Look no further than this week’s News Byte to confirm that the future has arrived. Artificial intelligence (AI) is officially mainstream, millions of subscribers benefit from satellite IoT networks, Raspberry Pi has a new dotcom, and WEEF 2021 is just around the corner. Let's take a closer look at what's happening in the electronics industry.
News Byte: AI Goes Mainstream and more

AI Goes Mainstream

The idea of AI has been in our books, movies, and popular culture for years. Interestingly, new research indicates that AI is going mainstream. According a recent report by Yole Development about AI and computing technologies, AI solutions are fast becoming standard in consumer end products, such as home surveillance systems and smart phones. “Today imaging and audio are the most widespread AI applications,” Yole reports. “For several reasons including privacy protection and low latency requirements, AI inference is increasingly computed at the edge of the network, in the actual consumer device. This requires special processor capabilities to run these operations in real time. Share of processors dedicated to run AI is therefore growing.” Want to stay up to date on AI articles and projects from Elektor? Subscribe to our “AI” tag for regular notifications.

Satellite Comm Subs Looking Up

Satellite communications market is growing, and it looks like the only direction for satellite IoT subscriptions is up.  Consider some recent numbers from Berg Insight. Last year, the global satellite IoT subscriber base grew to 3.4 million. What does this mean for the future? "The number of satellite IoT subscribers will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.8 percent to reach 15.7 million units in 2025," the firm reports. Keep an eye on the Orbcomm, Inmarsat, and Iridium, which seem to be leading the pack of successful satellite IoT network operators.

Raspberry Pi Dotcom

Just days ago, Raspberry Pi launched https://www.raspberrypi.com/. Why? According to Philip Colligan at Raspberry Pi, the .com site will focus on Raspberry Pi-related tech and products, while the .org site will remain focused on everything related to the Raspberry Pi Foundation. This isn’t the only important Raspberry Pi-related news. As Elektor has been reporting, the global chip shortage is affecting countless companies. This has created problems for engineers and makers trying to get their hands on many Raspberry Pi products as well. Fortunately, if you already have some Raspberry Pis and you are looking for some related products, accessories, or books, Elektor has you covered.

WEEF 2021 Speakers

WEEF 2021 is just weeks away. The November 18 event will give engineers, journalists, and electronics industry executives a platform to speak about key ethics-related topics. Moderated by Johann Wiesböck and Stuart Cording, the event feature talks and discussions with thought leaders such as Professor Dr. Stefan Heinemann (FOM University of Applied Sciences), Margot Cooijmans (Royal Philips), Amir Sherman (Sherman-BizDev), Priscilla Haring-Kuipers (journalist), and Dirk Stans (Eurocircuits). Read about the WEEF 2021 program and the speakers at https://www.elektormagazine.com/weef.

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