads in the cloud or at the network edge. “We are excited to introduce the ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 architectures, providing groundbreaking acceleration engines for next-generation cloud data-centers,” said Yael Shenhav, Vice President, Business Ethernet NIC and IPU Business at Mellanox. “Built on the success of our award-winning ConnectX and BlueField product families, ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 set new records in high-performance networking, allowing our customers and partners to build highly secure and efficient compute and storage infrastructures to increase productivity and reduce total cost of ownership.” “With cloud computing becoming the norm, enterprises increasingly rely on the underlying data-center infrastructures to deploy workloads across public, private and edge domains”, said Baron Fung, Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Hence, there is a growing need for advanced, secure, high performance SmartNICs. This is one of the reasons why we forecast the SmartNIC market to grow at a 40 percent CAGR surpassing $500 million by 2023.” - Secure Cloud and Data Storage ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 are uniquely positioned to address the immense cloud security challenges by delivering protection at every data center server, storage, and edge computing endpoint. ConnectX-6 Dx provides a wide range of security-centered innovations, including IPsec, TLS, and AES-XTS built-in cryptographic acceleration, and Hardware Root of Trust. In addition to the above capabilities, BlueField-2 adds accelerated key management, integrated Regular Expression (RegEx) pattern detection, secure hash computation, and more. - Highly Efficient and Scalable Bare Metal and Virtualized Clouds ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 deliver the latest generation of Mellanox’s ASAP2 – Accelerated Switch and Packet Processing® technology – with built-in SR-IOV, Open vSwitch (OVS), and VirtIO hardware accelerators. Introducing additional network virtualization offloads, enhanced programmability and extreme scale, ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 enable highly efficient hyperscale cloud and SDN/NFV data-centers, with a smooth transition from previous ConnectX and BlueField generations - Accelerate Storage, Big Data and AI with Best-in-Class RDMA ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 provide unparalleled RDMA performance over Ethernet and InfiniBand with enhanced programmability and robustness, for accelerating the most demanding workloads at extreme scale. Advanced traffic management innovations enable communications to run seamlessly over ordinary networks, making RoCE the enterprise-grade, easy-to-use, network transport technology of choice.
CONTACT Software, Faster time to market for innovative products
CONTACT Software presented the new version 15.4 of its open and modular Elements Platform at the CONTACT Open World 2019 for the first time. CONTACT Elements delivers flexibly combinable, coordinated software modules for companies that want to optimize their added value along the product life cycle. State-of-the-art, intuitive web applications based on the CONTACT Elements Design System make Elements the leading platform for the needs of engineers and developers. The numerous new and further developments are available to users in all products based on the platform, such as CIM Database PLM, Project Office and CONTACT Elements for IoT. Complex projects can now be organized even more efficiently. Thus, the new substitude function simplify the organization within teams. Sub-workflows increase overview and flexibility in complex work processes. With the extension of the element module Universal Classification, relationships between requirements and articles can now be visually displayed and secured using Digital Mock-Ups. With Requirements Engineering and the xBOM Manager, CONTACT provides two completely revised modules for CIM Database PLM. Consistent requirements management Requirements Engineering is a standard building block of the Elements platform. The new editor significantly simplifies the definition of requirements. Users attach images and sketches, create specifications in several languages and thus create an overview. Developers can link their requirement catalogs with those of other locations and make the product development process as transparent as possible. This video shows how Requirements specifically supports users. Efficient production planning The xBOM Manager extends the synchronization of parts lists beyond the