CarPlay comes standard with Subaru’s brand new Ascent, pre-orders now open

Subaru has opened up pre-orders for its newest vehicle, the 2019 Ascent. The new 3-row SUV comes with CarPlay standard and joins some of the company’s other vehicles to offer Apple’s in-car platform.



AI Smartphones Will Soon Be Standard, Thanks to Machine Learning Chip

AI Built In

Almost every major player in the smartphone industry now says that their devices use the power of artificial intelligence (AI), or more specifically, machine learning algorithms. Few devices, however, run their own AI software. That might soon change: thanks to a processor dedicated to machine learning for mobile phones and other smart-home devices, AI smartphones could one day be standard.

British chip design firm ARM, the company behind virtually every chip in today’s smartphones, now wants to put the power of AI into every mobile device. Currently, devices that run AI algorithms depend on servers in the cloud. It’s a rather limited set up, with online connectivity affecting how information is sent back and forth.

Project Trillium would make this process much more efficient. Their built-in AI chip would allow devices to continue running machine learning algorithms even when offline. This reduces data traffic and speeds up processing, while also saving power.

“We analyze compute workloads, work out which bits are taking the time and the power, and look to see if we can improve on our existing processors,” Jem Davies, ARM’s machine learning group head, told the MIT Technology Review. Running machine learning algorithms locally would also mean fewer chances of data slipping through.

A Staple for Mobile Phones

With the advantages machine learning brings to mobile devices, it’s hard not to see this as the future of mobile computing. ARM, however, isn’t exactly the first in trying to make this happen. Apple has already designed and built a “neural engine” as part of the iPhone X’s main chipset, to handle the phone’s artificial neural networks for images and speech processing.

Google’s own chipset, for their Pixel 2 smartphone, does something similar. Huawei’s Mate 10 packs a neural processing unit developed by the Chinese smartphone maker. Amazon might follow soon with its own AI chips for Alexa.

A diagram showing how Project Trillium will develop chips for AI smartphones, beginning with ground-up design, progressing to uplift from processors, and enabled by open-source software, ending in a processor that targets the mobile market.
Image credit: ARM

The MIT Tech Review notes, however, that ARM’s track record for energy-efficient mobile processors could translate to a more widespread adoption of their AI chip. ARM doesn’t actually make the chips they design, so the company has started sharing their plans for this AI chip to their hardware partners — like smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm. ARM expects to find their machine learning processor in devices by early 2019.

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Nokia, Qualcomm and Ericsson complete work on new 5G NR standard

Telecoms equipment companies Nokia, Qualcomm, and Ericsson are continuing to make good progress in 5G readiness, with tests and upgrades in line with 3GPP’s 5G NR (New Radio) Release 15 Standard.

Finnish vendor Nokia and chip giant Qualcomm have collaborated on tests of 5G NR specifications between network infrastructures and mobile devices.

The companies completed tests in both the 3.5Ghz and 28Ghz spectrums that were compliant with the standard, which was formally confirmed in December, using a Nokia AirScale base station and device prototypes from Qualcomm.

The tests were carried out at Nokia’s 5G centre of excellence in Oulu, Finland, which will host 5G NR field trails with operators in 2018.

The two companies, plus mobile operators including BT/EE, Deutsche Telekom, Elisa, KT, LGU+, NTT DOCOMO, Optus, SKT, Telia, and Vodafone Group, have committed to working together in verifying and trialling 5G NR technology.

Nokia and Qualcomm are preparing for wide-scale 5G deployments in 2019, based on 3GPP standard-compliant 5G infrastructure and devices. They hope this will enable commercial network launches in 2019, particularly in the US, China, Japan, Korea, and Europe.

Meanwhile, Sweden’s Ericsson has announced that it has upgraded its 5G commercial software. The platform, which was launched in February last year, will allow carriers to launch 5G services from Q4 this year, and will also enable multi-band spectrum support to allow for deployments globally by carriers that have differing 5G frequency availability.

The upgrade means that the platform can support 5G radio access network (RAN) commercial software based on the 5G NR standards. All Ericsson Radio System products will also be backwards compatible with 5G NR capabilities.

Internet of Business says

The moves by all three vendors reveal just how quickly the market can change once standards are set. The 5G NR standard was the first ever 5G specification to be officially signed off by the 3GPP, the body that governs cellular standards. It was formally approved in December. Also in December, Vodafone, Ericsson and King’s College London claimed they had completed the first successful UK 5G trial.

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Review: Mophie’s new Powerstation delivers juice using USB-C PD standard, adds AC outlet

We’ve seen our fair share of portable USB-C battery packs that have been certified to support the USB-C Power Delivery specification, also referred to as USB-C PD. The new Powerstation AC battery accessory from Mophie is one of the most compelling yet…. Read the rest of this post here

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