Semiconductors & Electronics


Fabs Meet Machine Learning

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Aki Fujimura, chief executive of D2S, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to discuss Moore's Law and photomask technology. Fujimura also explained how artificial intelligence and machine learning are impacting the IC industry. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: For some time, you've said we need more compute power. So we need faster chips at advanced nodes, but cost and complexity are skyrocketing. Fujimura: Moore's Law is definitely slowing down, but I'm confident there will be continued innovation everywhere to keep it going for a while. There's a lot that every discipline of the eco-system is working on to make incremental and breakthrough improvements.


Sony starts taking advance orders for new version of Aibo robot dog

The Japan Times

Sony Corp. started accepting advance orders Thursday in Japan for its new artificial intelligence-equipped Aibo robot dog, making it possible for every would-be buyer to own the electric pet amid greater-than-expected demand. In January when Sony released an upgraded version of AIBO -- its predecessor debuted in 1999 and was discontinued in 2006 -- sales of the new model were limited by production capacity and consumers could only obtain one on a first-come-first-served basis or by lottery. Shortly after a Sony store opened Thursday in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district, there were about 10 people lined up for the canine robot. "I feel unsure if I can take care of a real dog any more at this age," explained Yoichi Iijima, 70, on why he decided to buy one. "I'm looking forward to having a new companion to talk with."


Wirecutter's best Prime Day deals (that you can still buy)

Engadget

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commissions. Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of Prime Day deals here. A new low and huge drop in price on our upgrade pick for best home theater projector and also budget pick for best 4K projector. Chris Heinonen wrote, "if you want better image quality, along with support for wide color gamut (WCG) Ultra HD sources (although not at 4K resolution), even easier setup, and support for automation integration with complex home theaters, the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB is our upgrade pick."


Samsung's foldable phone-tablet might finally arrive in 2019

Mashable

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Samsung's working on a foldable phone, and it'll launch in the near future. SEE ALSO: Leak shows Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 from all angles The device, codenamed "Winner" (cue the lulz!), reportedly has a 7-inch display diagonally and can fold in half like a wallet. When it's folded, the rear is said to have a "small display bar on the front" and cameras on the backside. I've made a crude illustration based on the WSJ's details. Samsung foldable phone?! (My crude interpretation based on the WSJ report) pic.twitter.com/nc9mBwqml5


LG Brings India's First Smart TV with Artificial Intelligence - CIOL

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LG Electronics India launched the range of Smart televisions in India featuring Artificial Intelligence (AI) ThinQ. Designed to bring a new level of convenience, enhanced connectivity and a more immersive TV viewing experiences, the new range includes various models under its OLED, Super UHD, UHD and Smart TV category. With AI functionality in LG TVs, the consumers can directly speak into the remote to control TV functions and seamlessly discover and play content. These TVs doesn't only work on fixed voice commands but also understand the intent of the query before providing a search result. The TV not only Listens and Answers but Listens, thinks and Answer.


Intel AIVoice: Stepping Out Of Science Fiction: A History Of Intel Powering AI

Forbes Technology

That patent, awarded April 25, 1961, recognizes Robert Noyce as the inventor of the silicon integrated circuit (IC). Integrated circuits forever changed how computers were made while adding power to a process of another kind: the growth of a then-nascent field called artificial intelligence (AI). And the potential of Noyce's invention truly took flight when he and Gordon Moore founded Intel on July 18, 1968. Fifty years later, the "eternal spring" of artificial intelligence is in full swing. To understand how we arrived, here's the truth in a nutshell: The rise of artificial intelligence is intertwined with the history of faster, more robust microprocessors.


BrandVoice: Welcome From Intel To a Special Exploration Of AI

Forbes Technology

Fifty years ago, when Intel was founded, the integrated circuits (microprocessors) we created forever changed how computers were made while boosting their processing power. We are now entering the age of artificial intelligence (AI), a time when machines are using algorithms that give them superhuman abilities and learning powers. The rise of AI is intertwined with the history of faster, more robust microprocessors--with ever-improving memory, storage and communications technologies--which make AI and machine learning possible. Here at Intel, we continue to research, work on technology solutions and deliver products that allow your companies to break through the barriers of deploying AI applications. We understand it's tricky to run day-to-day operations and strategize for the future in the age of AI, when change is exponential and seems unpredictable.


Roku unveils wireless speakers that automatically turn the volume down on loud commercials

Daily Mail

Roku is launching its own pair of wireless speakers for the living room. They're aimed at casual TV and movie watchers who want better audio, without the headache of having to install a complicated home audio system. However, you'll have to own a Roku TV in order for the wireless speakers to work. Roku is launching its own pair of wireless speakers for the living room. However, you'll have to own a Roku TV in order for the wireless speakers to work Roku on Monday launched its first pair wireless speakers.


Roku TV Wireless Speakers: Price, Specs, and Release Date

WIRED

The modern TV experience is an odd combination of technological advancements and drawbacks. Thanks to streaming video, we have more content options than ever; thanks to advances in displays, our TVs can be as thin as pencils. Sound quality, however, has suffered; the physics of flat-panel televisions are hardly conducive to booming audio. Roku knows this, and has a plan to improve the sound on the TVs that come with its Roku software built in: The company is going to start selling speakers. The Silicon Valley-based maker of streaming boxes, sticks, and software has just announced a two-speaker bundle, called the Roku TV Wireless Speakers.


Samsung Electronics Wins at Two Top Global AI Machine Reading Comprehension Challenges

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Samsung Research, the advanced R&D hub of Samsung Electronics' SET (end-products) business, has ranked first in two of the world's top global artificial intelligence (AI) machine reading comprehension competitions. Samsung Research recently placed first in the MAchine Reading COmprehension (MS MARCO) Competition held by Microsoft (MS), as well as showing the best performance in TriviaQA* hosted by the University of Washington, proving the excellence of its AI algorithm. With intense competition in developing AI technologies globally, machine reading comprehension competitions such as MS MARCO are booming around the world. MS MARCO and TriviaQA are among the actively researched and used machine reading comprehension competitions along with SQuAD of Stanford University and NarrativeQA of DeepMind. Distinguished universities around the world and global AI firms including Samsung are competing in these challenges.