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ADLINK launches COM-HPC server modules with 80-core Ampere®…

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By delivering this family of COM-HPC modules in collaboration with ADLINK, we give these industries new choices for power efficient, high performance SystemReady design.

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  • ADLINK‘s unique 80-core Arm-based COM-HPC server type module sets a new standard ratio for edge performance to power. With up to 80 Arm v8.2 64-bit cores, up to 2.8GHz, and modest power demands at 175W TDP, users can reliably and predictably process compute-intensive workloads
  • The COM-HPC Ampere® Altra® is compliant with Arm SystemReady SR, ensuring out-of-the-box support from many standard operating systems, hypervisors, and software
  • ADLINK has built an ultra-silent liquid cooled tower system based on the COM-HPC Ampere Altra module and its carrier, called the “AVA Developer Platform,” with 32-core by default. The COM-HPC Ampere Altra module also powers the “AVA-AP1,” a ruggedized vehicle prototyping platform with 80-core by default, developed in collaboration between ADLINK, Arm, and Ampere
  • Both platforms host the Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge (SOAFEE), a new software initiative and reference implementation launched today by Arm, providing a cloud-native environment for embedded edge development

ADLINK Technology Inc., a global leader in edge computing, introduces the COM-HPC Ampere® Altra®, the world’s first 80-core COM-HPC server type module that eliminates power-performance limitations. The new server type module targets edge platforms that reliably and predictably process the most compute intensive workloads, eliminating bottlenecks and restrictions typically caused by memory caches and system memory limits on edge devices. The COM-HPC Ampere Altra core is an Ampere Altra SoC (system on a chip) using the Arm® Neoverse™ N1 architecture, providing premium performance within a relatively modest thermal envelope, lower TCO than x86 designs, and significantly lower power consumption.

The COM-HPC Ampere Altra delivers an unprecedented performance-power ratio of up to 80 Arm v8.2 64-bit cores running at up to 2.8GHz with only 175 watts. The COM-HPC Ampere Altra provides three PCIe Gen4 x16 lanes with a homogenous architecture and valuable compute power for demanding workloads, such as real-time/near real-time applications including autonomous driving, stationery and mobile robotics, medical imaging and robotic surgery, test and measurement, and video broadcasting. In addition, it is excellently suited as a native arm64 development and compilation system for lower power embedded arm64 designs.

“Ampere Altra delivers the scalable power and performance necessary to drive a variety of use cases in the embedded development community from autonomous vehicles to medical instrumentation and industrial robotics,” said Jeff Wittich, chief product officer of Ampere. “By delivering this family of COM-HPC modules in collaboration with ADLINK, we give these industries new choices for power efficient, high performance SystemReady design. These can be applied whether in a vehicle or in the many edge devices out there that have had only x86 options to choose from in the past.”

“By teaming up with Ampere and Arm and using their Arm Neoverse N1-based Ampere Altra SoC, our high performance-per-watt COM-HPC Ampere Altra architecture allows our strategic partners and customers to process data intensive workloads at the edge without worrying about big upfront investments, hardware overheating, or ongoing maintenance costs,” says Alex Wang, ADLINK’s product manager of embedded boards and modules.

Ampere Altra is one of the first with Arm SystemReady SR certification; ADLINK is also working closely with Ampere and Arm to certify the COM-HPC Ampere Altra prototype system as a SystemReady SR device. COM-HPC Ampere Altra supports the open source edk2 as bootloader with UEFI. Existing customers can just download a stock aarch64 (arm64) ISO such as Ubuntu and install it through booting a live ISO directly on the target. The same convenience we have become used to by using x86 / amd64 target systems.

COM-HPC Ampere Altra key features:

  • Arm Neoverse N1-based architecture
  • Scalable, from 32 to 80 Arm v8.2 64-bit cores (60 to 175 watts)
  • 768GB DDR4 with 6 individual memory channels for demanding workloads
  • 64x PCIe Gen4 lanes
  • edk2 bootloader with TianoCore / UEFI
  • Arm SystemReady SR: ready to install stock aarch64 Ubuntu 20.04, Yocto Linux
  • Gigabit Ethernet support: 4x 10GbE and 1x GbE
  • SOAFEE-compliant

