// M&A, Strategies, Alliances //
JDA Software has acquired Blue Yonder, a German retail software provider that JDA hopes will boost its logistics and supply chain offering – with some notable AI-based systems.
Amazon is buying PillPack, an online drugstore that has been disrupting conventional retailers. With $100m in revenue, and $118m in funding, Amazon apparently paid $1bn.
Engie has acquired Flashnet, a Romanian startup that specializes in energy management systems for cities. It’s a 60% stake, but the sum paid is undisclosed.
// Networks, Protocols, & Wireless //
Sequans and NTT Docomo have partnered, to accelerate the adoption of NB-IoT in Japan, using Sequans’ Monarch silicon platform. The two previously worked on LTE-M too.
Apple has ditched Intel for Bluetooth and WiFi in its 2020 iPhones, although early reports said this cancellation included a 5G modem, which is not part of the Sunny Peak design.
// Big Data, Cloud, AI, and Machine-Learning //
Intel and Baidu have announced a series of collaborations focused on machine-learning, including using Movidius VPUs in a new Baidu retail camera, and Baidu’s plans to use Intel FPGAs in its cloud computing platforms, as well as optimizing PaddlePaddle for Xeon.
Baidu has announced the Kunlun 818-300 chip, a unit it claims can achieve 260 TOPS, with 512GBps of memory bandwidth – a 30x improvement on its first FPGA design.
Downer has picked Cisco’s Kinetic platform, to power its Australian road and transport business, using Kinetic for distributed computation and data transport.
Researchers have demonstrated a way to build neural networks from DNA molecules, which are capable of reading hand-written numbers – the findings were published in Nature.
DEWA has picked GE’s Predix PaaS to run some of its utility operations in Dubai, UAE, using a cloud-based version that will provide data analytics and automation.
Nokia and China Mobile have signed an MoU, to develop a new laboratory that will research AI and ML technologies, as well as network-edge and 5G services.
// Industrial & Manufacturing //
The IIC has announced the Smart Printing Factory Testbed, which is being led by FujiFilm and supported by Fujitsu, IBM, RTI, and Toshiba.
// Automotive //
Hyundai and Autotalks have partnered to develop V2X technology for road safety, with Hyundai also investing an undisclosed amount in Autotalks.
Anthony Levandowski has resurfaced, after TechCrunch did some digging into a new autonomous trucking company still in stealth-mode – called Kache.ai.
Tesla almost hit the 5,000-unit weekly production target, missing it by a few hours, and hopes to be able to hit 6,000 within a month. Reports of tent-based production lines are a little off-putting, which were spotted by satellite photography.
Intel and Baidu have announced that Mobileye’s Responsibility Sensitive Safety (MRSS) model into Baidu’s Project Apollo and Apollo Pilot programs, with Mobileye’s Surround Computer Vision Kit as the machine vision element that Baidu will sell to Chinese OEMs.
The ConVeX Consortium (Audi, Ducati, Ericsson, SWARCO, and Kaiserslautern University) carried out the first live demo of C-V2X for motorbikes.
Neuvition has announced the first version of its Titan M1 LiDAR system, a semi-solid-state design with 200-meter range, for 1.5m data points per second, using 1550nm wavelength.
// Smart Grid & Utility //
Utilitywise, Dell, and Vodafone have partnered to develop a new building energy management platform, in trials with UK retailers, which claims a 20% cost reduction and an ROI of less than 12 months.