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Apple is reportedly planning its own 5G modems — but is it too late?

Potrebbe essere il modo con cui Intel sarà scaricato ...

 

When it comes to Apple developing its own modems for iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches, the writing’s been on the wall for so long that further confirmations hardly seem like news. That’s why I was only slightly surprised when Reuters reported today that Apple’s processor chief Johny Srouji began leading an in-house modem development team last month. Assuming the report is accurate, my only question is how that could possibly have taken so long to happen.
Srouji joined Apple in 2008 as a VP of hardware technologies, leading development of Apple’s A4, the company’s first system-on-chip, and became the division’s SVP in 2015. As a direct report to Apple CEO Tim Cook, he’s currently one of only 17 executives on Apple’s official Leadership page, and responsible for all of Apple’s A-series, M-series, S-series, and T-series chips.
Since Apple has famously said that it needs to control the key elements in its products, it’s hard to believe that it would have been relying all this time on other companies’ modems, but that’s the reality — Apple buys modems from Qualcomm and Intel, then designs antenna systems that will fit inside its phones, tablets, and watches. It takes a lot of time and effort to properly test each new modem antenna for global use, and each time an extra antenna is added to move 4G performance closer to 5G, an internal or external redesign is needed. (That’s why the iPhone XS has new and asymmetrical antenna bars on its frame compared with the iPhone X.)
As I’ve noted in prior articles, the transition to 5G is particularly perilous for Apple. Almost every Android smartphone maker is using 5G modem and antenna components from Qualcomm, which appears to have a major lead over Intel in producing phone-sized 5G parts. But Apple picked a fight with Qualcomm over its modem patent licensing fees, and apparently decided to wait for an Intel 5G modem in protest. Intel is now racing to get a viable 5G modem finished in time for 2020 smartphones, and Apple has been forced to consider alternate suppliers — Samsung, which it has previously fought with over other patent issues, and low-to mid-range chipmaker MediaTek.
In the interim, Apple’s relationship with Qualcomm has continued to deteriorate, such that Apple refused to settle their pricing dispute before a highly publicized trial, and began actively recruiting modem engineers in Qualcomm’s home base of San Diego. Qualcomm says that Apple has been leaking its secrets to Intel in order to make more competitive 4G modems, and their collective dirty laundry suggests that they won’t be working together again anytime soon. The judge in their U.S. trial has signaled that she’ll require an atypically long time to render a decision.
Given that Apple has been fighting with Qualcomm for over two years at this point, and knew that 5G was coming, how could it have waited this long to get Srouji’s team working on a 5G modem? There are two likely answers: Apple probably didn’t think Intel would be so far behind the curve with a solution, and didn’t realize how challenging 5G modem engineering would be.
Unlike 4G chips, which long ago moved past their teething stages, 5G components use more sophisticated components that can run hot, eat batteries, and take up plenty of space. All of these issues are ones that Apple, unlike some of its competitors, will feel compelled to avoid at all costs. These exact problems reportedly led Intel to skip releasing its initial 5G modem in favor of an improved second-generation version.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm hasn’t just been heavily involved in the 5G engineering and standardization processes — it actively pushed the mobile industry to move up its initial 5G releases to 2018, and is already working on third-generation 5G components. Moreover, Qualcomm’s own system-on-chip teams have created multiple 5G-ready processors, notably including complete processor solutions for smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
Yet for all its engineering expertise, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon processors don’t actually have 5G modems inside — its customers need the Snapdragon 855 or 8cx, plus a 5G modem chip. That’s due as much to different customer needs as the engineering challenges of bringing a 5G modem inside the same chip die.
By giving Srouji’s teams responsibilities for modem development, Apple has an opportunity to change that. There may be huge savings in power, costs, and manufacturing by making a single chip with A-series processing and 5G cellular capabilities. Even if it starts with a two-chip solution, controlling all of the modem’s specs would a step forward from where it is today. By cutting another supplier — particularly a challenging one — out of the loop, Apple could achieve greater supply chain stability, as well.
Of course, that assumes Apple is up to the task of making a 5G modem, a task that has proven challenging even for companies that have been making modems for years. Despite today’s report, I suspect that last month wasn’t the actual beginning of Apple’s in-house modem development work. It’s just become a higher priority for the company.
But if I’m wrong, and Apple is actually starting from scratch at this point, it’s going to be years before there’s an Apple-developed 5G modem inside devices. Strictly speaking, that’s not “too late” for Apple to unveil its own option, since there’s no question that people will still be buying plenty of phones and other cellular products at that time, and Apple will use another company’s 5G solutions until then.
Even so, working on modems could stretch Apple’s chip team thin, and force Srouji to divide his time between pushing out incredible class-leading CPUs and creating me-too cellular options. Meanwhile, Qualcomm and its partners will already be selling their own 5G devices and working on the next big thing.

