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Startup Symbio Robotics Gets $30M Funding to Extend Factory Automation Using AI

Startup Symbio Robotics Gets $30M Funding to Extend Factory Automation Usin...

The modern factory floor is increasingly automated, but manufacturers are looking for ways to make industrial robots ...

IBM Reportedly Looking to Sell its Unprofitable Watson Health Business

IBM Reportedly Looking to Sell its Unprofitable Watson Health Business

IBM’s Watson Health business brings in $1 billion a year in revenue, but because the unit still ...

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

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

IBM has released details of a prototype AI chip geared toward low-precision training and inference across different ...

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

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

The Pentagon is signaling it may embrace a multi-cloud strategy long favored by commercial users seeking to ...

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March 1, 2021
The modern factory floor is increasingly automated, but manufacturers are looking for ways to make industrial robots more flexible. Symbio Robotics, a Bay Area startup, is aiming to solve those problems using its new AI-based platform that allows robots to learn, adapt and execute new assembly tasks. The company emerged last week, announcing partnerships with automakers along with $30 ... Full article
February 22, 2021
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, IBM also touted its AI chip based on 7nm process technology as the first energy-efficient device “at the vanguard of ... Full article
February 19, 2021
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 may be prepared to move on. In an undated information paper, JEDI program managers noted upcoming court rulings related to ... Full article
February 18, 2021
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 finding disruptive ways of securely storing and accessing exabytes of data without breaking the bank. A New York-based startup has ... Full article
February 17, 2021
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 data pipelines currently constrained by legacy virtualization tools and cloud infrastructure, the company said. Those constraints are magnified for data-intensive ... Full article
February 10, 2021
So many industry predictions for how AI use in business will change and grow in 2021 have come in to EnterpriseAI that we didn’t have room to share them all in our first predictions story on Feb. 1. Now we are expanding that bounty of AI predictions riches with a second installment of 2021 predictions from our AI experts ... Full article
February 5, 2021
Shell, C3.ai, Microsoft and Baker Hughes are collaborating on an Open AI Energy Initiative (OAI) that aims to grow AI use across the energy and process manufacturing industries. The OAI is envisioned by the partners as an open ecosystem of AI technologies that will provide a framework for energy operators, service providers, equipment providers and the software vendors who ... Full article
February 4, 2021
As the first “greenfield” or new-from-the-ground-up 5G wireless networks are being built, chip makers are joining cloud vendors in accelerating the rollout of front-end radio units that comply with emerging open radio access network specs. Partners Fujitsu Ltd. and Xilinx Inc. this week joined a growing list of Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) developers, announcing that Fujitsu will incorporate ... Full article
February 4, 2021
Canonical’s latest Ubuntu Core 20 Linux operating system now features several important security updates, including anti-malware and anti-hijacking technologies and full-disk encryption capabilities. The new version of Ubuntu Core 20, which is built as a minimal, containerized version of Ubuntu Linux 20.04 for use with embedded systems and IoT, was announced by the company this week. Ubuntu Core has ... Full article
February 3, 2021
As Jeff Bezos prepares to give up Amazon’s CEO seat to become the company’s executive chair in the third quarter of 2021, the big question now being asked is what will the market-dominating cloud and online retailer look like under incoming CEO, Andy Jassy? Bezos, 57, announced his intentions Feb. 2 (Tuesday) as Amazon unveiled its fourth quarter financial ... Full article
January 28, 2021
Samsung Electronics is said to be partnering with electric vehicle leader Tesla on a leading-edge 5-nanometer chip design that would serve as the core of an emerging self-driving car capability. According to reports out of South Korea, Samsung (KRX: 005930) is skipping a semiconductor processing node to produce a 5nm automotive chip for Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA). According to the ... Full article
January 27, 2021
Fueled by enterprise deployments of hyperconverged infrastructure, the software-defined storage market is booming. That trend has prompted DataCore Software to acquire object storage specialist Caringo Inc., enabling the buyer to offer block, file and object storage as a single package. DataCore said its deal for Caringo closed on Jan. 15. Other terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Caringo has ... Full article
January 26, 2021
EdgeQ, a Silicon Valley startup that’s building a customizable RISC-V system-on-a-chip (SoC) that includes a 5G modem, got a big boost today when it announced that former Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs has signed on as an advisor to the company. EdgeQ was founded three years ago by former Intel and Qualcomm engineers with the goal of developing an efficient and flexible enterprise 5G ... Full article
January 22, 2021
Shanghai Tianshu Zhaoxin Semiconductor Co. is claiming China’s first 7-nanometer chip, described as a leading-edge, general-purpose cloud computing chip based on a proprietary GPU architecture. Dubbed “Big Island” GPGPU, the data center processor is described as a neural network training chip aimed at AI and HPC applications as well as general-purpose computing “at the cloud server level,” Tianshu Zhaoxin ... Full article
January 20, 2021
Kneron Inc., the AI startup specializing in “on-device” edge inferencing applications, has raised additional funding in the form of investments by Taiwanese manufacturing powerhouses Foxconn and Winbond. San Diego-based Kneron said Tuesday (Jan. 20) it will work with Foxconn to develop AI platforms for Industry 4.0 and automotive applications. Foxconn’s MIH electronic vehicle platform will serve as the basis ... Full article
January 19, 2021
Vulnerable to hacking, drones are getting another layer of defense via an AI-based cybersecurity approach that promises to shield the flying edge devices from zero-day attacks. SparkCognition, an industrial AI specialist, said this week the SkyGrid unit it formed with Boeing Co. has developed an AI-based cyber defense for drones that would detect attacks during flights, allowing operators to ... Full article
January 14, 2021
Google Cloud and Nokia will collaborate to help telecom carriers upgrade core network infrastructure with cloud-native 5G wireless services. The capabilities could be used to extend 5G bandwidth to the network edge. The partners said Thursday (Jan. 14) the cloud-native 5G edge services would be built around Google’s Anthos cloud services platform along with the cloud provider’s AI, machine ... Full article
January 12, 2021
Intel Corp. used this week’s virtual CES 2021 event to reassert its dominance of the data center with the formal roll out of its next-generation server chip, the 10nm Xeon Scalable processor that targets AI and HPC workloads. The third-generation “Ice Lake” family is Intel’s first at the 10nm process node, incorporating a new core architecture that incorporates more ... Full article
January 11, 2021
A dispute over Chinese regulatory approval of its acquisition of Acacia Communications Inc. prompted Cisco Systems to seek a court order compelling the optical component maker to move ahead with the $2.8 billion transaction. Acacia said Monday (Jan. 11) it has filed a counterclaim. Cisco announced its acquisition of Acacia in July 2019. Acacia asserted late last week it ... Full article
January 8, 2021
Addressing power constraints for “always-on” edge devices, the latest neural processor from Syntiant Corp. is designed to run multiple applications simultaneously while limiting energy budgets. The custom AI silicon startup said this week its second-generation neural decision processor is aimed at low-power audio and sensor processing tasks. Those include beamforming, echo-cancellation, noise suppression and speech enhancement, among others. The ... Full article

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