NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor have announced the completion of the merger which was announced in March 2015. The merger has created a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of over $10 billion. The merged entity will continue operations as NXP Semiconductors N.V. and has become the market leader in automotive semiconductor solutions and in general purpose microcontroller (MCU) products. As previously announced, the transaction is expected to be accretive to NXP non-GAAP earnings in 2016, and NXP anticipates achieving cost savings of $200 million in 2016 with a clear path to $500 million of annual cost synergies.This merger has created an industry powerhouse focused on the high growth opportunities in the Smarter World, capitalizing on the emerging opportunities offered by the accelerating demand for connectivity, processing and security. They expect to continue to significantly out-grow the overall market, drive world-class profitability and generate even more cash, allowing us to continue creating significant value for NXP’s shareholders.NXP also today announced the closing of the divestiture of its RF Power business to Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd (“JAC Capital”), after receiving official confirmation that JAC Capital has deposited the required funds at its bank in China to pay the purchase price. The cash proceeds for the sale will be received later this month following the required regulatory filings for cross-border transfers of funds from China. NXP has obtained bridge financing until the funds are received. The new company formed out of NXP’s RF Power Business is called Ampleon. You can read about it here
More than 10 years ago, some AT&T Labs engineers worked on earlier experiments to deliver BPL. Back then, broadband merely meant megabit speeds. The technology worked well, but couldn’t keep up with the move to higher speeds. So, the engineers shifted their focus from BPL to millimeter wave (mmWave) technology, and became curious about combining mmWave and powerlines. No one in the industry had connected these technologies together yet.Some of the first experiments involved transmitting data signals using funnels from a local auto parts store covered with aluminum foil, placed next to unenergized power cables. These tests produced unexpected positive results, creating the foundation of Project AirGig’s development – transporting mmWaves over powerlines.Now, they have more than 200 patents and patent applications for Project AirGig. AT&T Labs engineers and scientists invented low-cost plastic antennas, a Radio Distributed Antenna System (RDAS), mmWave surface wave launchers and inductive power devices. The RDAS will reconstruct signals for multi-gigabit mobile and fixed deployments. A typical DAS carries cellular signals throughout buildings and stadiums, using fiber and/or coaxial cables to transmit analog signals.With the RDAS, AT&T found a system design to effectively deliver not just broadband, but also mobile traffic. The mmWave surface wave launchers and inductive power devices can power themselves without a direct electrical connection. These devices create a multi-gigabit signal that travels along or near the wire – not through it. This signal means connected experiences become an everyday reality for people – regardless of location.Whether in a big city or rural town, things like 4K mobile video streaming, virtual reality and smart cities become possible. These antennas and devices along power lines effectively deliver broadband and mobile traffic. No need to build new towers. No need to bury new cables in the ground.Future field trials will demonstrate how Project AirGig will work to support the smart grid technologies used by power companies, such as meter, appliance and usage control systems and early detection of powerline integrity issues. The trials will also evaluate the technology during inclement weather, such as rain, snow and high winds. Importantly, we can more precisely determine the cost of deployment while maintaining the highest signal quality for a customer. AT&T is in advanced discussions with power companies and others to kickstart Project AirGig in at least two locations by this fall. AirGig is a transformative technology from AT&T Labs that could one day deliver low-cost, multi-gigabit wireless internet speeds using power lines. One of the planned locations will be in the United States with others to be determined in the coming months.AT&T has experimented with this unique, patented broadband-over-power lines (BPL) technology at its outdoor facility for some time with positive results. These results led to the development of new innovations like the Radio Distributed Antenna System (RDAS). Now, they are closer to taking their trials to the next level. This technology will be easier to deploy than fiber, can run over license-free spectrum and can deliver ultra-fast wireless connectivity to any home or handheld wireless device. They designed Project AirGig literally from the ground up to be both practical and transformational.AT&T is focused on delivering a gigabit-per-second speed everywhere we can with our wired and wireless technologies. Project AirGig represents a key invention in its 5G Evolution approach. AT&T Labs is ‘writing the textbook’ for a new technology approach that has the potential to deliver benefits to utility companies and bring this multi-gigabit, low-cost internet connectivity anywhere there are power lines – big urban market, small rural town, globally.In the last several years, AT&T has seen staggering usage growth on their wireless network – data has increased about 250,000% since 2007, and the majority of that traffic is video. This trend is not going to stop, with the rise of 4K mobile video streaming, augmented and virtual reality, smart homes and cities, autonomous vehicles and more. And they are working to provide connectivity everywhere, so its customers can enjoy these technologies seamlessly, wherever they are.
