Apple goes on a Hiring Spree for New London-Based GPU Development Team
Apple is in the mean of a hiring frenzy for engineers specializing in graphics technologies for a new “graphics team” to be based in London. The Californian tech giant is currently advertising at least 11 hardware engineering roles at its new UK Design Centre, based in London. They are designed to work on the development of GPUs in what the job ads describe as a “newly formed graphics team”.

The job ads on Apple’s corporate careers website have been posted on multiple times between December 2016 up to just last week. Apple has informed Imagination Technologies that it plans to stop using Imaginations GPU technologies.

In favor of its own technology and developed in-house, they plan to release within the next two years. Here is the list of jobs advertised on Apple’s website that refer to working on graphics technologies and GPU development include: Design Verification Engineer, Design Verification Lead, Engineering Program Manager, Graphics Content Engineer, Graphics hardware Performance Engineer, Graphics Micro Architect, Graphics RTL Design Engineer, Graphics Senior RTL Design Engineer, Hardware Modeling Engineer, RTL Design Engineer, RTL Power Optimization Engineer.

All of the job ads promote the roles as “a career defining prospect to get in at the ground floor as we build our UK Design Centre”. The ad for the Engineering Program Manager states the business is looking for a “resourceful, energetic Engineering Program Manager to join a newly-formed graphics design team and aid in program co-ordination locally, and with teams globally”.

Apple already has a graphic team and according to reports has hired as many as 25 former Imagination staff recently. Building a new graphics team based in London would allow it to speed up its GPU expansion plans as it gets ready to introduce its own chips into its products.

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Material Creates Electricity Through Heat Difference

Engineers from the University of Utah created a revelation of a new material that could one day facilitate jewelry and body heat to generate enough electricity to power a body sensor, or enable a cooking pan to charge a cell phone. The team found that a combination of the chemical elements calcium, cobalt and terbium can create a powerful, inexpensive and bio-friendly material that can generate electricity through a thermoelectric process involving heat and cold air. The material is said to need less than a one-degree difference in temperature to produce a noticeable voltage.

For years’ researchers have been observing for the correct kind of material that makes the procedure more competent and produces more electricity, but other cadmium-, telluride- or mercury-based materials are toxic to humans. Professor Ashutosh Tiwari assured in his statement, “There are no toxic chemicals involved. It's very efficient and can be used for a lot of day-to-day applications."

According to the professor, the applications for this new material are endless. For example, it could be built into jewelry that uses body heat to power implantable medical devices such as blood-glucose monitors or heart monitors.

Airplanes could produce extra power by using heat from within the cabin versus the cold air outside. It could be used to charge mobile devices through cooking pans, or in cars where it draws from the heat of the engine. Power plants also could use the material to produce more electricity from the escaped heat the plant generates.

Projects like this are made possible by companies like ASAP Semiconductor. ASAP Semiconductor delivers all electronic components all around the world. ASAP Semiconductor is the premier supplier for all electronic components to help engineers build new revolutionary materials such as this to help us in multiple ways.

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Socionext 4th Gen Graphics Display Controller Sampled

Researchers have recently developed a low-voltage comparator circuit at the University of Bristol that could not only reduce stand by power, but eliminate it. The new low-threshold voltage analog comparator will only require picowatts to activate the circuitry. One of the lead researchers are the University of Bristol stated the circuit, which is still under patent approval, uses many thresholds and devices and allows high vin maximum of 20V and voltage thresholds for detection down even below 0.5V. They’ve also developed state of the art power saving strategies that will almost eliminate static current through the device. Below 100 picoamps is the off-state leakage.

"The voltage detector chip uses over a thousand times less energy than existing detectors to create a turn-on signal, merely five picojoules of energy and only around half a volt. Many sensors can provide this without requiring a power supply, therefore making listening effectively free," the University of Bristol said in a recent statement.

With an only a few picowatts required to activate the voltage detector. For example the initial signal coming from the primary sensor could power the voltage detector. You would be able to activate the voltage detector with only a few picowatts. In certain instances in order to increase battery life device you should eliminate listening power. This will also make the system less environmentally wasteful. Researchers have claimed that is battery life is extended, in some cases by years by continuously staying in listening mode and waiting on an event with zero power consumption. A switch can be activated by a voltage detector that is then able to trigger an open drain out output, generated by a small voltage of 500mV or 650V.

