Sunday, February 11, 2024

Video: What's Next for Chiplets

Is the future more about chiplets rather than monolithic chips? Yervant Zorian, Fellow & Chief Architect from Synopsys, explains:

  • The limitations of monolithic chips: As technology advances, we're reaching the limit of how much knowledge we can squeeze into a single chip. Chiplets, on the other hand, are smaller, more cost-effective, and yield better results.
  • The evolution of the chiplet industry: The real breakthrough will come when different vendors start offering their chiplets to the market, much like IPs. This will lead to a new ecosystem of chiplet providers and users, with 'supermarkets' of chiplets available for innovative designs.
  • The importance of interoperability: For this new chiplet industry to thrive, there needs to be interoperability not just functionally, but also in terms of the health of the overall system. This includes the reliability and availability of individual chiplets, as well as their communication with each other over their lifecycle.

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U.S. forms National Semiconductor Technology Center Consortium

A new National Semiconductor Technology Center will convene government, industry, customers, suppliers, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, and investors as a public-private consortium to innovate, connect, and solve problems.

The Department of Commerce expects to invest over $5 billion in the program. Deirdre Hanford, a semiconductor industry leader with 30 years of experience at Synopsys, has been selected as the first Chief Executive Officer of, the organization that will operate the NSTC consortium. 

The NSTC will also prioritize launching a Workforce Center of Excellence, which will be a hub for workforce development for semiconductor companies doing business in America. 

“Semiconductors are at the heart of the economy, impacting every aspect of our lives,” said Deirdre Hanford. “My amazing years at Synopsys have given me a broad and deep view of the semiconductor landscape. I am honored and humbled to take on the role of Natcast CEO. I look forward to fulfilling the CHIPS NSTC mission of fostering semiconductor innovation and growing a talented workforce.”

BT, Ericsson and Qualcomm advance network slicing

 BT, Ericsson and Qualcomm demonstrated advanced 5G slicing for differentiated consumer and enterprise connectivity.

The trial, which took place at BT's Adastral Park research facilities, established network slices for Gaming, Enterprise and Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), and showed how, by allocating a portion of the 5G SA network to provide dynamic partitions for specific use-cases, optimal performance can be maintained for bandwidth-heavy activities including mobile gaming and video conferencing even during peak times.

The tests featured Ericsson’s 5G Core and Radio Access Network technology with devices powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy Mobile Platform.

Some key points:

  • Mobile gaming traffic on EE, the UK's leading network, has nearly doubled since early 2023, exceeding two petabytes per month.
  • Network slicing is anticipated to significantly enhance performance and growth in the 5G SA era by providing low-latency, jitter-free, and immersive gaming experiences.
  • BT Group, Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies showcased superior mobile cloud gaming on Nvidia’s GeForce Now, achieving over 25 Mbps throughput at 1080p, even under additional network load, using network slicing.
  • A gaming session on Fortnite with the Samsung S23 Ultra, powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, demonstrated smooth performance through Ericsson’s network slicing and Radio Resource Partitioning, compared to a congested non-optimized eMBB RAN partition.
  • The trial also highlighted network slicing's benefits for enterprise applications, showing stable 4K video streaming and efficient enterprise communications on the Samsung S23 Ultra device.
  • Ericsson's 5G RAN Slicing and Radio Resource Partitioning ensured optimal experiences for both gaming and enterprise use-cases by allowing devices to connect to multiple network slices based on the application's needs.

Greg McCall, Chief Networks Officer, BT Group, said: “Network slicing will enable us to deliver new and improved capabilities for customers in the 5G SA era. As we work diligently towards the launch of our own 5G SA network, today’s successful demonstration of how slicing enables us to differentiate Quality of Service to guarantee performance for different segments is a significant milestone, and illustrative of the new services that will be enabled by 5G SA.”

2Africa subsea cable lands in Ghana and Nigeria

 The 2Africa project marked another significant milestone with the landing the subsea cable in Ghana and Nigeria.

At 45,000km, 2Africa is expected to be the longest subsea cable ever deployed. A total of 46 cable landing locations are envisioned for the project.

Frédéric Schepens, CEO of Bayobab said, “Following two milestone landings in South Africa, we are pleased to announce 2Africa cable landing further up the continent, in Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria. The 2Africa initiative is at the core of the work we do as Bayobab, with the ultimate goal of connecting Africa to the world and the world to Africa. We are eager to continue offering services that will expand the rapidly growing African digital economy and positively impact growth across the continent.”

The 2Africa consortium includes Bayobab (formerly MTN GlobalConnect), Center3 (stc), China Mobile International, Meta, Orange, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Group, and WIOCC.

Corning intros its latest indoor cellular solution


 Corning introduced its latest indoor cellular solution, the Evero® 5G Enterprise Radio Access Network (ERAN), designed for hospitals, hotels, airports, and other high-density environments regardless of their mobile provider. The solution combines the benefits of small cell radio access networks (RAN), which accommodate multiple frequencies, with the advantages of distributed antenna system (DAS) technologies, which provide reliable signals throughout high-density environments.

In a major departure from legacy solutions, the newest addition to Corning’s Everon portfolio supports multiple mobile operators over a common network, si,mplifying installation and reducing cost of ownership, as conventional architectures typically  provide cellular connectivity for only one operator at a time.

Corning says its solution leverages Open RAN architecture and works with components from multiple vendors, enabling software upgradability. It also uses Virtualized RAN technology, offering hardware flexibility through cloud-based data processing.

“Everon 5G ERAN sets a new industry standard by offering a streamlined solution for coverage-challenged places that are part of our daily lives, like hospitals, hotels, and office buildings,” said Shirish Nagaraj, Corning Optical Communications’ chief technology officer, Wireless.

