Most Read articles – ARM security, 350kW charging, neural nets and asteroids


Xilinx-Daimler neural network dealWhat topics have your peers been reading? ARM chip security, neural nets, 350kW charging, Chinese smartphones and asteroid mining all figure prominently this week…

As always, let’s take them it in reverse order:

5. Daimler chooses Xilinx for automotive neural network processing
Daimler has tied up with Xilinx to create automotive artificial intelligence hardware. “When Daimler started working on this programme, it had issues finding solutions that were technically capable of implementing artificial intelligence or a neural network on a device that combined price, power and availability, and was automotive qualified,” Xilinx marketing manager Stephan Janouch told Electronics Weekly.

4. Microchip adds chip-level security to Armv8-M microcontrollers
Microchip’s latest Arm Cortex-M23 core based 32-bit microcontrollers feature Arm TrustZone for Armv8-M. This is a programmable security environment that provides hardware isolation between certified libraries, IP and application code.

3. This is what 350kW charging looks like
This is a fast charging station for electric cars, capable of delivering 350kW to each of several vehicles – over 100x the power of a 13A plug charge at home. In this case, the station is the first in Germany built by Fastned, which operates 73 stations in the Netherlands and is preparing to expand into the UK and Belgium.

2. Asteroid Mining [Mannerisms]
The asteroid Davida – diameter 326 kilometres – is said to be worth $26,990,000,000,000,000,000 ($27 quintillion) because of its content of nickel, iron, cobalt, nitrogen, ammonia, and hydrogen.

1. 9 of top 12 smartphone suppliers are Chinese
Nine of the top 12 smartphone suppliers are Chinese, reports IC Insights. Samsung, LG and Apple are the odd ones out. It appears that the up-and-coming Chinese producers like Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi are giving a serious challenge to Samsung and Apple for smartphone marketshare.

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