All Processing Bends Toward AI

EE Times | February 26, 2020

Google is experimenting with machine learning to perform place-and-route in IC design and is getting great results. The revelation, announced last week at the ISSCC conference held here, is as important for artificial intelligence as it is for circuit design. AI has been the most massive thing in the electronics sector for years, pulling an extraordinary amount of semiconductor research in its direction along with venture capital and headlines. Acknowledging the obvious, the theme of this year’s Integrated Solid-State Circuits Conference was Integrated Circuits Powering the AI Era, and the opening plenary session was constructed to map the extent to which AI has warped semiconductor space. The four plenary speakers explained how the requirements of AI are, for example, driving a new category of processors architected specifically for AI applications alongside CPUs and GPUs; spurring innovations in structure e.g., chiplets, multichip packages, interposers; and are even influencing the development of quantum computing.

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Planon launches comprehensive package to deliver an exceptional and engaging workplace experience to building users

Planon | July 01, 2022

Planon, the leading global provider of smart sustainable building management software, today announced the launch of Planon Workplace Edition. Planon Workplace Edition allows organisations to modernise and improve their workplace management quickly and securely with the option to upgrade to the full Planon Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) suite later. Planon Workplace Edition is a plug-and-play, cloud-based software solution. It is composed of fully integrated modules underpinned by smart IoT technology: Planon Workplace Insights and Planon Workplace Engagement. Planon Workplace Insights - the foundation for Planon Workplace Engagement - displays analysed information captured from IoT sensors (occupancy, utilisation, people flow and indoor air quality measurements). This information supports workplace strategists and facilities managers in making the right decisions to create engaging and productive workplaces. The newest module, Planon Workplace Engagement, adds space and services management processes on top of that. In addition, a mobile app and other workplace engagement interfaces for the building user, including room booking panels and kiosks, enhance the workplace experience and build business resilience. "With Planon Workplace Edition, organisations are able to use spaces in a cost-effective and sustainable way while improving the wellbeing and productivity of their building users, It supports workplace professionals in ensuring a safe and healthy environment, and a great experience for building users." -Pierre Guelen, Planon's founder and CEO. About Planon- Planon is the leading global provider of Smart Sustainable Building Management software that connects buildings, people and processes. By eliminating data silos and aligning solutions into one shared information platform, Planon provides all building stakeholders with actionable and meaningful insights. Independent market research and consulting firms have consistently rated Planon as a global leader in the market. Planon has implemented its comprehensive solutions for more than 2,500 clients, supported by offices and partners around the world.

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Jazeera Paints Held All in One Seminar, Inviting Engineers and Designers

Jazeera Paints | June 13, 2022

Jazeera Paints, the leading manufacturer of paints, colors, and construction solutions, held on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Hilton Riyadh, its All in One seminar. The seminar highlighted the company's 42-year journey to the groundbreaking achievement it holds today in the industry. All in One is a slogan for the solutions Jazeera Paints, as a company, provides to its valued clients. Products ranging from architectural, decorative, industrial, and marine products to protective paint, wood paint, and fire-resistant paint products, among other unique products. The product range has been carefully designed to meet the needs and expectations of customers when it comes to preference for base paints, pastes, insulation, external textures, and interior paints. Guests arrived around 6:30 p.m. and were greeted by Jazeera Paints' managers. Government representatives from various Saudi ministries, such as Ministry of Health and Ministry of Sport, delegates from prominent Saudi banks, and renowned Saudi engineers and interior designers were among the attendees. The seminar was well-received by the audience, witnessing the variety of Jazeera Paints' products and the extent to which a local brand can adhere to the highest international standards. The evening's star was Rust Effect, which invited engineers and interior designers to marvel at its breathtaking beauty and uniqueness among the company's other products. The seminar came to an end with a discussion of the Rust Effect, its characteristics, and various applications. Mr. Abdullah Al-Romaih, CEO of Jazeera Paints, expressed his joy and pride in what the company has accomplished thus far in the paints, colors, and construction solutions industry, exceeding all expectations. The seminar honors the company's and employees' efforts to provide the best and finest products for our valued customers. Jazeera Paints set out to provide high-quality products that meet international standards to the Saudi, GCC, and MENA markets. About Jazeera Paints Founded in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1979, Jazeera Paints is a pioneering paint manufacturer in the Gulf Cooperation Council and Middle East and North Africa region, with an established reputation for manufacturing and exporting high-quality and eco-friendly paints. Since the founding of the company, its production capacity has grown to 400,000 tons annually, and Jazeera Paints is now displayed in more than 650 active showrooms!

