Renesas strengthens mobile chip sale speculation

first_img Justin manages the editorial content for the Mobile World Live portal and award-winning Mobile World Live TV service. In the last few years Justin has launched and grown a portfolio of premier media products, which include the Mobile World Congress… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 22 MAR 2013 Asia Previous ArticleSiemens CFO indicates NSN exit likely in 2013Next ArticleUS megadeals make positive progress Renesas strikes €5B deal for Dialog Semiconductor Related Home Renesas strengthens mobile chip sale speculation Justin Springham center_img Renesas to spend $6.7B on US chipmaker IDT Renesas targets China with Alibaba IoT partnership Author Japanese chipset manufacturer Renesas looks increasingly likely to sell its loss-making mobile phone chip business, acquired from Nokia in 2010 for $200 million.“Overseas is our main focus,” president Tetsuya Tsurumaru told reporters in Tokyo yesterday, notes Reuters, without identifying the firms his company was speaking to.A sale in Japan remained a possibility, he added, but declined to discuss whether any talks about a domestic deal were underway.Only last week the company said it will decide in fiscal 2013 whether to sell the troubled mobile business.Renesas, the world’s largest maker of microcontroller chips used in cars, has been in the red ever since buying the mobile unit and was forced to seek a $1.8 billion government-led bailout last year. The mobile chip division is part of its wholly owned subsidiary Renesas Mobile.The world’s leading maker of microcontroller chips used in cars  will receive its state financing by the end of September, at which point it will be two-thirds owned by the taxpayer-funded Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ).Reuters notes that Renesas had been expected to join an all-Japanese merger of Panasonic’s and Fujitsu’s LSI chip units, which make microchips used in TVs, digital cameras and other consumer electronic products. It is believed that those talks are ongoing. Tags FinancialRenesaslast_img read more

Operators look to tablet devices to drive 4G migration and usage

first_img Read more Huawei woes add to Android tablet shipment drop Joss Gillet HomeDevicesAnalysis Operators look to tablet devices to drive 4G migration and usage Previous ArticleNTT Docomo targets 150Mb/s LTENext ArticleGoogle to offer P2P payments via Gmail Tags Devices Relatedcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 MAY 2013 Samsung makes 5G tablet claim Tablet market gets shot in the arm from pandemic NEW ANALYSIS: As 4G-LTE networks continue to expand across mature markets, there is evidence that device choices and usage habits are also evolving in line with the faster network speeds. As Wireless Intelligence‘s recent survey of 4G operators shows, smartphones are dominating device portfolios in these advanced markets, but it is the proliferation of 4G data devices – notably tablets – that are shaping emerging 4G trends.According to the survey, smartphones, on average, account for 58% of 4G operator device portfolios, but only one in six actually support 4G. Meanwhile, a third of the data devices offered by these operators – i.e. dongles, tablets or hotspots – were 4G-enabled. In the case of the US (and world’s) largest 4G operator, Verizon Wireless, all data devices currently on offer now support 4G. The operator sold 7.3 million 4G devices in Q4 2012, of which around one in six was a data device, the remainder being smartphones.Operators are warming, in particular, to tablet devices, which appear to offer a greater prospect for 4G growth than other data devices. On average, the 4G operators surveyed offered seven tablets in their data devices portfolio. Operators such as A1 Telekom (Austria), Polkomtel (Poland), MTS (Russia), STC (Saudi Arabia) and Telenor (Sweden) were found to be offering twice the number of tablets they were a year ago.Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao noted on a recent conference call that 4G will become “increasingly more important [in 2013/14], as new handsets and commercial offerings enter into the market, and the tablet adoption [reaches] the mass market.”Similarly, Australia’s Telstra, which launched its first 4G networks in Q3 2011, recently highlighted a “really big swing in terms of tablet technology”. Tablets represented just under a quarter (24%) of the operators’ mobile broadband customer base in the second half of 2012.The role played by tablets in boosting 4G has also been noted by AT&T Mobility CFO John Stephens, who explained that as 4G coverage expands in the US, greater demand for higher speeds will generate incremental usage and revenue increases. The US number-two sold nearly 400,000 tablets in Q4 2012 and notes that these sales will generate significant additional revenue when combined with 4G usage and tiered data plans.The introduction of shared data plans in developed markets such as the US, which allows users to attach several devices to a single plan and data allowance, is accelerating adoption of data devices. Again, Verizon Wireless is leading the trend. CFO Francis Shammo explained that “30% of these customers coming to us on smartphones are new [to] Verizon […] what we see is that they come in at the low end of the devices onto the share price plan, and over a period of six-months they almost double the amount of devices that they put onto the plan. So, the device attachment, whether it’s a tablet or a MiFi card… will drive usage and drive the ARPA [average revenue per account] increase”.Efforts by 4G operators to adapt their pricing models to support multiple data devices is happening alongside a shift in usage trends triggered by such devices.A recent study by Adobe found that in just three years since the launch of the first iPad, tablets have overtaken smartphones in the amount of internet traffic they drive. It notes that tablet users tend to behave more like PC users than smartphone users, viewing 70% more pages per visit than when browsing on a smartphone.According to Adobe, the trend is most noticeable in the UK where tablets account for 12.2% of browsing, compared to 7.4% for smartphones. A similar picture is seen across the main North American and European markets, but the reverse is true of major APAC markets such as Japan, China and Australia, where smartphone browsing is still ahead of tablets.Some types of content are particularly suited to the tablet screen size. The study found that 75% of ‘mobile reading’ – e.g. via digital magazines – now occurs on tablets. Similarly, online shoppers are considered three times more likely to make a purchase when shopping with a tablet than a smartphone – a 2.2% ‘conversion’ rate compared to 0.7%.Device type prevalence % in selected LTE operators’ data device portfolios (Feb 2013) Source: Wireless IntelligenceWI devices Author Forecasts AnalysisOperator AnalysisResearchTabletslast_img read more

