Google Debuts Chip Designed to Run AI at the Edge

The Edge TPU can be used for industrial use cases; plus, IIoT tech expected to boost revenues, ARM to buy Treasure Data and more news.

Courtney Bjorlin

July 31, 2018

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Google debuted a chip designed to run AI at the edge, delivering both high performance and a small physical power footprint, according to a Google blog.

The so-called Edge TPU can be used for industrial use cases such as predictive maintenance, anomaly detection, machine vision, robotics, voice recognition and across industries in manufacturing, on-premise, health care, retail, smart spaces and transportation, according to the blog. Edge TPU is optimized to run with Cloud IoT Edge, which extends Google Cloud processing capabilities to edge devices.

ARM to Buy Treasure Data

SoftBank owned-ARM has reportedly agreed to purchase Mountain View. Calif.-based Treasure Data for roughly $600 million with the aim of boosting its IoT portfolio, Bloomberg has reported. Treasure Data sells a cloud platform for acquiring, storing and analyzing data – including customer and IoT data – as a service. It was founded in 2011, has offices in Japan and Korea, and is backed by Sierra Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, IT Farm, SBI, INCJ, Bill Tai and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures, among others, according to the company’s website.

IIoT to Boost Revenues, Survey Respondents say

Respondents from a wide range of industries expect IIoT technologies to increase annual revenues by 10 percent by 2023, according to a global study by Inmarsat. In “IIoT on Land and at Sea,” market research specialist Vanson Bourne surveyed 750 businesses with a combined annual revenue of $1.16 trillion from across the globe, including the agriculture, energy, maritime, mining and transport sectors. “Data generated by IIoT infrastructure is expected particularly to bring greater transparency to the global supply chain, allowing businesses to automate processes, reduce operational waste and speed up rate of production, leading to higher revenues and lower costs,” Paul Gudonis, president, Inmarsat Enterprise, said in a press release.

Smart Waste Solutions Provider Tests T-Mobile’s NB-IoT Network

Slovakia-based Sensoneo, a smart waste solutions provider, will be among the first to use T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network recently launched in the United States, according to a press release. The company has been testing its smart waste fill-level sensors in several locations across the U.S. “We feel very proud to be one of the very first vendors who have tested their devices on T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network. The Sensoneo Quatro Sensor, dedicated to monitoring fill-levels in bins of different types and sizes, proved to be fully compatible with the network and is ready for installation anywhere in the USA; bringing both economic and ecological benefits to customers,“ Lubos Tuma, chief executive officer of Sensoneo, said in a press release.

IoT Reality TV? Sort of, an online community for engineers, is launching a new reality series called “Path to Programmable” sponsored by Xilinx. The series will take five community members new to FPGA/SoCs and train them to better understand the technology, development tools and design flow process over the course of the 12-week program, according to the press release. This program is the product of feedback from members. Members who would like the chance to participate in the series can sign up at August 24, 2018, according to the press release.

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