production view. Users have the possibility to compare development BOMs directly with service or plant-related BOMs. Differences between development and production are thus also visible for each plant. Companies with several production sites in particular can thus plan their production as efficiently as possible. Elements 15.4 also integrates the 3D preview directly into the xBOM Manager. Agile Project Management Taskboards are an important tool for an efficient organization of tasks in a team and support agile methods with the new version of CONTACT Elements. New Sprint Boards allow working with SCRUM Sprints. Tasks can be moved and prioritized via drag and drop in the backlog. In addition to tasks, pre-defined actions are also taken up in the taskboard and all changes are documented by Audit Trail. Low-Code platform for smart products and services in the Internet of Things (IoT) With version 15.4 CONTACT Elements for IoT receives many innovations and extensions of its best-in-class components for connected products and digital business models. The IoT platform is easy to configure (Low-Code) and enables users to quickly implement IoT solutions and business applications as well as to optimally add value to their data using the digital twin. The new Event Engine provides more transparency about the device status in the field. Status changes or faults are signalled, documented and tracked via the digital twin using predefined system actions. The same or similar devices can be monitored, controlled and evaluated via Fleet Management. Multi Tenancy enables companies to provide their customers with a digital environment for the management of their digital assets or products. The release also includes enhanced data providers, a comprehensive Trigger Engine, and numerous additional dashboard widgets. "With Elements for IoT, companies are able to deploy comprehensive and professional IoT solutions in days instead of weeks or months," said Dr. Jan Kickstein, Head of IoT Development at CONTACT Software. The internationally leading PLM consulting and market research company CIMdata is convinced of CONTACT Elements. The experts rate CONTACT Elements as an excellent example of an agile and future-proof digital platform for end-to-end lifecycle management.
Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Launch 2019 Empowering Innovation Together Series, “Engineering Big Ideas”
August 19, 2019 - Mouser Electronics Inc. and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara join forces for the fifth consecutive year in this latest edition of the award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ series: Engineering Big Ideas. This four-part series will explore the process of turning an idea into a product and examine the path to commercialization — from discovery to design and eventually development. Imahara and Mouser will explore the stops, the starts, the pitfalls, and the excitement of bringing an idea to life. They will take a closer look at how individuals and small groups can move from idea inception to an end product in the absence of huge corporate resources and technological infrastructure. The Engineering Big Ideas series is supported by Mouser’s valued suppliers Analog Devices, Intel®, Microchip Technology and Molex. To kick off the series, Imahara visits the Arizona test track of Nikola Motor Company. There, he talks with CEO Trevor Milton about how Nikola Motor Company is bringing its vision for hybrid truck design to market, and revolutionizing the economic and environmental impact of commerce in the process. “Innovation is what drives technologists, from makers to professional designers and developers,” states Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics, a leading global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components. “We are inspired by the drive we see in our customers to continually create and improve the products, services and solutions that can transform our day-to-day lives.” “The people who are changing our world are starting from an idea and bringing it all the way through to finished product with the power of their intellect, training, tools and available products,” said Imahara, a longtime Mouser customer. “I’m looking forward to showcasing some incredible technology innovations this year.” The Empowering Innovation Together program has been one of the most recognized and notable electronic component marketing programs since 2015, highlighting a range of innovative developments from IoT and smart cities of the future to robotics technologies. 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.
