first_imgPoliceJammu, Oct 16 (PTI) The Jammu and Kashmir Police is involving youth of the border Rajouri district in sports activities to prevent them from falling prey to drugs, a spokesman said.Sports tournaments under the Civic Action Programme (CAP) arebeing regularly organised in the district in this regard, he said.The spokesman said a target of four visits by police officers in the educational institutions have been fixed in a month for creating awareness about the ill effects of the drug abuse among the students.Around 55 persons have been arrested and 35 casse registered by the Rajouri police during its drive against drugs in the district this year.Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police DGP S P Vaid today hailed the Rajouri police for their drive against the drug menace in the disrict.”The DGP appreciated and rewarded the team comprising 11 officers of Rajouri police for their pro-active drive against drugsin the district,” the spokesman said.Vaid, while sanctioning the award of Rs 45,000 and class-I commendation certificate for the anti-drug team, hoped that the Rajouripolice would continue the drive with more intensity and commitment so that the menace is whipped out from the district.During the drive more than 147 kgs of bhang, 2.160 grams of brown sugar, 600 grams of opium, 6.700 grams of ganja, 3,936 intoxicant capsules, 631 grams of charas, 190 tablets and 82 injections were seized by the team, the spokesman said.The Rajouri police has recently initiated profiling the drug peddlers and increased effortswere being made to know deeper about the modus operandi adopted by them, he added. PTI TAS AB AQS AQSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAmerican pop-singer Katy Perry’s fascination with Indian culture and its simultaneous appropriation has attracted the attention of fans and critics alike.The Dark Horse singer once spoke about her love for India to Alex Zain, a musician at Music Studio. ”We loved how Indian traditions are…I’ve seen how Indians go with their traditions since ancient times. Yet they’re good competitors for rest of the world in every field who changed their traditions for the sake of being dominant,” Zain quoted Katy as saying, on Quora.On the star’s 33rd birthday, let’s take a look at all the times she proudly flaunted our country’s cultural and religious symbols, something most Indian youngsters are wary of doing.  1. When Katy sported the traditional bindiWhen Katy Perry walked into Grammy Awards event in 2011, wearing a bindi, it resulted in a lot of heated debates on whether sporting a bindi was merely a fashion statement. But that couldn’t mar Katy’s spirit, as she wore it again in 2012, during her visit to India.i have a zit where my bindi should be, does that count? Dang.- KATY PERRY (@katyperry) January 5, 20102. When Katy took the saat phere on her wedding day Among other things for which Katy Perry and her ex-husband Russel Brand made headlines, the then-couple also won attention when they chose Rajasthan for their destination wedding in 2010. And the wedding was quite a desi affair, starting from the pandit to observing traditional rituals.Picture courtesy: Facebook/Katy Perry Worldwide Fan Club 3. When Katy got herself inked in Sanskritadvertisement”I wanted to take away something valuable from India but the queen already had the diamond with her, so I got this tattoo in Sanskrit,” the singer was quoted as saying by Zain. The tattoo in Sanskrit, on her right bicep, reads ”Anuugacchati Pravaha” which roughly translated as ”Go with the flow”. But why on her bicep? That’s because she believed ”hard work and flow with your art will pay off.”Picture courtesy: Twitter/ilu_shak Also Read:  Katy Perry: I always love things that are a little tongue-in-cheek 4.  When Katy donned a chic choli for Indian Premier League (IPL)The international star turned heads with her maiden performance in India during IPL 2012. But it wasn’t just about her performance–she chose to woo the audiences in a blingy choli, maang tika and bindi.Photo: AP 5. When Katy felt she could relate to Goddess KaaliWe all remember how the pop sensation was heavily trolled on social media when she posted a picture of Goddess Kaali to depict her ”current mood”. What followed was hate speech about Katy’s disrespect for our religious values and her brazen attempt at demeaning the goddess.It’s not like we’ve learnt to respect people’s personal choices, and so the kind of criticism hurled at Katy doesn’t really surprise us. On the other hand, we hope she continues to find more ways to uncover India’s beauty and true worth.last_img read more

first_imgGuwahati, Nov 6 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said people of the state have highlighted their hospitality by helping the government organise world-class sporting events here.The International Boxing Associations (AIBA) Youth Womens World Boxing Championship would be held in Guwahati from November 19 to 26 where 193 registered boxers from 39 countries would participate and the prestigious competition will be held in India for the first time.”Many world-class tournaments are being organised in Guwahati regularly now and many more such tournaments are going to take place in the city in the near future,” Sonowal said while launching the official logo, mascot and anthem for the forthcoming championship.The government would develop 500 playgrounds in the state during 2017-18 and state-of-the-art sports stadiums will soon be constructed in Dibrugarh, North Lakhimpur and Sualkuchi in Kamrup, he said.The state governments focus has been to identify sporting talents from rural areas and nurture them for achieving success at the national and international level, Sonowal said.”Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Centre is giving a big push to sports and the state government is also committed to make Guwahati the sports capital of the country,” he said.The tournament would also be the qualifying competition for the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018, according to officials, an AIBA statement said.The championship would also mark the beginning of the journey for women boxers to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the statement said.Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom, the states leading boxer Shiva Thapa and singer Zubeen Garg have been appointed as brand ambassadors of the championship. PTI DG SBN PSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MINNEAPOLIS — Dimitrios Diamantakos scored twice in regulation and Roberto Jimenez Gago made two saves in a shootout to help Olympiakos beat Manchester City 5-4 on penalty kicks on Aug. 2 after a 2-2 tie in the International Challenge Cup game.Aleksander Kolarov put the Premier League champions 2-1 up in the 53rd minute with a penalty after David Silva was tripped in the Olympiakos box.But Diamantakos tied it in the 65th minute when he picked up a pass at the top of the box, made a move to get past goalkeeper Joe Hart and blasted it into the open netManchester City opened the scoring on Stevan Jovetic’s goal in the 35th minute. Jovetic took a pass from Samir Nasri, dribbled past one defender, then split two others with a right-footed shot that beat a flat-footed Jimenez Gago. Two minutes later, Diamantakos tied it for Olympiakos.last_img read more

first_imgISTANBUL – One of Greece’s top two teams, Olympiakos, was beaten here by Galatasaray 79-74 for its second loss in the first round of the Euroleague basketball tourney.Despite the loss, the Reds still finished first in the pool with eight wins and had little motivation knowing they would come out on top regardless of the result.Galatasaray also advanced to the last 16 of the Euroleague and will be in the same group as Panathinaikos in the second round. The victors jumped out to an 11-0 lead over the listless Olympiakos, which came back to close the deficit to 38-36 at the half.The Turkish team led 57-50 after three and was up by 11 in the final period before Olympiakos closed to within one at 69-68 before the rally fe short.  Matt Lojeski was the top scorer for Olympiakos with 22 points.On Dec. 17 PAOK defeated Buducnost 81-76 in Podgorica to claim the second spot in its Eurocup group.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgCHICAGO — Matt Harvey refused to let a hard-luck loss get him down.Despite being letdown by both his offense and his bullpen, the New York Mets ace kept his comments upbeat and centered on the team — not himself — on May 13.Chris Coghlan drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Mets, wasting seven shutout innings from Harvey.The Cubs, who have won three straight, scored twice in the final two innings as Carlos Torres (1-2) suffered the loss.The Mets still are in first place in the NL East, but have lost three straight and have dropped six of eight on the road.“After the last couple of weeks, we really needed that,” Harvey said. “We’re gonna be ready to play (Thursday). We’ve got a long stretch of games and we’re all gonna stay positive and go out there.”The right-hander allowed only three hits and struck out nine by blended a blistering fastball with a heavy dose of off-speed pitches. But that was only good enough for a no decision — especially with the offense struggling.“We’re gonna put up runs,” he said. “We’re in a little bit of a rut right now, but, obviously, everybody goes through that. Tomorrow’s the first day to come out of it.”The Cubs tied the score in the bottom of the eighth. Addison Russell had a one-out single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Dexter Fowler.With New York’s bullpen short, Torres stayed in to start the ninth and gave up back-to-back hits to Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro before intentionally walking Miguel Montero. After Mets Manager Terry Collins brought in Jeurys Familia with the bases loaded and no one out, Coghlan drew a walk to give the Cubs the win.“It’s always tough to lose a tough game like that, especially when you’ve had the outing. Matt pitched a great game,” Collins said. “We’re just not giving any of our guys any room to wiggle, but he was outstanding.”Hector Rondon (2-0) earned the win for the Cubs after pitching a scoreless ninth.Cubs starter Jason Hammel allowed only two hits until the fifth inning when the Mets broke a scoreless tie.A single by Curtis Granderson and a Daniel Murphy double in the sixth inning gave the Mets runners on second and third with nobody out. Michael Cuddyer grounded out to score Granderson before Hammel pitched out of trouble to limit the damage to one run.New York’s only other threat came in the first inning when they loaded the bases with one out, but failed to score as Hammel got Wilmer Flores top pop out to short left field and then struck out Kevin Plawecki.“That was a big moment because you don’t want to give up several runs and then have to face (Harvey),” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. “Once he got by that moment, he really settled in and pitched wonderfully.”(JOHN JACKSON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgRICHMOND, VA — The U.S. women were among the favorites heading into the road cycling world championships, the depth and talent of their team almost unrivaled as they attempted to defend their home turf.Then they came up empty in the time trial.The sting of missing out on the podium this week could be assuaged Saturday, when the seven-rider team starts in the women’s road race. No American has claimed gold in an elite road race since Lance Armstrong in 1993, and no woman since Beth Heiden in 1980.“If the American women don’t medal in the time trial or road race at the elite level, I’d be shocked,” said Todd Gogulski, the captain of the U.S. team when the world championships were last held at home in 1986, and now a cycling analyst for Universal Sports.Road races are inherently unpredictable, though, particularly with rain forecast Saturday and Sunday, when the men’s elite road race wraps up the world championships.The course itself is 10 miles long, with the women doing eight laps of it. But it is hardly an easy circuit. Along with a couple of fast straightaways, riders have to navigate a brutal climb up cobblestones on Libby Hill, then two more climbs up 23rd Street and Governor Street, before a long run-in to the finish on Broad Street, where thousands of fans are expected.It amounts to a hybrid of European courses that might be found in the Netherlands or Belgium, and the kind of fast criterium courses that are the hallmark of American cycling.