eNewsletter – 1/24/2017

Exciting News from Forward Concepts Effective with this newsletter, Forward Concepts is merging its newsletter publication with seasoned colleagues at TIRIAS Research. My personal experience with principals in TIRIAS Research goes back more than a dozen years and their technical and writing expertise will be a welcome expansion of the newsletter. Descriptions of the experienced analysts on Tirias’ staff are on the linked website. This issue of our joint newsletter follows the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), so below you can see our informed coverage of the key technical innovations presented at the show. With the change, I will become a contributor to the new newsletter and will also be a Senior Advisor to TIRIAS Research. Of course, you can expect format changes with the next newsletter. What was Hot at CES 2017? – AI, AR, Autos, IoT & VR CES is so massive, that you can never see everything and every time you turn around, you see something new. CES used to be about anything that was connected to power – batteries, AC, or even renewable power. Now, however, CES also includes the last things you would ever think of being connected – from walking canes to saddles. If you can add sensors and connect them to a smart phone, router, or the cloud, rest assured that someone is trying to connect it…all in the name of collecting data and trying to add value to the consumer. As expected, CES was filled with new products, there were only a few standouts from the crowd. The first product to announce using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 was ODG (Osterhout Design Group) R-8 and R-9 AR smart glasses. These glasses are fully contained with better optics and Qualcomm processor inside the frames. The glasses also use the 835 to full effect with graphics for rendering, CPU for running Android, and the Hexagon DSP for inside-out motion tracking. While we’re on Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 820A gained automotive designs from Volkswagen for its infotainment systems. In addition, the company released the Qualcomm Neural Processing Engine and Symphony SDK to utilize heterogeneous computing cores (CPU, GPU, and DSP) for machine learning and computer vision. Qualcomm has plans to make the 820A part of ADAS systems. Qualcomm also announced the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem for automotive with support for up to 1Gbps download speeds. NVIDIA’s DrivePX platform picked up support from Audi, Bosch, ZF, and Mercedes-Benz....

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