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« Hyundai releases initial details on the coming IONIQ hybrid | Main | Audi to use Gen 2 zFAS controller in production e-tron quattro; piloted driving; moving to domain-controlled architecture » Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., introduced its latest Qualcomm Snapdragon automotive processors, the Snapdragon 820 Automotive family, offering a scalable next-generation infotainment, graphics and multimedia platform with machine intelligence and a version with integrated LTE-Advanced connectivity. The new processors expand Qualcomm’s automotive technology portfolio, adding to a collection of integrated solutions in the areas of telematics and connectivity, as well as high definition graphics and multimedia for rich infotainment systems, machine intelligence and sensor fusion for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), GNSS location technologies, V2X (Vehicle to Vehicle/Infrastructure/Pedestrian) communications for improved safety and driver convenience, and wireless charging for electric vehicles. The recent acquisition of Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited (CSR) has brought additional technology assets to Qualcomm Technologies’ automotive portfolio, including leading Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, audio, and GNSS location technology solutions. Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited is now called Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. (QTIL). The combined CSR and Qualcomm Technologies automotive roadmap has already yielded involvement in more than 100 major automotive programs with most global automotive OEMs. Qualcomm Technologies’ highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) platforms reduce bill-of-materials (BOM) costs, accelerate time-to-market, and reduce overall system risk for OEMs by providing hardened systems and comprehensive software support. Snapdragon 820A. The Snapdragon 820A, introduced at CES 2016, is Qualcomm Technologies’ newest automotive grade system-on-chip (SoC). Qualcomm Technologies has taken a modular approach to designing the Snapdragon 820A, enabling a vehicle’s infotainment system to be upgradable through both hardware and software updates, thereby enabling vehicles to be easily upgraded with the latest technology. The 820A is engineered with custom-built, highly optimized cores designed for heterogeneous computing—the ability to combine its diverse processing engines within the system-on-chip (SoC), such as the CPU, GPU and DSP cores, to achieve previously unattainable performance and power savings. The Snapdragon 820A family is based on 14nm FinFET advanced process node running Qualcomm Technologies’ custom 64-bit Qualcomm Kryo CPU, Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU, Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtension (HVX), Qualcomm Zeroth machine intelligence platform, and the Snapdragon 820Am version with integrated X12 LTE modem capable of 600 Mbps downlink / 150 Mbps uplink. Qualcomm’s first custom-designed 64-bit quad-core CPU, the Kryo CPU uses Qualcomm Symphony System Manager as an intelligent resource management tool for Snapdragon that extends control of task scheduling and power management across the entire processor. The Kryo CPU has 2x performance and efficiency when compared to the CPU of the Snapdragon 810. The Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU offers 40% improvement to graphics performance, compute capabilities, and power usage when compared to Adreno 430. Significant improvement to the Hexagon 680 DSP enables the CPU to offload many tasks for more efficient processing. The Hexagon 680 DSP also allows for ultra-low power “always-on” sensors and advanced low power-image processing. The new Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP brings significant improvement to performance and battery life. The Zeroth initiative, a machine intelligence platform on Snapdragon 820A, is designed to enable automakers to develop state-of-the-art deep learning-based solutions using neural networks for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and in-vehicle infotainment scenarios, and run them efficiently on embedded platforms in the vehicle. Zeroth accelerates execution of deep neural networks using the heterogeneous compute engines that are part of the Snapdragon 820A. A Zeroth-powered development kit for automotive solutions will be available for the Snapdragon 820A. Supporting LTE Category 12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps, and LTE Category 13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps, the Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE supports 33% faster peak download speeds, and triple the peak upload speeds of Snapdragon 810 processor with X10 LTE. The automotive industry has long been asking for a single scalable solution capable of delivering the rich user experience and level of performance, connectivity and upgradability that consumers are accustomed to on their personal mobile devices – including real-time cloud connectivity and navigation, immersive 4K graphics and video displays, the flexibility of hardware and software upgradability, and the deep learning and remote diagnostic capabilities needed to deliver the next level of safety performance in the vehicle. The Snapdragon 820 Automotive platform has been designed to deliver all of these capabilities and much more. The version