Junko Yoshida is an 18-year veteran of high-tech journalism, having served as a correspondent, bureau chief, and consumer electronics editor for EE Times in Tokyo, Silicon Valley, and Paris. Her wide range of expertise in various technology disciplines, combined with her experience in consumer electronics, has allowed her to trace breakthrough developments in numerous technologies including audio/visual codes, digital TVs, DVDs, mobile TV, RFIDs, and many others. Prior to joining EE Times in 1990, Yoshida served as a principal liaison with the foreign press in Tokyo, where she organized press junkets for groups of journalists from abroad. She started her career with EE Times as the Tokyo Correspondent for the US-based weekly newspaper. She has won various editorial awards including the "Best Beat Coverage" in digital consumer electronics. Most recently, she won first place for "Best Exclusive Story" (2002) among all the then CMP-owned publications. Educated in both the United States and Tokyo, Yoshida graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a BA in Social Science.

Race for AI Chips Begins

PARIS — Deep learning has continued to drive the computing industry’s agenda in 2016. But come 2017, experts say the Artificial Intelligence community will intensify its demand for higher performance and more power efficient “inference” engines for deep neural networks. The current deep learning system leverages advances in large computation power to define network, big…

Your A List for CES 2017

PARIS — Ask any market researcher or industry analyst about what to watch for at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas and the “A” list you’ll almost certainly hear are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and Automotive. Currently off the hot list are IoT, wearables and Ultra High Definition TV. The pervasiveness…

Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag

MADISON, Wis. — A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company whose technology has potential for dual-purpose applications is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. In theory, it could trip up any proposed acquisition involving U.S. tech firms. This scenario might become the…

Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5B Deal

TOKYO — Siemens on Monday agreed to buy Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion deal. Siemens, which has been beefing up its industrial software capabilities lately, sees Mentor’s electronics IC and system design, simulation and manufacturing solutions as critical for developing “smart” and “connected” products — including autonomous vehicles. Mentor helps companies design and manufacture…