He is ecstatic after his match-winning performance in his very second international game but rookie left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorff’s ultimate aim is to play Test cricket for a long time.”Test cricket is the ultimate prize and wearing the baggy green cap is something I am sure all cricketers aspire to and I certainly do. I will be pursuing and doing everything I can to play Test cricket,” Behrendorff said after winning Man of the Match award for his 4/21 in Australia’s eight wicket victory.Having bowled just an over on his debut in Ranchi, the lanky pacer made the most of the overcast conditions to rip through the Indian top four – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey – in 15 deliveries.The feeling of winning a game for Australia is yet to sink in. “An unbelievable feeling to be honest. Ranchi was almost nearly not getting on at all, to get one over was great to get out there but to bowl four overs tonight to take four wickets but mainly to get a win, to get the boys back up and about after a pretty tough time in the one-dayers, it’s very special,” said Behrendorff.”I was really happy with that. A few ones that I got hit to the boundary probably were not obviously where I needed to be bowling. But obviously to get the ball up there, swing the ball, hit guys on the pads and nick blokes off those are the things we talk about in our meetings to get the balls in those areas especially up front so I was very happy with that.”advertisementIt’s interesting to see if Australia would field two left-armers in Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc in the upcoming Ashes. “We are left-armers, we both swing it a bit. Mitch bowls a bit quicker than I do, but I know Mitch reasonably well. I’ve spent a bit of time playing with him occasionally but mainly against him. He is someone that I feel I can talk to and get some advice off as well.”Having been hit for two boundaries in the first over, Behrendorff set it up nicely for Rohit Sharma. The full length delivery swung back to trap him leg before. “For me, that’s what I generally try to do — swing it back, that’s my plan up front especially to the right handers,” he said.Behrendorff has also gained attention for his close resemblance to WWE superstar John Cena. Behrendorff was in splits after Cena’s name came up in the post match press conference.”From what I can understand he is a fair bit bigger than I am. But I’ll take it (the comparisons made by fans), sure.”Being aggressive may be fast bowlers’ forte but Behrendorff wants his ball to do the talking. “You don’t have to be mean and nasty all the time. Generally I try and let my skills and the ball do the work and let that do the talking for me instead of getting into a verbal battle or anything like that.”Some guys enjoy that and that’s what gets them going and fired up, but it’s not really my style.”Having struggled with injuries, Behrendorff has acquired education in sports science. “It’s nice to have a bit of knowledge about what’s going on so I can chat to the doctors and the physios and understand exactly what’s going on, what I need to do.”Behrendorff knows a thing or two about intense rehabiliation programmes. “The main thing is doing your rehab and getting back… and now enjoying playing international cricket for the first time. It’s something I have worked so hard for and I am loving every minute of it.”Back home it was an emotional time for his family. “It was a very special moment probably telling my wife first off was amazing. She was away at the time so we had to do it over the phone. She was very excited. The next best one was my dad. He’s never speechless, he’s an outgoing sort of guy but he was speechless on the phone for about 10 seconds.”The latest Aussie pacer may also be sought after in the lucrative Indian Premier League T20. “It might do. That’s down the track, I’ve got a fair bit of cricket to play yet so first and foremost focussed on winning the next game in Hyderabad and then got a summer of cricket to play but that would be very nice,” he concluded.advertisement
New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner said on Monday that the key to success against India’s much-vaunted batting line-up would be to bowl reasonably quick and induce mistakes from Virat Kohli and Co.India and New Zealand will lock horns in a limited-overs series, comprising three ODIs and an equal number of T20 Internationals, starting October 22.”It is tough (to bowl against India), they are a very good players of spin. They have grown up playing spin. I just try to keep it pretty simple,” Santner said ahead of his team’s practice game against Board President’s XI.”Bowl the ball reasonably quick on the surface and make the batsmen commit a mistake. If you get a few dots and build pressure that way, you can hopefully get a few wickets. That’s what I’ll be trying to do,” he added.Asked about the plans to tackle the ever-dangerous Virat Kohli, Santner was candid enough to admit that it was no easy task. “Not easy. He’s a very good player, and so is a lot of their team. They’re in good form, the way they played against Australia was very good. The last time we came here, we did OK. Hopefully we can do one better this time and take the series.”According to Santner his past experience will help him in this series. “We haven’t been here for a while. But for me, it’s about taking those past experiences of the way I bowled over here, and the way to bowl spin over here. So I’ll be looking to do that,” he added.advertisementThe legendary Daniel Vettori has had plenty of experience of bowling in India and Santner has taken his advice. “I have (learnt from him). He’s a very good left-arm spinner. I am not trying to bowl miracle balls every ball. It’s about tying up a batsman and waiting for them to make amistake.”Especially on wickets that offer a little bit, I watched a lot of Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja. They just try to bowl very consistent and good areas and wait for the batsmen to hit a big shot and get out or run past one. I have taken a little bit of footage from there”, he added.Santner said the in-form all-rounder Hardik Pandya is a concern but the Kiwis were ready with ways to tackle him. “He is a very good striker. He tends to hit down the ground very good. So I guess it’s key to take the length off him. I saw him hit (Adam) Zampa for 3 sixes in an over. So, once he hits one, he wants to keep going.”So if you can tie him down or make him hit singles, hopefully he will try to play a big shot and go for a ball that’s not quite there. But yeah he’s a very good player and striker. So we have to beware,” he said.Santner said personally he enjoys bowling in India. “It always tends to spin here more, which is a good thing for me as a spinner. But yeah the Indians are very good players of spin, and we have to work really hard. Hopefully get a little bit of turn out there, but just hopefully be able to control them a little bit. Try and get a few dots in the over and try and be happy with maybe 4 an over. Looking forward to the series,” he said.Santner played a crucial role in New Zealand’s win against India in the opening match of World T20 last year and the bowler has fond memories of the game. “I think on that day, we did keep it pretty simple, tried to bowl relatively quick. Didn’t try and give them too much and let them make a mistake. We can learn from that experience and take it into this series. We have to adapt, if it’s not going to sin as much then you might have to change the way we bowl,” Santner recalled.
Virat Kohli just keeps on scoring runs and smashing records!The India captain has now surpassed South African star AB de Villiers to become the fastest to reach 9000 One-Day International runs — in just 194 innings.The list, that is now lead by Kohli, has De Villiers on second with 9000 runs in 205 innings and former India captain Sourav Ganguly is third having reached the mark in 228 innings.On Sunday, in the ODI series decider vs New Zealand in Kanpur, Kohli stepped up his game once again and as soon as his score tally touched 83, he achieved another record.Earlier in the match, Kohli also became the first batsman to score 2000 ODI runs in 2017, beating the likes of South Africa’s Hashim Amla (1988 runs) and England’s Joe Root (1855 runs).Kohli’s list of records doesn’t end there!In the decider itself, he also became the fastest to reach 5000 runs in international cricket as captain across formats, taking only 93 innings to reach the mark. Second to him in the list is Michael Clarke who took 109 innings to reach the mark.In the first match of the series, Kohli also surpassed Australian great Ricky Ponting in the list of most ODI hundreds scoring his 31st ton. He only trails Sachin Tendulkar, who tops the list with 49 ODI centuries.The India captain had a brilliant 2016 where he struck 2595 international runs and the 28-year-old has only bettered his statistics this year.Kohli became the first batsman to reach 1000 runs in 2017 in ODIs. Till now, the India captain has scored two Test centuries and five ODI hundreds.advertisementODI isn’t the only format Kohli is flourishing in this year!Earlier in 2017, the Delhi batsman became the first to score double hundred in four straight Test series — 200 vs West Indies, 211 vs New Zealand, 235 vs England and 204 vs Bangladesh.The skipper has also led India to four consecutive ODI series win this year, along with reaching the final of ICC Champions Trophy.
