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Top five products for the week of Oct. 28

This week’s top five are an eclectic group of products, including Ethernet cables, an all-in-one biosensor, a 5G mobile processor and modem, networking modules, and microcontrollers with Azure RTOS
By Gina Roos, editor-in-chief
These week’s selection is a diverse group of components, ranging from cables to microprocessors. Two common themes among them is speed and easier integration. The TE Connectivity Cat 7 Ethernet cables come out on top by delivering 10 Gbits/s speed in a ruggedized version for military and marine applications. This line offers lots of options and compatibility with other Raychem and TE products.
The all-in-one biosensor module for wearables and mobile devices packs loads of functionality, including heart rate and blood oxygen measurement, together with an ambient light sensor, RGB color sensor, proximity sensor, and pulse oximeter biosensor. The premium mobile processor and ultra-fast modem leverage 7-nm EUV process technology to meet the requirements for video, AI, and 5G applications.
Two top products addressed IoT design. The pre-certified mesh networking modules (Zigbee, Thread and Bluetooth Mesh) from Silicon Labs simplify a developer’s life by enabling them to accelerate time to market by several months, and it comes packed with several security features. Renesas added Azure RTOS, including Azure IoT building blocks, to its broader line of RA and RX microcontrollers, and RZ/A microprocessors, making it easier for engineers to develop IoT endpoint and edge devices for a variety of applications.
Check out the five product stories for the week of Oct. 28 below:
1. Ruggedized Cat 7 Ethernet cables target military applications
The ruggedized Raychem 10 Gbits/s Cat 7 cables operate in harsh military marine and defense applications.
2. All-in-one biosensor module targets wearables
IDT’s all-in-one biosensor module for wearables and mobile devices integrate heart rate and blood oxygen measurement, together with an ambient light sensor, RGB color sensor, proximity sensor, and pulse oximeter biosensor.
3. Samsung rolls out 5G mobile processor and modem
Samsung announced its next-generation Exynos 990 mobile processor and Exynos Modem 5123 for 5G and artificial intelligence applications.
4. Pre-certified mesh networking modules simplify IoT design
Silicon Labs offers a series of highly integrated and pre-certified Zigbee, Thread, and Bluetooth mesh networking modules that simplify the development of IoT products, ranging from smart LED lighting to home and industrial IoT applications.
5. Renesas expands Azure RTOS support across MCU and MPU portfolio
Simplifying IoT device development, Renesas expands the integration of Azure RTOS to its broader line of RA and RX microcontrollers and RZ/A microprocessor lines, including Azure IoT building blocks.

Evans Capacitor revamps website, adds user-friendly search option

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EVANS CAPACITOR CO., an electronics manufacturer, has a newly designed website, which includes a Capacitor Search feature to help customers better find products.

EAST PROVIDENCE – Electronics manufacturer Evans Capacitor Co. has unveiled a new website, which offers a Capacitor Search feature so customers can find products for specific design parameters.
Evans Capacitor said the site at www.evanscap.com was created to promote a smoother user experience.
“We have been working hard on this new website and are excited that it is finally live,” said Evans Capacitor CEO Charles Dewey. “We constantly strive to make our products more accessible to those who want to incorporate them into their projects, and new website features [such as] the Capacitor Search and improved navigation help us to better support that initiative.”
Evans Capacitor Co. is a longtime supplier to all Tier 1 aerospace and defense contractors and is ISO9001/AS9100 certified. Last year, the company won the U.S. Small Business Administration National Small Business Subcontractor of the Year.
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RF cable assemblies target variety of applications

Raltron expands its RF cable assembly portfolio to include several series of flexible low-loss coaxial cable assemblies
By Gina Roos, editor-in-chiefRaltron has expanded its family of RF cable assemblies to meet a variety of RF and wireless applications. The cable assembly offering complements the company’s RF connector, adapter and attenuators product lines.
The RF cable assembly portfolio now includes several series of flexible low-loss coaxial cable assemblies, including TNC, Type N, BNC, MMCX, MCX, SMA, SMC, Type F, IPEX, FME, and SMB, with a frequency range from DC to 6 GHz. A DIM flexible low-loss cable assembly that operates up to 14 GHz also is available.

In addition, Fakra, overmolded, and customized RF cable assemblies, such as corrugated, high-performance, high-performance microwave, and nickel-plated PAL cable assemblies are available.Raltron offers a variety of RF connectors, including MCX and MMCX straight jack connectors for PCB receptacles. Other types include SMP, BNC, TNC, Mini UHF, SMA, SMC, and SMB. All of these connectors operate over a range of working voltages and frequencies from 0 to 26.5 GHz.