Confirming the Big Bang: The Recent Decades

first_imgRequesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Guillermo GonzalezSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureGuillermo Gonzalez is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1993 from the University of Washington. He has done post-doctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin and at the University of Washington and has received fellowships, grants and awards from such institutions as NASA, the University of Washington, the Templeton Foundation, Sigma Xi (scientific research society) and the National Science Foundation.Follow GuillermoProfileWebsite Share Tagsage for the universeArno PenziasBig Bangblackbody spectrumCOBE satellitecosmic microwave background radiationcosmologydark matterdeuteriumgeneral relativityheliumHubble’s LawhydrogeninflationisotopeslithiumMilky Wayneutrino typesPlanck satellitesolar systemSteady State,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man In a previous post, I briefly reviewed the early debate among cosmologists over the interpretation of Hubble’s Law. The two leading theories were the Big Bang and Steady State, both based on general relativity (GR). The alternatives, including various flavors of “tired light,” avoided GR. The discovery of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation in 1964 effectively killed off Steady State.The Holy GrailThe presence of the CMB radiation was a straightforward prediction of the Big Bang theory. But there are many sources of radiation in the universe. How can we be sure the radiation Penzias and Wilson measured was the long-sought after Holy Grail of cosmology? For one thing, there are other aspects of the background radiation that can be measured. For example, astronomers measure the CMB radiation to be uniform across the whole sky. This is consistent with a cosmological origin and inconsistent with local sources like the Solar System and the Milky Way galaxy. They also measure the precise shape of its spectrum. The Big Bang very specifically requires the spectrum to be that of a blackbody, and that is precisely what is observed (see here and here). Alternative theories, such as “tired light,” are not compatible with a blackbody spectrum and are excluded with a very high degree of confidence.Fossil “Seeds”Although the CMB radiation is extremely smooth, Big Bang theory requires that it must display intensity fluctuations with location on the sky. The fluctuations are the fossil “seeds” of later structure formation. By the early 1980s cosmologists were predicting fluctuation amplitudes near one part in 10,000 to one part in 100,000, with the precise amount depending on how much dark matter was included. The fluctuations were observed for the first time in 1992 with the COBE satellite, favoring the predictions with dark matter.It’s not like dark matter was an ad hoc explanation for the magnitude of the observed CMB fluctuations. Dark matter had already been invoked (over 80 years ago!) first as an explanation for galaxy motions in clusters and later for the rotation curves of individual galaxies. Another Big Bang prediction concerns the abundances of the isotopes of the elements hydrogen, helium, and lithium. If you extrapolate the expansion of the universe backwards in time far enough, eventually you reach a point when the temperature and density of the matter were high enough for nuclear reactions to occur everywhere. The relative amounts of these light isotopes were predicted as early as 1948 by Ralph Alpher (see here and here). The calculations depend only on the ratio of the amount of ordinary matter to photons. The deuterium (heavy hydrogen) abundance is a particularly sensitive test of the Big Bang, and the latest measurements agree very well with the predicted value (see here and here).An Age for the Universe The Big Bang theory also gives us an age for the universe. The latest estimate, based on several cosmological observations, is 13.80 +/- 0.02 billion years. This can be compared to independent age estimates, such as the ages of the oldest stars. The most accurate stellar ages are obtained for stars in clusters. The oldest star clusters are about 12.7 billion years old, comfortably less than the age of the universe.From careful measurements of the intensity fluctuations in the CMB radiation, it is possible to set constraints on the number of neutrino types. The Planck satellite measurements indicate the number of types is three, in agreement with the results from particle accelerator experiments. Stringent Tests, High MarksI could go on describing additional confirmed predictions, but you get the idea. The Big Bang theory has passed a series of stringent tests with high marks. This doesn’t mean we have everything figured out. To be sure, there are some tensions between the Big Bang concordance model and observations of the Hubble constant and the primordial lithium abundance. In each case the observations are modestly in disagreement with the theory. And, it doesn’t mean that the Big Bang theory explains everything. For example, it doesn’t answer why matter particles outnumbered antimatter particles in the early universe. It could just be one of the fine-tuned initial conditions of the universe or it could entail new physics.In recent decades the Big Bang theory has been conjoined with Inflation theory to explain a few surprising observations. These include the uniformity of the CMB radiation and why the geometry of the universe is so close to flat. Inflation remains controversial. But it is a mistake to believe that overturning Inflation disproves the Big Bang. The Big Bang theory does not need Inflation. All the observations I described above would still point to the universe originating in a hot compact state. The observations that Inflation purports to explain can also be explained as fine-tuned initial conditions.What is truly remarkable is the fact that we can perform all these observational tests of cosmological models. It didn’t have to be this way. We live in an extravagantly measurable universe and close to the best time to measure it.Image credit: Planck satellite, by ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Physics, Earth & Space Confirming the Big Bang: The Recent DecadesGuillermo GonzalezMarch 7, 2019, 4:30 AM Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Townsend defends Scotland’s high Saffa intake