Hardware reference platforms with the COM-HPC Ampere Altra module at its core

Arm today announced the launch of the Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge (SOAFEE) to accelerate the software-defined future of automotive. SOAFEE’s reference hardware platforms are ADLINK’s 32-core-default COM-HPC Ampere Altra-powered “AVA Developer Platform” which will be used by automakers to develop and test on Arm-based silicon, and the 80-core-default COM-HPC Ampere Altra-powered “AVA-AP1” for in-vehicle prototyping. Automakers are moving their vehicles from hundreds of simultaneous discrete ECUs, collapsing their in-vehicle compute architecture into a smaller number of powerful “domain controllers” with computer per major class of function (such as ADAS, infotainment) at first, to eventually one computer running all functions, with “mixed criticality” on a single powerful Arm SoC.

“ADLINK has found Ampere Altra to be the ideal solution for such a development platform for automakers to develop and test while waiting for their next generation IPs from silicon partners,” said Joe Speed, Field CTO, ADLINK. “The combination of SOAFEE, led by Arm, and ADLINK’s COM-HPC Ampere Altra-powered reference platforms brings cloud technologies and best practices for CI/CD, virtualization, and security to the developer’s desk and vehicles.”

Shipping of samples of the prototype system to key ecosystem partners is already in progress. ADLINK is taking pre-orders now. Find more information on the COM-HPC Ampere Altra module here and AVA Developer Platform’s support pages here.

About ADLINK Technology

ADLINK Technology Inc. (TAIEX:6166) leads edge computing, the catalyst for a world powered by artificial intelligence. ADLINK manufactures edge hardware and develops edge software for embedded, distributed, and intelligent computing – from powering medical PCs in the intensive care unit to building the world’s first high-speed autonomous race car – more than 1600 customers around the world trust ADLINK for mission-critical success. ADLINK holds top-tier edge partnerships with Intel, NVIDIA, AWS, and SAS, and also participates on the Intel Board of Advisors, ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee and Autoware Foundation Board. ADLINK contributes to open source, robotics, autonomous, IoT and 5G standards initiatives across 24+ consortiums, driving innovation in manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, defense, transportation and infotainment. For over 25 years, with 1800+ ADLINKers and 200+ partners, ADLINK enables the technologies of today and tomorrow, advancing technology and society around the world. Follow ADLINK Technology on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or visit adlinktech.com.

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Powercast’s Batteryless Robotic Autonomous Price-Changing System…

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Powercast's Batteryless Immortal Electronic Shelf Label (ESL)

Prices are wirelessly updated on Powercast’s Batteryless ESLs from the RF power sent over the air from RFID readers installed on Badger’s autonomous robots

There are no autonomous, batteryless systems like this on the market,” said Charles Goetz, CEO of Powercast. “Retailers will have greater control over their pricing, will create a better experience for their customers, and could save millions of batteries from going into landfills every year.

Powercast, the established leader in radio frequency (RF) wireless power, was honored as a Finalist in the RFID Journal LIVE! Awards at the RFID Journal LIVE! Show, held in Phoenix recently, for a prototype Robotic RFID Reader and Batteryless Immortal ESL Autonomous Price Changing System. This all-in-one robotic price-changing system is intended to save retailers time, money and batteries, and was developed in collaboration with Badger Technologies, a product division of Jabil Inc. (NYSE: JBL) and leader in retail automation. The two companies aim to display the prototype system for the first time at CES 2022.

The system is unique in several ways. Robots on the market today can search for out-of-stock items and check prices, but do not update prices electronically in real time without requiring someone to physically change prices on the shelf. Pairing Powercast’s batteryless electronic shelf labels (ESLs) with Badger Technologies’ autonomous robots enables the back office to manage real-time electronic updates while eliminating problems associated with the industry’s battery-powered ESLs, including labor-intensive battery replacement and disposal.

How the technology works

Powercast’s ESLs do not need batteries because the company’s RF-to-direct current (DC) power harvesting technology can harvest enough power to operate perpetually from industry-standard RFID readers. In this system, RFID readers installed on the robots send RF power over the air as they roam by the ESLs to Powercast’s embedded receiver chips. These chips convert the RF to usable DC power to wirelessly update the ESL’s ePaper displays with new prices in seconds. The ePaper display continues to display that price even when it’s not being directly powered by an RFID reader. Using Lidar to detect and safely avoid people, the robots can travel a store 24/7 for a completely autonomous price checking and changing system.