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Socionext 4th Gen Graphics Display Controller Sampled

Socionext has announced in April they will be sampling a 4th generation version of their SC1810 Series graphics display controllers. The Fujitsu-Panasonic SoC jv will be incorporating the first hardware accelerator that is compatible and conforms with the KhronosTM Group’s computer vision API OpenVXTM. Low power, high performance has always been Socionext’s aim for image recognitiionsolutions for embedded home, industrial and automotive systems.

The proprietary SC1810 is well equipped with 6 channels Full HD video inputs, 3 channels of Full HD display outputs, Vision Processor (VPU), and Integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) system in order to manage all the information, control multiple displays and provide higher definition and image quality inside and outside the car. Developed by Khronos Group, the SC1810’s VPU comes with the world’s first OpenVX compliant hardware accelerator and programmable data parallel accelerator.

SC1810’s VPU also comes with the ability to expand the image recognition all the while improving conventional display controller functionalities. Also standard with SC1810 is the OMNIVIEW which features a 360 degree wrap-around viewing system which allows it to generate a 3D view around the vehicle from any perspective and analyzes images alerting driver of objects in the proximity such as bicycles and pedestrian. Here at ASAP Semiconductor, we have a dedicated and expansive array of IT Hardware and Board level components products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a simplified sourcing solution.

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microsemi FPGA
There was an article posted on New Electronics on February 14, 2017 that talks about FPGA having a high data rate and low power capability. The FPGA from Microsemi has their Polarfire which has the ability to boast 12.7 gbit/s with its transceiver while also consuming less power which is less than 90 mW at 10Gbit/s speeds.
Here is what Bruce Meyer, the vice president and business unit manager at Microsemi, has to say about the FPGA. “For the first time, we can offer a non-volatile FPGA that features 10Gbit/s transceivers and which provides tangible power and cost benefits over SRAM FPGAs.”
Microsemi is an American manufacturer that was founded on February 1959 in Culver City, CA by Arthur Feldon and Steve Manning. Currently, the headquarters of Microsemi is located in Aliso Viejo, CA. There are roughly around 4,400 employees that help the company reach its global market. Their products consist of FPGAs, storage, Ethernet and network processors, optical products, power over Ethernet, audio and voice, timing and synchronization, power management, power discrete and modules, RF transceivers, WLAN RF front end, RF microwave discrete, and circuit protection.
Here at ASAP Semiconductor, an ASAP Semiconductor owned company, we have the resources to supply a vast array of Microsemi products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective aerospace and electronic component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in getting a quote, please feel free to contact our friendly sales staff at or call us at toll free at 1-714-418-5034. We are your source to all your hard to find parts. We have sold over 100 parts and guarantee a quote back within 15 minutes.

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The company Tasel is an atomic layer deposition specialist. Their other businesses include encapsulating flexible electronics, protecting OLEDs, solar cell surfaces passivation, x-ray machine moisture barriers and anti-tarnish treatment for jewelry, RFID tags and optical components. The Tasel-branded ELT15S technology, which is the fully transparent electroluminescent, has come out.

“Tasel displays combine the rugged and reliable build of thin-film electroluminescence with the unique freedom of designing a completely transparent display,” said the firm. “It is ideal for consumer electronics, architectural use and other fields where viewing experience and product aesthetics is of paramount importance.”

The firm also said, “If you coated a full-size football field with Beneq’s nClear moisture barrier, which is more commonly used for OLED encapsulation, less than a drop of water would infiltrate the whole surface in a day. That makes the coating a billion times better a moisture barrier than the typical alternatives.”

The firm also makes non-see-through matrix displays which response time is said to be under 1 ms regardless of temperature.

“Over the last 30 years, TFEL technology has proven its excellence in applications ranging from monitor and control instruments in deep-sea vessels to operation systems in orbital spacecraft. Besides these extremes, TFEL displays have found their way into countless other applications, where uncompromised reliable and accuracy are required,” said Beneq of Finland; where the transparent display is available.

ASAP Semiconductor distributes all parts for these projects and others related to electroluminescent technology.

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Zytronic signs global deal with Future

Zytronic are global leaders that have been providing touch solutions for over 15 years. They are well known in the industry due to their reliability and efficiency. They have a passion and commitment to this technology and that is what has brought them so much success in the past years. They are experts. They have many technologies that can help them establish the best touch screens. They are committees to developing innovative touch technology that use quality systems. They have one of the best multilingual/multinational sales, customer service and technical support team are one of the best they aid throughout any project. They are the future for the touch interactivity for self-service and public use. They are known for investing around 10% of their annual revenue to the development of new technology and for any product development.  Due to many testing and their efficiency, their products are proven to be the solution and proven to be durable and exceptional especially in tough environments. Their products are able to provide reliable performance 2 hours per day, 7 days per week and 365 days per year.