 

This Beijing hub is home to 10 major AI labs driving China’s tech ambitions

10 aziende che da sole valgono 500 Miliardi ...

 

A view of Zhongguancun, Beijing / Photo credit: Wikipedia

Zhongguancun is often referred to as China’s equivalent to Silicon Valley, thanks to its heritage as an innovation hub, encompassing the country’s top two universities and a number of incubation centers for startups.
Established 30 years ago, the area is the birthplace for some of the country’s well-known technology firms and home to many international players’ China headquarters.
Today, Zhongguancun has about 9,000 hi-tech companies, including Chinese search engine and artificial intelligence champion Baidu, social media giant Sina Corp, as well as regional headquarters for global giants like Microsoft and Google. Nearly half of the country’s 70 unicorns are located in the area.
Zhongguancun is also at the epicenter of a wider effort by Beijing municipal authorities to encourage the development of the AI industry, part of the country’s broader efforts to gain supremacy in a technology that has been called the fourth industrial revolution.

 

Amazon investe 530M$ per Self Driving Car

Ci vogliono investimenti , per fare le auto a guida autonoma ... e Amazon non può stare fuori

 

Aurora raises $530M Series B as Amazon joins self-driving car race
Self-driving startup Aurora Innovation Inc. today said it had raised $530 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital. The most noteworthy investor is Amazon.com Inc. Other participants included Lightspeed Venture Partners, Geodesic, Shell Ventures, and Reinvent Capital, as well as previous investors Greylock and Index Ventures. Funds advised by T. Rowe Price… The post Aurora raises $530M Series B as Amazon joins self-driving car race appeared first on The Robot Report.

 

Swiss 5G Auction Bags $380M Amid Radiation Law Gripes | Light Reading

Parametrizzati rispetto all'italia, avrebbe dovuto portare circa cinque volte tanto 

 

Switzerland's auction of new mobile frequencies to support 5G services has raised about 380 million Swiss francs (US$380 million) for state coffers, easily beating the minimum expectation of CHF220 million, despite concern that local laws on radiation limits could hold up 5G deployment.
Incumbent operator Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) along with rivals Sunrise Communications AG and Salt SA bagged frequencies in the 700MHz, 3.5GHz (the mid-band) and 1400MHz spectrum bands as they gear up for the rollout of the next-generation technology, which promises faster connections than today's 4G networks.
The outcome leaves each of the three operators with a decent share of the available spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.5GHz bands, unlike a 5G auction last year in Italy, where Telecom Italia and Vodafone collected 80% of the prized mid-band airwaves and Wind Tre and Iliad had to make do with the scraps. (See Italy's $7.6B 5G Bonanza Puts Telcos on the Rack).
But Swisscom, which also picked up a much bigger chunk of 1400MHz spectrum than either of its rivals, coughed up most of the money in the Swiss auction, accounting for nearly CHF200 million of the total sum.

