FedEx Partners with Kamen to Deliver AI

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Like much of the tech industry, Dean Kamen and his team are getting pulled into the matrix of AI. “I’ve spent 35 years building medical equipment, insulin pumps, and critical life-support systems … [using] well-understood algorithms with closed loop control,” said Kamen in an interview. “We have not used neural nets…

China Slump, Q’comm Suit Dog Apple

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Apple eked out modest growth in the last three months despite continued gains by smartphone rivals in China. Looking ahead, financial analysts cited concerns about the ongoing iPhone slump in China, high memory prices and Apple’s suit with Qualcomm. Apple nudged second quarter revenues up 5 percent from the same period last…

M’soft Gives Deeper Look into HoloLens

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A computer vision specialist from Microsoft gave a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities of its HoloLens in a keynote at the Embedded Vision Summit here. His talk sketched out several areas where such augmented reality products still need work to live up to their promise. The HoloLens “will be the next…

Amazon Turns Up the Vocals

SAN JOSE – Amazon released a version of its Alexa speech-recognition service to let developers enable apps for voice. The Lex service comes at a time when chip vendors, including Conexant, NXP and QuickLogic, are hopeful multiple OEMs will start shipping Alexa-like devices this year with their chips. The news marks the latest foray in a battle…

Where Do You Stand on Science March?

The March for Science has, so far, spawned more than 514 events on April 22 across the U.S. and in other countries from Argentina to the U.K. Some 170 partners are participating, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, MIT Press, Monterey Bay Aquarium, New York University, the Science Debate, and San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation. A wide variety of…

Q’comm Returns Fire in Apple Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Apple refused to pay cellular chip royalties, pressured its contract manufacturers not to pay them, instigated regulatory investigations and throttled performance of an LTE modem chip, according to Qualcomm. The charges are contained in a 134-page court document the chip vendor filed in response to Apple’s $1 billion suit filed in January. Apple alleged…

Foundries Need Clear Benchmarks

For some time now, foundries have named their latest process nodes based on their desired market positioning more than any transparent benchmark. It’s time the shenanigans stop. Intel recently proposed a simple but somewhat self-serving density metric. The response from rival foundries was a deafening silence. I suspect that Intel has an edge in transistor density, something its competitors…