Monthly Archives: September 2014

Gaining Competitive Advantage from Supply Chain Analytics on All Data

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Dr. Theo Vassilakis, Founder and CEO, Metanautix Dr. Pravin Fulay, Associate Vice President, TechMahindra Globalization has been a boon to the semiconductor industry. With Fabless on the rise and outsourced manufacturing dominated by low cost countries, the industry is experiencing critical changes.  Integrating information about the physical supply chain with information about the data supply chain will be a key differentiator.  Global visibility across the supply chain is one of the key challenges which determines the success of product manufacturing.  By performing rapid supply chain analytics across data silos, companies can collaborate effectively, work seamlessly, innovate better, reduce costs and detect and respond to product issues quickly. Some of the key questions which need to be answered are: Is the organization experiencing cost reduction through value engineering? Can predictive modeling forecast the success of new product lines? How to identify dead or obsolete stock and manage it through product aging ... Read More »

The Path to Conquering “Little Data”

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Charlie Cheng, President and CEO, Kilopass Technology Inc. The simple demarcation of “Big Data” for large organizations and “Little Data” for individual companies seems simple enough until one examines the motivation of the data. Then it becomes quite clear that the “Big Data” problem can be solved quite elegantly through traditional branches of computer science, riding on the shoulders of semiconductor advances. Equally clear, though, is how ill-defined the “Little Data” problem is, and how much more challenging it is to solve “the” problem. The “Little Data” problem is one of artificial intelligence, with the Internet enriched (or cluttered) by the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, etc. as the database for automated decision-making for us human beings. To provide a proper contextual background and contrast, it’s useful to summarize the “big” idea behind “Big Data.” One doesn’t always need to understand causality because sometimes correlations are enough to predict trends ... Read More »

Little Sensors, Big Data Sensor Data for Wearables, Automobiles, and the Internet of Things

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Michelle Kelsey, PLM, Sensor Solutions Division, Freescale, Inc. INTRODUCTION “Big Data” is here, but it is still in its adolescence and its growth is expected to continue. One of the main sources of big data may be the smallest components.  Sensors may be perceived to generate “little data”, but it adds up quickly. As Walmart claims to have access to “petabytes” of consumer data from 145 million Americans (more than 60 percent of U.S. adults), sensors are providing factors of 100 times that transaction data for the same consumers who are walking down the shopping aisles.  Unlike the data that may result in each customers purchase transaction, multiple sensors will autonomously generate multiple measurements of data every few seconds for the same person.   As sensors are becoming smaller, we can already see multiple sensing technologies becoming more prominent in mobile products, automobiles, smart cities, smart farms and smart appliances. As ... Read More »

Big Data’s Big Impact in the Manufacturing Sector

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Sanjay Ravi, Worldwide Managing Director for Discrete Manufacturing, Microsoft Corp. Manufacturing executives are seeing big results from big data. The capacity to mine and manage data by connecting factory floors, enterprise IT and analytics software creates one holistic, intelligent system—and it’s empowering companies around the world. Data is the new currency for manufacturers and when companies bring together four big Vs of big data—velocity, volume, variety and value—they are realizing the “Data Dividend” and can witness the transformative effect of this technology. The ability to analyze all this data is making manufacturers more productive, enabling them to transform their business models and allowing them to offer not only products but services as well. ThyssenKrupp is a good example. As one of the world’s leading elevator manufacturers the company maintains more than 1.1 million elevators worldwide, including those at the 1,263-foot CMA Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Officials at ThyssenKrupp have ... Read More »

Private Showing – DecaWave

DecaWave is an Irish fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Dublin. DecaWave recently launched DW1000, a breakthrough Impulse Response Ultra Wide Band (IR-UWB) CMOS transceiver.   Based on the IEE 802.15.4-2011 standard, DW1000 enables precise distance measurement – indoors or outdoors – between radio nodes with better than 10 cm of accuracy, over ranges up to 250 m. This breakthrough has opened up a wide range of new possibilities in the many markets and applications relying on accurate location and positioning. These include: Industrial – suppliers of Real Time Location Systems for factories, hospitals and warehouses have been among the first to implement our chip for next generation asset tracking systems, and to improve the efficiency of the supply chain. To enable those markets, DecaWave has also developed an RF module, DWM1000, making our technology easy to work with for our customers. Automotive – DecaWave’s technology is also attracting great interest from ... Read More »