first_img‘The fact that someone is playing because he played all his life in Scotland or because his parents were Scottish, his grandparents were Scottish, because he was brought up somewhere and comes through residency does not come into selection thoughts.‘Plans change when you have injuries, we have two stand-offs injured, but it was certainly the plan to get him involved. His performances have earned that right, and we were aware he was eligible now, so let’s get him involved in international rugby and see how he does as soon as possible.’ ‘ ‘ GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Jaco van der Walt Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo SumabisThis Is What Happens To Your Body If You Sleep With Socks OnSumabis|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Posted in News, Test Rugby, Top headlines Tagged Gregor Townsend, Jaco van der Walt, NEWS, Scotland, Test Rugby ‘  2  0 ‘ From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVFormer Springbok, Bulls, Lions and Stormers scrumhalf Jano Vermaak names a team of the best he played alongside and against.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndosinoticia.com埃及艷後:她睡了全歐洲最強的男人,只為征服世界?sinoticia.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Townsend defends Scotland’s high Saffa intake ‘ Gregor Townsend has defended Scotland’s use of the residency rule following his selection of uncapped South African Jaco van der Walt in their squad for Saturday’s Test against Ireland.Van der Walt will make his Test debut for his adopted country in Dublin this week having completed the three-year eligibility qualification on 16 November.The selection of the 26-year-old at flyhalf brings the tally of South Africans in the Scottish match-day squad to four, with wing Duhan van der Merwe and props Oli Kebble and WP Nel also set for duty.The selection of foreign players has caused a bit of an uproar, with many believing it sets back homegrown players. But Townsend has hit back, saying his job is to pick the best available players even if that means they are from foreign countries.‘Jaco’s been playing for Edinburgh the last three years and his play and performances have earned him the right to be considered,’ said Townsend. ‘This will be our fifth stand-off – Finn, Adam, Duncan all came the Scottish system which is important, that players can see they can come through the system and play for Scotland. They’re great role models for young players. ‘ Photo: Bruce White / SNS Group ‘The way Jaco has integrated into Edinburgh and our group, he’s a very humble and hard-working player, puts his body on the line and he’s a great defender. And his great grandfather is from Aberdeen, so there is a Scottish connection. But that’s not necessary, we know the rules that other countries as well as ourselves have used.‘It’s up to those players that get capped through those residency mechanisms – they make a huge effort to play for that country. That’s what we’ve seen with Duhan and Oli, and we’ve seen in the past from WP Nel and Sam Johnson. Published on December 4, 2020 last_img read more