“The important parts of the race will be the last five kilometers, where there’s a couple of real kickers,” said American sprinter Coryn Rivera, who raced the course last year during the college nationals. “It’ll come down to attrition and condition, and good luck, obviously.”Some of the sport’s biggest names are missing this year, including three-time gold medalist and reigning Olympic champion Marianne Vos, who called it a season early because of injuries.The entire podium from last year is back, though, led by Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. The French star is not only the defending road champion but also holds the current cyclocross and mountain bike world titles, the first rider in history to complete that triple crown.“I’m very motivated to keep this championship,” she said. “I’ve worked very hard for it.”Ferrand-Prevot said her major rivals — besides the American team — are Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands, who won silver in the time trial, and British sprinter Lizzie Armitstead.Germany’s Lisa Brennauer, Sweden’s Emma Johansson and Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini should also be in the mix. All of them have been on the podium at the world championships.As for the Americans, they had to deal with a last-minute roster change.An independent arbiter ruled Tuesday that Lauren Komanski should have been awarded one of the team’s discretionary selections rather than Allie Dragoo. That meant Komanski was added to the roster with roughly three days to prepare for the start of the road race.“It was a shake-up, but we’re all professionals and we all were selected to be here,” Megan Guarnier said. “It’s a big task and I think we’re all focused on bringing home a medal.”The reason the U.S. is a top medal contender is the composition of the team rather than any one rider. Guarnier has had the best season of her career, while Evie Stevens, Lauren Stephens and Tayler Wiles provide versatility. Rivera and Shelley Olds expect to be there for a sprint finish.“I think we have a really balanced team,” Stevens said. “We have options.”Jim Miller, the USA Cycling vice president and the man in charge of the national team, anticipates his team being “instigators” in the race, helping to dictate the tempo throughout the afternoon.“We have a really, really good skill set within the team to race any sort of tactic,” he said, “so I think we’ll find ourselves in a decent situation to challenge for the podium.”DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP) — Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick is undergoing medical exams with Italian champion Juventus to complete a transfer from Sampdoria.Juventus says Schick arrived in Turin on Thursday, a day after helping the Czech Republic to a 3-1 win over Italy in the under-21 European Championship in Poland.The transfer fee is reportedly 30 million euros ($33 million).The 21-year-old Schick scored 11 goals for Sampdoria in his first season in Italy, having previously played for Sparta Prague and Bohemians 1905.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — AEK and PAOK enjoyed big wins on Saturday to share the lead in the Greek league.Tassos Bakasetas scored a goal, assisted on another and gained a penalty in the first half to lead AEK to a 4-1 win at Panetolikos.Bakasetas opened the scoring with a free kick in the sixth minute. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos converted the penalty Bakasetas gained in the 36th and Sergio Araujo scored off Bakasetas’ pass in the 40th.Helder Lopez added another goal with a long-range drive in the 60th before Vlad Morar scored a consolation with a penalty eight minutes later.Djalma Campos and Aleksandar Prijovic scored two second-half goals each in PAOK’s 5-0 home win over Levadiakos.Leo Matos had opened the scoring in the first half.Defending champion Olympiakos, two points behind AEK and PAOK, can regain the lead with a win at Larissa on Sunday.Also, Panionios rallied from a goal down to beat visiting Kerkyra 3-1.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMANCHESTER, England — Fernando Llorente sent Tottenham into its first European Cup semifinal in 57 years and ended Manchester City’s quadruple hopes by scoring the decider in a breathtaking Champions League game that produced seven goals and saw an apparent injury-time winner for City ruled out after a video review.City won the second leg 4-3 at home but Tottenham advanced 4-4 on aggregate on Wednesday thanks to the away goals rule to set up a meeting with Ajax.Llorente, a back-up striker who lives in the shadow of the injured Harry Kane, nudged the ball into the net in the 73rd minute with his hip — a goal that was only given after a VAR decision.Video review worked in Tottenham’s favor again in stoppage time when Raheem Sterling looked to have secured City’s progress. But as the home fans celebrated and the devastated Spurs players slumped to the turf, the referee determined that Sergio Aguero was offside before crossing to Sterling.It was a dramatic finish to a game that saw three lead changes and four goals scored in the opening 11 minutes.By: Rob Harris, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgThe move is likely to cause mixed reaction in Italy because of Sarri’s three-year spell at Napoli, during which he transformed the club into Juve’s main challenger for the Serie A title.Allegri was in charge of Juventus for the last five seasons, winning the league every year as well as four Italian Cups.He also led the team to two Champions League finals but Juventus appears frustrated by not being able to win the European trophy — especially after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.TweetPinShare0 Shares Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea on Sunday after one season to return to Italy to manage Juventus.The former Napoli coach has joined Serie A champion Juventus on a three-year contract to replace Massimiliano Allegri.The 60-year-old Sarri won the Europa League with Chelsea, beating Arsenal in his final game in charge last month, and he also led the team to third place in the Premier League.“In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said. “He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.“Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.”last_img read more

