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The change taking place in China and Asian countries is an opportunity. Over the years, we have become accustomed working with suppliers from Asia in all areas of high-tech, especially in manufacturing. KAL also has customers in the Far East: in China, in Taiwan and in Japan, but in the recent years, all the Asian countries started to change, especially China.

I recently attended the first AutoSens Conference held in the United States. AutoSens not only delivered a quality conference, but also a compelling experience. Detroit was selected to host this event as the historic pioneer of the last revolution in mobility — mass production of the automobile via the assembly line. Also, Detroit is now leading the way in the next renaissance — that of a mass-produced autonomous vehicle.

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As virtual assistants become more intelligent, our expectations from them become increasingly higher. Now that simple voice commands are practically taken for granted, deep learning is enabling more complex interactions, like contextual conversations and emotion detection. In my previous column, I reviewed the drawbacks and missing features of currently prevalent voice interfaces. But those kinks and quirks are on the verge of elimination. In this article, I’ll be looking forward to tomorrow’s voice interfaces and the technologies that will enable them.

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Dynamic Power Management has become a ‘must-have’ in Systems-on-a-Chip (SoC) design today because of tightening power budgets and rising transistor counts. These increases mainly stem from evolving market requirements for more device functionality and richer feature sets being made available to meet changing market requirements. The semiconductor industry has responded with a plethora of different solutions to these issues.

Semico Research Corp. conducted an interview with Jawad Haj-Yihia, a Power Management Architect formerly of Intel Corp. in Israel. The following article represents key aspects of that interview delving into many of the issues that confront Power Management Architects in the industry today.

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With more than 1,200 attendees and over 90 presenters, the 2017 Embedded Vision Summit made one thing clear: I am not the only one who thinks that energy-efficient processors and simple-to-use software toolkits to utilize the available horse-power are critical for embedded vision. Jeff Bier made a compelling argument that cost and power consumption of vision computing will decrease by about 1000x over the next 3 years. He mentioned techniques like reducing data types and using software tools and frameworks to achieve significant improvements in resource usage and efficiency.

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19 April 2017

בניית חוזה ואסטרטגיית מחיר מתבצעת בשלבים כאשר הלקוח שלנו הוא אסייתי. הלקוח אינו רואה בחוזה כמסמך מחייב עד תומו וכאשר כותבים מסמכים עיסקיים יש צורך להבין את התרבות המקומית.

ראשית יש לקחת בחשבון כי באסיה (וכולל את סין, יפן וקוריאה) ובמיוחד בקוריאה נהוג לכתוב חוזים בשפה המקומית דבר המקשה על ההתחייבות בכתב. ברוב המקרים דורש הלקוח כי מקום השיפוט והחוק יהיה מקומיים ועל כן יש לדעת את מגבלות החוק מקומי. מפעם לפעם איפה יש להתייעץ עם עורך דין מקומי אולם פרטנר מקומי יכול להועיל ולהקל בענין זה שכן לקוח מקומי ובמיוחד קוריאני יעדיף לרכוש מהפרטנר המקומי ושהפרטנר המקומי ירכוש מהחברה הגלובלית. באופן שכזה ניתן לגלגל לפרטנר המקומי את ההתחייבות תחת החוק המקומי מול הלקוח וכמובן את החוזים בשפת הלקוח.

All chip designers know that the deadline to “freeze RTL” comes all too soon. Now you don’t have to freeze the critical part of your RTL that needs to continue to change to keep up with evolving standards and changing customer requirements. Thanks to a handful of embedded FPGA companies, including Flex Logix who have introduced proven embedded FPGA platforms, chip designers can keep some of the chip flexible, enabling RTL to be updated any time, even in the customers’ systems.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the key advantages to embedded FPGA, discuss how chip designers can use it, and also correct some of the most common misconceptions about what embedded FPGA is and isn’t.

Smartphones have pretty much eliminated the need for point-and-shoot pocket cameras. For a while now, they have even been threatening to replace professional rigs. As early as 2012, Time Magazine featured a cover shot snapped by an iPhone 4S, and recently a Sports Illustrated cover photo was shot with a Motorola Z and Billboard Magazine’s cover was taken using an iPhone 7 plus. As smartphones cameras improve, the market has come to expect DSLR-like image and video quality as well as DSLR-like features. But, until now, DSLRs have still been irreplaceable in certain cases.

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Demand for computer vision has never been stronger. Propelled by advances in deep learning, a staggering number of devices and applications utilizing vision and artificial intelligence (AI) have hit the market. While employing vision and deep learning in embedded systems poses a challenge, it is becoming a requirement. Here is a look at the variety of markets and use cases in which embedded intelligent vision has become a must-have component.

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While most of the smartphone industry’s eyes are focused on Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, there was a smartphone product launch in China today that is will make just as many headlines – Xiaomi finally revealed the long-awaited homegrown Pinecone Surge S1 Smartphone SoC. The launch took place in front of a packed audience, and millions of people watch the event streaming online – When I logged into the stream some 1 hour into the presentation, there were more than 4.7m viewers.

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