Leading Omani Pharmacy Chain Relies on InfiNet Wireless for High-Bandwidth, Always-On Connectivity
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – August 19, 2019 – InfiNet Wireless, the global leader in fixed wireless broadband connectivity, today announced that it has successfully delivered a comprehensive communication infrastructure to Muscat Pharmacy & Stores LLC, one of Oman’s most well recognized pharmacy chains. Operating over an extensive network of more than 200 suppliers, across 69 outlets, the company selected InfiNet Wireless’ industry-leading solutions in response to growing requirements for always-on connectivity and higher bandwidth. The upgrade guarantees that the pharmacy employees have real-time, 24/7 access to business-critical and patient experience enhancing applications as well as provides the IT team with a future proofed digital platform to meet expansion requirements. Elaborating on the decision to select InfiNet Wireless, Ajith Kumar, Network & Security Administrator at Muscat Pharmacy & Stores LLC said, “With several implementations across the Middle East, InfiNet clearly has a strong reputation in the market as a quality company; so right off the bat, that gave us a degree of confidence. Secondly, from a cost-performance standpoint, InfiNet stood head and shoulders above all the other vendors. Finally, and this is what really made the decision an easy one for us, the technical support from InfiNet and the HTC team was outstanding throughout the evaluation phases.” Working closely with Hussam Technology Company (HTC), InfiNet’s partner in Oman, Muscat Pharmacy deployed a number of InfiNet point-to-point (PTP) links, each capable of throughputs of up to 300 Mbps. These links were complemented by the company’s XG links, capable of delivering up to 500 Mbps, and used as a backbone to connect the HQ to all three main remote locations. The easy-to-install design of the InfiNet solution meant that the entire process of installation and commissioning was completed in less than a week. With InfiNet now reliably connecting all nodes of the pharmacy’s data infrastructure, Ajith is seeing a marked improvement in network performance. The IT team can now deliver capacities in excess of 100 Mbps to nearby offices, with absolutely no loss of connectivity, allowing employees 24/7 access to applications and reports that are critical to the running of the business. This has resulted in higher employee satisfaction, productivity and ultimately improved overall company performance. Moreover, when compared with the cost of an alternative solution from a local service provider, the new InfiNet network paid for itself within its very first year of operations. “After years of struggling to find a reliable, cost-effective solution, I couldn’t be happier with InfiNet Wireless. I am confident that with InfiNet and HTC working closely with us, we have a true business partnership that can only grow with us, and in fact, we are already looking into expanding our network and adding on a few more remote locations this year,” continued Ajith. Kamal Mokrani, global vice president at InfiNet Wireless, said, “Seamless communications and real-time access to data are critical success factors for any distribution business. This hinges on the availability of a reliable, always-on network and we have successfully been able to offer this, cost affectively, to Muscat Pharmacy & Stores LLC in Oman. We look forward to building on our partnership and delivering the connectivity solutions needed to help the company achieve its ambitious growth plans.”
ProLabs to unveil Multi-Service Optical platform for extending and monitoring networks at LINX 2019
Cirencester, UK, 19 August 2019 – ProLabs is set to reveal its latest pay-as-you-grow optical solution empowering both mobile and fixed line broadband operator networks to expand, alongside its leading portfolio of optical connectivity solutions at LINX 2019, 19-20 August. As networks aim to meet growing 5G connectivity demands, the EON-OMP-2 Multi Service Platform enables operators to both increase capacity and monitor network performance to deliver high-quality connectivity. Providing operators with the tools to build and monitor optical networks in a compact, power efficient form factor, the EON-OMP-2 addresses space, power and capacity demands in today’s growing high throughput environments. “We are thrilled to launch our new Optical Multi Service Platform to new customers in the European market.” said Anthony Clarkson, Technical Director at ProLabs. “With our existing customers already using the product to build and grow scalable, high-capacity network infrastructures, other operators will now be able to use the flexible platform to match the scale of both fixed line broadband and 5G network demands now and in the future.” The EON-OMP-2 is a multi-service optical platform which allows remote fibre monitoring as well as the ability to maximise infrastructure development with amplification, 2.5G/10G OEO transponder module and the provision of 100G Muxponder/Transponder modules. It is a cost-effective platform to extend existing networks and services and can also drastically reduce the time needed to troubleshoot network issues. Critical to any data centre environment, the EON-OMP-2 addresses limited space and power challenges in a small form factor at an affordable price, without compromising on the quality of data transmission. The product also allows for the remote monitoring of WDM wavelengths on optical fibres. Network issues can be identified quickly and without causing major network infrastructure disruption, saving operator’s time. Anthony adds: “We are looking forward to sharing the Optical Multi Service Platform with attendees at LINX 2019. This product is the first innovative product to launch within our Active Solutions portfolio. The portfolio provides complete solutions for our operators to manage their fibre and monitoring capabilities to lay the foundations for highly scalable networks. Combined with our 5G and Data Interconnect solutions, the EON-OMP-2 will enable more operators to increase network visibility and enhance optical networks ready to address the requirements for both 5G and fixed line broadband networks.”
