FORT Robotics 400x275Philadelphia-based FORT Robotics has announced the close of a $25 million Series B funding round, led by Tiger Global. The company said it will use the funding to accelerate the rollout of its machine communications platform, which aims to make autonomous machines safer and more secure.


Voxl2 400x275ModalAI, which manufactures autonomous drone and robot technology under the Blue UAS Framework, has announced availability of its VOXL 2 system, powered by Qualcomm’s Flight RB5 5G platform. The new computing platform aims to accelerate the development of commercial drone and robot solutions to realize the benefits of autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G wireless connectivity.


ABB OmniCoreV250XT 400x275ABB has announced the addition of two new members of its OmniCore controller family to help meet the demand for faster, more efficient production. Available for a range of robots across the company’s portfolio, the E10 and V250XT controllers offer best-in-class motion control, as well as 20% energy savings and future-proofing through built-in digital connectivity and more than 1,000 additional functions to meet changing requirements. ABB said the new controllers extend the possibilities for enhanced robot control in several industries, ranging from electronics assembly to automotive, logistics, and general manufacturing usages.


MujinController400x275Mujin, a Japan-based industrial robotics company that is adding machine intelligence to robots, has established a U.S-based division, Mujin Corp., and opened its first office in North America. Located north of Atlanta in Sandy Springs, Ga., the office will include the company’s expanding engineering, sales and support staff, including the Mujin co-founder and Mujin Corp. CEO, Ross Diankov. 


RubberTreeRobot400x275STMicroelectronics (STM), which develops semiconductors across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced a design win for its STM32WLE5, a long-range (LoRa) system-on-chip (SoC). A customer application developed by rubber-tapping specialist CIHEVEA uses low-power networking to help automate the process of extracting latex from rubber trees. 


Toshiba TXZ 400x275Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage has started the mass production of 20 new devices in the M4G group, for high-speed data processing as new products of the TXZ+ family advanced class manufactured in a 40nm process. The products use Arm Cortex-M4 core with FPU, running up to 200 MHz, integrating a maximum of 2MB code flash and 32KB data flash memory with 100K write cycle endurance, and featuring various interfaces and communication options. The M4G group devices are aimed at office equipment, building, and factory automation applications.


RenesasEK RA6M5 400x275Renesas Electronics Corp., which supplies advanced semiconductor solutions, and eProsima, which develops middleware solutions, have announced the Renesas EK-RA6M5 Evaluation Kit for RA microcontroller units (MCUs), a platform of the micro-ROS development framework. Renesas said it teamed with eProsima, the main developer of the micro-ROS framework, to port micro-ROS into the RA MCUs, to ease development of professional robotics applications for IoT and industrial systems.


ADLINK PCI 400x275ADLINK Technology, which develops edge computing technologies, has announced the release of its first server-grade PXIe controller, the Intel Xeon E-2276ME-based PXIe-3988. Combining Intel Core processors and up to 64GB of DDR4 2400MHz memory, the PXIe-3988 employs multiple computing engines on a single processor, and can run four independent tasks simultaneously. Specifically designed for PXI Express-based testing systems, the PXIe-3988 provides a rugged and stable platform for several testing and measurement applications, the company said.


Cincoze 400x275Taiwan’s Cincoze has announced that its Cincoze DS-1300 rugged industrial computer series has become the choice of epidemic prevention equipment vendors. The DS-1300 can be used within intelligent thermal gate warning systems and intelligent autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that provide disinfection tasks.


Toshiba TXZ 400x275Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corp. has announced the start of mass production of 12 new devices in the M4K Group for motor control, the first products in the TXZ+ family advanced class. The company said it will start mass production of another 10 products in the M4M group in August 2021. Both groups of microcontrollers will be manufactured in a 40nm process, and belong to the TXZ4A+ series, Toshiba said.


ABB IRB1300 Cleanroom400x275ABB has announced that its six-axis industrial robot, the IRB1300, includes new protection elements that allow it to be used in tough industrial applications and contamination-free production processes, opening new opportunities in several industry spaces, including electronics assembly, and automotive and metals fabrication.


maxonSailboat400x275Maxon Group, which develops brushed and brushless DC motors, has offered their congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand, winners of the 36th America’s Cup. The company, an official supplier to the team, provided several motors, controllers and gearbox combinations to the team as an official supplier.


WindhoverLabsDrone400x275Windhover Labs, which develops open flight software and hardware for drones, has announced the upcoming availability of its first hardware product, a low-cost modular flight computer for commercial drones and small satellites. The new line of flight computers was created with hardware and software developed in the U.S., and will be available as a low-cost consumer model as well as mission-critical professional models that facilitate integration into the national air space.


Persistent Tomahawk 400x275Persistent Systems announced that Tomahawk Robotics has joined the Wave Relay Ecosystem, an industry alliance of unmanned system and sensor companies that use Persistent’s Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network (MANET) as a preferred network.

Omron i4H SCARAOmron today announced its latest industrial robot, the i4H SCARA robot series, which will allow manufacturers to produce high mixes of products at low volume to offer a wider variety of goods. The i4H SCARA series follows the recent release of its i4L light-duty SCARA robot.

Mando Steer by wire 400x275South Korea-based Mando Corporation, a global auto parts company, announced it has won an Innovation Award for CES 2021 in the Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation category, for its Steer-by-Wire (SbW) system.