They recently developed a ruggedized capacitive sensor from its facility in Newcastle. They are being manufactures in a cleanroom conditions and they are planning to increase sensors up to 65 inch diagonal. They collaborated up with Future where together they are planning to design ZyBird p-cap touch sensors. Ian Crosby, sales and marketing director at Zytronic stated

“With this new agreement, those customers who prefer to purchase a fully integrated touch display solution from a supplier with global reach and support have a new option.

With this new partnership and teamwork will be much more strong and reliable product that many customers want.

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SiFive's Newest SoC

SiFive known as RISC-V pioneer has released their newest innovative SoC (system on a chip) to enhance combination of systems. The latest SoC is formed on the similar base of the original RISC-V design but has been modified for greater capacity. The manufacture of the SoC is the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) that was built on a 180-nm process. Some of the main applications that the SoC can be incorporated into are microcontrollers, embedded, loT and wearable applications. The FE310 is equipped with the latest SiFive technology such as the E31 CPU Corplex, which holds a 32 bit RV32IMAC core that is able to perform at a 320MHz speed. The SoC is also equipped with

“16kbyte L1 instruction cache, a 16kbyte data SRAM scratchpad, hardware multiply/divide, debug module and an OTP nonvolatile memory. Peripherals include UARTs, QSPI, PWMs and timers”

Post to announcing the Chip SiFive shortly released the FE310 RTL code to the public to allow designers to be able to tamper with it and create their own SoC which would work hand in hand with the base FE310. By making it open to the public it made it apart of the Freedom Everywhere family of customizable SoCs.

Previously stated by the executive director of the nonprofit RISC Foundation, Rick O’Connor,

"We are thrilled to see the first commercial silicon based on RISC-V standards come to market and look forward to continued technology leadership from the SiFive team.”
SiFive is the first "Fabless"  provider of unique semiconductors.  Fabless is a term used to outsource the manufacturing of silicon wafers that are incorporated in most semiconductor production to date. Companies that use fabless structures are able to focus more time on their design of their circuits and possibly reduce labor within the company.

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Drone 3D Printed

Many that thought Drone 3D printing is impossible. For many years this was something that was not considered possible until Philip Keane a PhD student launches a CubeSat company that researches the application of ULTEM 9085 traceable aerospace-grade. High strength FDM 3D printing at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He designed what many people thought impossible. He designed a drone that was 3D printed with embedded electronics. Although embedded electronics were not a first and people are familiar with them, what was striking to this invention is the high temperature that was involved in this printing the temperature that is requires is at least 160C. that is only the minimum that is equipped and it goes up to 300C, therefore for him to design a quadcopter that is able to survive these high temperatures was a success and it considered one of the best practices.

The materials that were involved in this are using aerospace grade materials. Philip explained

“One of the toughest challenges was to find electronic components that could theoretically survive the high temperature printing process – we had to add some heat-proofing modifications to the components to ensure they could last. This involved adding new components to the printed circuit boards and designing custom housings.”

Keep in mind the usual temperature surviving rate is usually 80C to 100C therefor moving up to 300C is a great accomplishment and a main reason why many people thought this was not a possible thing. Therefore, when this actually became reality many were shocked and many were excited for this new invention. The most recent and only drone that was completed was completed in under 14 hours and can support over 60kg of work/ this is really impressive and is shocking to many. This would not have been a possibility if it was the products were not available but because there are many parts distributors such as ASAP semiconductor it was a possibility.

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SiC technology into Formula E

Rohm Semiconductor is introducing a new SiC technology that will be in Formula E. SiC stands for silicon carbide which will be in the first face of the Formula E season which is being held in Hong Kong. Rohm Semiconductor, is partnering up with Venturi Formula E team. This will help in the all-electric racing series. Rohm Semiconductors is planning to use the SiC Technology in order to make their power electronics more efficient, smaller, stronger, and faster.

In terms of smaller, the company plans to reduce size and weight which allows for better weight distributions. In terms of stronger, there will be higher voltages to increase power. This will in turn make things faster and efficient.

Here is what Dr. Kazuhide Ino the General Manager of the Power Device Division at Roh, had to see about this.

"We are very excited to see our technology contribute to Formula E racing cars. We are looking forward to proving the quality and efficiency of our products on the circuit. In the coming years, we should see SiC devices increasingly find their way into power electronics for hybrid and all-electric vehicles, creating simpler and more efficient power systems. By making more economical technologies available for a wide array of industries and larger parts of society, we hope to take a prominent role in revolutionizing energy policy."

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