“There are no autonomous, batteryless systems like this on the market,” said Charles Goetz, CEO of Powercast. “Retailers will have greater control over their pricing, will create a better experience for their customers, and could save millions of batteries from going into landfills every year.”

Retailers experienced some of the biggest job losses during the pandemic and persistent labor shortages continue to impact store operations. Leading retail automation solutions are ideally suited to augment staff resources to improve shopping experiences and store profitability. “Our in-store, multipurpose robots monitor product availability, deliver precise product location data as well as collect and share other valuable data from the retail floor,” said William “BJ” Santiago, CEO of Badger Technologies. “The ability to help retailers implement an energy-efficient, autonomous price-changing system takes customer service and operational efficiency to the next level.”

To date, more than 500 Badger Technologies autonomous robots have been deployed throughout the United States, Australia and New Zealand while multiple pilot deployments are currently underway. Powercast’s technology touches millions of users across more than 15 industries, including automotive, consumer electronics, IoT, entertainment, retail, RFID and sensors.

About Powercast

Powercast is the established leader in RF wireless power. Since its founding in 2003, Powercast has led the industry in RF wireless power innovations and applications that meet FCC and other global standards. Powercast’s wireless power technologies eliminate or reduce the need for wires and batteries, working at distances up to 80 feet. With millions of units shipped, Powercast is led by a team with deep expertise in design, engineering, and prototyping, and with extensive commercial success in both industrial and consumer applications. With more than 100 customers and partner companies around the world, Powercast leads the RF wireless power market with 63 early and fundamental patents worldwide and 34 patents pending. For more information, visit http://www.powercastco.com.

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Dr. Markus Kuhn Appointed Fellow of the Rigaku Semiconductor Metrology…

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Dr. Markus Kuhn, Rigaku Fellow of the Rigaku Semiconductor Metrology Division.

Dr. Markus Kuhn, Rigaku Fellow of the Rigaku Semiconductor Metrology Division.

I am honored and excited to join Rigaku, an innovative company with a clear vision from Dr. Ogata for delivering X-ray solutions in the semiconductor metrology space.

Rigaku Corporation (Headquarters: Akishima-shi, Tokyo; President: Toshiyuki Ikeda; “Rigaku”), a global leader in X-ray analytical instrumentation, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Markus Kuhn as a Rigaku Fellow of the Rigaku Semiconductor Metrology Division (RSMD). Following a distinguished 25-year career at Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation, Dr. Kuhn brings invaluable experience to Rigaku which he will use to help guide the development of advanced solutions for semiconductor metrology.

The complexity of semiconductor manufacturing is increasing dramatically, and Dr. Kuhn’s knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to the RSMD and its customers. Dr. Kuhn will be working closely with the renowned Dr. Kiyoshi Ogata, Rigaku Executive Vice President and Head of the RSMD. In this capacity, he will use his unique industry insights to shape the RSMD’s forward-looking efforts to ensure its metrology solutions align with the future requirements of the semiconductor industry.

During his time with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation, Dr. Kuhn was responsible for the development and implementation of a broad range of thin film and surface analysis capabilities to help meet semiconductor technology goals and was a key technical contributor to Intel’s breakthrough strain, high K/metal gate, FinFET, and advanced memory programs. He has also published over 100 refereed papers and holds more than 30 patents relating to semiconductor technology.

Most recently, he led Intel’s materials analytical pathfinding efforts by engaging with instrument suppliers, university researchers, national labs, and consortia partners. Combined with expertise in advanced analytical capabilities and machine learning, he is well placed to help the RSMD remain at the forefront of semiconductor metrology utilizing emerging technologies.

Commenting on Dr. Kuhn’s appointment, Dr. Ogata said, “Aligning with the future requirements of the semiconductor industry is very important to the RSMD and Dr. Kuhn brings invaluable experience that will guide our research and development.”

Dr. Kuhn, replied, “I am honored and excited to join Rigaku, an innovative company with a clear vision from Dr. Ogata for delivering X-ray solutions in the semiconductor metrology space. I look forward to leveraging my industry experience to help enable new opportunities and growth, and to deliver advanced metrology solutions for our customers.”