Activision Blizzard to stop reporting Warcraft subscribers

first_img 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. 4Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyCurt Sampson Sofware Developer 5 years ago The Warcraft movie might cause WoW subscription to go back up, you can bet ActBlizz will start reporting the leap in users quick smart. 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyCasey Anderson Product Manager, Big Fish Games5 years ago With this and the King purchase, it is enough to make me wonder if they are planning to move WoW to a F2P model. There is a massive secondary market for WoW items and services, so perhaps the waning subscription base is finally causing ActiBliz to feel the pressure to capitalize on that market. 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (5)Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany5 years ago Sorry if I repeat myself, but I just love the sentence (and has a lot of applications, as you can see…)Once again: “If I close my eyes, the dragon will go away…”center_img Activision Blizzard to stop reporting Warcraft subscribersCompany will use unspecified engagement metrics as “better indicators” of business performanceBrendan SinclairManaging EditorTuesday 3rd November 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleActivision BlizzardThis morning, Activision Blizzard reported that the World of Warcraft subscriber base has fallen to 5.5 million people. That may be the last solid number the company gives out for the venerable MMORPG, as Activision Blizzard also said it would no longer be providing quarterly updates to that figure.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games As GameSpot reported, company representatives confirmed the news in a post-earnings call, saying, “Note that this is the last quarter that we plan to provide subscriber numbers. There are other metrics that are better indicators of the overall Blizzard business performance.”Instead of subscriber numbers, Activision Blizzard intends to use unspecified engagement metrics.As the company has pushed toward a “year-round engagement model” with its franchises, it has similarly de-emphasized traditional performance metrics like sales figures. It has never reported sales figures for Destiny, instead relying on “registered users” numbers, sometimes even pairing that with the number of registered users for the free-to-play Hearthstone and reporting a combined number. In its quarterly earnings, Activision Blizzard pointed to “key engagement metrics” for Hearthstone being up 77 percent, but neglected to detail what those metrics were.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesActivision Blizzard wins patent lawsuit after nine yearsThe judge ruled that the patents were “not inventions” of Worlds Incorporated, which was suing for infringementBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoCall of Duty, King push Activision Blizzard to record Q1 revenuesPublisher’s revenues jump 27% to $2.28 billion as Call of Duty Mobile’s Chinese debut helps drive Activision division sales up 72% year-over-yearBy Brendan Sinclair 7 days agoLatest comments (5)Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.5 years ago Funny. Microsoft just announced they will no longer provide console sales and will instead report subscription data. Activision announces it will no longer provide subscription data and will instead report engagement data. 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShane Sweeney Academic 5 years ago The ghost of Mark Twain is clearly returning. “Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself.”last_img read more