with integrated X12 LTE modem is designed to support continuous in-car and cellular connectivity, featuring the leading 4G LTE Advanced Pro that can support up to 600 Mbps download/150Mbps upload speeds, stream HD movies into the car, serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot supporting 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO, connect multiple mobile devices inside the car, and support 802.11p DSRC for V2X (Vehicle to Vehicle/Infrastructure/Pedestrian) communications. Local connectivity inside the car via Bluetooth supports content sharing between mobile devices brought into the car and the car’s infotainment system. Qualcomm Technologies is also helping to lead the 3GPP in developing specifications for automotive V2X, for both LTE release 14 (LTE V2X) and 5G standards. The Snapdragon 820A’s sensor integration provides cognitive awareness and vehicle self-diagnostics, supports ADAS features for improved vehicle safety systems, and provides location and navigation through GNSS and dead reckoning technologies. By integrating advanced camera and sensor processing, the 820A supports critical always-on warnings and emergency services, extends standard cameras to Intelligent Cameras, and supports parking assist periphery vision features using surround view cameras. These features are supported by the on-chip Hexagon 680 DSP with HVX, which supports multiple automotive camera sensors connected simultaneously. The Snapdragon 820A family of automotive-grade processors is designed for the automotive ecosystem and offers a number of features: Qualcomm Technologies is also collaborating with Aisin AW to develop the modular infotainment solution utilizing the Snapdragon 820A. As part of the automotive ecosystem, Neusoft Corporation, industry experts in ADAS Vision solutions, also collaborates with Qualcomm Technologies to provide cognitive vision solutions on Snapdragon 820A, leveraging the compute performance of the HVX vision engine alongside infotainment systems. Automotive samples of the 820A family are expected to be available in Q1 2016. Other Qualcomm automotive solutions. In addition to the new 820A, the combined portfolio of automotive solutions includes:

« Lyft and GM launch “Express Drive” short-term rental program in Chicago | Main | Group of European electric bus manufacturers agrees on an open interface for charging » IEEE announced the approval of IEEE 802.3bw, IEEE Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for 100 Mb/s Operation over a Single Balanced Twisted Pair Cable (100BASE-T1). The standard is driven primarily by the needs of the global automotive industry and illustrates Ethernet’s expansion into new application areas. Mainstream adoption of emerging in-car applications such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and infotainment has created the need for cost-effective, high-bandwidth connectivity. The first of several Ethernet standards especially tuned to the needs of the in-car automotive market, IEEE 802.3bw-2015 100BASE-T1 will provide 100 Mb/s Ethernet over a single twisted-pair. It is intended to enable the consolidation of these new, as well as legacy, in-car applications on a homogenous network architecture. The new amendment to the Ethernet standard defines the 100BASE-T1 Physical Layer (PHY) specifications and management parameters for point-to-point full duplex 100 Mb/s operation over single twisted-pair balanced cabling. This specification provides fully functional and electrical specifications for the type 100BASE-T1 PHY. This specification also specifies the baseband medium used with 100BASE-T1. The introduction of new bandwidth-intensive applications must deal with the constant pressure the automotive industry faces to minimize the total weight of the vehicle. The definition of a 100 Mb/s Ethernet standard that operates over a single twisted pair will address both of these issues. —Thomas Hogenmueller, senior manager with Bosch, who chaired the initial phase of the IEEE P802.3bw 100BASE-T1 project The standard is the first step in a global market migration to a modern, elegant and powerful, standards-based communications architecture. This will simplify the cumbersome, heavy and complicated wiring harnesses in use today, while providing high data rates. —Steve Carlson of High Speed Design, Inc., who chaired the final phase of the IEEE P802.3bw 100BASE-T1 project The need to reduce wiring is shared by other applications, such as industrial automation and avionics, and the IEEE 802.3bw-2015 100BASE-T1 standard effort grew out of global market interest from all application areas for an IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard. This is another example of the diversification of Ethernet into new application areas, providing the opportunity for them to leverage the vast wealth of Ethernet technology. The 100BASE-T1 standard was based upon, and is interoperable with, the existing OPEN Alliance BroadR-Reach automotive specification. 