Electronics News Byte: Google Pigweed for Embedded Dev, US Companies Lead IC Market, and More

March 23, 2020 | 15:30
Whether you are interested in embedded development, semiconductor manufacturing, or new computing technologies, you can rely on the Elektor editorial team to keep you updated about electronics news and new developments in electronics sector. We put together the following news round-up for the last several days. 

Electronics News Update

  • Google’s Pigweed for Embedded Dev: Google recently unveiled Pigweed, a collection of open-source modules for embedded developers. Pigweed is not an operating system. "Pigweed modules are built to enable faster and more reliable development on 32-bit microcontrollers," the company reported on its blog.
     
  • US-Based Companies Captured 55% of the 2019 IC Market: Semiconductor research firm IC Insights is reporting that US-headquartered companies held 55% of the global IC market in 2019. South Korea came in second place with 21% of the total IC share, and Europe came in third with 7%.
     
  • Intel’s Neuromorphic Computing System: Just days ago, Intel announced that its Pohoiki Springs neuromorphic research system provides the computational capacity of 100 million neurons. "It integrates 768 Loihi neuromorphic research chips inside a chassis the size of five standard servers," the company reported. The development marks Intel's next step in learning from neuroscience to create chips that function more like a human brain. 

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  • Coronavirus Blights Lunar Mission Prep: NASA reports that construction and testing of the rocket and capsule for the 2024 manned Artemis mission to the moon is temporarily suspended due to an increasing number of coronavirus cases. The space agency has already closed its Stennis Space Center and the nearby Michoud assembly plant in New Orleans, where the rocket for manned space flight is being built. Learn more
     
  • Mobile App for Instant Contact Tracing: A team of Oxford University medical research and bioethics experts are exploring the development of a coronavirus mobile app for instant contact tracing. According to Oxford Professor Christophe Fraser, “If you are diagnosed with coronavirus, the people you’ve recently come into contact with will be messaged advising them to isolate.”       

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