first_imgAntenova is launching a brand new compact, all-in-one active GNSS antenna, part number M20047-1, at the CES show. It adds another option to the company’s existing range of positioning antennas and modules. The M20047-1 operates in the 1559-1609 MHz bands, and offers designers a useful, space-saving option for small tracking devices.Its key features are the active components, the built-in LNA and filter, which act to boost the signal to the GNSS processor in environments where there is a restricted view of the sky and line-of-sight to the horizon is difficult. With the LNA and filtering already built into the antenna, designers will not need to add them, and can save space on their PCB.The M20047-1 is a very low profile rigid FR4 antenna measuring 7.0 x 7.0 x 1.1mm, making it suitable for use in small tracking devices. It is suitable for tracking all kinds of moving objects, telematics and wearable sports devices. The M20047-1 antenna is named “Active Sinica” and is an alternative to Antenova’s existing “Sinica” antenna, part no SR4G008, which is marketed for accurate positioning. Antenova’s antennas are specifically designed for easy integration, however the company provides full engineering support to help customers with all aspects of antenna testing, tuning and integration.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous DDC: cost and space saving 280W IFEC & PED aircraft power solutionNext Keysight: parametric test solution with “TRUE” parametric per-pin architecturelast_img read more

first_imgAxiomtek is introducing its new PICO316, a palm-sized fanless pico-ITX motherboard featuring the low-power consumption Intel Pentium processor N4200 or Celeron processor N3350. This pico-ITX SBC is created to support a variety of Industrial Internet of Things applications, especially those with graphic-intensive and limited-space requirements including automation control, medical imaging, digital signage, gaming and more. The PICO316 comes with dual display capability through 18/24 single/dual channel LVDS and HDMI. It supports one DDR3L-1867 SO-DIMM system memory up to 8 GB, one SATA-600 connector and one full-size PCI Express Mini Card slot supporting mSATA.The Intel Apollo Lake-based pico-ITX single board computer comes with rich I/O connectivity, including two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 in type A, two USB 3.0 in type C, one Gigabit Ethernet (built-in Intel Ethernet controller i211AT), two RS-232 ports and one audio. To ensure reliable operation, it offers watchdog timer and hardware monitoring. The PICO316 also supports Axiomtek unique intelligent management software – “AXView” for smart device monitoring and management remotely. Moreover, the SMBus interface coming from EC (embedded controller) provides an appropriate interface for smart battery solution.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: EMC test and measurement solutions at EMV 2018Next AAEON: use UP Squared maker board to create your own IOT applicationslast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: moveable over-the-air test chamber for 5G antennas and transceiversNext ADLINK and MECSware to demonstrate Private LTE at Mobile World Congress Densitron has launched its new single board computer appropriately named “Aurora SBX” along with its extremely versatile application-specific software. Aurora SBX combines with and supports a variety of Densitron displays to provide a Human Machine Interface (HMI) package. Designed specifically to drive various displays from within Densitron’s vast range – with PCT multitouch or haptic input and up to full HD resolution – and to fit within a 5” display outline, the package provides an out-of-the-box, development-ready solution which can be integrated without substantial development resources.Aurora SBX is a small form factor embedded board based on ARM Cortex-A9 architecture and built on the NXP i.MX6 application processor family, providing low-cost, efficient power usage and heat dissipation, making it suitable for any application across a range of markets from consumer to industrial. In addition, it is possible for the SBC to be tailored to the customers’ requirements by providing different configurations of its main components. Its main strength, however, is the seamless interaction of the HMI package components and display support, creating a development-friendly and stable environment for HMI applications.The SBC, in combination with a display, provides the main building block to drive the interface between the user and the system. In addition, Densitron provides stable software and development tools to build and run a graphics-rich GUI to present system information and provide input via touchscreen or other devices. Possible applications include control or input panels for a number of appliances and machines: status and alarm displays (e.g. as part of an industrial PLC or SCADA system), home automation, information panels, digital signage, security and many others.Aurora SBX can also be used independently without a display (as a ‘headless’ device) becoming a link (controller or server) between various subsystems, gathering, storing and/or transmitting data, as well as communicating with subsystems and embedded devices using numerous supported interfaces.In parallel with the launch of Aurora SBX, Densitron has also released a development kit which includes everything needed to quickly setup and start the board, a choice of Linux and Android BSPs to run it, and a USB stick containing a preconfigured development virtual machine with Qt ecosystem which provides a complete application and GUI development environment. Together with a variety of Densitron Display Adapters, this kit will kick start the development of the end user’s application.