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British tunnelling start-up hyperTunnel backed by VINCI

hyperTunnel | June 14, 2022

hyperTunnel, the British underground construction innovator, has received a financial investment from VINCI, a global leader in concessions, energy and construction businesses. The funds will be used for business expansion and to further develop and test hyperTunnel's revolutionary construction method in practical situations. The deal further strengthens hyperTunnel's connections with VINCI Construction technical departments. hyperTunnel recently joined VINCI's innovation platform Leonard as a member of its start-up accelerator programme, Catalyst. hyperTunnel also won the prestigious annual Construction Start-up Competition in Miami last year, which Leonard co-organises with other sector heavyweights such as Ferrovial and Cemex Ventures. "hyperTunnel's technology can be truly game-changing when it comes to improving the safety and sustainability of underground construction projects," said Guillaume Bazouin, Head of Start-up and Intrapreneurs programs at Leonard. "It strongly aligns with our goals of rapidly responding to the climate emergency by enabling technological advances that have a substantial environmental impact. hyperTunnel also boasts exceptional leadership and engineering teams, and we are looking to support their great success in the near future." VINCI and Leonard are real experts when it comes to construction innovation, so to get their backing in such a concrete and substantial way means we must be doing something right. They can see the huge potential of the technologies we're developing, and they share our passion for improving how the world works. We're excited to see what we can achieve together over the coming months." Jeremy Hammond,hyperTunnel co-founder Aquaa Partners acted as exclusive financial adviser to hyperTunnel on the transaction. Last week, the European Innovation Council (EIC), Europe's flagship innovation programme to identify, develop and scale up breakthrough technologies and game-changing innovations, selected hyperTunnel to receive funding of 1.88 million Euros under its EIC Accelerator scheme. The funding will be used to complete the development of hyperTunnel's advanced swarm robotics underground construction platform. About hyperTunnel hyperTunnel is a deep tech scale-up developing a revolutionary methodology for tunnels and underground schemes substantially faster, safer, more economically and more environmentally friendly than current techniques. hyperTunnel uses a unique combination of proven technologies from diverse industries – digital twins, robotics, 3D-printing and digital underground surveying, supported by AI and VR – to redefine possibilities in tunnel construction, enlargement, monitoring and repair. Founded in 2018, hyperTunnel employs 40 people located at its Basingstoke headquarters, and outdoor learning environment (the hOLE) and Geolab in the North Hampshire Downs. In 2021, hyperTunnel announced a contract with Network Rail. hyperTunnel has received a string of awards and funding of 1.88 m Euros from the European Innovation Council (EIC)'s EIC Accelerator scheme. hyperTunnel was recently picked by the government's Innovate UK agency to join its Global Business Innovation Programme. It won Startup of the Year at this year's Construction Technology Awards; was highlighted as a Top 50 Contech Startup and among 10 winners of the global Construction Startup Competition.

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AkitaBox and McKinstry Announce Partnership to Deliver Facility Condition Assessment Software Offering

McKinstry | May 20, 2022

AkitaBox and McKinstry announce their partnership on delivering facility condition assessments (FCAs). AkitaBox FCA software will give architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) firms and building owners/operators a tool for conducting data collection, reporting, and other aspects of a complete FCA. "A partnership with McKinstry, a leader in designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining high performance buildings, is exciting for AkitaBox, Their invaluable testing and feedback will help us ensure our software will truly improve every aspect of FCAs." AkitaBox co-founder Josh Lowe "We believe that we can help transform something that's been overlooked and is in desperate need of change," Lowe adds. "We look forward to moving the industry towards a better FCA, one asset at a time." The collaboration began in mid-2021, when McKinstry first learned AkitaBox was developing FCA software. At the time, the company was looking for ways to augment their existing FCA offering to boost delivery of their building consulting services. "McKinstry is partnering with AkitaBox to enhance our facility condition assessment and asset data collection, analysis, and reporting," says Casey Morris, national facility assessment leader for McKinstry. "AkitaBox brings a set of capabilities that complement our existing tools and methodologies while advancing our ability to achieve greater efficiency and improve deliverables for our clients." "This partnership will expand our capabilities in the marketplace," continues Morris. "It's going to give us an opportunity to be more competitive while still offering the actionable data and custom solutions for which McKinstry is known." AkitaBox FCA software fully digitizes a facility's floor plans and maps the location of each asset to the plan, creating a digital twin. Assessment data is collected and incorporated directly into the digital twin. This data can continue to be updated after the FCA is complete for an always current view of facility condition. About AkitaBox AkitaBox delivers an unrivaled data-driven software to assess and optimize the operation and condition of facilities, from the boiler room to the boardroom. Their cloud-based software provides real-time facilities data in a visual and easy-to-use, customizable format - helping teams simplify their operations, reduce risk, and solve even the most complex facility challenges. The AkitaBox Pulse suite of software solutions includes Facility Condition Assessment, Capital Management, Asset Management, Work Order Management, Preventive Maintenance, Occupant Experience, and Inspections. Visit www.akitabox.com. About McKinstry McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy, and facility services. The firm's innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that drives waste and redundancy out of the design/build process. With over 2,000 professional staff and trades people throughout the United States and operations in more than 20 states, McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and optimize profitability "For The Life of Your Building."

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