What are the topics covered? There’s the upgraded camera module for the Raspberry Pi, an IoT smart bread maker (blog post), Xilinx hardware in university research, Strategy Analytics’ annual assessment of the automotive semiconductor industry and the first Chinese company to get into the top ten semiconductor league table…
5. Raspberry Pi upgrades camera module with Sony IMX477R sensor
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has updated the camera module for the Pi: The Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera module. As well as increased image resolution, via a 12.3 megapixel Sony IMX477 back-illuminated sensor, there is support for the use of interchangeable C-mount and CS-mount lenses and improved low-light performance. It’s priced at around £50 and is compatible with all models of Raspberry Pi computer from Raspberry Pi 1 Model B onwards. The full spec is below.
4. Twilio takes the rise with IoT smart bread maker [Gadget Master]
Sourdough? I know not this sourdough whereof people speak, but the idea of an IoT smart bread maker got my attention (it is US only note, however). It comes courtesy of Twilio, the San Francisco-based cloud comms specialists, and is described as an Internet connected sourdough fitness tracker! This example uses the Twilio Alfa devboard as the host (compatible with the Arduino IDE, for programming). Mainly, however, it features the company’s Narrowband IoT Developer Kit.
3. Xilinx forms university clusters for adaptive computing
XACCs provide infrastructure and funding to support novel research in adaptive compute acceleration for high performance computing (HPC). The scope of the research is broad and encompasses systems, architecture, tools and applications. The XACCs will be equipped with the latest Xilinx hardware and software technologies for adaptive compute acceleration. Each cluster is specially configured to enable some of the world’s foremost academic teams to conduct state-of-the-art HPC research.
2. NXP, Infineon, Renesas, TI, ST stay top five for auto ICs
NXP, Infineon, Renesas, Texas Instruments and STMicroelectronics maintained their positions in the top five of Strategy Analytics’ annual assessment of the automotive semiconductor industry vendor market share rankings. Total automotive semiconductor revenues taken by vendors in 2019 were down 1.3% to $37.2 billion, compared to 2018, with NXP, Infineon, Renesas, Texas Instruments and STMicroelectronics maintaining their top five rankings. The gap between NXP and Infineon effectively closed to zero.
1. HiSilicon enters Top Ten
There were two new entrants into the top-10 ranking in 1Q20, HiSilicon and Nvidia. HiSilicon has become the first Chinese company to get into the top ten semiconductor league table, according to IC Insights. Fabless vendor HiSilicon jumped five spots in the ranking to 10th place after year-over-year sales rose 54% in 1Q20. In total, the top-10 semiconductor companies’ sales increased by 16% in 1Q20 compared to 1Q19, more than twice the total worldwide semiconductor industry 1Q20/1Q19 increase of 7%.