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ANSI Releases Report, "Advancing U.S. Industry and Competitiveness for 100 Years and the Innovative Future Ahead"
ANSI.org –January 23, 2019 - Highlighting the standardization communityâ€™s tremendous impact on American industries and economic growth, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released a summary report entitled, "Advancing U.S. Industry and Competitiveness for 100 Years and the Innovative Future Ahead."
The document takes a high-level look at some of the recent standards and conformity assessment activities the Institute has led, in collaboration with its members and partners, to drive U.S. competitiveness, innovation, and quality of life in seven key sectors: manufacturing, energy, transportation, healthcare, agriculture, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and services.
And a brief timeline of some of the Instituteâ€™s key activities over its 100-year history demonstrates its long-term impact on U.S. economic growth. Full Story
Open-IX Standard Allows Non-Profits and IX Community Members OIX Certifications at No CostPress Release
–January 22, 2019 - Open-IX, a 501(c)(6) non-profit industry association formed to promote better standards for data center interconnection and internet exchanges, today announces a newly ratified standard enabling non-profit organizations and internet exchange community members to achieve Open-IX (OIX) certification at no cost. Identical to the costed version, the standard was approved in December 2018 and ratified by the newly elected board... Full Story
Enter ANSI's Student Paper Competition
ANSI.org –January 21, 2019 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with its Committee on Education (CoE), encourages students to enroll by April 30, 2019, to enter its eighth annual student competition focused on the theme, "How Do Standards Mitigate Disaster?" The paper competition is part of a long-term effort to spread awareness among postsecondary students of the strategic significance of standards and conformance...
As natural and man-made disasters such as hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, building collapses, and acts of terrorism prove costly to the economy and a danger to humanity, the 2019 student paper competition requires applicants to consider how standards have contributed to the mitigation, prevention, relief, or recovery of these various types of catastrophes. For example, submissions may be creative and reflect a disaster scenario, or reveal the consequences of a real-life disasterâ€”with the goal to show how standards helped get things back on track, or how potential standards could have provided greater assistance during a particular crisis...
A cash prize will be awarded to first- and second-place winners... Full Story
ISO, IEC, and ITU December Listings of Work Items Published
–January 15, 2019 - In an effort to increase stakeholder engagement and collaboration and reduce duplicative work, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have coordinated the publication of a monthly document that lists all new work items from the three organizations, including updates on the projects and timelines for the technical committeesâ€™ work...Those seeking more information about ISO new work items can visit http://isotc.iso.org/pp/(password required). Further details on IEC technical committees and subcommittees are available at http://www.iec.ch. Full Story
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