“Our newest Everon solution offers flexibility in design, predictability in deployment, and scalability for future needs,” said Nagaraj. “It highlights Corning’s dedication to solving the world’s toughest technology challenges alongside our customers – and improving the world with every innovation.”

Telstra implements Azure OpenAI for frontline customer service

Telstra is expanding two in-house developed generative AI solutions following promising pilots with frontline team members. 

The applications, One Sentence Summary and Ask Telstra, leverage Microsoft Cloud and its Azure OpenAI.

  • One Sentence Summary ,condenses recent customer notes, interactions, and transactions into a brief overview of a customer’s current situation. This reduces the need for customers to reiterate their information. During trials in 2023, it was found that 90% of employees who used the tool experienced time savings and enhanced productivity, with a 20% reduction in the need for follow-up contact. The tool also facilitated employees' ability to comprehend and  handle complex or delicate issues, such as prioritizing or providing financial assistance to customers. Telstra plans to expand the availability of One Sentence Summary to all its contact center and store teams throughout 2024.
  • Ask Telstra is another GenAI app deployed by Telstra to allow employees swift and easy access to the company’s vast internal knowledge bases. Leveraging Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service and Azure AI Search, Ask Telstra delivers AI-generated answers to employee inquiries through a straightforward search interface, ensuring responses are based on Telstra’s reliable and secure corporate information. This tool streamlines the process of finding information within the company, making it quicker and more efficient for employees to get the answers they need.

Kim Krogh Andersen, Telstra's Group Executive Product & Technology, states “We’re at a profound juncture in a new era of transformation, and it's one that we're navigating in lockstep with our partners. Our deep, strategic relationship with Microsoft is positioning us well to unlock value and growth as technologies like generative AI proliferate at speed. We’ve been on a journey of simplification and modernisation over a number of years. We've simplified our technology architecture and shifted to a 100% API-first approach to product development. We’re also migrating workloads to the public cloud and building reusable AI capabilities. Our collaboration with Accenture is now helping to accelerate the work we have ahead. It's a massive undertaking, but it has put us in a position to now rapidly scale bespoke generative AI tools, like Ask Telstra and One Sentence Summary, that can really shift the dial when it comes to helping our teams provide quicker, more effective, and more personalised customer interactions.”

Oracle Cloud broadens FedRAMP Approval

 Over 16 new services and features within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) have received FedRAMP certification, offering advanced AI, DevOps, and security functions to federal agencies and their partners. As a result, there are now 93 FedRAMP approved services accessible in Oracle's U.S. government regions for customer use.

Highlights of the new capabilities available at FedRAMP High in the U.S. Government Cloud include:

  • Network Firewall is an integrated, cloud native, managed firewall service built using next-generation technology from Palo Alto Networks.
  • DevOps service is a complete continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform for developers to simplify and automate their software development lifecycle.
  • AI Vision is an AI service for performing deep-learning–based image analysis at scale.
  • AI Forecasting delivers univariate and multivariate time-series forecasts through statistical, machine learning, and deep learning algorithms.
  • Data Safe empowers organizations to understand data sensitivity, evaluate data risks, mask sensitive data, implement and monitor security controls, assess user security, and monitor user activity—all in a single, unified console.
  • Big Data Service is a fully managed, automated cloud service that provides enterprises with a cost-effective Hadoop environment.

Oracle has also introduced nine new features to existing FedRAMP High approved cloud services.

“Adding these new services to our U.S. government cloud underscores our commitment to providing our government customers with comprehensive cloud services, and we will continue to use feedback from our customers to build new innovative solutions,” said Rand Waldron, vice president, Global Government Sector, Oracle. “Moreover, government agencies and the companies that support them can always use our government cloud regions at the same globally consistent price as our public cloud, enabling them to spend more of their resources on core mission needs.”

Kyndryl and Google Cloud partner on Enterprise-ready GenAI

Kyndryl expanded its partnership with Google Cloud to targetn enterprise-ready GenAI. 

Kyndryl and Google Cloud have worked together since 2021 to help global businesses transform with Google Cloud’s advanced AI capabilities and trusted infrastructure. 

The next phase of the partnership will focus on coupling Google Cloud’s in-house AI capabilities, including Gemini, Google’s most advanced Large Language Model (LLM), with Kyndryl’s expertise and managed services to develop and deploy generative AI solutions for customers. Key focus areas include: 

  • Kyndryl will offer advisory and implementation services through Kyndryl Consult to help clients identify and implement the best generative AI use cases and data strategies for their business goals, leveraging its experience with Google Cloud's technologies, including Gemini, for AI-driven business transformation.
  • Kyndryl will use Google Cloud's Cortex Framework to enhance customer value from ERP data on Google Cloud, aiming to increase productivity, foster innovation, and deliver better insights for improved business outcomes.
  • Kyndryl plans to introduce its custom LLM Operations Framework to Google Cloud customers, facilitating the adoption of generative AI solutions that address common issues efficiently and responsibly, while continuing to provide data modernization services for optimizing generative AI implementations.
  • Kyndryl aims to expand its AI and data analytics expertise through more training and bootcamps via Google Cloud Academy, enhancing its ability to deliver Google Cloud-powered generative AI solutions to clients, supported by its involvement in Google’s Generative AI Initiative for Service Partners.

“Given Kyndryl’s data services expertise, along with our more than 30 years of experience managing large enterprise environments, Kyndryl understands the complexities in moving a generative AI solution from an idea into production,” said Nicolas Sekkaki, Kyndryl’s Global Applications, Data and AI Practice Leader. “By combining this unique perspective and the Kyndryl Responsible AI Principles with Google’s AI history and in-house generative AI capabilities, we can quickly and responsibly bring this new generation of AI to customers and drive their business value.”