New Treatment Uses Radio Frequency Technology to Provide Relief from Chronic Osteoarthritis Knee Pain
Halyard Health, a medical technology company focused on eliminating pain, speeding recovery and preventing infection, has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its COOLIEF Cooled Radiofrequency (Cooled RF) thermal treatment for the relief of chronic moderate to severe knee pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA). This is the first and only RF treatment to be cleared specifically to relieve OA knee pain, COOLIEF RF is a minimally invasive, thermal radio frequency pain management system using water-cooled technology to safely deactivate pain-causing sensory nerves.This new clearance is based on results from a 151-patient prospective, randomized multi-center study comparing COOLIEF Cooled RF to intra-articular steroid injections in patients suffering from knee pain due to osteoarthritis. In 74.1 percent of the cooled RF patient group, pain was reduced by at least 50 percent at six months and maintained in over 65.4 percent of those patients for a full 12 months post procedure. At baseline, 67.1 percent of the cooled RF group and 62.7 percent of the steroid injection group reported symptoms of severe arthritis. Results indicate that six months post-procedure, only 5.2 percent of the cooled RF group reported the same severity level versus 37.3 percent of patients treated with steroid injections, as measured by the Oxford Knee Score. In addition, the cooled RF patient group’s Oxford Knee Score remained low for 12 months with only 11.5 percent reporting severe symptoms at that point. The Oxford Knee Score is a validated outcomes instrument designed to assess function and pain associated with the knee.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OA affects over 30 million adults in the U.S. and is caused by the damage and breakdown of cartilage between bones that can lead to joint pain, swelling and stiffness. The prevalence of OA is on the rise as both the age and weight of Americans continue to increase. As cases of OA increase, so do associated economic costs including treatment, adaptation of lives and homes to help patients manage pain caused by the disease, and lost work productivity.Surgery can be beneficial in properly selected patients, but due to BMI, age, co-morbidities, invasiveness or lack of necessary support systems, some patients are either not candidates for surgery, or are forced to delay surgery. Patients suffering from chronic knee pain wait an average of nine years until they are ready or qualify for surgery.Prior to surgery, initial treatments for knee pain often include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids and steroid injections. Medication provides only short-term relief and comes with serious risks, which include opioid abuse and dependence. According to the Mayo Clinic, one in four patients prescribed opioid painkillers is at risk to progress to episodic or long-term prescription use. Healthcare providers are becoming more conservative in the use of opioids to reduce associated complications such as nausea, respiratory depression, and even death. Steroid injections can provide relief for months at a time, but may have to be repeated for continued pain relief.To learn more about COOLIEF, click here.
Amphenol RF has launched a new ATC-PS Series of amplitude and phase stable test cables. These pre-configured SMA assemblies are designed for high performance applications which require minimal insertion and return loss. They are ideal for test and measurement applications up to 20 GHz and each assembly is tested to ensure electrical and mechanical performance.The new series of cable assemblies is available in standard lengths of 24, 36, 48, and 72 inches, as well as 1 meter with custom lengths also available upon request. The ultra low loss cable assemblies feature a robust strain relief construction to ensure stability of the center contact relative to the connector body. This rigidity allows for optimal performance and consistent phase stability of ±5°.The connectors are precision machined from stainless steel to provide enhanced durability of over 5,000 mating cycles. Connectors are terminated to triple shielded coaxial cable with FEP jacket featuring strip braid construction to provide low attenuation with maximum shielding effectiveness. Click here to learn more about these cables.
