Daily Archives: May 7, 2018

NetSpeed and Esperanto Partner to Power SoCs for Artificial Intelligence

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NetSpeed Systems and Esperanto Technologies today announced that Esperanto has licensed NetSpeed’s IP and intelligent design environment for its Supercomputer-on-a-Chip for Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. Esperanto’s 7nm chip will integrate thousands of RISC-V compatible processors each with vector/tensor accelerators and all connected with NetSpeed’s NoC IP.

AI applications demand new architectures to meet the need for unprecedented performance, sophisticated functionality and ultra-low power. Interconnect technology is a critical component of these architectures.

“We are still in the early stages of AI maturity, but what we’ve learned is that sophisticated neural networks require tremendous performance,” said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at The Linley Group. “Generating this level of performance often requires a large number of cores, but these architectures can be difficult to design and test. NoC technology, such as NetSpeed’s, has become an important enabling technology for AI because it automates the process of connecting CPUs and accelerators on a complex SoC.”

“Esperanto is putting thousands of processors and accelerators on a single chip, and our challenge was how to interconnect them. NetSpeed provided a compelling solution for interconnecting our cores with high performance and by licensing their IP we can reduce our time to market as well,” said Dave Ditzel, CEO of Esperanto Technologies.

Esperanto’s high-performance ET-Maxion™ cores are designed to deliver the highest single thread RISC-V performance. Its ET-Minion™ cores are designed for energy efficiency and high floating point throughput, including vector/tensor acceleration. With thousands of energy efficient 64-bit RISC-V cores on one chip, Esperanto will deliver industry-leading TeraFlops/Watt of scalable computing performance for artificial intelligence, machine learning and other applications.

“NetSpeed and Esperanto share a similar gene—we are both at the leading edge of what can be done in our respective domains,” said Sundari Mitra, CEO of NetSpeed. “While Esperanto is focused on bringing AI to high-volume applications through their highly-parallel architecture leveraging the RISC-V instruction set, NetSpeed is focused on bringing the power of machine learning to SoC design and architecture. It is indeed an honor to work with a trailblazing partner like Esperanto. This design win is a further validation of our leadership in the AI market.”

About NetSpeed Systems
NetSpeed is at the heart of next-gen system-on-chip (SoC) applications that are transforming the way we interact with each other and how we connect with the world. Whether you are a hardware architect looking for cache coherency solutions to realize your ideas into silicon or a SoC designer looking for a high performance and efficient interconnect or a safety manager looking for solutions to build resilient, fault-tolerant systems—NetSpeed has a solution for you. Learn about how NetSpeed is bringing the power of artificial intelligence to SoC design and architecture at www.netspeedsystems.com.

About Esperanto Technologies
Esperanto Technologies develops high-performance, energy-efficient computing solutions based on the open standard RISC-V ISA. Esperanto is headquartered in Mountain View, California with engineering sites in the United States, European Union, and Eastern Europe. Esperanto has brought together a seasoned team of experienced processor and software engineers with the goal of making RISC-V the architecture of choice for compute-intensive applications such as Machine Learning. For more information, please visit https://esperanto.ai.

Press Contacts:
NetSpeed Newsroom
Pauline Shulman

Esperanto Technologies Press Contact:
Neal Leavitt
Leavitt Communications
(760) 639-2900

Ascom and Houle partner for Ascom Telligence Nurse Call installation at Penticton Regional Hospital

Campus-wide implementation in British Columbia, Canada, includes new tower and existing facility

BAAR, Switzerland, May 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ascom (SWX:ASCN.SW), the leading global healthcare Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provider, today announced that its partner Houle will complete a large Ascom Telligence nurse call installation at Penticton Regional Hospital, a Canadian Interior Health facility in British Columbia. Totaling 155 beds and five ORs, the campus-wide implementation includes the hospital’s new tower as well as its existing building, and will be the sole nurse call system in use.

Ascom’s Telligence nurse call is a scalable clinical workflow and communications management solution that supports both centralized and decentralized care models and integrates with wireless devices to ensure that patient calls are rapidly delivered to the appropriate caregiver, regardless of location. Ascom’s integrated network of staff and patient-room devices ensures that the right information is delivered to the right caregiver at the right time for appropriate responses and simplified workflows.

“An important reason for the selection of the Ascom Telligence platform is the system’s ability to provide instant communications and audio connections to staff mobile devices with near zero second delay,” shares Levis Veilleux Account Manager at Houle. “We partnered with Ascom to demonstrate that capability, which was accepted and included by the design team in their initial process. Houle is actively including Ascom Telligence in many more projects and looks forward to helping more facilities maximize their nurse call investment to provide more patient-centered care.”

Rob Goldman, President Ascom North America, says: “Our new partnership with Houle in British Columbia is already proving extremely fruitful, as they are very active and engaged in their market. Working with Houle, Ascom looks forward to helping more facilities close digital information gaps and enable more responsive and informed clinical communication and collaboration.”

About Ascom

Ascom is a global solutions provider focused on healthcare Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and mobile workflow solutions. The vision of Ascom is to close digital information gaps allowing for the best possible decisions – anytime and anywhere. Ascom’s mission is to provide mission-critical, real-time solutions for highly mobile, ad hoc, and time-sensitive environments. Ascom uses its unique product and solutions portfolio and software architecture capabilities to devise integration and mobilization solutions that provide truly smooth, complete and efficient workflows for healthcare as well as for industry, security and retail sectors.

Ascom is headquartered in Baar (Switzerland), has operating businesses in 18 countries and employs around 1,300 people worldwide. Ascom Ascom registered shares (ASCN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich.