Arsene Wenger defended the reportedly unsettled Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean’s brace helped Arsenal overcome Crystal Palace 3-2 on Thursday.Wenger said that his attitude is fine and performances such as these proved his commitment to the club.Sanchez has been accused of not giving his all for the club after his much hyped move to title rivals Manchester City failed in the summer. His contract expires in June next year but his show against Palace would take away any doubts regarding his commitment to the North London club.Wenger told reporters afterwards he was not “fearful” that Sanchez, whose second-half brace in the space of just four minutes turned the game, would leave in next month’s transfer window.WATCH FULL VIDEOThe Arsenal coach also spoke about Sanchez’s contract situation and made it clear that he doesn’t fear much about the situation. However, some incredulous fans think that this performance of his, right before the transfer window opens in January, is for the likes of City and Paris Saint Germain to come and lap him up.City, the Premier League’s runaway leaders, have been consistently linked with a move for Sanchez but, coming into the final six months of his contract, they could wait until the summer to snap him up on a free transfer.That’s 7ï¸ï¿½?ï¿½ @premierleague goals this season for our No 7ï¸ï¿½?ï¿½#ElNinoMaravilla ï¿½??ï¿½ï¿½??ï¿½ pic.twitter.com/dfENKgGfBZ- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2017Wenger, though, told reporters: “Always when people don’t have long contracts, they are questioned. The best way to show they are committed is to give that kind of performance.advertisement”I felt he was very good tonight from the first minute on, focused on the game. This kind of Sanchez is a great football player, as we know. That’s the kind of performance we want from him.”Though it has been considered a formality that Sanchez will leave, Wenger added: “Look, first of all nobody knows what will happen really. It’s difficult to speculate.”At the moment we are focused on the next game, with the players committed and ready to fight. It’s not a guarantee of how long you stay somewhere.”As long as you are somewhere, you give your best. I’m not a specialist in psychology.”ï¿½??ï¿½ @Alexis_Sanchez #ElNinoMaravilla ï¿½??ï¿½ï¿½??ï¿½ pic.twitter.com/yGJyihFZ6m- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2017Jack Wilshere, also outstanding in the Arsenal win and creator of Sanchez’s second goal with an exquisite long pass, said afterwards that he expected to sign a new deal with the club.The England midfielder, who like Sanchez is out of contract in the summer, said: “The boss said he will speak to me…I’m sure it will get done.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Under huge pressure from all sides, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide on Tuesday whether to ban Russia from next year’s Winter Olympics over alleged institutionalised doping.Anti-doping agencies and many athletes want Russia to be completely excluded from Pyeongchang, but Moscow has vehemently denied state involvement and complained of political manipulation.Facing the same decision ahead of the Rio Summer games 18 months ago, the IOC stopped short of imposing a blanket ban and instead left decisions on individual athletes’ participation to the respective sports federations.Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA) has been suspended since a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission headed by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren in 2015 found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia and accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations.A further WADA report by McLaren in 2016 found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports had been involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests over a five-year period.In the last month, the IOC’s own commission has banned more than 20 Russian athletes from the Olympics for life over doping violations at the 2014 Winter Games that Russia hosted in Sochi, while WADA has said that Russia remains “non-compliant” with its code.The options facing the 15-member IOC Executive Board, which meets on Tuesday, include a blanket ban on Russia or allowing Russian athletes to compete in South Korea as neutrals. This would mean that they could not participate under Russia’s flag and the Russian anthem would not be played at medal ceremonies.advertisementThe IOC could also do what it did at Rio and defer the decision to the international sports federations. Although Russia was barred from athletics and weightlifting, it was able to send around 70 percent of its original 387-strong squad after other sports’ federations accepted its athletes.DELICATE DECISIONIOC President Thomas Bach said at the time that the decision balanced “the desire and need for collective responsibility versus the right to individual justice of every individual athlete”.The IOC could argue that the fundamental situation has not changed since then despite the evidence produced from the Sochi games and the publication of the second part of the McLaren report.”The IOC has a delicate decision to make,” sports marketing expert Patrick Nally said.”On the one hand, it needs to show WADA and the world’s media that it is chastising Russia, but at the same time it needs to be temperate in its approach … Banning them outright will, I think, be too negative a step.”A compromise is necessary if the IOC wants to maintain stability. It can withstand media criticism but it can’t withstand an all-out war with one of its influential members.”Last week, Joseph de Pencier, head of the iNADO umbrella group of national anti-doping agencies, said allowing Russia to take part in Pyeongchang would raise doubts about sport’s willingness to root out drug cheats.Russian officials have said their country is the victim of a politicised dirty tricks campaign designed to besmirch its reputation and curb its sporting success.On Monday, two Russian Olympic medallists urged the IOC to allow Russian athletes to compete.”I passionately believe that it is not the answer to ban innocent, clean, young Russian athletes from competing under the Russian flag in Pyeongchang,” said Svetlana Zhurova, who won Olympic gold in speed skating in 2006.Evgeni Plushenko, a four-time Olympic figure skating medallist, said making Russians compete as neutrals would be “unfair on them and all their competitors who in some way would feel that the competition and Olympic spirit would have been devalued”.
PV Sindhu reached the semi-finals of the Dubai World Super Series Finals as she beat Japan’s Sayaka Sato 21-13, 21-12 in her second match of the tournament on Thursday.Sindhu took just 36 minutes to dispatch Sato and make it to the semis, winning both her group matches till now.Sindhu had, on Wednesday, defeated China’s He Bingjiao 21-11, 15-21, 21-18 in 64 minutes in her tournament opener.Sindhu will take on world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in an inconsequential match on Friday as both players have made it past the group stage.Sato started the match positively winning the first two points of the game. But Sindhu soon took over.Despite a cautious start, Sindhu soon showed her mettle taking control of the game and went into the break with an 11-8 lead.From there, Sindhu simply accelerated to open up a massive lead of 17-11 against Sato and the Japanese could not find her way back into the game.With some patient yet aggressive display, Sindhu easily pocketed the first game 21-13.Sindhu carried forward her first game momentum into the second and opened up an early 5-2 lead.Sindhu kept up her lead to make it 9-4 before Sato fought back to reduce the lead to 9-6. Despite Sato’s attempts, Sindhu raced to an 11-6 lead at the break.Even after the break, Sindhu never let Sato back in the game as she raced ahead to make it 15-7. Sindhu hardly looked like she broke any sweat as she eased her way through.advertisementSato failed to give herself even a glimpse of hope as Sindhu crushed her to a 19-8 lead.From there Sato could manage only two points before the Indian shuttler won the game 21-12 and hence, the match.Earlier in the day, Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the tournament with his second loss in a row. He lost to Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen 21-18, 21-18.
BALTIMORE — Alcides Escobar doubled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Mike Moustakas extended his home run-binge and Kansas City remained perfect in the playoffs, beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.Now, the Royals head back to Kansas City with the knowledge that no team has ever lost a best-of-seven LCS after winning the first two games on the road.“We don’t want to be the first team to do that,” designated hitter Billy Butler said. “That’s all I get from that.”Lorenzo Cain had four hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the wild-card Royals, who are 6-0 in the playoffs this year, including 4-0 on the road. The Orioles hadn’t lost two in a row in Baltimore since June 28-29, but Kansas City found a way to quiet the towel-waving, screaming crowds.“The atmosphere here is great. It didn’t affect us,” Butler said. “Now we’ll go home and see if they can play in our atmosphere.”Moustakas homered for the fourth time in five games as the Royals won their ninth straight in the postseason, a string dating to the 1985 World Series.“To come in here and win two games against a great team like that, it’s huge for us,” Moustakas said. “A lot of confidence going back home.”Game 3 is Monday at Kauffman Stadium. Former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie will start for the Royals against either Wei-Yin Chen or Miguel Gonzalez.Manager Buck Showalter’s team has lost two in a row at Camden Yards for the first time since June 28-29, and now the Orioles must buck history to earn its first pennant since 1983. No club has ever won a best-of-seven LCS after dropping the first two games at home.“If one team can do it, it’s us,” slugger Nelson Cruz said.“The series ain’t over,” insisted Adam Jones, who hit his first playoff home run. “If you guys (are) thinking it’s over, why are we going to show up on Monday?”After squeezing out an 8-6 win in 10 innings on Friday night, the Royals again took apart the Baltimore bullpen with a late uprising.With the score tied at 4 in the ninth, Omar Infante beat out an infield roller off Darren O’Day, the losing pitching for the second straight day.Zach Britton entered, and Moustakas laid down a bunt that moved pinch-runner Terrance Gore to second. Alcides then sliced an opposite-field grounder inside first base to bring home Gore.Two batters later, Cain hit an RBI single.At St. Louis, Madison Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants combined just enough hitting with a couple of defensive errors by St. Louis to beat the Cardinals 3-0 in the NL Championship Series opener.Bumgarner set a major league postseason record with 26 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road.The Giants lefty was in complete command while 20-game winner Adam Wainwright failed to last even five innings for the Cardinals.San Francisco has won 12 of its last 13 in the postseason, including three straight to erase a 3-1 deficit in the 2012 NLCS against St. Louis.Jake Peavy gets the Game 2 start for the Giants on Sunday night against Lance Lynn.TweetPinShare0 Shares