100BASE-T1, however, is only the first in a family of Ethernet standards to address these application areas, with other projects underway in IEEE 802.3 to develop 1 Gb/s operation and power delivery over a single twisted pair cable, as well as traffic prioritization. —David Law, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group and distinguished technologist with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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The top clean tech jobs for this week include listings for solar project managers and developers, solar sales, Tesla production, product development engineers, automated driving software engineers, an energy services manager, and more. As part of our collaboration with other projects within the Important Media network, we’ve partnered with our sister site Green Job Post to bring you a weekly summary of the top clean tech job listings. We’ve also set up a dedicated clean tech jobs newsletter to deliver these weekly listings to your inbox, and there are a number of other green job listings newsletters available (see below), including one for all new job listings. The top clean tech job listings for the week of January 29th, 2016 Residential Solar Sales Consultant: Global Efficient Energy We are seeking a Residential Solar Sales Consultant to join our existing sales teams. No solar knowledge is necessary. The Residential Solar Sales Consultant will report directly to the Sales Captain and will work closely with Marketing Managers to fulfill the sales leads. Global Efficient Energy LLC, is looking for energetic, driven salespeople to pioneer the role of Residential Solar Consultant. Production Supervisor, US Military Veteran: Tesla Motors The ideal candidate has a proven record of success creating and leading motivated teams. He/she must have a broad background with the ability to work with engineering, production team members, quality, and suppliers across a wide variety of issues. He/she will use these relationships to facilitate the implementation of production team recommended process improvements. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required. Senior Product Development Engineer: Array Technologies The Senior Product Development Engineer will create and test new product designs and formulate manufacturing specifications. They will identify company goals, integrate market research and perform design analyses. The successful candidate will oversee research and design teams, lead testing procedures and draft specifications for manufacturing and direct the creation of models or samples and fine-tune designs until they are ready for production. Energy Services Manager: Organic Valley The Energy Services Manager is responsible for leveraging both technical energy expertise and management skills for sustainable energy projects at CROPP. This position will support the Grant & Resource Development, On-Farm Sustainability and Internal Sustainability functions. Major responsibilities include assisting farmer members, employees and the cooperative with energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts. Sr Tech Sales Mgr, Solar Distributed Energy: Exelon Join our Constellation team and become part of Exelon’s competitive retail and wholesale energy business. We develop energy management strategies that help customers buy, manage and consume energy. Our retail unit is among the largest and most comprehensive in the industry with approximately 1 million residential customers that rely on our commitment to innovation, dependability, transparency, and service. Our wholesale business serves utilities, municipalities and co-ops and features world-class risk management and energy trading capabilities. Project Developer: Infinity Renewables This self motivated individual will support a variety of activities related to wind and solar energy project development in a growing, fast-paced organization. A broad set of skills is required for this position, but specialized knowledge in one or more of the major development disciplines (real estate, environmental, permitting, energy assessment, interconnection, finance) paired with an eagerness to learn will provide a solid foundation for success. Entry-Level Environmental Scientist: AECOM AECOM is actively seeking a creative, highly talented Entry-Level Environmental Scientist for immediate employment primarily to support environmental assessment and restoration services including: soil, soil vapor, sediment, surface water, and groundwater sampling, and coordination at various U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and privately owned industrial/manufacturing project sites throughout the Southeastern US. AECOM is proud to provide our employees with exciting, challenging projects. The position has a great potential for career growth. The candidate’s home office will be Charleston, SC. Field Sales Engineer: Tesla Energy The primary function of this role is to assess the specific requirements of a customer’s home or light commercial business and develop a site-specific installation plan. Significant considerations include; cost, aesthetics, incorporation of solar and other on site generation, power and energy requirements both in grid connected and backup applications, historical energy consumption, existing and anticipated rate plan changes, electric vehicle charging needs, etc. Solar Energy Project Manager: C.T. Male Associates An exciting career opportunity is available for a dynamic individual with a diverse background and high level of understanding of the solar PV market to assist us in growing this business sector. The individual will have a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering from an accredited college or university or equivalent related experience and/or training; with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in the solar industry design and construction installation practices; electrical engineering design, codes and standards; utility regulations and requirements; financial/economic analysis. 