EHF CL: Celje PL in TOP 16 after four years – Barca wins in Minsk!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmail ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsSlovenian vice-champion RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko wins fourth place in the Preliminary Group of the VELUX EHF Champions League after victory over Swedish Savehof 29:24 (14:10).Sävehof: Forsberg, Johannesson, Apelgren 2, Nielsen 4, Friden 5 (2), Johansson, Tonnesen 4, Bucht, Albrechtson, S.E. Forsell, Ottosson 6, S.O. Schefvert 1, Bliznac 2.Celje PL: Lesjak, Skok, Blagotinšek 1, Mlakar, Marguč 9 (4), Janc, Razgor 2, Toskić 2, Ranevski, Skube 5, Poteko, Zelenović 4, Žabič 1, Mačkovšek 2, Lekai 1, Žvižej 2. Daniel Dujshebaev about family “No.1”: Talant is better than me and Alex Related Items:F.C Barcelona Intersport, RK Celje PL F.C BARCELONA Intersport beat Dinamo Minsk 30:28 in Belarus and finished the Preliminary Group with 18 from possible 20 points. Serhei Rutenka was the TOP scorer with 10 goals.28 – Dinamo Minsk:Bogdanov; D. Rutenka (1), Nikulenkau (4), Shevelev (-), Doroshchuk (2), Atman (5, 2p.),Shevalevich (8, 3p) -equipo inicial-, Stetsyura (5), Ostroushko (-), Babichev (2), Skopintsev (-) Brovko (1), Mijatovic (p.s.) y Peyanovich (p.s.).30 – Barcelona: Saric; Rocas (4), Gurbindo (1), Noddesbo (2), Raúl Entrerríos (5), S. Rutenka (10, 3p.), Juanín (1), siete inicial, Ariño (-), Montoro (1), Jernemyr (-), Balaguer (-), Stranovsky (4), Mikel Aguirrezabalaga (2), Morros (-) y Sterbik (p.s.). 6. HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagr…9117228:254(-26)3 2020: Borut Mackovsek to stay at RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko! 2. Füchse Berlin9702261:255(6)14 1. FC Barcelona Intersport10901321:252(69)18 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. RK Celje present new coach Tomaz Ocvirk 4. Celje Pivovarna Lasko10406245:258(-13)8 3. HC Dinamo Minsk10514276:259(17)11 1. THW Kiel10802329:265(64)16 5. HCM Constanta10208234:283(-49)4 3. BM Atletico Madrid9504249:243(6)10 4. Pick Szeged9306236:264(-28)6 Recommended for you 1. MKB Veszprém KC9801269:223(46)16 5. IK Sävehof10208276:330(-54)4 PHOTO: SLAVKO KOLAR Click to comment 5. Kadetten Schaffhausen9207254:292(-38)4last_img read more

Foster Wheeler awarded multi-billion dollar contract

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Rail industry has cause for optimism, survey suggests

first_imgGLOBAL: A survey of 961 respondents across the rail, aviation and shipping industries by law firm Norton Rose has indicated that the rail industry is best placed to withstand the impact of the recession. Norton Rose launched its report detailing the results, entitled The Way Ahead for Transport, at an event in London on September 10. Of the 961 industry representatives questioned between June 17 and July 3 2009, 654 came from the rail industry, with around 150 each from shipping and aviation. The report suggests there is cross-industry consensus that rail is the mode most insulated from the economic downturn, with 79% of aviation respondents and 77% of shipping respondents agreeing with this view. It was shared by 87% of rail respondents.The report highlighted the importance of infrastructure investment as a driver of recovery, with all three sectors seeing this as the most useful focus of government investment, although respondents in the rail industry saw it as a much more urgent priority than those in the other sectors. In terms of traffic, 83% of rail respondents believed that there would be at most a 10% decline in passenger numbers in 2009 compared to the previous year, with 51% replying that the freight market would be worst affected by the recession. However, there were some unexpected responses in other areas. Gordon Hall, Transport Partner at Norton Rose, noted his surprise that a majority of respondents felt that EU law had had ‘little impact’ on their businesses. The survey was distributed within the rail industry by Railway Gazette International.last_img read more

Keysight Introduces New Automotive Radar Target Simulator and Advanced Automotive Ethernet Solutions