 

Mirantis to power AT&T’s Airship for Kubernetes infrastructure

 

AT&T has selected Mirantis to play a key role in its implementation Airship, Kubernetes and OpenStack based Network Cloud infrastructure.
Airship is the project originally founded by AT&T, SKT and Intel under the OpenStack Foundation for enabling telcos to take advantage of on-premises Kubernetes infrastructure to support their SDN infrastructure builds.
"Replacing VM-based infrastructure with cloud-native, open technologies based on containers and Kubernetes yields order-of-magnitude efficiency improvements for telco network environments and beyond," said Adrian Ionel, Mirantis Co-Founder and CEO. "Working so closely with AT&T in the Airship community will accelerate the delivery of the benefits of Kubernetes to the broad ecosystem of telecommunications providers."
AT&T and other core contributors to develop critical features in support of the Airship community roadmap. Mirantis will primarily focus on:

  • Integration between Drydock and Ironic to provision bare metal Kubernetes clusters
  • Streamlining initial configuration experience of deploying Kubernetes-native services on premise, making it simpler for telcos to adopt
  • Support for multiple operating systems, to broaden the choice of VNFs and minimize lock-in

"As we roll out Network Cloud for 5G, our goal at AT&T is to run infrastructure based on open standards like Kubernetes and OpenStack," said Ryan van Wyk, AVP -- Network Cloud Software Engineering at AT&T. "Mirantis has a long track record of contributing to open source and we are glad to have them collaborate with us on the Airship project."
Lifecycle management of the resulting cloud, with the scale, speed, resiliency, flexibility, and operational predictability demanded of network clouds."

 

VC: 940M$ per costruire il robot Nuro per consegne autonome

Non proprio auto ma robot fattorini su ruote, autonomi... il futuro dell'eCommerce

 

Birth of a unicorn: Nuro gets $940M from SoftBank for driverless deliveries
Nuro.ai, which is working on self-driving vehicles, said today that it has received $940 million from the SoftBank Vision Fund. This marks a major push in the ground delivery space and another move by SoftBank to take leadership in automation. Other investors in Mountain View, Calif.-based Nuro include Greylock Partners and Gaorong Capital. The… The post Birth of a unicorn: Nuro gets $940M from SoftBank for driverless deliveries appeared first on The Robot Report.

 

STACK issues $850 million in bonds for its data center ambitions

Mentre AT&T vende, altri investono pesantemente ...

 

STACK Infrastructure, the new data center company that combines facilities from Infomart Data Centers and IPI Partners,  announced the issuance of $850 million of securitized notes (rated investment grade at A- by Standard & Poor’s).
STACK said it is committed to being the data center industry leader in building and delivering flexible critical infrastructure solutions that meet and support the complex requirements of enterprise and hyperscale deployments.
“This financing immediately positions STACK with the long-term capital structure to support the scaled critical infrastructure demands of our growing clients,” said Brian Cox, Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased that the offering was well received by investors and believe their confidence highlights the strength of our team and the quality of the platform we’ve assembled. This is just the most recent success of many since STACK launched and there is much more to come."
STACK, which is underwritten by IPI Partners, combines existing operating data centers in six U.S. markets with significant expansion and development capacity. The company’s offering includes hyperscale campuses and build-to-suit data centers, immediately available wholesale colocation and private data suites, and powered shell options.
The existing STACK operating assets, totaling over 100 megawatts of capacity and approximately 1.5 million square feet in aggregate, include:
Assets previously marketed under the Infomart Data Centers brand:

  • Ashburn, Virginia
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Silicon Valley, California

Other assets already owned by IPI Partners:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (2)

STACK also owns development parcels in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Portland, and Silicon Valley available for additional future development, including data center campuses and build-to-suits. In addition, the Company will continue to expand in existing and new markets in the future to meet the growing demands of clients.

 

Qualcomm, Nokia, Samsung clash with Wi-Fi Alliance over 5.9 GHz for C-V2X | FierceWireless

Anche negli USA dibattito regolamentare tra Wifi vs Cellulare per auto connesse

 

The 5GAA is asking the FCC to grant a waiver to allow for the deployment of C-V2X in a 20 MHz channel located in the upper edge of the 5.9 GHz band. (5GAA)

Qualcomm , Nokia and Samsung are among those supporting a request by the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) for permission to conduct Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) in the upper portion of the 5.9 GHz band, something the Wi-Fi Alliance and other groups want the FCC to reject.
The 5GAA filed a waiver request back in November saying the FCC’s current rules for the 5.9 GHz band—adopted well before the development of C-V2X—restrict intelligent transportation system (ITS) operations to those that use the dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) standard. The deadline for reply comments, which had been extended to accommodate the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), was last week.
Those in support of the waiver say C-V2X can be a viable and in some cases preferable technology to DSRC, while those who oppose the 5GAA’s move say it threatens not only DSRC but also Wi-Fi’s ability to make wider use of the 5 GHz band. A separate evaluation of the 5.9 GHz band is currently underway at the FCC.

