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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).

Chinese AI Chip Startup Enflame Brings in $278.5M in New Funding

January 7th, 2021 Comments Off on Chinese AI Chip Startup Enflame Brings in $278.5M in New Funding
Enflame Technology, a Chinese AI startup developing deep learning chips for AI training, has secured another $278.5 million in funding from government and industry investors. The latest investor group includes Chinese Internet giant Tencent, which also participated in earlier ...

OpenAI Extends GPT-3 to Combine NLP with Images

January 6th, 2021 Comments Off on OpenAI Extends GPT-3 to Combine NLP with Images
A pair of neural networks unleashed by GPT-3 developer OpenAI use text in the form of image captions as a way of generating images, a predictive approach that developers said will help AI systems better understand language by providing ...

AI-Based Recycler AMP Robotics Gains $55M in New Funding from Investors

January 5th, 2021 Comments Off on AI-Based Recycler AMP Robotics Gains $55M in New Funding from Investors
AMP Robotics Corp., an AI startup developing technology that sorts recyclable materials, has raised an additional $55 million in its latest funding round. The Denver-based AI startup launched in 2015 has so far raised more than $71 million in ...

AMD Unveils Speedier Chiplet Design With High-Bandwidth Interconnects

January 4th, 2021 Comments Off on AMD Unveils Speedier Chiplet Design With High-Bandwidth Interconnects
Advanced Micro Devices is accelerating the GPU chiplet race with the release of a U.S. patent application for a device that incorporates high-bandwidth interconnects between processing elements. AMD and Intel Corp. have each signaled their intent to pursue the ...

DeepMind, Google’s AI Unit, Reports Big Loss

December 18th, 2020 Comments Off on DeepMind, Google’s AI Unit, Reports Big Loss
DeepMind requires deep pockets. Reports surfaced this week that the London-based AI lab acquired in 2014 by Google parent Alphabet for about $600 million lost a staggering $649 million in the last year. The Financial Times and other media ...

DARPA Expands Access to Chip IP

December 17th, 2020 Comments Off on DARPA Expands Access to Chip IP
The Pentagon’s premiere R&D agency is expanding an initiative designed to provide technology startups with broader access to semiconductor and other intellectual property in hopes of stimulating innovation. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said this week it has ...

Nvidia Probes Accelerators, Photons, GPU Scaling

December 16th, 2020 Comments Off on Nvidia Probes Accelerators, Photons, GPU Scaling
Nvidia spotlighted an AI inference accelerator, emerging optical interconnects and a new programming framework designed to scale GPU performance during this week’s GTC China virtual event. In a keynote, Bill Dally, Nvidia’s chief scientist, said the MAGNet inference accelerator ...

Grafana, Prometheus Previews Launched by AWS as Managed Services

December 16th, 2020 Comments Off on Grafana, Prometheus Previews Launched by AWS as Managed Services
Grafana Labs, developer of a popular open source tool for visualizing logs and metrics, joins a growing list of Amazon Web Services partners, allowing AWS customer to run Grafana’s dashboards natively as a managed service. In a related move, AWS ...

Edge AI Sensors Plot Analog, Digital Routs

December 15th, 2020 Comments Off on Edge AI Sensors Plot Analog, Digital Routs
AI vendors are rolling out a steady stream of edge processing platforms spanning everything from multicore systems-on-chips to analog approaches that seek to imbue sensors with greater intelligence while reducing power consumption in always-on devices. Along with lower latency, ...

AI Partners Seek ‘Engine of Scientific Discovery’

December 14th, 2020 Comments Off on AI Partners Seek ‘Engine of Scientific Discovery’
A research effort built around an automation platform that connects data and analytics applications will focus on advancing the use of AI and machine learning in bioscience and medical applications. The centerpiece of the R&D agreement between ICM University ...
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