Nuvoton Technology Launches brand new M261/M262/M263 Series Microcontroller with Low Power and Robust Security designed for IoT applications
Nuvoton Technology Corporation launches a brand new low power, robust security M261/M262/M263 series microcontroller designed for IoT applications. It is based on Arm® Cortex®-M23 secure core for Armv8-M architecture, running up to 64 MHz with 512 KB Flash in dual bank mode supporting Over-The-Air (OTA) Firmware update and 96 KB SRAM. Nuvoton provides a rich product portfolio for new generation IoT applications. The brand new M261/M262/M263 series adopts advanced low power and security technology with high performance connectivity interface. The power consumption in the normal run is down to 45 μA/MHz in DC-DC mode and it implements a secure boot function and hardware crypto acceleration to achieve the security of IoT device. M261/262/263 series satisfies the IoT applications in both low power and high security requirements. For IoT connectivity and sensor, it integrates SDHC 2.0, USB 2.0 FS OTG, CAN Bus 2.0B high-performance communication interface, and a 3.76 MSPS ADC for sensing data from sensor devices to fulfill a variety of application scenarios. Those features make it a great choice for smart home and IoT node device product design. The NuMicro® M261/M262/M263 series is based on Arm® Cortex®-M23 core for Armv8-M architecture and the code is downward compatible with Nuvoton Arm® Cortex®-M0 microcontrollers. It runs up to 64 MHz with 512 KB embedded Flash in dual bank mode supporting Over-The-Air (OTA) Firmware update and 96 KB embedded SRAM. The low supply voltage ranges from 1.8V to 3.6V and operating temperature ranges from -40℃ to 105℃. Low power and robust security are two major requirements for the Internet of Things (IoT) applications. In terms of low power consumption, NuMicro® M261/M262/M263 series provides multiple power modes for different operating scenarios, integrating RTC with independent VBAT to support low power mode. The power consumption in normal run mode is 97 μA/MHz (LDO mode) and 45 μA/MHz (DC-DC mode). Standby power-down current is down to 2.8 μA and Deep power-down current is less than 2 μA. The low power, low supply voltage, and fast wake-up (9 μs from Fast-wakeup Power-down mode) features make M261/M262/M263 series suitable for battery-powered IoT applications. The robust security functions of NuMicro® M261/M262/M263 series include secure boot function to ensure that a device boots using only trusted software through a series of digital signature authentication processes. The M261/M262/M263 series integrates complete hardware crypto engines such as AES 256/192/128, DES/3-DES, SHA, ECC, and True Random Number Generator (TRNG). Furthermore, it provides 4-region programable eXecute-Only-Memory (XOM) to secure critical program codes and up to six tamper detection pins against outer physical attack, which significantly improves the product security. The NuMicro® M261/M262/M263 series is equipped with plenty of peripherals such as Timers, Watchdog Timers, RTC, PDMA, External Bus Interface (EBI), LPUART, Universal Serial Control Interface (USCI), Qual SPI (QSPI), SPI/I²S, I2C, Smart Card Interface (ISO-7816-3), GPIOs, and up to 24 channels of PWM. Those peripherals make it highly suitable for connecting comprehensive external modules. It integrates one set of Secure Digital Host Controllers (SDHC) compliant with SD Memory Card Specification Version 2.0, achieving a transfer rate of 200 Mbps at 3.3V and 50 MHz operations. The SD card for fast data storage is therefore available. For high performance analog front-end circuit blocks, it integrates up to a 16-channel 12-bit 3.76 MSPS SAR ADC, two 12-bit 1 MSPS voltage type DAC, two rail-to-rail analog comparator (ACMP), temperature sensor, low voltage reset (LVR), and brown-out detector (BOD) to enhance product performance and reduce both external components and form factor. NuMicro® M261/ M262 / M263 series consists of three series ◆ NuMicro® M261 series - suitable for classic IoT node devices and wireless communication modules applications ◆ NuMicro® M262 USB 2.0 FS OTG series - integrating 1 set of USB 2.0 FS OTG interface (crystal-less design), suitable for connecting USB host/device for data transfer ◆ NuMicro® M263 USB/CAN series - integrating 1 set of CAN Bus 2.0B and 1 set of USB 2.0 FS OTG interface (crystal-less design), suitable for industrial and automotive applications requiring CAN