MathWorks has introduced Release 2020b for the MATLAB and Simulink product families. New capabilities in this MATLAB update simplify working with graphics and apps, and Simulink updates focus on expanded access and speed, including the launch of Simulink Online for access through web browsers. R2020b also introduces new products that build on artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, speed up autonomous systems development, and accelerate creation of 3D scenes for automated driving simulation. Among the hundreds of new and updated features, MATLAB adds new bubble and swarm charts, the ability to diff and merge App Designer apps with the MATLAB Comparison Tool, and customizable figure icons and components to MATLAB apps. Also, in addition to Simulink Online to view, edit, and simulate Simulink models through web browsers, R2020b adds the ability to generate code up to 2X faster for referenced model hierarchies in Simulink and includes new automerge functionality that helps automate continuous integration workflows. AI and Deep LearningThe new Deep Learning HDL Toolbox provides algorithm developers and hardware designers with functions and tools to prototype and implement deep learning networks on FPGAs and SoCs. It provides prebuilt bitstreams for running a variety of deep learning networks on supported Xilinx and Intel FPGA and SoC devices. Profiling and estimation tools help to customize a deep learning network by exploring design, performance, and resource utilization tradeoffs. By using Deep Learning HDL Toolbox, engineers can customize the hardware implementation of their deep learning network and generate portable, synthesizable Verilog and VHDL code for deployment on any FPGA with HDL Coder and Simulink. Starting in R2020b, Deep Learning Toolbox supports Simulink with Image Classification and Network Prediction blocks to help simulate and generate code for deep learning models. Updates to the Experiment Manager app support training of multiple deep learning networks in parallel and tuning of hyperparameters using Bayesian optimization. The Deep Network Designer app can now train networks for image classification, semantic segmentation, multiple-input, out-of-memory, image-to-image regression, and other workflows.Autonomous SystemsTwo new products and a major update for autonomous systems are included in R2020b. Lidar Toolbox is a new product that provides algorithms, functions, and apps for designing, analyzing, and testing lidar processing systems. UAV Toolbox is another new product that provides tools and reference applications for designing, simulating, testing, and deploying unmanned aerial vehicle and drone applications. Updates to Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox include the ability to track objects using the grid-based random finite set (RFS) tracker and the ability to create trajectories using earth-centered waypoints.AutomotiveFor the automotive industry, the new RoadRunner Scene Builder product, part of the RoadRunner product family, automates the creation of road networks from HD Maps. AUTOSAR Blockset updates enable the use of schema version 4.4 for import and export of ARXML files and generation of AUTOSAR-compliant C code. It also offers Linux executables for adaptive models, helping to create an AUTOSAR adaptive executable to run as a standalone application. Vehicle Dynamics Blockset now includes the ability to implement 6DOF trailers and vehicles with three axles and Simulink 3D blocks that offer the ability to visualize tractors and trailers in the Unreal Engine 3D environment.
ICHIHARA – Teenage star Ryo Ishikawa helped the men’s regular tour team win the 3Tours Championship on Sunday.Ishikawa teamed up with Shunsuke Sonoda to win in the doubles session before finishing second behind Sakura Yokomine in his singles threesome in the one-day charity event at King Fields Golf Club in Chiba Prefecture. The regular tour claimed its fourth 3Tours Championship title with a total of 23 points.The senior tour finished second with 23 points and the women’s tour was last with 15.“I’m happy with my team’s win and the way I played today,” Ishikawa said. “It was a nice way to wrap up the year.”This year’s competition featured six players from each of the three domestic tours, who used three different tee boxes to make it 3,532 yards for the men from the regular tour, 3,377 yards for the senior players and 3,029 yards for the women over the par-36, nine-hole layout. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
Bob Hammer of the Kenai Peninsula Construction Academy said students numbers and budgets have been cut significantly, posing serious long-term questions. Turner said his biggest challenge is the roughly 75% of the budget which is devoted to personnel, making it difficult to find cuts. He said 6 positions were not filled after the employees retired or quit, while more than 30 others worked reduced hours. He said some courses may not be as available in the future and wait times for various services may increase. He said the most difficult part of the budget process is simply facing the unknown while the Governor and Legislature decide on a state budget. Turner told the crowd that KPC is the highest performing campus in the University of Alaska system, with the most significant growth over the past 8 years. KPC is serving about 600 more students and 1000 more credits than the Juneau campus this year. He says students are afraid about the likelihood of finding a job in the future, which makes them hesitant to spend money now on education. The panel opened with Kenai Peninsula College Director Gary Turner. He explained that enrollment first declined in 2014, but started turning around last fall. The overall number of students is up, though the number of courses they’re taking is down. Turner says that suggests students don’t have the income to spend on pursuing their studies. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek said enrollment is expected to remain flat at 8,700 students, which is troubling, since the future of the district’s funding is also uncertain. Dusek talked about developing better relationships with local academies and using technology to video conference with presenters as far away as the Great Barrier Reef. He says those partnerships will help provide local students with a high-quality education which will encourage students to return to the Kenai Peninsula after they finish their career training. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A panel of local education specialists addressed the Industry Outlook Forum in Kenai today, describing a difficult, but workable climate for students. Hammer says he’s concerned about the future availability of jobs, and also the rate of drug use among trainees. He says all trainees are drug tested, and many complete all the preliminary steps but do not appear for the drug test. Due to a double-digit budget cut, AVTEC cut their healthcare programs over the past year, according to the institute’s new Director Cathy LeCompte. Dusek says the District is striving to be as efficient as possible and called for business leaders to help work with students and provide opportunities for their education. He said there are also challenges with special education, with more students entering the district with special needs. A large number of KPBSD teachers are also reaching retirement age, prompting a need for new educators; a large number of teachers entered the system in the 1980’s and are now reaching the 25-year requirement for retirement. O’Brien says they’ve been working with the local re-entry coalition to help people being released from Wildwood Correctional Center to transition into a job where they can safely have a chance to succeed. She says there are ways the Department supports employers to help reduce any risk that the individual will re-offend. She says a continuing challenge in this economic climate is getting to an employer to offer assistance before they are compelled to lay off workers. There are also resources available for those who lose their jobs and suddenly need to find way to provide for themselves and their families. The Peninsula Job Fair will be March 22. Rachel O’Brien with the Alaska Department of Labor described registered apprenticeships as an “incredibly powerful” program, which combines studies and entry-level work for both job seekers and employers. She said there are often stipends or subsidies available to help employers take on young, new staff. She said there are over 900 different registered apprenticeship occupations, beyond the typical plumbing and electrical professionals.
The evening saw player sponsors meet and network whilst rubbing shoulders with Bristol City, Bristol City Women, Bristol Bears, Bristol Bears Women and Bristol Flyers players.There were also photo opportunities for players and their sponsors.Bristol Sport, Commercial Sales Manager Rich Wigley commented: “Its an important event, not for the businesses but for the players as well.”I think that the players really appreciate the season long support they get from the businesses. These businesses then get matchday experiences, programme exposure as well as an online presence. This sponsorship is something that is unrivalled compared to other local media sponsorships and from the players they get to mingle with the sponsors and the sponsors get to have photos with their favourite players which is a great opportunity.
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NASHVILLE, TN (WLAF) – The TSSAA Board of Control held a special called meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, to discuss plans for the upcoming football and girls’ soccer seasons due to the extended COVID-19 State of Emergency that is set to expire on August 29.Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA, updated the Board on the status of discussions with the Governor’s legal counsel. “We are working with the Governor’s legal counsel and based on the conversation we are having, we think it is best to delay any vote on a contingency plan,” stated Childress.“The Governor’s legal counsel stated that they need time to observe the data and work with us. There will come a time when we will have to make a decision on a contingency plan, but right now it is our opinion that we need to give their legal team the opportunity to see if it is needed in girls’ soccer and football,” Childress said.“Their legal counselors are well aware of the TSSAA Sports Calendar, and we will work to get an answer as soon as we can. TSSAA will not be making any further comment as the discussions with the Governor’s legal counsel are ongoing,” the executive director noted.Childress emphasized, “If we have any chance of having fall sports, we encourage everyone to wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and wash hands to help everyone reach the goal of getting the numbers down. The return on that investment would be that we do get to have fall sports on time this year.”The early afternoon meeting included an update from Assistant Executive Director Matthew Gillespie who shared news from the NFHS Network about the availability of free Pixelot automated streaming video cameras for members’ School Broadcast Programs. Schools that don’t already have Pixelot cameras or want to enhance their coverage are eligible to receive two free Pixelot cameras from the NFHS Network. Schools should contact Matthew Gillespie to get started with the School Broadcast Program and to learn more about this offer.The next scheduled meeting for the Board of Control will be a classification study session on July 22, 2020, in the Siegel High School cafeteria. Social distancing and capacity limits will be enforced and masks will be required for all in attendance. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/08/2020-12:30PM)Share this:FacebookTwitter