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FDA Proposing New Rules as AI Software Is Evolving into Medical Devices

FDA Proposing New Rules as AI Software Is Evolving into Medical Devices

An AI and machine learning “action plan” released this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...

Qualcomm’s $1.4B Deal for Nuvia a Good Move: Analysts

Qualcomm’s $1.4B Deal for Nuvia a Good Move: Analysts

Qualcomm apparently isn’t letting the bitter memories of its failed $47 billion attempt to acquire NXP Semiconductor ...

AI, Quantum Patents Soared in 2020

AI, Quantum Patents Soared in 2020

Machine learning was among the fastest growing technologies in terms of U.S. patent grants during 2020, an ...

Intel to Ramp Up ‘Ice Lake’ Chip Production

Intel to Ramp Up ‘Ice Lake’ Chip Production

Intel Corp. used this week’s virtual CES 2021 event to reassert its dominance of the data center ...

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January 15, 2021
An AI and machine learning “action plan” released this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would advance the agency’s monitoring of AI-based medical software which is increasing being seen as virtual medical devices. The proposed regulatory framework focuses on software used in medical devices, including guidance on how to handle software upgrades as algorithms learn over ... Full article
January 15, 2021
Qualcomm apparently isn’t letting the bitter memories of its failed $47 billion attempt to acquire NXP Semiconductor in 2018 halt its growth plans. Instead, the company’s latest $1.4 acquisition proposal, this time for processor startup Nuvia, could help Qualcomm get right back onto its planned path of diving more deeply into the CPU and SoC chip marketplace. That’s the ... Full article
January 13, 2021
Machine learning was among the fastest growing technologies in terms of U.S. patent grants during 2020, an annual survey reveals. AI and machine learning ranked fourth in a list of patent applications and awards, followed closely by advances in quantum computing. Meanwhile, China, Taiwan and South Korea registered the largest percentage increases in patent grants over the past year, ... 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 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
January 7, 2021
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 Enflame funding rounds. Others joining the funding round included CITIC Group, the former state-owned investment company, investment bank China International ... Full article
January 7, 2021
Open source software leader David Recordon, who built Facebook’s first open source programs team and has long been involved in a wide range of open source community projects, has been named as the director of technology for the incoming Biden-Harris White House. Recordon, 34, who has been serving recently as the deputy chief technology officer for the Biden-Harris transition ... Full article
January 6, 2021
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 context for deciphering the meaning of words, phrases and sentences. The two models, an offshoot of OpenAI’s third-generation language generator, ... Full article
January 6, 2021
In this monthly feature we bring you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise AI community -- promotions, new hires and accolades: Nicole Anasenes and Maria Shields Ansys, an engineering simulation software provider, appointed Nicole Anasenes as its chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance and Maria Shields as its SVP of administration. ... Full article
January 6, 2021
Jim Keller has already had a storied career. Over the past few decades, Keller (pictured left) has worked everywhere from AMD to Tesla, helping to develop new chips and hardware. Now, the industry veteran has announced his next move: Tenstorrent, an AI chip startup, where he will serve as president and chief technology officer. Headquartered in Toronto, Tenstorrent is ... Full article
January 5, 2021
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 two funding rounds. The latest was led by XN Capital, which touts its investment strategy as emphasizing algorithm risk models. ... Full article
January 4, 2021
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 chiplet approach, likely hastening the transition from mega-GPUs such as Nvidia’s Ampere graphics processor, industry observers note. In a patent ... Full article
December 22, 2020
As companies approach their 2021 business planning after the current tumultuous, pandemic-decimated year, it might be a wise idea to use plenty of care when using 2020 business data to make any kinds of projections for the new year. That's the recommendation from data intelligence vendor, Alation, which recently conducted its second State of Data Culture survey in 2020 ... Full article
December 18, 2020
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 outlets also reported Thursday (Dec. 17) that Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has written off roughly $1.5 billion in debt associated with ... Full article
December 17, 2020
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 recruited two additional corporate partners to provide access to IP. Verific Design Automation and CEVA Inc. have signed on to ... Full article
December 15, 2020
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, smart edge deployments require low-power AI processing via a variety of hardware and optimized software frameworks. A pair of approaches ... Full article
December 14, 2020
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 of Warsaw and Tokyo-based Systems Biology Institute (SBI) is the Garuda connectivity and automation platform. Garuda is used to link ... Full article
December 9, 2020
At the RISC-V Summit yesterday, Art Swift, CEO of Esperanto Technologies, announced a new, RISC-V based chip aimed at machine learning and containing nearly 1,100 low-power cores based on the open-source RISC-V architecture. Esperanto Technologies, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with other sites across the U.S. and Europe, was created in 2014 “with the goal of making RISC-V the ... Full article
December 7, 2020
Convolutional neural networks that perform well in computer vision applications also can be used to predict behavioral and other brain-like data related to object recognition. One current limitation, however, is the model’s susceptibility to distortions called “adversarial attacks.” For instance, small changes to a few pixels can confuse a CNN model. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week ... Full article
December 3, 2020
To build enterprise AI capabilities deeper into the medical imaging healthcare market, Nvidia has revealed that its Medical Open Network for AI (MONAI) open source framework is now ready for production use. MONAI arrives seven months after it was introduced at the company’s GTC 2020 event. MONAI, which is used with Nvidia’s Clara computational platform and application framework for ... Full article

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