Bus for data communication. The NuMicro® M261/M262/M263 series provides 9 product part numbers. The package types include QFN33 (5mm x 5mm), LQFP64 (7mm x 7mm), and LQFP128 (14mm x 14mm). Pin compatibility in the same package makes optimizing product features and performance easy. Two types of evaluation boards, NuMaker-IoT-M263 and NuMaker-M263KI, are available for selecting the suitable development environment to speed-up product design based on the NuMicro® M261/M262/M263 series. NuMaker-IoT-M263 board is a new platform focusing on IoT products design, it integrates 9-axis sensor, environmental sensor, and popular wireless communication modules including Bluetooth module, Wi-Fi module, and LoRa module. A 2G/3G/4G-LTE/NB-IoT module with GPS function is available for purchase. With the IoT software package provided by Nuvoton, connecting the cloud of Arm Pelion, Amazon AWS, and Ali-Cloud is hazard-free. And the development of IoT products can be completed quickly. Besides, Nu-Link debugger is available for evaluation and product development. Third-Party IDEs such as Keil MDK, IAR EWARM, and NuEclipse IDE with GNU GCC compilers are also supported.
The World’s Top 4 Ride-Hailing Companies Are Worth More Than $166 Billion
BOSTON, MA – August 8, 2019: The rise of shared mobility services like Uber and Lyft is threatening to disrupt a multitrillion-dollar industry. Self-driving cars, zero-emission vehicles, connectivity, and innovative materials are defining the future of mobility. To guide innovation and investment in the mobility space, the team at Lux Research, a leading provider of tech-enabled research and advisory services for technology innovation, took a deep dive into the business models and themes disrupting this age-old industry in the new report, “Sharing is Scaring: New Business Models Disrupting Mobility.” “Our reliance on owning a car has created one of the largest industries in the world. Today, however, our relationship with the automobile is changing as new business models aim to replace conventional car ownership with a combination of ride-hailing and vehicle-sharing accessed through mobile apps – a trend we call shared mobility,” said Chris Robinson, Senior Analyst and lead author of the report. “Recently, two key changes are emerging in this space. First, shared mobility companies are pursuing integration of many services and transportation modes, such as bikes and scooters, into one platform rather than developing one specific app or business model. Second, the industry’s growth is attracting a diverse array of competitors, including automakers, transportation network companies, and tech companies.” Robinson noted that the shift from pursuing a single business model, which characterizes Shared Mobility 1.0, to Shared Mobility 2.0 is providing opportunities for new competitors. Transportation network companies like Lyft and Uber are no longer startups. The top four ride-hailing companies in the world – Didi, Uber, Lyft, and Grab – have a combined valuation of $166 billion. “These companies,” Robinson continued, “are no longer focused on expanding into new markets with ride-hailing services; most markets are already saturated with such options. Instead, multimodality – providing access to different modes of transport, such as bikes and cars, on their platforms – is now a key focus.” The new Lux report presents several case studies to highlight how different sectors are creating strategies to develop shared mobility platforms, finding that no single industry is best-positioned to own this future. It also finds that autonomy and integration of public transport into shared mobility platforms are two key differentiators in the future of shared mobility, which will ultimately help drive these new business models to profitability. The report deems autonomous vehicles the most important technical development shaping the future of shared mobility. “Despite the disruptive promises of shared mobility, no companies have been able to maintain profitability,” notes Robinson. “Autonomous vehicles promise to drastically alter the financials of ride-hailing.” Navigating this change will be crucial for success, especially as shared mobility companies’ competitors have more experience in fleet management. Lux’s “Sharing is Scaring: New Business Models Disrupting Mobility” report delves deeper into these strategies and case studies, providing advantages companies can leverage and challenges they must overcome.