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Samsung S8 will Recognize your Face in 0.1 Seconds

Posted by Nadeesha Thewarapperuma

Mar 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM


     The facial recognition feature will be an added security device. Hold the phone up to your face and the Samsung S8 will map your features and unlock the phone for you.

     The details about the S8 have already been leaked, and the new phones features already well-known. But Samsung will confirm the specs in a March 29th press conference, and the new phone will be available for purchase in mid-April.

     There are rumors that facial recognition software will also be a feature in the next iPhone.

     How does facial recognition work?

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Topics: FPGA

EarthTron Is Celebrating 9 Years In Business

Posted by Chloe Millar

Mar 17, 2017 10:39:16 AM


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5 Tips for Riding out a Supply Chain Disruption

Posted by Nadeesha Thewarapperuma

Mar 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM


     Within the past twenty years, the advent of globalization has allowed many tech companies to spread their roots and reach out to the far corners of the world, often locating to regions that are rapidly churning through different technological advancements. While globalizations has smoothed over the business of carrying out an international sales transactions, it has its own issues as well. Globalization means that a problem that's taking place in one corner of the world will have a direct impact elsewhere.

     Take a look at what's happening in South Korea this week. South Korean judges have ruled to uphold a parliamentry decision that called for leader Park Geun-hye's resignation. The scandal has been going on for a long time, but now that a decision has been reached, one can only determine how it will affect the global market. After all, South Korea is home to one of the biggest tech companies in the world, Samsung.

     The repercussions from the US election are still being felt. Donald Trump has instigated certain travel bans, prompting worried tech companies to recall all non-US employees who were travelling overseas. Yes, Google did this.

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Topics: Supply Chain

Real Time Pedestrian Detection Using an Infrared Camera with a FPGA

Posted by Chloe Millar

Mar 16, 2017 9:37:00 AM

Pedestrians are the most exposed and unprotected users on the road. Millions of vehicles drive in inclement weather, dense traffic, poor lighting, and other conditons which create distractions and cause safety issues. These factors restrict the visibility of drivers and greatly increases the risk to pedestrians. Human error is one of biggest causes of accidents, and now with semi-autonomous vehicles hitting the streets these risks have grown.

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Topics: FPGA

FPGA Taking Over the Biggest Clouds

Posted by Chloe Millar

Mar 14, 2017 11:11:13 AM

Some of the largest data centers in the world, including Amazon, Facebook, and Google, are growing so significantly they are demanding more performance than they can get out of the fastest CPUs. Complicated data analytics and 4K live streaming videos are some of the applications are being offloaded to extremely fast accelerators that provide ten times the speed and performance of the standard CPU. 

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Topics: FPGA

FPGA Powered Drones Flying In The Sky

Posted by Chloe Millar

Mar 7, 2017 2:22:55 PM

Unlike traditional processors, FPGA (field programmable gate array) are able to handle demanding real-time processing capabilities used to control drone devices. Using FPGA in drones provides superior sensor capacity and performance.

In 2016, Aerotenna launched an OcPoc (Octagonal Pilot on Chip) flight controller for drones that run on an Altera Cyclone V FPGA SoC. Aerotenna describes OcPoc as a ready to fly control platform with a GPS, inertial measurement unit, barometer, and a camera. The octagonal OcPoc controller using Altera Cyclone V enables excellent sensing capabilities creating "smart" drones.

FPGA controls the image capture and processing systems that allow the drone to be located as well as determine the altitude in which it is flying. Because of their durability and performance, FPGA are the top choice for computing solutions. The flexibility of FPGA allows for hardware and software control implemented in the processor core.

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XC5VFX70T-1FFG665C Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA Now Available Up To 46% Off

Posted by Chloe Millar

Mar 2, 2017 9:14:00 AM

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Topics: FPGA, xilinx

XC7V585T-2FFG1761C Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA Up To 46% Off

Posted by Chloe Millar

Feb 28, 2017 9:09:00 AM

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Topics: FPGA, xilinx

IoT Trends for 2017

Posted by Danielle Leger

Feb 27, 2017 9:15:00 AM


Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the trends that will shape the future of businesses in 2017. Companies are seeing the opportunity in IoT uses and believe that IoT will enhance customer relationships and drive business growth by improving quality and reliability, as well as reducing costs, and risk. By having the right IoT model in place, some companies will be rewarded with new customers and better insights.