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Axiomtek: robust 12.1-inch touch panel computer for industrial automationNext VadaTech announces new Compact MTCA.4 chassis Cadence Design Systems announced that Cadence Sigrity PowerDC technology supports Future Facilities’ new open neutral file format, which solves the challenge of sharing design models between different thermal simulation toolsets. The PowerDC technology’s adoption of the single, open-model file format streamlines the thermal supply chain, promotes interoperability and data exchange, and enables customers to improve their thermal and electrical designs while also accelerating their schedule. With easy access to thermal models, design teams using PowerDC technology can shorten design cycle time by up to two weeks.Thermal and electrical component suppliers currently develop and provide their customers with proprietary model files that support different tools, which is a time-consuming and error-prone process. Future Facilities’ open model format enables these suppliers to develop a single common model file that works with all vendors’ simulation tools supporting the neutral file format. The PowerDC technology can read in this component model file and use it directly, saving customers valuable time and resources otherwise spent obtaining or recreating a component model from the supplier.Adopting the neutral file format enables interoperability and data exchange between traditional thermal/mechanical engineering tools and PowerDC technology, improving overall productivity between mechanical and electrical engineering design teams. This allows them to explore variants and run more iterations, leading to better designs that meet product cost requirements.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Optimised semiconductors help in making robots collaborativeNext Next level of vision technology turns machines into smart partners This article highlights the contribution Time Sensitive Networking makes towards providing deterministic performance over Ethernet. Based on information from Analog Devices                        Download PDF version of this article The ongoing development of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) has resulted in significant updates to both the IEEE 802.1 and 802.3 standards. Essentially a set of deterministic Ethernet extensions, TSN is also the successor to Audio Video Bridging (AVB), the IEEE project initially designed to support real-time media streaming within professional audio and video environments (such as live DJ sets). Once AVB caught the attention of automakers, though, the seeds for TSN were sown. The cars of tomorrow have long been envisioned as sophisticated vehicles, equipped with high-speed IP network connectivity, intelligent and automated driver assistance/braking systems, infotainment portals, simplified internal wiring harnesses and lighter overall weights. The drive toward these features has yielded many auxiliary benefits to the industrial automation industry, too.Creating a converged IEEE 802 specification, using Ethernet, was the most obvious solution to the problems standing in the way of such a vision. More specifically, the automotive sector could use deterministic Ethernet to overcome limited in-vehicle bandwidth and eliminate the need to resort to a gaggle of legacy networking protocols – e.g. FlexRay, LIN and MOST – to link various car systems together. Remove the in-vehicle part of that sentence, along with the references to the automotive-specific protocols, and you get a close approximation of the five challenges that the automation industry has faced as the Industrial Internet of Things (or Industry 4.0) continues to come into focus.Supporting mixed traffic. Ethernet has been put forward as a one-size-fits-all automotive network that can streamline the different domain architectures inside cars. Via TSN, it can fulfill a similar role in industrial networks by handling mixed traffic in automation and control systems, power utilities, wind turbines and printing (see reference 1 below). TSN should excel at transporting time-stamped, latency-sensitive data regardless of any best-effort traffic that may be present on the same network. This is essential with Ethernet, which is much “noisier” than previous automation networks that carried only real-time data and not a diverse mix of protocols. TSN is designed to handle multiple traffic types.Providing interoperability. In the IIoT in particular, the use of standard components manufactured in large volume is essential. This is due to central issues of scale and cost that weigh down many current approaches to networking. Relying on special ASIC-based industrial Ethernet implementations and/or legacy fieldbuses (including but not limited to the ones used in cars, such as CAN) is less scalable or cost-effective than simply leaning on commercial silicon that can still support regular HTTP interfaces, Web services and diagnostics (reference 2). TSN helps keep costs down and a path open for future expansion.Ensuring tight synchronization. AVB evolved into TSN in order to handle particularly demanding applications such as the Advanced Driver Assistance System (reference 3). ADAS requires multiple systems to work seamlessly in concert to account for braking distances and human reaction times. TSN includes several mechanisms for ensuring such determinism across similar settings such as the IIoT, namely: improvements to the Precision Time Protocol, redundant path availability for any data stream, convergence of Quality of Service onto the TSN over an Ethernet network at reduced bandwidth (without compromising real-time guarantees, though), and bandwidth reservation – a central feature carried over from AVB for ensuring deterministic performance.Supplying sufficient bandwidth. One of the decisive advantages of Ethernet over legacy serial fieldbuses – i.e. everything from PROFIBUS to Modbus – is that it can provide much more bandwidth to applications of all types. In automobiles in particular, the limited data rates and capacity of CAN made it insufficient for the next generation of in-vehicle applications, which opened the doors for Ethernet (in the form of AVB). Applications like machine vision and 3D scanning require a lot of bandwidth. The same can be said for many of the fieldbuses still in use in control systems. Increasingly important applications such as machine vision and 3D scanning require a lot of bandwidth; TSN over Ethernet can provide it.Making network infrastructure simpler. TSN is meant to