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Jaroslav Halak had a chance at a shutout and an empty-net goal in the final minute against the Calgary Flames. He had to settle for a prominent place in the New York Islanders’ record book.Halak set the team mark with his 33rd win of the season, and Ryan Strome and Cal Clutterbuck provided just enough offense to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Flames on Feb. 27.With the Islanders protecting a 1-0 lead in the final seconds, Halak cleared the puck down the ice but it was stopped well before it got close to the empty Flames net. Soon after New York doubled its advantage, Josh Jooris ruined the shutout bid and made it a tense one-goal affair again.“I’m not happy about it, but we got the goal and we won 2-1,” Halak said. “They don’t give up. They play until the last second. I was glad when it was over.“I wanted to have a shutout. I wasn’t thinking about a goal, but I didn’t get either of them. I got a win, so that’s a good thing, right?”That put the Islanders two points ahead of the rival New York Rangers, who drew even with them atop the Metropolitan Division on Feb. 26.“We just focused on trying to win,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “We obviously see the standings. We know we’re jockeying for positioning.”Halak stopped 26 shots, beaten only by Jooris with 20.9 seconds left. The Islanders had made it 2-0 with 41.3 seconds remaining on Clutterbuck’s empty-net goal.It was fitting because Clutterbuck had a goal waved off 4:25 into the third period when the officials ruled that Brock Nelson had interfered with Flames goalie Karri Ramo in the crease.“It happens,” Tavares said. “We fought hard for that, but we stuck with it. It was good to see Clutter get rewarded at the end.”Ramo stopped 37 shots for the Flames, who without injured captain and leading scorer Mark Giordano missed a chance to move into a wild-card position in the Western Conference playoff race. Ramo’s only blemish was Strome’s early goal, the first power-play tally Calgary has allowed in exactly a month.“We didn’t give them much,” Ramo said. “We played good, we battled. Just wasn’t enough. Guys were playing more minutes and stepping up without Gio. We tried hard.”Calgary dropped to 1-2 on its seven-game road trip. The Flames lost 1-0 to the Rangers on Feb. 24.The Islanders took a 1-0 lead in a most unusual way, scoring the first power-play goal against the Flames in 14 games.Tavares was stopped by Ramo, but the puck came back out front to Strome in the slot for his 14th goal. Calgary had gone a team-record 13 games without allowing a man-advantage goal. The streak of penalty-kills was snapped at 26, dating to Jan. 27 against Buffalo.Strome has five goals in eight games. “You go to the dirty areas and just kind of bang away. We’ll take them any way we can get them,” Strome said. “We talked about how they haven’t really given up many goals, never mind the power play.“It wasn’t the prettiest goal, but we’ll take it.”New York had the better of the play in the opening period and held a 15-7 edge in shots, but one of Calgary’s attempts was Michael Ferland’s failed penalty shot after he was impeded on a breakaway by defenseman Johnny Boychuk with 6:20 left.Both teams had brief flurries in the second. Calgary got back to its strong penalty killing and held the Islanders’ power play in check during its second advantage of the first period and the only one they had in the second frame.New York, which held an 11-8 edge in shots in the middle period, began the third short-handed. The Islanders killed the penalty despite pressure by the Flames on Halak just before Lubomir Visnovsky left the box.“They have one of the fastest team in the league,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “The pace was real quick and it was tough to generate.”The task became more difficult without the defenseman Giordano, who skated in pre-game warmups after being injured Feb. 25 in a 3-1 win at New Jersey.“Gio is our captain and a warrior,” Hartley said. “When Mark says he can’t play, that says a lot. He really wanted to, but couldn’t.”(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — The New York Rangers advanced to the last eight of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Friday, with Carl Hagelin’s overtime goal and spectacular goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist steering the hosts to a victory which completed a 4-1 series win.In the day’s other games, Ottawa staved off elimination again by winning at Montreal, and Minnesota moved within one win of a series victory by defeating St. Louis.New York’s Hagelin netted the overtime winner when he skated out from behind the net and put a wrist shot on the short side behind Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.The Rangers, who got all four wins in the series by the same 2-1 score, will play the winner of the Washington-New York Islanders series, which the Capitals lead 3-2.Lundqvist made 37 saves, including a memorable stop on Brandon Sutter in an overtime session that was wide open, a bit sloppy, but very entertaining.New York’s problematic power play opened the scoring. Dan Boyle’s weak shot from the point fooled Fleury, who knocked it down — directly to Derek Stepan in front of him. Stepan put home a tap-in just 3:23 in. Pittsburgh’s Nick Spaling tied it in the second period.Ottawa won 5-1 at Montreal to reduce the series deficit to 3-2, having trailed 3-0.Senators goalie Craig Anderson made 45 saves while Bobby Ryan, Patrick Wiercioch, Erik Karlsson, Erik Condra and Mike Hoffman scored for Ottawa. The Senators are trying to become the fifth team in NHL history to win a series after trailing 3-0.Tom Gilbert had the lone goal for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.Montreal’s struggling power play went 0 for 3 to drop to 1 for 19 in the series.Ottawa, which was 2 for 4 with the extra man, will host Game 6 on Sunday.Minnesota also claimed an impressive road win, beating St. Louis 4-1 to go up 3-2 in the series.Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, who gave up six goals in two periods in Game 4, put in a much improved performance, with 36 saves, including twice robbing Alexander Steen from close range in the second period.The Wild scored four straight goals after Vladimir Tarasenko gave St. Louis the early edge with his playoff-leading sixth goal.Nino Niederreiter scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Marco Scandella, Mikko Koivo and Charlie Coyle also scored for Minnesota, which hosts Game 6 on Sunday.The Central Division champion Blues will be trying to avoid their third straight first-round elimination and bring the series back home for Game 7 on Wednesday. TweetPinShare0 Shares
AEK has climbed to the top of the play-off mini-league after beating Panionios 1-0 on Friday for the second round of games, in the process that will determine which club will follow Olympiakos to the Champions League qualifiers.The recently crowned Cup winners needed a Petros Mantalos goal on the 57th minute to beat the strong Panionios defense at the Olympic Stadium of Athens.Before the game AEK paraded the Cup’s trophy to the thousands of AEK fans who rushed to cheer on the players for beating Olympiakos in Tuesday’s final behind closed doors at the same venue.AEK is now on five points, Panathinaikos and PAOK have four, and Panionios has one.On Monday AEK visits Panathinaikos and Panionios hosts PAOK.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Marco Verratti scored a late winner to preserve Italy’s perfect record in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship with a 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday.Edin Dzeko’s first-half opener for Bosnia was the first goal Italy has conceded in its four qualifying matches.But Lorenzo Insigne leveled almost immediately after the interval with a stunning volley and then set up Verratti for the winner in the 86th minute.“The lads gave their all, it wasn’t easy to turn a match like this around, we risked a bit on counterattacks, but we clearly dominated in the second half,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said. “We tool too many risks in the first half but then we improved.”Italy remained top of Group J, three points clear of second-place Finland, which won 2-0 in Liechtenstein. Armenia is third, six points behind Italy, after beating Greece 3-2 in Athens.Bosnia slipped to fifth, eight points behind Italy.“It’s a pity, we deserved more. A draw was the fairest result,” said Dzeko, who plays for Serie A side Roma. “We put a great team like Italy in difficulty, they scored two great goals but in a too easy way. ”Bosnia looked dangerous on the counter and took the lead with a well-worked move as Muhamed Besic’s back-heeled flick sent Edin Visca down the right of the area and he rolled across for Dzeko to tap in from three yards.Bosnia goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic pulled off a fine save to deny Serie A’s top scorer Fabio Quagliarella shortly before halftime but could do nothing four minutes after the break as Insigne volleyed in a corner from the edge of the area.Italy pressed hard for the winner and got it when some poor defending allowed Insigne to pick out Verratti, who had time to control the ball before driving a precise shot into the far bottom corner.___TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK (AP) — Manager Aaron Boone, Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees again hammered away at the umpires, this time in prolonged rants that brought several members of the team spilling onto the field, while beating the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Saturday.Gleyber Torres hit two home runs and Didi Gregorius and DJ LeMahieu also connected for the AL East-leading Yankees.But what really fired up the crowd of 47,347 at Yankee Stadium occurred in the sixth inning after Cameron Maybin was called out on strikes by Triple-A ump Ben May.For the third time in a month — each time with a minor league call-up umpire behind the plate — the team with the best record in American League lost its temper in a big way. This episode led to Boone, Gardner and pitcher CC Sabathia being ejected.James Paxton (9-6) went five innings for the win. Zach Plesac (6-4) was chased in the fifth.Aroldis Chapman closed for his 35th save in 40 chances.BREWERS 15, NATIONALS 14, 14 INNINGSWASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Thames hit a two-run homer in the 14th inning and Milwaukee finally held on for a wild victory over Washington.Christian Yelich hit two home runs, tying for the major league lead with 41, and the Brewers equaled their franchise record with seven. Thames’ tiebreaking drive off Javy Guerra (1-1) was the last of them in a 5-hour, 40-minute marathon between National League playoff contenders that featured 38 hits, 17 pitching changes, 11 home runs and blown saves by both closers.Yelich went 5 for 6 with four RBIs, breaking out of a 1-for-16 slump since returning from a back injury that cost him four games.Milwaukee earned its seventh victory in 10 games while setting a season high in runs. The loss ended Washington’s five-game winning streak.Junior Guerra (7-4) pitched 1 2/3 innings, but nearly squandered a two-run lead. Second baseman Keston Hiura’s two-out throwing error allowed a run to score and extended the game, but two batters later Guerra struck out pinch-hitting pitcher Joe Ross to end it.Staked to an 11-8 lead, Washington closer Sean Doolittle yielded Yelich’s homer to open the ninth. After Hiura’s double, Mike Moustakas and Ryan Braun went deep on consecutive pitches to give the Brewers the lead.It didn’t last. Josh Hader gave up a walk, a double and Victor Robles’ tying single. But after an intentional walk to load the bases, Hader struck out the top third of Washington’s order to preserve a 12-all tie.Yelich homered again in the 13th to put Milwaukee up 13-12, but again the Nationals came back to prolong it with Robles’ sacrifice fly.BRAVES 4, DODGERS 3ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Donaldson and Adam Duvall hit consecutive homers off Hyun-Jin Ryu in the sixth inning, and Atlanta’s faulty bullpen redeemed itself for a change as the Braves beat Los Angeles.Donaldson stirred the largest crowd in SunTrust Park’s three-year history when his 29th homer landed in the Atlanta bullpen in right-center. Duvall added on by going deep to make it 4-2.Atlanta won the matchup of NL division leaders one night after the Dodgers homered four times, sending the Braves to a 27th loss in the last 37 regular-season games between the teams. With their first win in five meetings this season, the Braves are trying to stand up to the club that eliminated them from the playoffs last year.Ryu (12-3) lost for the first time in seven starts as his ERA, still best in the major leagues, rose 19 points to 1.64.Sean Newcomb (6-3) bailed out Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the fifth. Luke Jackson, who lost the closer’s job last month, allowed Max Muncy’s 31st homer before stranding a runner in the seventh. Shane Greene, another former closer, struck out the side in the eighth. Mark Melancon earned his third save of the season, second with Atlanta, when Cody Bellinger popped up with a runner at first to end it.CUBS 2, PIRATES 0PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kris Bryant homered in the seventh inning, and Chicago got out of three bases-loaded jams to snap a four-game skid and beat Pittsburgh.After committing an error at third base each of the previous two innings, Bryant drove the first pitch of the seventh from Steven Brault (3-2) into the left-field bleachers to put Chicago ahead 1-0. It was Bryant’s 25th homer this season and third in five games.Jon Lester (10-8) gave up four hits and five walks in six innings, getting out of two bases-loaded jams unscathed.Rowan Wick retired each of the three batters he faced for his first major league save.REDS 6, CARDINALS 1CINCINNATI (AP) — Aristides Aquino hit a three-run homer, Nick Senzel added a leadoff shot and Cincinnati dropped St. Louis back into a tie with Chicago for first place in the NL Central.Aquino’s blast off Miles Mikolas (7-13) gave the Reds a 5-1 lead in the fifth. It was the rookie’s 11th homer in his 17th career game.Anthony DeSclafani (8-7) worked five innings, allowing Matt Carpenter’s second-inning homer.RAYS 1, TIGERS 0, 13 INNINGSST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mike Brosseau’s pinch-hit RBI single in the 13th inning drove in Eric Sogard and gave Tampa Bay the win over Detroit.Sogard doubled off Matt Hall (0-1) with two outs and Tommy Pham was intentionally walked. Brosseau singled to right-center field for the Rays’ first run since Wednesday, ending a streak of 29 scoreless innings.Rays pitchers struck out a franchise-record 24 batters, including 13 in 20 hitless at bats against relievers. Poche (3-4) got the win after striking out two of the three Tigers he faced in the 13th.METS 4, ROYALS 1KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jacob deGrom pitched seven sharp innings and Pete Alonso put New York ahead with a two-run single in its win over Kansas City.Alonso got three hits and snapped a 1-all tie with two outs in the seventh when he rolled a bases-loaded grounder up the middle. Juan Lagares, who also had three hits, added an RBI triple in the eighth.Last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner, deGrom (8-7) gave up one run and three hits while striking out five.Royals starter Jakob Junis (8-11) allowed a one-out single to Lagares in the seventh and hit No. 9 batter Aaron Altherr with a pitch before he was pulled.Seth Lugo worked a perfect ninth for his third save.ATHLETICS 8, ASTROS 4OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Chapman doubled among his three hits and Mark Canha had two hits and three RBIs to back Chris Bassitt’s six solid innings, and Oakland beat Houston.Matt Olson and Josh Phegley each had two hits for Oakland. The A’s have won four straight games and 11 of their last 16.Bassitt (9-5) gave up three runs and eight hits with two walks. In seven starts since the All-Star break he’s 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA.Yordan Alvarez homered twice for Houston, which has lost five straight and six of seven after winning eight in a row and 18 of 21.The A’s scored five runs against rookie starter Rogelio Armenteros (1-1) in the third.RED SOX 4, ORIOLES 0BOSTON (AP) — Eduardo Rodríguez pitched 7 1/3 stellar innings, red-hot Rafael Devers belted a two-run homer and Boston beat Baltimore for its fourth straight victory.Trey Mancini had a double — his eighth straight game in Fenway Park with an extra-base hit — for the Orioles, who have dropped six straight.Rodríguez (14-5) allowed four hits, struck out four, walked two and hit a batter in setting his career high for wins in a season.Asher Wojciechowski (2-6) gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings.PADRES 5, PHILLIES 3PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dinelson Lamet pitched six solid innings, Ty France hit a tiebreaking single and San Diego cooled off Philadelphia.Lamet (2-2) allowed three runs and six hits with six strikeouts and a walk.Eric Hosmer had three hits for the Padres, and Josh Naylor tied the game with a two-run double in the fourth.J.T. Realmuto homered for the Phillies, who lost for the first time since former manager Charlie Manuel returned as hitting coach on Tuesday.The Padres went in front with a pair of runs in the fifth off reliever Nick Pivetta (4-5).Kirby Yates pitched a scoreless ninth for his 34th save in 37 chances.MARINERS 4, BLUE JAYS 3TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Seager hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Austin Nola also went deep, and Seattle beat Toronto.Seager’s two-out drive off the right field foul screen came on the first pitch from left-hander Tim Mayza (1-2).Seattle won for the third time in five games after losing eight of the previous nine.Anthony Bass (2-4) worked one inning for the win and Matt Magill pitched around a two-out double in the ninth to earn his first career save.TWINS 12, RANGERS 7ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — C.J. Cron homered in Minnesota’s six-run first inning against Texas.Tyler Duffey (4-1) retired the last two batters in the fifth to leave the bases loaded. He got his second win of the day, because hours before the game he was awarded the victory from Friday night that originally was credited to teammate Sam Dyson.The Twins increased their AL Central lead to 2 1/2 games, their largest since Aug. 6.The Rangers have lost nine of 11 and are three games under .500 for the first time since May 18.Ariel Jurado (6-9) nearly escaped the first inning scoreless, but allowed a career-high eight runs — including six unearned in the first — for the second straight start. He went two innings.Miguel Sanó homered in the ninth for the Twins. Danny Santana hit a pair of two-run shots in the first two innings for the Rangers.The benches cleared after Marwin Gonzalez’s groundout to end the top of the eighth when Gonzalez and Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley exchanged words.GIANTS 11, DIAMONDBACKS 6PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon Belt hit a grand slam and tied a career high with six RBIs, and Kevin Pillar had a career-best five hits to lead San Francisco over Arizona.Logan Webb (1-0) overcame a rocky start and pitched five innings to win his major league debut. The Giants won their third straight and sixth in seven games to continue their surge into serious National League wild-card contention.Webb allowed one unearned run and five hits with seven strikeouts. Pillar scored three runs in going 5 for 5 with an RBI, and Mike Yastrzemski had three hits a night after hitting three home runs.The Diamondbacks have lost the first three games of a key four-game set with the Giants and dropped four in a row overall. Taylor Clarke (4-4), like Webb called up from the minors to make the start, lasted just 1 2/3 innings.Christian Walker and Nick Ahmed homered for Arizona, and Wilmer Flores had four hits.ANGELS 6, WHITE SOX 5ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and Brian Goodwin drove in two runs apiece, and Los Angeles scored four in the seventh inning to rally past Chicago.The Angels sent 10 batters to the plate in the seventh and scored off four White Sox pitchers. Trout lined a bases-loaded single to left field to knock in two runs, and Justin Upton tied it with a sharp grounder that went under the glove of third baseman Ryan Goins.Trout scored the go-ahead run when Goodwin, who homered earlier, drew a bases-loaded walk from Evan Marshall (3-2) with two outs.The Angels trailed by four in the third before Upton hit a solo home run.Taylor Cole (3-4) tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, and Hansel Robles earned his 18th save.Eloy Jiménez homered during a four-run third for the White Sox, who lost for just the second time in 44 games when leading after six innings.ROCKIES 11, MARLINS 4DENVER (AP) — Ryan McMahon continued his power surge with two home runs to help Colorado beat Miami for its first three-game winning streak in two months.McMahon has homered in three straight games and four of his last five to set a career high with 17. He has four home runs on the current homestand.Charlie Blackmon, Ian Desmond and Trevor Story also went deep in support of Rockies starter German Márquez, who left after five innings with cramps. Márquez (12-5) doubled and struck out eight.Jon Berti homered on Márquez’s second pitch but Colorado scored one in the first and three in the second off Hector Noesi (0-3) to take control. McMahon and Desmond went back-to-back in the seventh.Garrett Cooper homered and doubled for Miami, which is 3-12 in August. TweetPinShare0 Shares