first_imgKeysight Technologies has added two new test solutions to its growing automotive portfolio – a Radar Target Simulator and an Advanced Automotive Ethernet software – which help automotive industry engineers, designers and manufacturers develop high-quality, high-performance products that improve safety in any driving conditions and enable emerging advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).The rapid developments in autonomous vehicles and demand for greater safety features is fueling the need for sensitive and accurate automotive radar technology. Leveraging its expertise in radar test technology, Keysight now offers a new Radar Target Simulator (RTS) to help automotive electronics manufacturers confidently simulate radar targets in various realistic scenarios. They have leveraged technology from their vast experience in RF design to deliver a multi-target remote head that enables radar module developers to overcome design and performance verification challenges.Keysight’s new RTS performs multi-target, multi-angle testing for radar modules in a lab environment. The solution delivers fast, accurate and reliable results that balance throughput and quality. Design and verification engineers can quickly validate the performance of radar products, while manufacturing and design validation engineers are able to simulate multiple objects at variable distances. By allowing users to bring a real-world test environment into their lab, Keysight’s RTS delivers substantial time and cost savings.Key features of Keysight’s new automotive Ethernet channel test software solution include:Creation of a test plan that includes all required tests as per the specification.Automatic set up of the network analyzer for each measurement and applies defined test limits.Detailed reporting for each test that has been run.Keysight’s Automotive Ethernet solutions suite provides the hardware, software, cables and accessories needed to enable compliance testing. These offerings are enhanced by newly released receiver testing software and an updated transmit compliance application that offers 4 different data rates, including the preliminary version of Multi-Gig IEEE 802.3ch, in one application – making Keysight the first to offer compliance tests for IEEE 802.3ch.Addressing the Standards that Govern Automotive EthernetNext-generation ADAS systems require camera and radar systems with high resolution, which require increased speed and bandwidth. Automotive Ethernet enables faster data communication to meet the demands of today’s vehicles and the connected vehicles of the future. However, the channel or link in a system can create a point of failure and as such must be fully tested.Keysight’s new automotive Ethernet software ensures signal quality requirements with conformance testing for that channel. In addition, it performs return loss, insertion loss, mode conversion, powersum and cross talk measurements of a cable in a bundle. Built on functional and multipurpose hardware – Keysight E5080B ENA Vector Network Analyzer, Keysight PXI Vector Network Analyzers, or Keysight Streamline Series USB Vector Network Analyzers – which are also invaluable tools in the lab for design verification and validation beyond automotive Ethernet.Click here to learn more about the Radar Target Simulator.Click here to learn more about Keysight’s Automotive Ethernet Software.last_img read more

