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Energy Crisis? Yes and No

The world has an energy crisis. Demand is growing faster than supply, and overloaded electricity transmission grids are causing rolling blackouts in rich and poorer nations alike. The overloaded systems will require huge investments just to meet current demand amid swelling population numbers and surging power requirements. Meanwhile, geopolitical upheavals have crimped supply in several…

Technology Can and Will Circumvent Trade Wars

“Out of adversity comes opportunity,” states the adage widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin. An older proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” is often mistakenly credited to Plato. Both are relevant today as technology businesses wrestle with the supply-chain implications of the U.S.-China trade war. In the need of the hour, tech companies are finding…

The Battle for AI at the Edge Is Just Beginning

In the past two years, artificial intelligence has morphed from academic marvel to global megatrend. Machine learning in some form is set to revolutionize almost everything — consumer, automotive, industrial, every area of electronics — and, beyond that, to affect society and our lives in ways we don’t yet know about. What this means for…

Solving the Problem of the Too-Quiet Car

The electrification of the automotive platform has brought several advantages but also some engineering problems. As a result, the transition to battery-powered electric mobility not only is transforming automotive companies but is funneling research-and-development investment resources into new areas. The appeal of power electronics to address the new challenges continues to rise even in the…