Altair Selects Rohde & Schwarz as Strategic Test Equipment Partner for New IoT Chipsets

Altair Selects Rohde & Schwarz as Strategic Test Equipment Partner for New IoT Chipsets

Altair Selects Rohde & Schwarz as Strategic Test Equipment Partner for New IoT Chipsets

World’s Smallest Modules Featuring Altair’s ALT1250 CAT-M1/NB1 Chipset will be Demonstrated at Mobile World Congress.

Altair Semiconductor today announced that it has selected Rohde & Schwarz as its strategic partner for test equipment for its dual-mode CAT-M1/NB1 IOT chipset ALT1250 as well as next-generation IOT chipsets.

This test equipment will be used for protocol testing as well as RF, RRM performance and carrier tests. Rohde & Schwarz is a leading global manufacturer of wireless communications and EMC test and measurement equipment and plans to develop new testing protocols for Altair’s next generations of cellular IoT chipsets.

“Our ALT1250 chipset is already forming the foundation for multiple current and emerging IoT applications,” said Ilan Reingold, VP of Business Development and Marketing for Altair. “The choice of Rohde & Schwarz is part of our commitment to the highest quality of advanced validation and performance testing for our game-changing products.”

The ALT1250 is the market’s most highly integrated dual-mode CAT-M1/NB-IoT chipset. Modules with ALT1250 inside are the world’s smallest, and may be as small as 100mm2 in area. The ALT1250 includes GNSS location positioning, a wideband RF front-end supporting all commercial LTE bands within a single hardware design, a multi-layered and hardware-based security framework, an internal application subsystem and packaging that enables standard, low-cost PCB manufacturing.

The Rohde & Schwarz R&S CMW500 is the industry’s leading test platform, offering the most validated CAT-M1/NB-IoT protocol conformance tests. It allows manufacturers and test houses to use a single instrument to verify that chipsets, modules and devices comply with GCF and PTCRB standards, and specific network operator requirements.

“This announcement confirms the commitment of Rohde & Schwarz to the wireless industry to provide innovative test tools and solutions that allow the testing and certification of cellular IoT devices,” said Anton Messmer, Vice President Mobile Radio Testers for Rohde & Schwarz.

“We are pleased to have been selected by Altair and are looking forward to supporting them in the development of highly integrated chipsets in conformance with 3GPP Release-13 standards for CAT-M1 and NB-IoT, and beyond.”

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Remo Wireless Selects CLOE IoT Platform from Sequans and STMicroelectronics to Design IoT Tracker Devices

Remo Wireless Selects CLOE IoT Platform from Sequans and STMicroelectronics to Design IoT Tracker Devices

Remo Wireless Selects CLOE IoT Platform from Sequans and STMicroelectronics to Design IoT Tracker Devices

Sequans Communications S.A. and STMicroelectronics announced that Remo Wireless, a China-based maker of IoT devices and integrated solutions, has selected Sequans’ and ST’s CLOE IoT tracker platform to design into a variety of IoT tracker products for customers in North America, Japan, and China.

CLOE — connecting and locating objects everywhere — combines Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT (Long-Term Evolution 4G technology) chip with ST’s Teseo III GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) chip in an all-in-one IoT tracker product-development solution for ODMs worldwide.

“We selected CLOE because it delivers the most powerful IoT tracker development solution we’ve seen anywhere by combining the best-in-class technologies from both Sequans and ST,” said Lu Biao, senior marketing and sales director, Remo Wireless.

“CLOE is a complete and compact pre-integrated solution that includes LTE-M, MEMS, and GNSS, and can be expanded to include Bluetooth low energy and Wi-Fi in an extremely small form factor. We are developing solutions including asset trackers, pets, and kids’ trackers, on-board diagnosis II (OBDII) devices, and more.”

“Remo Wireless is a very aggressive and successful ODM and our collaboration with them on CLOE is yielding excellent results,” said Danny Kedar, VP, IoT Business Unit, Sequans. “CLOE’s power as a turnkey tracker solution is being put to good use with Remo customers who are designing highly efficient LTE for IoT trackers for several applications.”

“CLOE is a result of our close and efficient cooperation with Sequans, and Remo Wireless is the first ODM to benefit from it,” said Antonio Radaelli, Infotainment BU Director, STMicroelectronics. “The tracker products Remo is developing will benefit from CLOE’s integrated LTE-M and GNSS capabilities that we combined to operate independently at the lowest possible power consumption.”

A turnkey IoT tracker solution for OEMs and ODMs, CLOE integrates a power management unit (PMU), LTE, GNSS, memories and a microcontroller in a very small 30 x 40 mm package. CLOE is intelligently engineered to address multiple tracking applications with best-in-class battery life, location accuracy, reachability, mobility, and reporting periodicity. Designed with separated GNSS, LTE-M, and application domain power systems, CLOE allows its GNSS subsystem to continue to track while other domains are shut down, allowing rock-bottom power consumption.

CLOE is available now and is optimized for production based on a full bill of materials that includes LTE, GNSS, accelerometer, power supply, battery management, LED, and button management. The modular design enables copy/paste to optimize BOM cost and is easily customizable.

