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George Leopold

George Leopold has written about science and technology for more than 30 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology. He previously served as executive editor of Electronic Engineering Times. Leopold is the author of "Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom" (Purdue University Press, 2016).

As Insurtech Sector Embraces AI, Startup Zelros Attracts Another $11M in Funding

February 25th, 2021 (0)
Among the financial sectors embracing AI technology is the insurance industry, which is looking for more personal and efficient ways to promote its products and services while streamlining underwriting and other data-heavy functions. Investors sense an opportunity in leveraging ...

FundGuard, AI Vendor for Fintech, Gets $12M in Additional Series A Funding

February 23rd, 2021 (0)
Financial platforms that often serve as harbingers for enterprise technology adoption are rapidly embracing AI-based components to help manage a wide range of investments in the fintech sector. Venture firms have noticed, providing new funding to startups such as ...

IBM’s Latest Prototype Low-Power AI Chip Offers ‘Precision Scaling’

February 22nd, 2021 (0)
IBM has released details of a prototype AI chip geared toward low-precision training and inference across different AI model types while retaining model quality within AI applications. In a paper delivered during this year’s International Solid-State Circuits Virtual Conference, ...

With Long-Delayed JEDI Contract Stalled By Legal Fight, DoD May Go Multi-Cloud

February 19th, 2021 (0)
The Pentagon is signaling it may embrace a multi-cloud strategy long favored by commercial users seeking to avoid vendor lock-in. With its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract award stalled by litigation, Defense Department IT planners informed Congress it ...

LyteLoop Wants to Take Data Storage Beyond the Clouds Into Orbit Around Earth

February 18th, 2021 (0)
Diminishing returns on costly data center investments—facilities already bulging at the seams—are engendering novel architectures for storing data. Early prototypes such as Microsoft’s submersible data center address cooling requirements and reliability issues. Still, the ongoing problem is scale, and ...

Peak AI Gets $21M Series B Funding Round, Expands Access to AI ‘Decision Intelligence’

February 17th, 2021 (0)
AI deployments are steadily migrating to retail applications as commercial brands seek to get a better handle on supply chains along with marketing and sales. Increased demand for embedded AI software used to guide those decisions is on the ...

Sunlight’s AI Hypervisor Gains Nvidia GPU Support to Boost Edge Deployments

February 17th, 2021 (0)
Sunlight, the U.K.-based specialist in virtualizing data-intensive applications, announced Nvidia GPU support for its “lightweight” hypervisor designed to boost the performance of edge AI deployments. GPU support for its NexVisor platform would provide “near bare-metal” performance in support of ...

In Midst of Global Semiconductor Chip Shortage, DoD, Globalfoundries Expand Ties

February 16th, 2021 (0)
The U.S. Defense Department and Globalfoundries are expanding their semiconductor manufacturing partnership by certifying the foundry’s most advanced fab complies with U.S. export controls intended to secure the chip manufacturing supply chain. The DoD partnership reflects greater capacity utilization ...

Pressure Mounts to Respond to Global Semiconductor Chip Shortage

February 12th, 2021 (0)
Amid pandemic-related supply chain disruptions, chip makers are urging the Biden administration to include funding and tax incentives aimed at boosting semiconductor manufacturing and research in its economic recovery and infrastructure initiatives. In a letter released Thursday (Feb. 11), ...

AI Software Tool Helping Quantum Computers to ‘Self-Tune’ for Improved Performance

February 11th, 2021 (0)
With the overriding goal of reducing hardware errors and instability caused by environment noise, quantum computing software startup Q-CTRL has unveiled an AI-based toolset billed as enabling quantum computers to “self-tune” for noise and error suppression. The tools use ...
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