November 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, Industry Log in to Reply 6 thoughts on “The end of the smartphone era: What will be the technology battlegrounds of the next decade?” 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. November 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm “Prediction is an inexact science at best so I reckon you are pretty brave Moshe. Smartphones – with the new watches coming our I can see smartphones being embedded in the watch, wireless earbuds (much as I dislike them, I think Apple is onto something th David_Ashton_EC says: For the past decade, the smartphone race has been the main arena in which technology gladiators battled for domination. Now that Android accounts for over 87% of 2016 smartphones shipments (iOS accounts for only ~12%), we can declare the smartphone platform war is over.So, what are the technology battle grounds of the next decade going to be? Let’s take a look at some of the top arenas to which the energy (and capital investment) of the smartphone era will be diverted.The smart home and city battle: Artificial intelligence meets ubiquitous connectivity Virtual assistants have come a long way in the last few years, and they are now starting to support conversational capabilities. The war between Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Now is in full swing, and their parent companies are investing heavily to stay on top. As I stated in a recent blog that took a more detailed look at conversational assistants, it’s clear that the home is a key access point to consumers’ hearts and wallets.Now that these virtual assistants are in advanced stages of understanding natural speech, the next step will be a smooth integration with the entire smart home. I recently wrote a column about the necessity for deep linking to enable a unified user experience, thereby replacing individual apps for each device or appliance in the smart home. There are already advanced smart home features like smart doorbells that perform face recognition, climate control per peoples’ behavior patterns, and smart irrigation and water management, to name but a few. To truly be a smart home, all these separate features must communicate with each other and offer a seamless user experience.This leads directly to the war that’s currently being waged on connectivity standards. LTE won the cellular battle due to its strong backing by 3GPP and cellular operators. However, in the enormously varied world of IoT — from smart homes (with the features discussed above) to smart cities (including smart grids and connected infrastructure) — the war is still being waged. Different use cases require different solutions, like short-range Bluetooth (with the upcoming Bluetooth Mesh) and Wi-Fi for home area networks (HANs), as opposed to low-power wide area (LPWA) for city-scaled wide area networks (WANs).(Source: shutterstock.com) Still, some consolidation can be expected in a field that has so many overlapping protocols and no unified standard. (You can discover more about these battles in this article about which M2M communication protocol is the best for a smart IoT).The wearable battle: Multi-sensing enables a virtual world LPWA leads us to the next topic — advances in wearables, and especially “wearalones,” which function as standalone devices. As users wish to be free of their smartphones in some cases, new and intriguing interfaces will develop to enable them to access all the functionality of their smartphones without lugging around a brick in their pockets. These interfaces will include always-on voice activation, eye-tracking, micro-gesture control, and more. One of the advanced examples of this trend are hearables — devices that fit snugly into the ear and are rapidly progressing to offer surprisingly varied personal assistant functionality without cords. Many of the wearables available today include features for monitoring vital signs for health and fitness, coupled with sensor fusion capabilities for accurate measurements.Another important part of making wearables capable of replacing devices with screens (like smartphones and tablets) is enabling a visual interface. This goes hand in hand with adding useful layers of information onto the surroundings. Until recently, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications have been primarily targeted at gamers and “technology geeks.” However, as evidenced in the recent Pokémon Go craze, the potential of AR/VR for the mass market is enormous and far from being tapped out. The main challenge here is how to package it. The wearable devices need to be light and untethered on the one hand, but to have very powerful processors and long battery life on the other hand. This combination poses a significant challenge for chip makers who need to find an ultra-efficient solution.The recent inclusion of dual cameras in flagship devices opens new possibilities for augmented and mixed reality. The combination of input from two cameras (with some intelligent processing) enables depth mapping and accurate 3D modelling of the surroundings. This could open new applications for users, from games to navigation and even interacting with the physical environment.The automotive battle: Who will win the race to self-driving cars? The automotive industry is already in very advanced stages of testing fully autonomous vehicles. Competitors in this race vary from technology mammoths like Google, Baidu, and Uber, to traditional automotive companies like General Motors, Ford, and Daimler. The recent acquisitions of autonomous driving startups Otto and SAIPS in a pricey shopping spree by Uber and Ford clearly demonstrates the importance of this front (see this video on self-driving trucks, for example). When autonomous vehicles become the standard mode of transportation, whoever is on top will profit immensely.In parallel with the race to self-driving cars, the highly automated vehicle, or HAV, is becoming more and more intelligent. Features like a traffic jam assist and self-parking are starting to be deployed, and high-end car owners are already enjoying the benefits of machine intelligence assisting them on the road. As opposed to the interconnected systems of the previously mentioned markets, autonomous vehicles are independent systems and face a different paradigm in terms of embedded processing power, real-time response, and — above all — safety.One of the most important features in this market is intelligent machine vision. Powered by deep learning neural networks, smart sensors enable the vehicle to ‘see’ its surroundings. Fast and efficient sensor fusion is required to combine the various types of input (like cameras and Lidar) to create a clear picture of the road, traffic signals, other vehicles, pedestrians, and any potential obstacles. Finally, to assist in the navigation process, autonomous vehicles require much more accurate and detailed positioning and mapping.Sharing common barriers of privacy, regulation, and safety Although the three markets presented above are very different, they also have many similarities. Issues of privacy, regulation, safety, and standardization are still being worked out in each of them, and the results will impact when and how these technologies enter the mass market.Also, they all require highly efficient processing power, higher levels of integration, and revolutionary, intuitive human interfaces to accommodate the desired user experience. As opposed to smartphones, which have all become practically identical, differentiation will be a determining factor in these new battlegrounds — at least until the dust settles and the victorious solution reigns as the de facto standard. It will surely be interesting to see how all this unfolds.Moshe Sheier is Director of Strategic Marketing at CEVA. In this role, Moshe oversees corporate development and strategic partnerships for CEVA’s core target markets and future growth areas. Moshe is engaged with leading software and IP companies to bring innovative DSP-based solutions to the market. In his spare time, Moshe rides mountain bikes and practices Aikido. “The Stephen King movie “Maximum Overdrive”” Log in to Reply David_Ashton_EC says: Log in to Reply antedeluvian says: “@Antedeluvian… “Perhaps it was elf driving?”nnMaybe it was Santa’s truck???” November 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm Ken_A says: Log in to Reply “Davidnn”we’ll have self-driving trucks that can take out a whole neighbourhood”nnReminds me of the movie “Duel” here the driver of the truck is unseen. Perhaps it was elf driving?nhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duel_(1971_film)n” “I agree. We technologists/geeks can easily see the solution on the horizon. What we can’t predict is what happens after the first family is killed due to an unforeseen hardware failure (or even worse, an unforeseen machine/human interaction anomaly). johnspeth says: Log in to Reply November 23, 2016 at 8:30 pm Continue Reading Previous Back EMF and snubberNext Prime your brain to percolate brilliant ideas at ESC Silicon Valley November 29, 2018 at 6:14 pm jaason bourne says: Log in to Reply “Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Now don’t you think after all that Huge company what you expect another this is too much.sourcehttps://youmobile.com.pk” November 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm
Several years ago our own inimitable Max published a blog “Want a Voltera Desktop PCB Printer?” that described a PCB printer that was being developed in Canada and funded through Kickstarter. The product itself was interesting enough, but that it was being done here in Canada got me really intrigued. I got myself on the mailing list, and when they recently sent a postcard advertising the finished product I showed it to my boss and he decided that we should get a demo. I contacted them and rather than them coming to us, we were invited to go to Voltera. They are only an hour away and so a road trip beckoned. Recently I have noticed a lot of discussion about a significant uptick in tech innovation in Canada. Somehow I think this may be the unexpected upside to Blackberry’s malaise. Since the jobs at Blackberry were just not there, I reckon it inspired a lot of engineers to start their own developments. You heard this silver lining theory here first! Anyway, Blackberry is based in a town called Waterloo in Ontario. Waterloo is in fact part of a larger metropolitan arrangement consisting of 3 cities: Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. An interesting aside is that Kitchener, established by German immigrants, was originally called Berlin. In 1916, for obvious reasons the authorities renamed it for the British Secretary of State for War, whose image we are all familiar with. This is a very long winded way of telling you that Voltera is in Kitchener.Lord Kitchener in a well-known pose. (Source: Wikipedia) The University of Waterloo is an institution of some repute in the engineering and scientific world and has one of the few co-op engineering programs in Canada. No doubt it is one of the sources of these up and coming innovators. To spur this development the university has created the “Velocity Garage” the “largest free startup incubator in the world”. Voltera is part of the endeavor and located in this building.The space is rather like a large