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Digital Catapult selects start-ups to join Machine Intelligence Garage

Digital Catapult selects start-ups to join Machine Intelligence Garage

Digital Catapult, the not-for-profit body that focuses on helping UK businesses to scale up, has selected the first start-ups to join its Machine Intelligence Garage program.

The Machine Intelligence Garage Program at Digital Catapult aims to support the ambition of making the UK a global centre for artificial intelligence (AI) development – and several start-ups have just been signed up for the program.

The companies selected are digital manufacturing start-ups Intellisense and Predina; digital health start-ups Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems and GTN; and the natural language processing start-up Bloomsbury AI.

“Members of the first cohort have been carefully selected for their innovative use cases in AI, ethical values and ambition,” said Dr. Marko Balabanovic, the chief technology officer at Digital Catapult.

“We’re confident that their journey with the Machine Intelligence Garage will provide them with the support, expertise and compute resource they need to reach their full potential,” he added.

Read more: Digital Catapult opens doors on Machine Intelligence Garage

Early access to machine intelligence

Simon Knowles, CTO and co-founder of AI chip company Graphcore said the start-ups will get early access to his company’s Intelligence Processing Unit, which was been designed for machine intelligence.

“Its unique architecture means developers can run current mchine learning models orders of magnitude faster,” he said.

“More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence,” he added.

Azeem Azhar, senior advisor at professional services company Accenture, a partner of Digital Catapult, said the program would help “ to level the playing field” by giving start-ups in the UK access to some of the best resources and expertise.

“I’m excited to see where the programme’s first cohorts are by the end of the year,” he said.

Azeem Azhar of Accenture speaking at this week’s Machine Intelligence Garage announcement. (Credit: Digital Catapult)

Read more: Digital Catapult to launch three new networks in UK

High barriers to entry

The program aims to give small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access to cloud-based and physical computational power for AI. According to Digital Catapult, deep-learning techniques incur extortionately high computational costs – a single training run for a ML system can cost upwards of £10,000. This can be a serious barrier for UK innovators and researchers.

Start-ups that are developing products or services that use ML or AI can apply to join the Machine Intelligence Garage program. The last Open Call went live on 23 January 2018, with applications to roll every six weeks thereafter.

Applications will be assessed based on a number of criteria including strength of idea, technical implementation plan, availability of data, ethical use of data, and the immediacy of the need for computation power.

Read more: Digital Catapult explains why it’s backing immersive reality

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World Leading Premium Automobile Manufacturer Selects PTC PLM Solution and ThingWorx Navigate

World Leading Premium Automobile Manufacturer Selects PTC PLM Solution and ThingWorx Navigate

World Leading Premium Automobile Manufacturer Selects PTC PLM Solution and ThingWorx Navigate

Windchill to Serve as Digitization Backbone for Global Vehicle Production.

PTC today announced the BMW Group has selected the PTC Windchill® solution as its PLM backbone for production and sourcing bill-of-material (BOM).

Windchill will be the enabler for globally configuring and releasing cars to production. The award-winning PLM solution will support BMW Group in improving efficiency and achieving a leaner global production planning process. In addition, BMW Group has selected the ThingWorx® Navigate™ role-based solution for fast and easy ecosystem access to product data. Both solutions are being obtained through the subscription licensing model.

BMW Group will leverage robust Windchill capabilities in configuring large and complex vehicle structure data to achieve its goal of producing vehicles at mass scale globally, while retaining greater flexibility and higher quality. ThingWorx Navigate supports concurrent production planning, enabling BMW Group to shorten overall time to market.

Windchill is a robust, end-to-end PLM solution that integrates core PLM functionality with the ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform from PTC and the ThingWorx Navigate role-based applications. ThingWorx Navigate enables organizations to dramatically increase productivity and collaboration by radically simplifying data access. It enables users to access accurate product data without complex user experience. ThingWorx Navigate supports concurrent production planning, enabling users to shorten the product development cycle and overall time to market.

Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC, said:

“We are pleased that BMW Group has selected Windchill and ThingWorx Navigate to support its digitization journey. We take pride in helping BMW Group to improve efficiency in the planning and production of their world-class vehicles.”

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Cybertrust Japan Selects Rambus CryptoManager IoT

Rambus Inchas announced that Cybertrust Japan Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of SoftBank Technology Corp. has selected their CryptoManager IoT Security Service for their Cybertrust Secure Internet of Things (IoT) Platform. Cybertrust is a comprehensive IoT platform-as-a-service. As a leading provider of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solutions, Cybertrust will combine the services to provide an easy-to-use, multi-platform solution that covers all aspects of secure IoT device connectivity and lifecycle management.

The Rambus CryptoManager IoT Security Service minimises this risk by establishing a secure connection out-of-the-box and managing the security lifecycle of IoT devices.

“By integrating the Rambus CryptoManager IoT Security Service into our Secure IoT Platform, we can provide seamless security throughout the lifecycle of IoT devices and fulfill our company’s mission to provide a highly trusted and valued security solution to our global partners and customers,” said Yasutoshi Magara, executive vice president, Cybertrust Japan.   Read more…

 

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