 

BT launches voice-controlled Smart Baby Monitor with Alexa, Google Assistant - Telecom Drive

Fareste "spiare" il vostro bimbo nella culla da Alexa o Google?

 

BT has launched UK’s first voice-controlled Smart Baby Monitor, connecting with both Alexa and Google Assistant.
BT’s
first ever Smart Baby Monitor, which is available on the BT Shop, is the latest in a new range of BT Smart Home products and is part of BT’s commitment to keep customers connected to the things that matter most, in and out of the home.
Available in both a 2.8” and 5” colour video screen, the BT Smart Baby Monitor enables parents to ask Alexa or Google Assistant to play a lullaby, report back on the temperature of the baby’s room and turn motion detection on and off.
Customers can watch live HD video streaming, take photos and record footage direct from the camera to their smartphone – giving them peace of mind and a chance to share those special moments with friends and family. Customers can also use the two way talk back to be part of the bedtime routine when away from the home.
BT’s Smart Video Monitor is the latest evolution of BT’s baby monitor range, which includes the Video Baby Monitor 6000 – the UK’s top selling baby monitor.
New research from BT has shown that 32% of parents in the UK don’t get back in time for their children’s bedtime during the week, and 80% of parents would like to see their baby on their smartphone when they are away from home.
Additional features include night vision, digital zoom and a remote motorised pan, allowing users to experience a clear view of their children when checking in.
Bruce Cuthbert, Director of BT Connected Devices, said: “Our customers want to feel connected to their children, whether they’re in another room, at the office or on the way home. Our new BT Smart Baby Monitor is the UK’s first voice-controlled baby monitor with Alexa and Google Assistant, making keeping an eye and ear on your children even easier. We want BT’s smart devices to give our customers the best connections and experiences – and our evolving range of baby monitors give parents that peace of mind.”
The BT Smart Video Baby Monitor 2.8-inch colour screen is priced at £129.99 and the 5-inch screen is available for £149.98.

Smart Baby Monitor features

  • Works with iOS and Android devices
  • The video stream on the app is encrypted with AES-128
  • Free App on Apple App Store or Google Play Store
  • 2.8” / 5” wireless portable parent unit with colour screen
  • Watch live HD video streaming, take photos and record videos on your smart device using the free app
  • Know baby’s room temperature or play a lullaby using Alexa or Google voice
  • Choose from 5 different lullabies
  • Two way talk back so you can communicate when away from the home
  • Remote motorised pan with 135° pan left and right
  • Digital zoom and tilt to see your baby clearly
  • Visual cry alerts so you know when your baby is awake
  • Night vision so you keep an eye on your baby even when the lights are off
  • Room temperature display for that extra reassurance
  • Wall mountable camera
  • Wi-Fi connection to your home wireless router

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UEFA to launch OTT channel

Inevitabilmente, le piattaforma di distribuzione classiche (rai, Mset, Sky ...) sono disintermediate dagli original content provider come Disney , la lega baseball negli USA e e , in futuro, UEFA

 

European football’s governing body is to launch its own OTT TV channel.
The announcement was made at the 43rd UEFA Ordinary Congress in Rome, after the re-election of President Aleksander Ceferin for a second term.
Ceferin told delegates that a major challenge in the years ahead would involve making football more accessible to all fans across the planet, thanks to exciting new digital platforms.
“This is why I am pleased to announce that UEFA will be launching its OTT platform in the next six months,” he said. “We are fully aware that a revolution is under way, and are in the process of agreeing historic partnerships with the world’s leading companies in this field.
It’s likely that at launch the platform will only be available outside Europe and North America – in any case the broadcast rights to the Champions League and Europa League will be tied up with local broadcasters within those territories – and in at least the medium term it may be more lucrative to keep them there.
The platform will be launched ahead of the 2019/20 season. 