be a consolidated and easy-to-use approach to deterministic Ethernet networking. Rather than having to rely on multiple infrastructures to handle different types of traffic, everything can be carried over Ethernet. A 2015 podcast hosted by David Greenfield of Automation World, while it did not bring up TSN specifically, did a good job of outlining general advantages of Ethernet over fieldbuses (reference 4). Guest Sari Germanos of the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group talked about how complex applications (like the ones mentioned) strain the limits of legacy network architectures. Ethernet, in the form of TSN, is already addressing this problem in cars. A recent EE Times article provided a look at how the domain architectures in a vehicle could be rearranged if legacy technologies did not have to be supported. Ethernet would serve as a backbone bus to connect the various application domains, making better use of bandwidth. It can do the same for the IIoT (reference 5). “As [industrial] IoT adoption continues, increased amounts of data and widely distributed networks will require new standards for sharing and transferring critical information,” explained Todd Walter of National Instruments, AVnu Alliance Industrial Segment Chair, in a Design World article (reference 6). “Just as an ambulance or fire engine receives priority among other traffic during an emergency, the TSN standard ensures that critical, time-sensitive data are delivered on time over standard network infrastructure.”TSN moves beyond being just an idealistic project and instead becomes a widely used standard that is certified by industry groups. The points outlined already show it already has a strong technical base. The next thing to watch is how its testing and deployment play out. In late February 2016, Bosch Rexroth, Schneider Electric, National Instruments and Kuka announced their joint work on the first TSN testbed in the world (reference 7). This testbed is designed to combine various traffic flows over a TSN over Ethernet network. It will test the multi-vendor interoperability of TSN, as well as its security features, performance, latency and integration with cloud-based control systems.National Instruments is hosting the testbed. One of its executives, Eric Starkloff, commented that TSN is “necessary for the future of the IIoT,” highlighting how far a converged deterministic form of Ethernet has come from its roots in pro A/V technology. The scope of the IIoT could prove to be enormous, but many enterprises still have a way to go in terms of understanding and harnessing its benefits. A mature and widely adopted TSN will help them get there.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

first_imgWith its blend of open-source freedoms with the benefits of standardization, the RISC-V ( risk-five ) Foundation is attracting widespread industry interest. Its core specifications are stable and on the cusp of ratification, soft- and hard CPU cores along with chips, development boards, and tools are commercially available, and major companies have started adopting RISC-V to replace their custom architectures. A key feature in the architecture’s appeal is that CPU developers can adapt RISC-V functionality to their needs without sacrificing the applicability of tools and libraries created for the base standard. The key to that adaptation lies in understanding RISC-V’s modular instruction set architecture.RISC-V started as the fifth iteration of reduced instruction set computing (RISC) design efforts at UC Berkeley, but quickly evolved from academic research to a movement seeking to redefine the electronics industry’s processing hardware design approach. Currently, system developers either must choose a proprietary CPU architecture, often optimized to a specific application space, or design their own CPU architecture. By pursuing their own design, however, developers give up the extensive support ecosystems that established CPUs have developed. There is a compromise: adapting a proprietary CPU architecture to gain customization while retaining much of the support ecosystem. This compromise, unfortunately, is impractical for many design teams due to high architecture licensing fees for proprietary architectures.The RISC-V initiative seeks to offer designers an alternative that permits customization and innovation while retaining many benefits of standardization. To do so, the RISC-V Foundation maintains and drives community development of the modular, open source, RISC-V processor instruction set architecture (ISA), which aims to meet application needs spanning embedded systems to server farms and beyond. The architecture’s specifications are free to download, and developers are free to implement designs based on the ISA without paying a license fee. Nor are they obligated to make their designs available to others, as with some open source initiatives. It is the ISA that is open source; individual designs, hardware architectures, and customizations can remain proprietary if developers wish.The initiative has gained considerable momentum. There are now RISC-V chips and cores available, both commercial and open source. Companies like SiFive, GreenWaves Technologies, and Microsemi have development boards for their RISC-V implementations. Development tools, software libraries, and operating system ports (including Linux) are all part of the current RISC-V support ecosystem. Leveraging all this support for a custom design, though, begins with a close look at the RISC-V ISA’s structure. Base specifications Two key documents define the RISC-V ISA: The User-level ISA Specification and the Privileged ISA Specification. Within these are the definitions of both base requirements and numerous standardized, modular extensions. The standard extensions are modular in that implementing any given standard extension in a CPU design will not interfere with the implementation of any other standard extensions. Some extensions may build on others, however, requiring that base extension be implemented as part of the desired extension.The overall design is register-based, calling for 31 general-purpose registers where all operations take place, with load-and-store access to the general memory space. Instruction