The IoT has many broad definitions but it can be described as a huge network, which connects devices and vehicles using electrical sensors and the Internet. It is a network of interrelated objects and devices such as vehicles and computing devices; embedded with unique identifiers that aid in transferring data over the network without necessarily relying on human-to-human or human-to-machine interaction.


In simple terms, IOT is an interconnection of virtually everything electrical and electronic around us. This is where the trend is driving us in the near future.


The IoT trends to watch in 2017 are:

  1. IoT and Many Mobile Moments

    The technologies that have created the Internet of Things aren’t changing the internet only, but rather change the things connected to the internet. More mobile moments (the moments in which a person pulls out a mobile device to get what he or she wants, immediately and in context) will appear on the connected device, right from home appliances to cars to smartwatches and virtual assistants. All these connected devices will have the potential of offering a stream of data that will be used by product and service owners to interact with their customers.

  2. APIs and machine learning libraries will gain prominence for IoT devices:

    Manufacturing processes in factories are increasingly using IoT devices to speed up production cycles and improve efficiency. These devices produce enormous amounts of data every day; to use them effectively, it is important to have the right data analysis tools and machine learning models to better understand data and use it for prediction, anomaly detection, classification, and more. It will be interesting to see how ML libraries like scikit-learn are adopted for IoT applications.

  3. IoT will be used more in synergy with AI & 3D printing:

    There was a discussion about how self-driving cars will gain prominence in the coming years. The AI in the cars today is quite accurate, but it’s not perfect. The challenge lies in how to better train the algorithms to make decisions in edge cases, like sensing a stray pedestrian or driving in snow. Perhaps, IoT has an answer to this question: by having the vehicles communicating with each other.  

    3D printing is getting popular in areas such as automotive, healthcare, and the space industry and we have seen a growth of desktop manufacturing and low-cost 3D printers. IoT can provide a way to provide additional quality control using data analytics. Embedded IoT devices will enable 3D printers to track things like temperature and structural integrity, and this data analysis will improve manufacturing processes.

  4. IoT and Connectivity:

    Connecting the different parts of IoT to the sensors can be done by different technologies including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Low Power Wi-Fi , Wi-Max, regular Ethernet, Long Term Evolution (LTE) and the recent promising technology of Li-Fi (using light as a medium of communication between the different parts of a typical network including sensors).

    In 2017, new forms of wireless connections, such as 3GPP’s narrowband (NB)-IoT, LoRaWAN, or Sigfox will be tested. Forcing IoT decision-makers to evaluate more than 20 wireless connectivity options and protocols, which is one step in the right direction of having standards for connectivity.


IoT has a potential to change the way we live: connected vehicles, decentralized manufacturing and augmented reality is just a start. From refrigerators to parking spaces to smart houses, IoT is bringing more and more things into the digital fold every day, which will likely make IoT a multi-trillion dollar industry in the near future. 

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Topics: iot

15,000 Pieces Available of NAND128W3AABN6F Micron Flash Memory

Posted by Chloe Millar

Jan 25, 2017 9:09:00 AM

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Single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory is NAND flash at its simplest.

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Manufactuerer: Micron Technology Inc.

Category: Integrated Circuits (ICs)

Family: Memory

Description: IC FLASH 128MBIT

Memory Type: FLASHNAND

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Quantity: 960 Pieces Available

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Date Code: 2016

Memory Size: 128M

Width: x8

Voltage: 3.0V

Pin Count: 48-pin

MT/s: 200

I/O: Common

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Micron NAND Flash Basics

NAND Flash, like many other types of memory, stores data in a large array of cells where each cell holds one or more bits of data.  NAND flash memory is a type of non-volatile storage technology that does not require power to retain data. An important goal of NAND flash development has been to reduce the cost per bit and increase maximum chip capacity so that flash memory can compete with magnetic storage devices like hard disks. 

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