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Linux Now Has its First Open Source RISC-V Processor

October 6, 2017

SiFive has declared that 2018 will be the year of RISC V Linux processors.

The Trend Toward Distributed Robotics

October 5, 2017

With all of the discussion happening around collaborative robots (cobots) there is, of course, a lot of talk of how these robots will interact (and possibly replace) humans in the workspace. One less discussed aspect is how these robots will collaborate with each other.

Coating Makes Electronically Heated Textiles Possible

October 5, 2017

It’s one thing to have clothing that keeps heat trapped close to the body to help you stay warm, but what if your clothing actually could electrically heat up inside to stave off the cold?

That’s the potential for a new nano-coating developed at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst, which researchers demonstrated can be used to heat up the fingers of a prototype glove for up to eight hours.

Toyota, Mazda, Denso Team Up to Develop EV Technology

October 4, 2017

Longtime electric vehicle holdout Toyota Motor Corp. announced last week it is partnering with Mazda Motor Corp and automotive supplier Denso Corp. to form a new company to develop EV technologies.

GM to Produce 20 New Electric Cars by 2023

October 3, 2017

General Motors raised the stakes in the auto industry’s ongoing competition to build more affordable, long-range electric cars this week, announcing it would roll out two more all-new EVs in the next 18 months, and 20 more by 2023.

Sports Stadiums Need Industrial-Grade Networking

October 3, 2017

When you think of an industrial facility, plants, factories, oil rigs and utility sites likely come to mind. While not as obvious, major sporting venues also fit the criteria that classify industrial environments: extreme temperatures, high data transfer requirements, mission-critical communication, and evolving safety and security threats.