Ascom Group Media Office, Daniel Lack, Company Secretary & Legal & Communications/IR
+41 41 544 78 10, daniel.lack@ascom.com

The Four Forces in Malaysia’s Capital Market that Drives Growth

Kuala Lumpur, May 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capital markets are akin to networks – where institutions, investors and those raising funds are connected through various mechanisms. Every network has its goals, be it effectiveness, efficiency or size.

According to Bursa Malaysia’s CEO, Tajuddin Atan, Malaysia’s exchange holding company has a greater guiding goal, “Bursa Malaysia’s goal is to serve the nation’s economic growth potential in an integrated, collaborative manner – building upon the government’s economic policies while creating a balance between macro-economic conditions, the needs of Malaysian businesses of all sizes and positioning the Malaysian capital market in the eyes of global investing community.”

This balance comes from four forces at play: 1) Helping Malaysian companies (some of which are ASEAN household names) go global; 2) Building a solid core of Malaysian SMEs, the next drivers of growth (especially those operating within the new economy); 3) Growing participation of investors of all sizes and developing international credentials; 4) And by doing this through innovations in Islamic capital market leadership, Crude palm oil futures (FCPO) and the Sustainability Agenda.

“These four forces fuel the economy, while ensuring broad participation that creates sustainable, wide-spread and equitable growth,” said Tajuddin.

Globalisation of Malaysian Companies

Bursa Malaysia has a strong base. Its market capitalisation grew 185.6% from January 2009 till end March 2018. In the same period, in terms of funds raised across the primary and secondary markets, Malaysia leads with USD61.96 billion as compared to the other emerging ASEAN markets.

In 2017, foreign fund net inflows into the equity market stood at USD2.46 billion, well ahead of the region (Vietnam +USD1.01 Billion, Philippines +USD1.1 Billion, while Indonesia and Thailand recorded net outflows).

Malaysia’s equity market also has the highest number of listed companies at 906 – ahead of Singapore (745), Vietnam (737), Thailand (691), Indonesia (569) and Philippines (267) as at end March 2018.

Tajuddin believes that this recognition by funds, both local and foreign have supported the creation of regional champions and global players –  household names such as AirAsia, CIMB, Maybank, Sime Darby, IHH Healthcare, Petronas Chemicals, Maxis, Axiata and Public Bank amongst others. The market throws its full support behind the growing number of companies whose ambitions lie in a regional or global role.

“Other than sheer size, revenues and profits, they contribute by building the image of the Malaysian market – we are now increasingly being seen as a gateway to ASEAN investment by many investors the world over,” Tajuddin surmised.

Boosting SMEs

This recognition also helps support SMEs – a big part of the Malaysian economic miracle, and undoubtedly, from where the next generation of Malaysian global champions will emerge from.

Tajuddin went on to explain that Bursa Malaysia had developed various platforms to serve the SME segment – the ACE market, the Mid and Small Cap Research Scheme to drive visibility and discovery, and the first of its kind platform for sophisticated investors and SMEs in ASEAN, the LEAP Market which helps address the SME financing gap. The Government has also provided listing incentives (LIVE) to create more opportunities for underserved SMEs.

Growing the Investor Base

“The third force is the active participation of a broad range of investors. Bursa Malaysia constantly invests in education programmes in this area. Just last year alone, we reached 35,000 investors at over 170 investor seminars and workshops, said Tajuddin. As far back as 2014, Bursa Marketplace – a virtual, online marketplace and education portal began to provide access to market knowledge, insights and trading ideas while helping develop financial literacy. Retail participation grew by 41% in 2017.


The fourth force comes from market innovations – in the Islamic Capital Market, Derivatives Market and by driving the Sustainability Agenda.

Innovative products and solutions can be seen in the Bursa Suq Al-Sila’ international commodity trading, Bursa Malaysia-i, the world’s first end-to-end Shariah investing platform and the Islamic Securities Selling and Buying Negotiated Transaction (iSSBNT) framework, the world’s first Shariah-compliant alternative to Securities Borrowing and Lending.

Tajuddin went on to say that Bursa Malaysia’s pivotal role in developing the Islamic Capital Market and having the foresight to provide innovative market-based financing solutions has won the company numerous global recognitions. This includes Best Islamic Exchange Asia in 2016 and 2017, Most Innovative Global End-to-End Shariah-compliant Investing Platform Asia 2017, First End-to-End Shariah-compliant Investment Platform and Best Commodity Trading Platform Asia 2017.

“We are also noted for Malaysian crude palm oil futures (FCPO) contracts – now a global benchmark. And in the field of driving the Sustainability Agenda, Bursa Malaysia was the first emerging market to launch the globally-benchmarked FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia Index,” Tajuddin stated.

These are the four forces at play, and the resulting impacts. These forces exist within the strong vision and framework of the nation’s economic policies that have helped sustain growth, build an environment where businesses can thrive and encourage new economy innovation.

Continuity and Stability

It is a market that continues to display positive momentum, underpinned by solid fundamentals – growth is resilient, domestic demand continues to expand and Malaysia is seen as one of the stronger markets within ASEAN and an attractive investment destination. These attributes have been built-in to the Malaysian economy over the past decade, and are foundations upon which the positive trajectory of sustainable growth can continue.

“As investors, businesses and even economic policy-makers chart their future growth plans, they all depend on a sense of continuity of effective policies, credibility of governance and stability. For Bursa Malaysia, these are the critical factors as we continue to further liberalise the capital market – to build a developed exchange that can meet the demands of a developed nation,” Tajuddin concluded.


Dominic Tan
Be Strategic Sdn Bhd