warehouse turned into a student union establishment- communal meeting rooms and kitchen facilities and each startup in an area with minimal partitioning. Voltera also has a workshop right next to the work area, obviously with doors that can be shut and locked. I began to understand the reason for the new work sharing paradigm I wrote about in “How Well Can You Work With Others?” Funnily enough, the Upverter package I included in the blog is also part of the Canadian innovation wave. As I looked at all these keen faces concentrating on screens and diagrams, I wondered and then dismissed the idea that I would like to work in this environment, but then I was lucky to even be allowed into the building. After all, the ink on my birth certificate is dry!But you all would like answers to some of the questions Max (and others in the comments) posed back in 2014, so let’s see if I managed absorb the presentation correctly. There are several videos and pictures on Voltera’s web site, so if you want to see it in action head over to it. There are also several videos on YouTube.The whole assembly, and indeed aspects of the operation, unsurprisingly reminded me of an old X-Y plotter. The mechanism consists of an X-Y controlled carriage with a Z dimension since the carriage also has an adjustable height. The bed of the device is thermally controlled. It appears to me that the mechanism and the heated bed are operationally mutually exclusive.Figure 2: The V-One. The heating pad is flat the black horizontal rectangular area and the carriage with a conductive ink cartridge installed is visible at the top right. (Source: Voltera) The carriage is capable of carrying different heads and this approach contributes to the versatility of the device. There is a probe, the trace deposition “head” (made up of a conductive ink cartridge and a nozzle), a solder paste deposition “head” (made up of a solder paste cartridge and nozzle) and a few more that I will get to as we proceed. The V-One is aimed at the high end of the hobbyist market and low end of the professional one- hence some compromises have been made to contain costs. There are some manual operations as part of this economy and changing these heads is one of them- surprising given the accuracy in placement they achieve.Obviously before you start you have got to have your PCB design in Gerber format.After clamping the blank PCB to the bed, the first step is inserting the probe in the carriage and the system goes through X-Y calibration. For trace deposition the nozzle must be held within very tight tolerances above the PCB and so the probe is then used to sense the undulations of the PCB, mapping more than a few points to record the landscape. On a blank PCB the exact location probably doesn’t really matter, but in the case of certain boards (patience, we’ll get there) there need to be fiducials and so the probe is lined up with two of these by eye.With ink-jet spray the ink is atomized and accelerated with high voltage. On 3D printer the filament is normally heated till it flows. It appears to me that the conductive ink is extruded out of the nozzle under pressure created by the mechanism rotating a toothed gear at the top of the cartridge. Deposition of the traces is quite quick, taking several minutes for a relatively complex side. There is a flow quantity adjustment which I guess you learn to fine tune for your needs. At this point the traces are wet. You can simply wipe them off – so you need to be careful not to touch with your finger. They have to be cured and that’s the primary reason for the controlled heating pad. Apparently curing is improved with the wet traces facing down towards the heater, so the board is flipped and mounted on rails. It says a lot for the ink’s viscous properties that it can be manhandled like that and not be deformed. Curing takes about 30 minutes. Continue Reading Previous Tackling connected light systemsNext Teasing out a neural net exchange format Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: 2 thoughts on “Road trip to Voltera” For double sided boards, the process is repeated on the blank side (remembering the fiducials). One of the shortcomings is the inability to drill through-holes. Voltera is in the last stages of producing a drill head that will address this deficit and of course it will be backwardly compatible since it mounts on the carriage. The conductive ink will flow through existing holes and plate the via, although I am not sure of the minimum size of the though-hole. Somebody put a lot of research into that ink!Whilst on the subject of the ink, the resistance of a trace often comes up in discussions. Sheet resistance is given in the bizarre units of ohms per square so you have to do some calculations (see the link) to get to actual resistance. Obviously the track width is the one used on your Gerber output, but the thought occurs to me that it would be nice if there were an “economy” option (either in the CAD package or in the V-One software) where you thin the traces for this prototype stage and save some ink. For similar reasons Voltera recommends that earth planes be cross hatched rather than solid as you can see in Figure 3.Figure 3: Printing with the conductive ink (Source: Voltera) You are going to have to make room in the beer fridge- the ink has to be refrigerated until use, and then left at room temperature for ~15 minutes before attempting to plot. This brings some questions to mind- how do they ship the ink? Is refrigeration only required after first being used?There is something interesting to consider. The PCB printer will print not only on FR4 PCB material but on many other surfaces. We also saw several examples of different substrates including flexible PCBs and even a ceramic base with the track being used as a heater element. It will also print over silkscreen and existing copper tracks, and make a connection to those tracks. That means you can have templates of boards with connector patterns already placed and even a number of vias which you can use if you so choose. Voltera offers some of these templates for Arduino and Raspberry Pi and some others. We intend to make our own for the weird PCB profiles that we use. Figure 4 shows one of our weird profiles (please ignore the components and semi-straight edge on the left in that figure) and our intended approach to providing a rectangular shape to mount on the V-One. Of course there would be only the 6 connector plated holes that you see at the step edges at a minimum. Perhaps we could add the voltage regulator (since there is always one) and some vias distributed around.Figure 4: One of our weird profiles. (Source: Author/ Emphatec) The next step of the process would be solder paste, which is apparently fairly simple to do obviating the need for a stencil. According to Voltera, some of their customers use this feature for non-conductive ink prototypes simply because of this. But that brings us to the biggest stumbling block – pick-and-place. A pick-and-place head is in the works, but I was unable to gauge when that might become available. At this stage you are left either placing the components by hand (as we all know solder paste does have a centering effect) or acquiring some pick-and-place equipment. Some of these like the Neoden TM220A or the SMT Place 2000 can cost significantly more than the V-One itself, and there is also the ezPick which is much more affordable.Soldering is simply a matter of initiating the heating plate which has the thermal profiles needed for the conductive ink. You can use it for non-conductive ink solders as well by changing the heating profile as needed. Another question I have- what happens with components on both sides of the board? I will have to ask.As a prelude to the subject of reworking let me describe another plus in the additive approach. In products with a higher current requirement, we often “plate up” to thicken the trace. The V-One allows you to print on top of the existing traces to thicken them up, and it can even be done selectively. In addition, patch-up of damaged boards can be done in the same way. When it comes to reworking a board, it seems to me that this printed PCB is a little less robust than what I am normally used to. You need a special solder and a temperature controlled soldering iron limited to 200°C. But at least in theory, you can repair the damage as described above.I was given to understand that a cartridge of ink (at $99) could complete up to 15 Arduino Uno sized PCBs of moderate complexity. I assume that to be single sided. So approximating to 8 double sided Arduino boards, it would cost $12 a board excluding the cost of the substrate. Unquantified is the time saving, especially if a second spin of the board is needed.I asked if there were any plans for the ability to place text on the board as with a silkscreen. Of course text in conductive ink is not a problem, but although this question appears to have been asked before, it is not high on Voltera’s list of priorities.No one is perfect and besides the lack of the pick-and-place option and drill (for the moment) there are some other drawbacks. The maximum board size is relatively small (5.3” (135mm) x 4.4” (113.5mm)) and it can only produce double sided boards. The V-One cannot handle very fine pitch components; I frequently use a TQFP package micro (0.5mm pin-pin) and this is outside the 0.8mm spec on the printer – this will definitely cramp my style. A custom board shape cannot be milled. I also believe there is some restriction on the upper frequency range, but it was in the GHz range and I am sure many other effects come into play as well.It occurs to me that in the above discussion I have focused on creating standard boards as an end in itself. Although I do quite a bit of simple analog design, I lack confidence in my abilities so I try to make sure that I have a feasible approach before committing to a PCB. It is possible to simulate certain approaches (stand back before the Pease lightning strikes), but it is nice to be able to try out just a small part of the circuit to see if something works. Today I use solderless breadboard or vectorboard, but with SMD components it becomes harder requiring breakout boards and wires going everywhere. A printed solution would allow several alternative approaches to be produced on the same simple substrate to compare and contrast.According to this article there are 5 companies in the additive PCB printer business and no doubt quite a few more that use the milling machine approach. Is there a PCB printer in your future? Even though the ink on my birth certificate is dry and definitely not printed in conductive ink, there is one in mine.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA “Thanks for the great article Aubrey. So, will you be purchasing one of these little rascals? “ antedeluvian says: May 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm “Maxn” So, will you be purchasing one of these little rascals? “nnWe have one on order. Off hand I seem to remember delivery was towards the end of June” May 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm Log in to Reply 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.