 


Docomo creates first 5G-ready streaming system for 8K stereoscopic VR

Oltre al video 360° 8K, è importnate anche l'audio 3D a 64 canali

 

Cellular carriers and chipmakers have promised that high-bandwidth, low-latency 5G networks will enable smooth livestreaming of events to virtual reality headsets — assuming someone assembles all the technologies needed to actually make it happen. Japanese carrier NTT Docomo announced a major step forward today: the “world’s first 8K 3D virtual reality system” for live 5G streaming at 60 frames per second (FPS).
Designed to facilitate streaming of high-quality panoramic VR content from any location with a 5G network, the system consists of an 8K 3D camera with 360-degree video recording abilities, a Yamaha-developed spherical 3D microphone with 64 channels of audio recording, several computers, and a 5G base station. Docomo, Japanese TV station HTB, and NEC successfully tested the system yesterday at a rehearsal for the famous Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido.
The carrier has been working on a 360-degree 8K VR streaming system since last year, in hopes that VR headset wearers will enjoy ultra high resolution, stereoscopic live videos that can be viewed from different angles. Processing and bandwidth demands are incredible, as the output from multiple camera lenses needs to be instantly stitched together multiple times each second and then streamed to a 5G network, along with perfectly synchronized 3D audio.
Docomo’s system uses a new 8K video encoder with 60 FPS output speeds — just barely enough frames to limit nausea in viewers — as well as a multi-lens 3D camera and super-fast video stitcher. Multiple computers turn the 3D camera’s nine 4K video streams into two 360-degree 8K 3D videos in real time, then compress the videos for streaming over 5G. Another machine turns a 3D audio mic’s 64 sound channels into 36 channels of 3D audio. The resulting stream includes panoramic 8K 3D video, plus stereo audio that changes based on the user’s tracked head position.
Now that the streaming system is ready, the question is how 8K 3D VR content will actually be viewed by end users. Docomo describes its viewing device as a “panoramic super player audiovisual headset” and shows an image of an HTC Vive Pro, which is likely only being used to demonstrate the platform.
There’s presently neither a 5G-ready Vive nor enough operational 5G networks to release such a product. That’s expected to change over the next year or two, however, as Japan will be launching its own commercial 5G network to follow ones debuted last year in the United States and South Korea. With a working streaming platform now in the wild, compatible headsets won’t be too far off.

 

Amazon to acquire eero for home Wi-Fi mesh networks

wifi in the home ... se non ci pensano i telcos, ci pensano gli OTT ...

 

Amazon agreed to acquire eero, a start-up offering a home mesh WiFi system. Financial terms were not disclosed.
eero, which was founded in 2014 and is based in San Francisco, uses an access point with multiple beacon devices to fully cover a home with Wi-Fi.  eero has 4.6-star product rating on Amazon.com.
The main eero device employs tri-band WiFi radios, simultaneous 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz, and 5.8GHz wireless, 2x2 MU-MIMO, beamforming, and supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. On board is a 700 MHz quad-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB flash storage. The beacons use dual-band WiFi radios, simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless, 2x2 MU-MIMO, beamforming, and also support IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.
“We are incredibly impressed with the eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work,” said Dave Limp, SVP of Amazon Devices and Services. “We have a shared vision that the smart home experience can get even easier, and we’re committed to continue innovating on behalf of customers.”
“From the beginning, eero’s mission has been to make the technology in homes just work,” said Nick Weaver, Co-Founder and CEO of eero. “We started with WiFi because it’s the foundation of the modern home. Every customer deserves reliable and secure WiFi in every room. By joining the Amazon family, we’re excited to learn from and work closely with a team that is defining the future of the home, accelerate our mission, and bring eero systems to more customers around the globe.”
eero was funded by funded by First Round Capital, Shasta Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and Playground Global.