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MIPS Joins RISC-V as Second Open Source Alternative to ArmChristine Hall
–January 11, 2019 - The open source silicon space has suddenly become more crowded. Shortly before Christmas, Silicon Valley AI startup Wave Computing, which is developing hardware for running deep learning applications in data centers and offices, announced plans to open source its MIPS instruction set architecture, or ISA, under what it\'s calling the \"MIPS Open\" program. When the process is completed in the first quarter, participants will have full access, with no licensing fees or royalties, to the most recent versions of the 32-bit and 64-bit MIPS ISA, along with licensing for MIPSâ€™s \"hundreds of existing worldwide patents.\"
According to Wave, open sourcing the design will open the door for semiconductor companies, developers, and universities to adopt and innovate using MIPS for next-generation system-on-chip (SoC) designs... Full Story
United Nations commission to integrate ISA standards into cybersecurity regulatory frameworkPress Release
–January 11, 2019 - The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has confirmed it will integrate the widely used ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards into its forthcoming Common Regulatory Framework on Cybersecurity (CRF). The CRF will serve as an official UN policy position statement for Europe...The ISA/IEC 62443 standards are developed primarily by the ISA99 committee of the International Society of Automation (ISA), with simultaneous review and adoption by the Geneva-based International Electrotechnical Commission. ISA99 draws on the input of cybersecurity experts across the globe in developing consensus standards that are applicable to all industry sectors and critical infrastructure, providing a flexible and comprehensive framework to address and mitigate current and future security vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems... Full Story
USB Type-C gets authentication to protect against malicious devicesCampbell Kwan
–January 10, 2019 - Not-for-profit organisation USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced on Wednesday the launch of its USB Type-C Authentication Program, which aims to provide host systems the opportunity to protect against non-compliant USB chargers and to mitigate risks from malicious firmware in USB devices.
USB-IF\'s program will confirm the authenticity of a USB device, cable, or charger. All of this will occur right at the moment a connection is made to ensure that no inappropriate power or data is transferred, according to USB-IF.
The not-for-profit will work alongside DigiCert, who will manage the PKI and certificate authority services for the USB Type-C Authentication Program... Full Story
HL7 releases new version of FHIR standardRachel Z. Arndt
–January 9, 2019 - Health Level Seven International has published a new version of its FHIR standard, a framework intended to boost interoperability by making it easier for patients and providers to move health data.
Like previous versions of FHIR, Release 4 lets data travel in discrete pieces. The new version also includes additional stability for several of the standard\'s elements. Because those elements are now mature enough to remain stable, that means that developers will have less difficulty using them...If developers build a tool based on those elements today, when the next FHIR version is released, the tool they built will still work... Full Story
New Alliance Formed to Steer Blockchain Adoption in the Entertainment Industry
–January 8, 2019 - A group of companies in the entertainment industry have [sic] the Blockchain Global Entertainment Alliance, a new non-profit aimed at promoting blockchain technology adoption for the entertainment industry and developing standards and best practices...Industry participants in the newly formed alliance include Millennium Media, FilmTrack, Capstone Group, RightsTrade, Purely.Capital, Home Box Office Singapore, Portugalâ€™s CineMundo, Berkley Media Group, PlayArte Pictures, Havoc TV, Bulgariaâ€™s Nu Boyana Studios, Sweden\'s Cinezen, Germany\'s Cinemarket, and Scandinavia\'s Scanbox Entertainment and Take One... Full Story
VESA Introduces DisplayHDR True Black High Dynamic Range Standard for Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and other Emissive DisplaysPress Release
–January 7, 2019 - The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today introduced its new DisplayHDR True Black high dynamic range (HDR) standard, a variant on VESA\'s widely adopted High-Performance Monitor and Display Compliance Test Specification (DisplayHDR). The new standard has been optimized for emissive display technologies, including organic light emitting diode (OLED) and future microLED displays.
DisplayHDR True Black allows for up to 100X deeper black levels in addition to a greater dynamic range and a 4X improvement in rise time compared to VESA\'s DisplayHDR 1000 performance tier. This enables a visually stunning experience for home theater and gaming enthusiasts in subdued lighting environments. DisplayHDR and DisplayHDR True Black are the display industry\'s first fully open standards specifying HDR quality for LCD and emissive displays, respectively.
VESA also announced today that it has added a new 500 performance level to both the DisplayHDR and the DisplayHDR True Black standards to address the need for thin, ultra-lightweight HDR laptops. The new 500 level includes local dimming as well as the same color gamut, black level and bit-depth requirements associated with the 600 and 1000 levels with a small decrease in luminance compared to the 600 level, to bring about better thermal control in displays for super-thin notebooks... Full Story
ACCESSIBLE NAME AND DESCRIPTION COMPUTATION 1.1 IS A W3C RECOMMENDATION
–January 4, 2019 - The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group has published Accessible Name and Description Computation 1.1 (Accname) as a W3C Recommendation. Accname describes how user agents determine the names and descriptions of accessible objects from web content languages. The name is a simple label for the object, and the description provides additional information. These are both standard features of accessibility APIs, which allow assistive technologies to identify these objects and present their names or descriptions to users. Documenting the algorithm through which names and descriptions are to be determined promotes interoperable exposure of these properties among different accessibility APIs and helps to ensure that this information appears in a manner consistent with author intent. Separate accessibility API mapping (AAM) specifications define the actual way these features are exposed to accessibility APIs; Accname just describes how the name and description are computed using a variety of content features that may be present at the same time. Read about the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Full Story
HHS Releases Voluntary Cybersecurity Practices Developed with Industry Input
–January 4, 2019 - On December 28, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released several documents, including the \"Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients,\" an industry-led effort to provide guidance on expectations. The HICP describes cybersecurity practices for health care organizations of all types and sizes, ranging from local clinics to large hospital systems. Cyber-attacks continue to plague the health care industry and both small and larger providers and business associates are experiencing devastating attacks on a daily basis.
The HICP was developed in response to a mandate set forth by the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (CISA)... Full Story
ANSI Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Published
ANSI.org –January 3, 2019 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced today the publication of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 1.0). The roadmap was developed by the Institute's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC), a group established to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system of the United States. Over 300 individuals from some 175 public- and private-sector organizations actively supported the documentâ€™s development, including representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), additional U.S. federal government agencies, standards developing organizations (SDOs), industry, academia, and others.
This roadmap represents the culmination of the UASSC's work over the last 15 months to identify existing standards and standards in development, assess gaps, and make recommendations for priority areas where there is a perceived need for additional standardization including pre-standardization research and development (R&D). Topical areas covered include airworthiness; flight operations; personnel training, qualifications, and certification; and specific operations for critical infrastructure inspections, commercial services, and public safety... Full Story
Changing U.S. Patent Policy on Tech Standards Stirs Concerns
CCIA Patent Counsel Joshua Landau, on Makan Delrahim\'s reversal of DoJ policy on applicability of antitrust law to FRAND commitments –January 2, 2019 - A shifting Justice Department view on standard-setting patents is triggering concern that technology innovation could be stunted.
Companies that hold such patents - used to make sure products meet industry standards and can operate with each other - often license them to others in fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms that are set by third-party standard-setting organizations. The government typically has frowned on standard-setting patent holders suing licensees for patent violations.
Makan Delrahim, chief of the DOJ's antitrust division, [has] deviated from the policy...[and with] a 2013 agreement with the Patent and Trademark Office that discouraged standard-essential patent owners from blocking the use of their patents by others...
The DOJ will work with the PTO to replace the 2013 policy, Delrahim said. He didn't specify the timing for a replacement... Full Story