Dr. Kuhn joins a team of dedicated and talented individuals at Rigaku which is a pioneer and world leader in designing and manufacturing X-ray based measurement tools (X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence and X-ray reflectometry) to solve semiconductor manufacturing challenges. Rigaku products enable everything from in-fab process control metrology to R&D for thin film and materials characterization.

About the Rigaku Semiconductor Metrology Division

The RSMD designs and manufactures X-ray based measurement tools to solve semiconductor manufacturing challenges. With nearly 40 years of global market leadership in the semiconductor industry, Rigaku metrology tools employ X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray reflectometry (XRR), and Critical-Dimension Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (CD-SAXS) techniques, enabling everything from in-fab process control metrology to R&D for thin film and materials characterization.

About Rigaku Corporation

Since its foundation in 1951, Rigaku Corporation has provided leading-edge analytical and industrial equipment with X- ray and thermal analysis as its core technologies. Today, based not only in Japan, but also in the United States, Europe, China and other parts of the world, the Rigaku Group plays an advanced role in the fields of general-purpose X- ray diffraction (XRD), thin film analysis (XRF, XRD, XRR), X-ray fluorescence analysis (TXRF, EDXRF, WDXRF), small-angle X-ray scattering analysis (SAXS), protein and small-molecule X-ray crystal structure analysis, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray optical elements, semiconductor inspection (TXRF, XRF, XRD, XRR), X-ray generators, CT scanners, non-destructive inspection, and thermal analysis. By leveraging its extensive knowledge of X-rays and related technologies, Rigaku has built collaborative relationships with customers and promoted partnerships, communication, and innovation globally through academic societies and industries. Rigaku will continue to provide integrated solutions for a wide variety of fields, including protein structure analysis, nanotechnology development, general-purpose X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF), material analysis, and quality assurance.

For more information, please visit http://www.rigaku.com.

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Equal1 Receives Multimillion Euro Venture Capital Investment from btov…

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Alice, Equal1 Quantum Demonstrator

“Equal1 has a trajectory to create massively scalable quantum solutions for real applications without the need for an exotic new technology platform – leveraging existing semiconductor foundry processes to deliver quantum computing solutions that make artificial intelligence (AI) more efficient and

Equal1 Laboratories (Equal1), the silicon quantum computing company, today announced btov Industrial Technologies has joined Atlantic Bridge and other Equal1 investors in a multimillion Euro funding round. The funding, which will accelerate the introduction of the world’s most compact and cost-effective quantum computers, brings the initial capital invested in Equal1 to over €10 million.

The company also has announced the appointment of Dr. Christian Reitberger, Partner at btov, to the Equal1 board of directors. Reitberger brings to Equal1 deep-tech quantum experience and a passion for technologies that have the potential to improve the state of the world in a sustainable and significant way.

“We are excited to be part of this journey with the impressive Equal1 team,” says Reitberger. “Equal1 has a trajectory to create massively scalable quantum solutions for real applications without the need for an exotic new technology platform – leveraging existing semiconductor foundry processes to deliver quantum computing solutions that make artificial intelligence (AI) more efficient and sustainable.”

Equal1 is addressing a major challenge for the quantum computing industry – to scale the number of qubits so that a quantum computer can tackle useful, real-world problems. The company recently announced that it was the first to demonstrate a fully integrated quantum processor unit (QPU) operating at 3.7 kelvin ―a major milestone with implications for the trajectory of quantum computing. The QPU has been integrated into a quantum computer demonstrator (“Alice”) and has been operating continuously for 18 months at the company’s sites in Ireland and the U.S.

The company’s third generation QPU chip has been recently produced. This QPU includes the latest patented silicon qubit array as well as hybrid qubit test structures and high-speed input/output communication links used to bring high-speed data into the quantum core. With its QPU, Equal1 has developed a disruptive, scalable and cost-effective quantum computing technology, based on a commercially available silicon semiconductor process. This technology will enable the company to meet the enormous demand for affordable, functional quantum computers and the company is targeting a first-generation production system within 24 months.

“We have supported Equal1 from the very beginning and have been impressed and excited with what the team has achieved to date,” notes Gerry Maguire, General Partner at Atlantic Bridge and Equal1 board member. “With this new round of funding, we are confident that the team can deliver on its exciting goals of bringing the technology to market.”