Continue Reading Previous How OpenChain certification aids open-source transparency for identifying security vulnerabilitiesNext RTI: accelerate autonomous system development with Connext DDS IBASE Technology rolls out its SI-323-N triple-HDMI digital signage player based on the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC with AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics that enables unparoled graphics performance and optimal power efficiency. The compact and fanless player is designed with hardware acceleration to support 4K @60Hz resolution for each independent display and suitable for space-constraint deployment in airports, shopping malls, restaurants and other commercial establishments.The SI-323-N features energy-saving and remote monitoring technologies with IBASE iCONTROL for power-on/off scheduling, automatic power recovery and low temperature boot protection, as well as hardware EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) that prevents display problems caused by disconnection of cables, unrecognized displays or power interruption. Furthermore, the new built-in display monitoring function helps monitor display status from the field sites continuously. It comes with 8GB of DDR4 system memory, two Gigabit Ethernet, and expansion interface such as Mini PCIe, M.2 E-Key for wireless functions, and M.2 M-Key for storage. The SI-323-N works with both Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and Linux Ubuntu operating systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology What is the reality of the AI chip market today? In recent years, this market was over-hyped to the point where many of us became sceptical. Nvidia’s onslaught in the datacentre market combined with the hype surrounding fully autonomous vehicles made it seem like this new market would single-handedly solve all the semiconductor industry’s problems, including Moore’s Law.At a recent press event, Richard Kingston, Vice President of Market Intelligence, Investor and Public Relations at Ceva, pointed to Nvidia’s share price as a good indicator of where we are in the hype cycle. Nvidia, a leader in the AI silicon market, experienced a significant fall in price around the start of 2019. Kingston suggested this means we have exited the hype stage and moved on to a stage where the market begins to more accurately reflect reality. Ceva’s AI processor core IP for acceleration of AI vision workloads, NeuPro-S (Image: Ceva)“These AI custom engines are part of many companies today, much higher up in the food chain than we would normally deal with, but they need help from companies like Ceva to bring this stuff into production,” Kingston said. This is part of the reasoning behind Ceva’s CDNN-Invite compiler, which allows companies to add their own custom AI engines alongside NeuPro-S to make AI chips that rely on heterogeneous computing.Whether or not Kingston is right about the AI chip market (or whether the death of the AI inference chip has been greatly overstated), today there are dozens of companies, from startups to the big names, designing and producing these AI inference co-processors. While integration is right for some end markets, it may not be right for all. And let’s not forget that while vision applications dominate the AI sector today, tomorrow’s workloads may look quite different, in terms of both size and shape. I therefore suspect the standalone inference co-processor is set to be with us for quite a while yet.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “‘The AI Inference Processor is Dead’.” Richard Kingston (Image: Ceva) Continue Reading Previous Acoustic networking offers unique benefits for secure data transferNext USB-C finds growing role in wearables and mobile products Kingston argued that while many think the AI processor market will lead in the direction of standalone AI co-processor chips for inference tasks at the edge, ultimately, these co-processors have to co-exist with other chips. Integration is therefore inevitable.As an example, he cited image processing applications, where there is a lot of crossover between AI and more traditional computer vision workloads.“The idea of having two separate architectures to deal with what’s essentially one workload, it doesn’t make a lot of sense when you’re trying to save the cost of components,” he said. “More and more, we’re finding that the idea of having the standalone AI engine and its own set of tools and compilers doesn’t make a lot of sense. It makes more sense to have a dedicated engine with AI capabilities targeted for the end markets that the customer is going after.”This line of thinking produced NeuPro-S, an AI processor core for vision-based applications in the automotive and consumer arenas.According to Kingston, most AI applications will benefit from heterogeneous computing, and that is part of the reason that standalone processors are not the way forward.“A lot of semiconductor companies are not going down the full AI processor route. But they are developing blocks or engines for specific functions within AI,” Kingston said.Ceva’s experience in the automotive industry is that semiconductor companies typically invest money in developing their own AI engines to handle their specific workloads. However, these engines are not a full processor product complete with a matching mature toolchain, and can’t be delivered to customers in that format. Nvidia stock price, 2017-2019, showing the drop Ceva thinks is indicative of an inflection point (Image: Ceva)“Now we are in 2019, the reality of what AI can do and where it will feature is much more realistic,” Kingston said.This is nowhere more true than in the automotive sector.“People jumped in doing level 4 or level 5 autonomous platforms two years ago,” he said. “Now I think most of the automotive silicon vendors and manufacturers who are doing their own in-house designs today have realised that before you do 4 or 5, there’s a ton of money to be made at levels two and three.”Level two corresponds to vehicles that can control all aspects of driving (steering, accelerating and braking, like Tesla’s Autopilot feature). Level three vehicles can drive themselves with the driver not needing to pay attention until the vehicle encounters something difficult when the driver has to take over.Technologies enabling these levels of autonomous driving are seeing a lot of VC funding today; Kingston says it may be because they represent a realistic target.“VCs see how much money is to be made there and how much business is to be done,” he said. “Meanwhile, levels 4 and 5 are being pushed further and further out.”What does this mean for AI chips?If the hype really is over, what does this mean for the AI processor market?“It sounds a bit dramatic, but the AI inference processor as a standalone unit is essentially dead,” Kingston said. “There is no longer a requirement for a standalone AI engine in [edge] devices that run any kind of AI application.”