sets have been defined for 32-bit, 64-bit, and 128-bit address spaces, with an additional, reduced-register-count, 32-bit instruction set defined to specifically target smaller gate count implementations for embedded system designs. Apart from the presence of additional instructions to manipulate longer word lengths, and register size matching the address space, the instruction coding for these variations is all the same. Figure 1 shows in schematic form how the core specifications and standard extensions interact. Many of the specifications are now frozen by the RISC-V Foundation, ensuring that implementations based on them will remain valid as the ISA evolves. This ensures that software written today will run on similar RISC-V cores forever. Some extensions are still in draft mode and so are subject to change. A few are reserved, i.e., placeholders awaiting future development. The 32- and 64-bit base integer ISAs are frozen, for instance, with the 128-bit and embedded variations still in draft form.The base integer ISA (I) is the foundation on which all else is built and must be present in any implementation. In addition to the base integer ISA, all standard RISC-V implementations must include at least the machine-level portion of the Privileged ISA; the supervisor-level (S) and hypervisor portions are standard extensions. However, the Privileged ISA is defined in such a way that developers can implement a custom form of privileged code execution without affecting the base integer ISA, should they wish. Figure 1 The RISC-V ISA forms a modular collection of instructions that can be implemented in a CPU design without interfering with one another. Enhancing base functionality with standard extensions The base integer (I) and machine-level privileged ISAs provide all the functionality a basic, general-purpose CPU requires. Developers can augment this base capability, though, by adding extensions to the ISA. Custom extensions are always possible, but there are standard extensions that the technical task groups in the RISC-V Foundation manage, having determined they have broad appeal to the design community and that their instructions do not conflict with other standard extensions. Developers are thus able to freely include any of the standard extensions they require in their design, without concern for conflicts in the instruction coding. These standard extensions include: N – Instructions that handle user-level interrupts (draft) F, D, and Q – Instructions for (F) single-, (D) double-, and (Q) quad-precision floating-point computations compliant with the IEEE 754-2008 arithmetic standard. Each precision’s extension depends on the lower-precision extension being present. (frozen) M – Instructions that multiply and divide values held in two integer registers (frozen) G – An implementation that includes the base integer specification (I) along with the M, A, F, and D standard extensions is so popular that the Foundation has defined the collection as G and has set the G configuration as the standard target of compiler toolchains under development. (frozen) V – Instructions to add vector instructions to the floating-point extensions (draft) L – Instructions for decimal floating-point calculations (reserved) B – Instructions for bit-level manipulation (reserved) Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz presents innovative T&M equipment for embedded systemsNext Solid Sands: SuperTest helping Graphcore accelerate the future of AI P – An extension to support packed single-instruction, multiple-data instructions (reserved) Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram C – Support for compressed instruction execution. The base integer (I) specification calls for instruction words to be 32-bits long and aligned on 32-bit boundaries in memory. Implementing the C standard extension provides 16-bit encodings of common operations and allows CPU designs to work with alignments on freely mixed 32- and 16-bit boundaries, resulting in a 25% to 30% reduction in code size. It can be implemented in any of the base integer bit widths and with any of the other standard extensions. (frozen) J – An extension to support use of dynamically translated languages (reserved) T – Instructions to support transactional memory operations (reserved) A – Instructions that atomically read-modify-write memory to support synchronization (frozen) Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. S – The privileged ISA’s supervisor-level extension (draft)last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous When to use a standalone RTC IC instead of an MCU embedded RTC in low power IoT devicesNext TRINAMIC: incremental encoders for BLDC motors and stepper motors The emerging trend of smart lighting and IoT, requires a new generation of LED drivers. Infineon Technologies introduces the new member of its XDP LED series, the XDPL8221 for cost-effective dual-stage drivers with advanced features. This device combines a quasi-resonant PFC and a quasi-resonant flyback controller with primary side regulation together with a communication interface. A comprehensive set of configurable protection mechanisms (standard and sophisticated) ensure safe, reliable and robust LED driver for a large set of use cases.The XDPL8221 combines advanced functions, such as multi control featuring constant voltage, constant current and limited power as configurable operating parameters. The result is a versatile, high performance LED driver. The performance of the XDPL8221 helps to design more efficient devices. This driver IC supports full functionality for both AC and DC input in the nominal input voltage range of 100 V AC to 277 V AC or 127 V DC to 430 V DC. Depending on the actual situation, the built-in digital control selects the best mode of operation. It can switch between quasi-resonant, discontinuous conduction or active burst modes.The XDPL8221 UART interface with a command set enables control of the functions of the device and provides status information. This enables numerically exchanged real-time data. This data can be used for monitoring or additional local control functions. This driver IC can be dimmed flicker free below one percent, while the current is still regulated with a high accuracy. The chip also offers a dim-to-off function to keep the device in a standby mode when the light is off with a low standby power (less than 100 mW, depending on driver design).Reduced bill of materials and increased flexibility minimize the overall system cost. The XDPL8221 comes in a DSO-16 package and, with a wide tool support, it is easy to design-in.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