“This is a wonderful validation of our unique qubit technology and integrated approach, protected by a portfolio of over 30 patents,” says Dirk Leipold, Founder and CEO of Equal1. “The support of a new, extremely knowledgeable deep tech investor in btov, along with the continued support of Atlantic Bridge will enable us to accelerate our development of a useful QPU and deliver on our vision of democratizing quantum computing.”

Equal1 has recently appointed a world renowned scientific advisory board and appointed Declan O’Mahoney, a seasoned tech CEO with multiple exits, as Non-Executive Chairman of its Board of Directors.

Equal1’s quantum technology is particularly suited to Quantum Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning. AI is transforming every aspect of our lives from self-driving vehicles to AI-designed drugs. However, the amount of energy required by these applications means that it is now a material and growing contributor to global carbon output and hence global warming. Equal1’s quantum computing technology will enable vastly better performance at a fraction of the energy.

With research and development teams in Dublin, Ireland and Silicon Valley, Equal1 was founded by Dr Dirk Leipold, Mike Asker and Professor R Bogdan Staszewski. It is a spin-out from the University College Dublin School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

The investment is also supported by current investors 808 Ventures and Enterprise Ireland.

About Equal1

Equal1 leverages commercially available semiconductor technology to deliver quantum computing solutions that empower businesses to overcome data-intensive AI challenges today.

With its much smaller carbon footprint, our scalable, cost-effective technology provides a quantum computing path that will impact the trajectory of AI. This means we enable our customers to more effectively leverage the power of AI to develop useful, real-world solutions.

For more information, please visit us at equal1.com.

About btov

btov (@btovPartners) has been supporting outstanding European startups in non-obvious digital and industrial technologies since 2000. Our unfair advantage is the unique combination of our two dedicated Industrial and Digital Technology Fund teams and Europe’s strongest network of entrepreneurial private investors. In this Private Investor Network members not only get access to high-quality investment opportunities but also benefit from knowhow exchange and inter-generational learning through think tanks, academies, study tours and digital formats. btov has been actively backing semiconductor, photonics and quantum technology companies for more than a decade https://btov.vc/industrial-tech-fund/ .

About Atlantic Bridge

Atlantic Bridge is a Pan European Technology Growth Firm with 1.2b assets under management. Founded in 2004 by successful technology entrepreneurs and executives. With offices in Dublin, London, Munich, Paris and Palo Alto. Atlantic Bridge invests in deep tech sectors such as Artificial Intelligence, Semiconductors, Security, Digital Health and Computer Vision. With 8 Funds under management now including two University Funds, the Firm leverages its deep operational experience and unrivalled networks to help build deep technology companies into global market leaders across Europe, the US and Asia. http://www.abven.com

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iTest Inc. today announced that Larry Jorstad, a world-renowned Semiconductor Design and Test Engineer, has joined iTest Inc.

“I am thrilled to join Silicon Valley’s most capable Test Lab,” said Jorstad. “iTest is any engineer’s dream lab.”

“It’s a privilege to have Larry on our team,” stated Zef Malik General Manager of the Military and Space Business Division. “Larry will add to our depth and breadth in providing reliable test and Qualification solutions to the ever-growing complexities of today’s High-Speed mixed-signal and RF designs. iTest’s charter is to provide comprehensive, uncompromised test, accelerated deployment, and dependable success for our customers,” added Zef. “We have the most advanced of Advantest testers, tri-temp handlers and probers which are so crucial to military and space test requirements.”

About iTest:

iTest Inc. is Silicon valley’s most modern test-lab. It deploys the most advanced SOC test platforms from Advantest, generously configured for today and tomorrow’s high pin count, ultra-high speed SOC and SIP Mixed Signal devices, ASICs, FPGA’s, Processors, and a multitude of RF devices.

“We have over 250+ man years of combined IC-test engineering experience on the Test Floor and in the Board Room which makes us different,” states Rabbi CEO of iTest Inc. “We are setup for rapid testing and validation of new designs—from Development to Qualification. We are legacy free and without engineering bottlenecks. Our team leverages its proven practices to guarantee timely and production-worthy solutions. We have proprietary test generation techniques for at-speed single and parallel test, at the wafer and package levels.

“Conveniently located in Silicon Valley, and serving a global customer base of technology leaders, we will spare no cost or effort to deliver uncompromised testing.”

https://itestinc.com/

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