In an unprecedented detection of an immigration fraud in first-class cricket, an India Today investigation has found several state-level players passing off hopeful migrants as team members.The probe uncovered former Ranji cricketers pulling off the scam for a high fee from dollar-dream chasers.India Today’s special investigation team found the suspected lynchpins of this ring in Jaipur.A first-class cricketer for 19 years, who captained Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy, Mohd Aslam and his accomplice Harsh Kaushik were caught on camera, confessing to their involvement in a human smuggling racket.WATCH FULL VIDEOAslam runs the Star Cricket Academy in Jaipur and is also the president of the district’s cricket association.India Today’s undercover reporters met him and Kaushik, a former under-19 player, at a Jaipur hotel.”You have hit fours and sixes,” Aslam told reporters inquiring about the possibility of sending small-time businessmen overseas disguised as cricketers.He readily agreed, saying cash calls the shots in this business.”It’s all about money, brother. Just keep in mind that our understanding should be such that we feel like doing our own work,” he said.Aslam delegated the fraud to Kaushik, who disclosed how he weaves fictions to execute illegal migration in the garb of cricket.”Harsh (Kaushik) looks after these tours. He takes the groups himself. I used to go myself long ago to England. I stopped going four or five years ago because of some disputes. I also got involved in cricket politics (of the Rajasthan Cricket Association),” said Aslam.advertisement”That means whether we speak to you or to him is one and the same,” the undercover reporter probed.”One and the same. You speak with brother Harsh. That will be alright,” replied the former Ranji player.When India Today’s SIT met Kaushik separately, he offered to impersonate migration clients as cricketers in an upcoming tour of South Africa.”There are two ways. One is real in which professional cricketers are taken to foreign countries to play there and come. The other is called a ‘slip’. That’s also done as part of our tours,” he explained.”You must be touring frequently for cricket. Why don’t you send our men to South Africa as part of a cricket squad?” the reporter investigated.”I have a tour next month. Many more tours are also in the pipeline. I’ll send them along,” Kaushik promised.He offered to take fake cricketers to South Africa in the first week of July.”It’s a team of 15 people but I can apply for 25. Twenty-five people can apply (for visa) as part of a cricket team,” he said.”Send four of my men to South Africa. But they don’t know how to play cricket” the reporter told Kaushik.”Everything will be done,” he answered.And they were not hollow claims.Kaushik showed India Today’s investigative team images of impostors he had sent to South Africa in a cricket team in May.”I can show you the team right away I sent to South Africa last month. They too didn’t know how to play cricket. See this,” he said, pointing toward the cell-phone photo.”How many of them are fake?” the reporter asked.”Five to six,” Kaushik replied, confessing that they went to South Africa to disappear.As a skilled forger, he gave firm guarantees for illegal migration.”We won’t charge you for the visas. You’ll come to us when your people depart because we know you. You’ll bring the money in cash in exchange for copies of visas and air tickets. You are free to verify them online or wherever,” he said.Kaushik’s charges were high — around Rs 30 lakh for each potential migrant.”It will come down to around Rs28-30 (lakh),” he said.By his own admission, Kaushik’s deception has remained undetected in multiple nations including Australia and the UK.”It’s a fact that I already have 15 people from Punjab (for the UK tour). They are all fakes,” he said.India Today’s investigative reporters also met Vinod Chanwirya, a 32-year-old former first-class player from Rajasthan and member of a Canadian league team, the Vancouver Island Shell.The meeting in New Delhi followed a tip that he was taking potential migrants abroad as cricketers.Canada might be a rank outsider in mainstream international cricket but it does have a national organization governing the sport since 1892.Canadians also participated in the ICC World Cup hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011.Chanwirya revealed how he’d have bogus cricketers authenticated by a Pakistani promoter of a Canadian league before they apply for visas as part of a team.advertisement”I quoted Rs 5-6 lakh. I said even if it’s Rs 25 lakh (they want to spend) but with Punjab mentioned on the passport visas are not issued,” he said.That was his way of negotiating a fee to take a group of Punjabi businessmen to Canada impersonating as players.”I have been going there for four to five years now to play,” Chanwirya said, identifying his Canada-based Pakistani promoter as Javed Bhai.”I’ll send the (copies of ) passports to them (Javed Bhai). Only then would letters (of invitation) be issued,” he continued. “That will be a secured file. No one else would have access to it.””How will you take them? As part of that cricket league, right?” the reporter asked.”Yes, we will fit them in somehow,” Chanwirya said, confirming fake players would be moved to Canada as participants in a cricket league.Chanwirya now gave his fee structure.”I said Rs 25-30 lakh (per person). People are paying that much,” he said.”And what about people going there for six months to work illegally and then come back within the visa period?” the reporter asked.”Rs 5 lakh,” Chanwirya replied. “We’ll show you as a team manager or whatever (on paper), forget the real purpose.”FORMER INDIA CRICKETER MADAN LAL REACTS TO #OperationKabootarbazCricketers”These things have been happening since our playing days. There are a couple of guys who are blacklisted. They used to get the guys from Punjab, who wanted a visa. Nobody reported it because it was a cricket group. But everyone knows what is going on,” Madan Lal told India Today.”We have heard of several such tours where players have played in a few matches but then stayed back there. But there was no concrete proof.”This practice has been going on for a long time. A couple of these players stayed back,” he said.
Am physically fit because I play ball badminton regularly: VP Puducherry, Jul 6 (PTI) Highlighting the importanceof fitness, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said hekeeps himself fit by playing ball badminton everyday. Launching projects to promote sports and games inPuducherry, Naidu said: “I am 68 years old now. I am brisk andkeep myself fit because I play ball badminton everydayregularly.”He said next time when he visited Puducherry he wouldplay the game along with Puducherry Health and Sports MinisterMalladi Krishna Rao in the multi-purpose indoor sports complexfor which he laid the foundation today.He said sports and games would give the youthnecessary will power and team spirit and produce goodleadership and wanted governments to create necessaryinfrastructure for promoting it. Naidu also highlighted the relevance of yoga which hadbecome globally popular now following the initiative taken byPrime Minister Narendra Modi, adding, he could see a number ofyoga centres in countries he visited recently. PTI COR BNMVV MVV MVV
Steve Smith continues to lead the ICC rankings for Test batsmen four months after being banned for the ball-tampering controversy but there is finally hope he might be replaced by Virat Kohli when India’s five-Test series starts against England in Birmingham on Wednesday.Smith was handed a one-match ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal after Australia’s second Test against South Africa in Cape Town. However, Cricket Australia banished Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for a year following the furore.Effectively, Smith has missed only one Test since his ban but such has been his domination that he continued to top the charts with 929 rating points. This means Kohli, who trails Smith by only 26 points, has the opportunity to overtake the disgraced Australian star if he has a strong series in England.READ – Virat Kohli’s Team India make the most of sunny day in BirminghamIt will be easier said than done. In 2014, Kohli had a disastrous campaign, scoring only 134 runs from five Tests. He has since broken a string of records and became the only batsman to score double hundreds in four successive Test series.READ – Virat Kohli will show British public why he is the best: Ravi Shastri Since India’s tour of England in 2014, Kohli has played 37 Tests in this period and scored 15 centuries, including six double hundreds. He, in fact, is the only captain to record six double centuries in Test cricket. He has amassed 3699 runs at an incredible average of 64.89 and has also scored 7 fifties.advertisement Vorat Kohli trails Steve Smith by only 26 points (BCCI Photo)READ – India vs England: Injury concerns around India’s pace attackMeanwhile, India sit comfortably on top in the team rankings with 125 points England, who have had a poor time at home recently, are fifth with 97 points.READ – Virat Kohli and Co. to get only 14 days with WAGs on international toursIncidentally, England captain Joe Root is number three in the rankings for Test batsmen. He has 855 points and would look to a good series himself. Root struggled to lead from the front during the Ashes but he will draw inspiration from his sensational performances in India in late 2016. Besides, the top-10 has another Indian, Cheteshwar Pujara, who also had a poor tour of England in 2014.England pace ace James Anderson (892 points) leads the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. India spinners Ravindra Jadeja and R Aswhin also feature in the top-10. Jadeja is ranked third with 866 points while Ashwin is fifth with 811 points.
World number one Simona Halep beat America’s Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-4 to win the Rogers Cup women’s title in Montreal.Halep, who had beaten Stephens in the French Open final earlier in the year, won her second Montreal title in three years and this was also her third title in 2018.She won the match with a third ace of the day to win the trophy.”It’s an amazing feeling to be able to talk again at this ceremony as a winner,” Halep said.”I feel like I reached my best level of tennis, even if I had a long break before this tournament and I felt dead after the first day.”.@Simona_Halep takes her second @CoupeRogers title!Outlasts Stephens 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-3, in a high-quality epic! pic.twitter.com/EEyBFULd5qWTA (@WTA) August 12, 2018Halep fended off four set points to claim a hard fought first set in a tie-break after taking a 4-1 lead before US Open champion Stephens fought back to draw level.Halep broke the third-seeded Stephens with a crosscourt winner to take a 5-4 lead and serve for the set. But the American broke Halep with a forehand winner and held two set points on the Romanian’s serve at 6-5. A crosscourt backhand saved one and Stephens netted a return on the second.Numerous forehand errors by Halep gave Stephens a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak and the American went up 6-4 before Halep rallied, crushing a backhand down the line to earn her first set point, which she converted.advertisementStephens led throughout the second set, breaking Halep twice, but the Romanian took control of the third set, turning a break into a 5-2 advantage.Stephens rallied to within 5-4 before Halep, on her fourth match point, slammed her third ace of the match and dropped to her knees in triumph.”It’s been an amazing week and I feel I’ve reached my best level of tennis”@CoupeRogers champion @Simona_Halep gives her champions speech in English and Romanian! pic.twitter.com/1wS6eUR1uHWTA (@WTA) August 12, 2018″You make me play better and better every time we play,” Halep said of Stephens.The American returned the compliment.”Even though I lost today, I literally left everything on the court,” Stephens said.”Obviously I’m sad I lost, but losing to the number one player isn’t too bad.”Every time I play her, she makes me a better player, she makes me raise my level.”(With inputs from Reuters)