first_imgDelhi & District Cricket Association’s newly elected secretary Vinod Tihara declared on Tuesday that senior opener Gautam Gambhir will be back as “government nominee” in the board.The Indian cricketer was cornered during the 17 month regime of High Court-appointed administrator Justice Vikramajit Sen.The two-time world champion cricketer was appointed government nominee last year but Justice Sen made it clear that he won’t be allowed as long as he remains an active cricketer.However, after Rajat Sharma panel swept to victory in the DDCA elections, secretary Tihara made it clear that they have grand plans for Gambhir.”The elected members will look after administrative side but cricketing decisions will be taken by cricketer. Gautam is one of the biggest names in Delhi cricket. It’s only natural, he will play a major role. You can put it on record, Gautam will take all policy decisions with regards to cricket,” Tihara said during an interaction at the Kotla.”How can we forget that after the KP Bhaskar incident, he was summoned for a disciplinary hearing and made to sit outside and wait like a criminal. That’s not how you treat a celebrated cricketer,” the secretary said.Tihara made it clear that Gambhir’s decision will be accorded due respect and it will be him, who would decide on who all will constitute the Cricket Affairs Committtee.Currently Madan Lal, who lost the presidential elections, is the head of CAC but it is unlikely he will continue.Incidentally, it was Lal who headed the disciplinary committee, that handed a four match suspended sentence for Gambhir’s fracas with coach KP Bhaskar during 2016-17 season.advertisement”We want former players like Mithun Manhas to also get involved in cricketing decisions along with Director of Cricket Sanjay Bhardwaj,” Tihara said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgMexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio slammed the Brazilian team for their theatrics on the field during their 2-0 victory over his side in the Round of 16 fixture of this year’s World Cup in Russia on Monday.Brazil started the game on the back foot as the Mexicans played pacey football with Hirving Lozano on the flanks and looked dangerous. But, after 20 minutes, the game slowed down and the Brazilians slowly came back in the game and started grabbing it by the scruff of the neck.The first-half remained goalless and it was anybody’s game to take in the second at the Samara Arena when the second-half kicked off. But, the five-time champions came all guns blazing and Neymar scored in the 51st minute after finishing off a wonderful move he started with little help from Willian, who also had a brilliant game.World Cup 2018: Neymar trolled again despite heroics vs MexicoEl Tiri boys tried their best to go level and they were kept in the game by their goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who made stunning saves to deny the Brazilians. Trying to play through Lozano via counter-attacks, their game was to hit the Selecao’s on the break but their momentum was broken each time they looked to attack the Allison guarded goal. Brazil’s stars led by Neymar, suffer a lot of fouls and at times it gets out of hand. Neymar has suffered the most number of fouls in this World Cup (23) and today was no different.Mexico’s last 16 jinx at World Cup continues: Stats and factsadvertisementSo, the Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi was cautios and awarded the Brazilians a lot of free-kicks and Osorio feels that it disrupted Mexico’s flow.”Stats say we had 53 percent possession. I think we controlled the game mostly and unfortunately – and it is a shame for football – we wasted a lot of time because of one player,” Osorio said.”We lost our style in the second half because of the refereeing style. There were too many stoppages,” he added.World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fightingIn particular, Osorio referred to an incident in the 72nd minute when Neymar clashed with Mexico substitute Miguel Layun on the touchline. With Neymar already on the ground, Layun appeared to step on the Brazilian’s ankle with Neymar writhing theatrically in response. Rocchi decided against punishing either player but Osorio was left angry with the amount of time taken up by the incident. World Cup 2018: With Neymar already on the ground, Layun appeared to step on the Brazilian’s ankle in the 72nd minute with Neymar writhing theatrically in response (Reuters Photo)World Cup 2018: I’m a Brazilian and I don’t give up, says Neymar”There was a four-minute stoppage at one point and this is a very negative example for the world of football and all the children who are following the game,” said an irritated Osorio.REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”This should be a strong sport, a man’s sport. I think there shouldn’t be so much acting. This had an impact on our pace,” the Mexican coach added.The 56-year-old also suggested his team had a specific plan in dealing with Neymar but that it went out of the window due to the referee’s handing of the match.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”We wanted to play fair and just mark him and for the first 20 minutes and we did a good job,” he said.”We did a 50/50 challenge and got a yellow card (for Edson Alvarez) so then we changed it to Layun so we wouldn’t get another yellow card (for Alvarez). We wanted just to play and compete,” said Osorio.However, Brazil coach Tite was unsurprisingly supportive of Neymar and dismissed accusations of playacting, while preferring to talk about his improving side, who seem to be finding their rhythm after a third successive 2-0 victory.”The team still has to grow,” he said. “I wanted to repeat the standard of the last match and grow and that happened.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more