Gov. Lee unveils safe reopening plan for Tennessee schools

first_imgNASHVILLE, TN (WLAF) – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced today the State of Tennessee’s recommendations to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year.“Providing parents a choice in their children’s education is incredibly important,” said Gov. Lee. “In-person learning is the medically sound, preferred option. Our state is doing everything we can to work with local school districts and ensure that in-person learning is made available in a way that protects the health and safety of our students and educators, and this plan helps us accomplish that goal.”“Leading health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, and National Academies of Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering, have all stressed the importance of in-person learning for students,” said Tennessee Commissioner of Health Dr. Lisa Piercey. “The Department of Health has worked with Department of Education to establish a protocol to keep school buildings open safely and cause minimal disruption when positive cases occur.”“Tennessee is prioritizing health and safety of our school communities,” said Tennessee Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn. “Ensuring schools, teachers, families, and students have the critical resources and supports they need to start the new school year strong is paramount, and I am thankful to Governor Lee for continuing to support education in Tennessee as schools reopen across the state.”The recommendations from the Department of Health and the Department of Education are below:HealthWhen to Test & Quarantine10-Day Sick WindowAnyone testing positive for COVID-19 must isolate themselves at home for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms or 10 days from the date their test was done if they never developed symptoms. Fever must be gone and they must be feeling better for at least 24 hours.14-Day QuarantineAnyone who has been within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for 10 minutes or more must quarantine themselves at home for 14 days from the last time they were with that person. These time periods do not change with a doctor’s note or with a negative test.Contact TracingKeeping schools open for in-person instruction depends upon our ability to quickly isolate people who are sick and quarantine their close contacts.If a child is ill, parents should not send them to school where they could infect others. If a child is diagnosed with COVID-19, parents are asked to assist the Department of Health by contacting the child’s close contacts so those individuals can quarantine at home.If a parent is notified that their child has been in close contact of someone with COVID-19, please follow the guidelines and quarantine them at home for 14 days.Texting PlatformSchools may be able to assist with notifying families of the need to quarantine through text messaging services. If parents receive a message from their child’s school informing you that your child needs to stay at home for 14 days, please follow those instructions.ImmunizationsSchool entry immunizations have not changed. Even if students are learning online, they still need the required immunizations to register for school. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on immunization rates: 43 percent fewer immunizations were reported during April 2020 compared to April 2019.It is critical that children receive regular check-ups and have their immunizations up to date. Immunizations mitigate outbreaks of preventable diseases, such as the measles and whooping cough.COVID-19 Impact on Vaccinations 0-19 years oldSupporting Child WellbeingIn response to the pandemic’s long-term effects on Tennessee’s school districts and students, Gov. Lee charged Commissioner Schwinn with convening the 38-member COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force. The findings of the taskforce’s Initial COVID-19 Impact Summary include:  *   Reports of suspected child abuse dropped by 27% during peak stay-at-home orders in Tennessee;  *   75 percent of students nationally receive mental health care in a school setting;  *   In 2019, approx. 45,000 school-aged children were served for mental health through the community-based system;  *   Approximately half of districts were able to address or check on wellness and safety of students during spring closures;  *   Nearly 14 million students across the country go hungry when school is not in session, so resumption of in-person learning is critical to ensure access to nutrition.AcademicsEmpowering ParentsWhether it be in-person or virtual, we want parents to have a choice in their child’s education. For those who choose the virtual option, the State will provide free resources to supplement their district’s school-based services. The resources include:  *   Early Literacy Resource: A free resource for students pre-K through 2nd grade to build foundational skills and support early literacy;  *   PBS Learning Series: Complete lessons for  1st- 9th grade students in both math and ELA taught by Tennessee teachers;  *   STE(A)M Resource Hub: Three challenges per week to spark creative thinking, design, and career exploration from the home;  *   Start of the Year Checkpoint: A free and optional assessment to measure student performance at the beginning of the year and help inform educators about student readiness for the year ahead;Advocating for StudentsTechnology and Continuity of OperationsDevices and connectivity will be critical resources to ensure quality remote learning this school year. The $50 million grant initiative to support district technology purchases is now available and is intended to increase student access to one-to-one instructional devices such as laptops or tablets.The Department of Education is supporting districts, schools and teachers through additional WiFi and technology supports, including 250,000 devices.Meal Supports & Food AccessibilityThe school meal finder will continue to be provided to ensure parents know where to go for school meal programs should a school building be closed.Financial assistance is available for families who qualify for free or reduced school lunches, through the Department of Human Services’ Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program.Supporting TeachersSafety Equipment for TeachersThe State is providing no-cost PPE, including face masks for any school stakeholder who wants or needs one, thermometers for every school, and face shields for every staff member. This includes 298,000 cloth reusable masks for teachers, and 27 million disposable masks for students distributed by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.Every classroom teacher will have a full-year classroom disinfecting kit to use so no teacher pays for these materials out of their own pockets. The kits include hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, gloves and masks.School nurses will be provided with surgical masks, gloves, protective gowns, and face shields.Professional Development ResourcesThe Department of Education will offer free professional development classes on remote teaching that will cover relationship-building, using instructional materials, and system set-up. These resources have extended through August 31st.Principals and assistant principals will have access to remote education professional       development through UT-Knoxville, and teachers have access through Trevecca Nazarene University.The Department also announced the Special Education Additional Endorsement Grant, which will enable every public school district to provide at least one teacher with a special education endorsement (SPED) for free. Eight SPED Additional Endorsement Grants, totaling $1 million, have been awarded to Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) to deliver courses in a virtual environment.Assisting DistrictsDecision-Making ProtocolThe Department of Education will provide district leaders with a decision-tree that includes recommendations on how to keep school buildings open safely when a case or cases are confirmed among students or staff, developed in collaboration with the Department of Health and School & District Action Teams.Recruiting Additional PersonnelA job board for educators and substitute teachers has been created so districts can use remote resources to ensure they are staffed for the start of the year and can fill vacancies more quickly. More than 1,000 educators have already utilized the job board, showing the strong teaching workforce present in Tennessee.FundingEnsuring districts have the resources they need to implement remote learning with fidelity is paramount. The $11 million grant program to bolster programmatic supports and implementation will be released to districts soon.The Department of Education is establishing a criteria list for potential district partners to ensure supports are well-versed in the academic programming needs to successfully implement district Continuous Learning Plans (CLPs).As districts finalize their CLPs and build team capacity to effectively implement them, this grant program will provide funding for supports such as:  *   Training educators on effective instructional practices in virtual classroom environments;  *   Integrating the use of high-quality instructional materials in virtual instruction;  *   Supporting operational aspects of virtual instruction, including IT support for students, families, and staff.Tennessee will continue to ensure parents, teachers, and school leaders are equipped with the appropriate information to provide a high-quality education for all students.Contact SportsGov. Lee will issue Executive Order No. 55 to allow for contact sports to resume, provided they follow the requirements of the TSSAA. Non-TSSAA schools must follow equivalent guidelines, and non-school-sponsored athletics should follow the Tennessee Pledge guidelines.  An update to the Pledge guidelines will be forthcoming.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/28/2020-6PM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more