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« Tesoro to support development of renewable biocrude for its refineries; Fulcrum, Virent, Ensyn partners | Main | New QNX software platform enables ADAS and automated driving » In a first for commercial aviation, Air BP, together with Norwegian airport operator Avinor, and sustainable biofuel specialist SkyNRG, announced that all airlines landing at Oslo Airport can have jet biofuel delivered from the airport’s main fuel farm, via the existing hydrant mechanism. Lufthansa Group was the first airline to confirm that it will uplift the Air BP aviation biofuel at Oslo, and began by refueling an Airbus A320 aircraft. Further airlines including Scandinavian national carrier SAS and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines confirmed they will also purchase jet biofuel at Oslo. Air BP anticipates this will lay the foundations for the increased adoption worldwide of jet biofuel supply. Air BP has worked closely with Avinor to reach the milestone, and has agreed to provision of a minimum of 1.25 million liters (330,215 gallons) of jet biofuel. Avinor will also support Air BP in its assessment of market demand. The initiative has been driven by the requirement for the aviation industry to work towards a sustainable, low-carbon future. It acknowledges the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) aim to achieve carbon neutral growth by 2020 and a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Air BP’s Biojet initiative further responds to the EU goal to ensure 3.5% of total aviation fuel consumption consists of jet biofuel by 2020. Growing consumer awareness for responsible aviation practice also underpins the move towards jet biofuel supply. Working with experts from SkyNRG, Air BP sourced the initial batch of drop-in Biojet from Neste’s Porvoo refinery in Finland. The Biojet is produced from Camelina oil within the framework of the demonstration project ITAKA, which is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. SkyNRG has its operations RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)- certified and is structurally advised by an independent sustainability board which includes a seat for the World Wildlife Fund for Nature the Netherlands. As the aviation division of BP, Air BP is one of the world's largest suppliers of aviation fuel products and services. It currently supplies over 7 billion gallons of jet kerosene and aviation gasoline to its customers across the globe each year. Through its direct operations, Air BP fuels more than 6,000 flights every day—more than four aircraft every minute or one every 15 seconds. The company operates at more than 700 global locations in over 50 countries serving customers from private pilots to some of the world’s largest airlines. Avinor is a wholly state owned limited company under the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications and is responsible for 46 state-owned airports. Oslo Airport is the major hub. Norway’s first flights using biofuels were conducted in November 2014. Avinor has allocated up to NOK 100 million (approximately US$11.4 million) over a ten-year period (2013–2022) for initiatives and projects that can contribute to the realization of Norwegian biofuel production. SkyNRG is the global market leader for sustainable jet fuel, having supplied more than 20 airlines worldwide. SkyNRG sources, blends and distributes sustainable jet fuel, guarantees sustainability throughout the supply chain and helps to co-fund the premium. At the same time, SkyNRG focuses on developing regional supply chains that offer a real sustainable and affordable alternative to fossil fuels. SkyNRG has its operations RSB certified and is structurally advised by an independent Sustainability Board in which the World Wide Fund for Nature the Netherlands (WWF-NL), Solidaridad and the University of Utrecht hold a seat. The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is an independent and global multi-stakeholder coalition that works to promote the sustainability of biomaterials.

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Annual Review of Phytopathology

Fungicide-resistance management would be more effective if principles governing the selection of resistant strains could be determined and validated. Such principles could then be used to predict whether a proposed change to a fungicide application program would decrease selection for resistant strains. In this review, we assess a governing principle that appears to have good predictive power. The principle states that reducing the product of the selection coefficient (defined as the difference between the per capita rate of increase of the sensitive and resistant strains) and the exposure time of the pathogen to the fungicide reduces the selection for resistance. We show that observations as well as modeling studies agree with the predicted effect (i.e., that a specific change to a fungicide program increased or decreased selection or was broadly neutral in its effect on selection) in 84 of the cases and that only 5 of the experimental results contradict predictions. We argue that the selection coefficient and exposure time principle can guide the development of resistance management tactics. ©2014 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved. Source

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