600-W DC/DC converter boasts highest efficiency for its class

Murata’s 600-W eighth brick DC/DC converter meets the growing power requirements for networking and telecommunications infrastructure equipment
By Gina Roos, editor-in-chief
Murata Power Solutions released its DRE-11.4/53-L48 600-watt (W) eighth-brick intermediate bus converter (IBC) to meet the growing power requirements of networking and telecommunications infrastructure equipment. Boasting the highest efficiency in the industry at this power output level and small package size, the DC/DC converter is suited for applications that require a 600-W IBC that supports a Vin range of 36 VDC to 60 VDC.
The DRE-11.4/53-L48 series incorporates advanced digital control techniques, and comes with standard features, including parallel load sharing of two or more modules, start-up & shut-down into pre-bias (no reverse currents), positive or negative on/off logic options, and over-current and over-temperature protection. The module also provides 2,250 VDC I/O isolation with a functional insulation safety rating.
The DC/DC converters are DOSA compliant, and are designed and tested to meet the industry standard requirements of IPC-9592 for long-term, high-reliability applications.  Click here for the datasheet. 

High-bandwidth FPGA accelerator card targets diverse workloads

Achronix and BittWare deliver a high-bandwidth accelerator card with Achronix’s latest Speedster 7t FPGA, along with the card pre-integrated into fully-tested FPGA servers
By Gina Roos, editor-in-chief
High-bandwidth compute applications and diverse workloads are driving the adoption of FPGAs in accelerator cards and how these devices are being consumed. Achronix Semiconductor Corp. and  BittWare, a Molex Company, released a new class of FPGA accelerator card for cloud and edge computing that addresses the adoption of FPGAs in acceleration cards for a variety of different workloads. For customers looking for faster and lower risk deployment, the companies also offer the card as a pre-integrated and fully-tested FPGA server platform.
Targeting high-performance and high-bandwidth compute and data acceleration applications, the  VectorPath S7t-VG6 accelerator card features Achronix’s 7-nm Speedster7t AC7t1500 FPGA, designed with the industry’s highest performance interfaces available on a PCI Express (PCIe) FPGA accelerator card.
The Speedster7t FPGA family announced earlier this year, features a 2D network-on-chip (NoC) with greater than 20 Tbits/s bandwidth capacity for moving data from the high-speed interfaces to and across the FPGA fabric.  The 2D NoC alleviates data bottlenecks with 256-bit, unidirectional buses in each direction for a total of 512 Gbits/s for each NoC row and column. The primary interface for the NoC is industry-standard AXI channels.
The FPGAs also feature machine learning (ML) processors, which are optimized for compute intensive artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML). The ResNet-50 benchmark is 8,600 images per second. Achronix claims it offers three to four times compute efficiency compared to GPUs.
Achronix said the 2D NoC eliminates the challenges faced by IP companies by enabling the IP to be simply connected to the AXI interface, and by handling the connectivity for high-speed interfaces and memories.
The Achronix and BittWare VectorPath PCIe accelerator card is powered by the Speedster7t FPGAs with a 2D NOC and ML processors. (Image: Achronix)
For compute applications, the idea of data growing exponentially has been with us for decades now, but as it continues to grow what’s changing is the workload, said Steve Mensor, vice president of sales and marketing at Achronix. There are examples across compute, network, storage, and sensor processing, which include voice recognition, image recognition, and AI/ML workloads, which are very compute intensive, and now, there are a variety of different workloads for networking and storage, he added.
Depending on the workload, FPGAs can run 10x to 100x faster than traditional CPUs, and at lower power, according to the companies.
“The change in the market is not just the growth in data, but the workloads themselves,” continued Mensor. “The biggest challenges faced by hyperscalers and cloud providers are energy and cooling, and ultimately, cost. If they figure out ways to be more efficient for any given function than that’s going to address both of those challenges.” 
Some of the hyperscale customers such as Microsoft and Amazon have been very successful with FPGA technology, and over the last five plus years Nvidia has been very successful with GP-GPUs and CUDA programming environments, said Craig Petrie, vice president of marketing, at BittWare.
These high-profile successes from hyperscale customers have changed the industry, said Petrie. “What we saw from Microsoft was an acceleration of the Bing search engine using Altera FPGAs, and the use of Intel’s Stratix 10 FPGAs, acquired from Altera, for a persistent neural network AI application, Project Brainwave. More recently Amazon deployed Xilinx FPGAs in the AWS cloud platform, and in the last year we’ve seen server vendors such as Dell, HPE, and Fujitsu offer FPGA PCI cards as acceleration options for popular server platforms.”
These have resulted in some big changes in the adoption curve for FPGA technology in acceleration as well as the way FPGAs are consumed across different workloads.
Hyperscale companies like Microsoft and Amazon have the resources and the talent in-house to do chip-down designs, and they can invest significant effort and energy to develop acceleration cards from integration through to qualification, manufacturing, and testing in high volume, explained Petrie.
For other customers such as tier two hyperscalers or general enterprise customers, they don’t have the resources to justify chip-down design, and they need an off-the-shelf option, he added.
Petrie also noted these types of customers are looking to purchase FPGAs at the card level similar to the way they purchase GP-GPUs from Nvidia and AMD, and in some cases, they want to buy FPGAs at the server level, hence the change from Dell, HPE, and Fujitsu, which now offer FPGA PCI cards as acceleration options.
The joint product addresses these market changes as well as key business pressures such as energy efficiency, the ability to reprogram platforms for new equipment whether that’s on the edge or part of their data-center cloud infrastructure, and time-to-market challenges.
FPGAs for select workloads provide ASIC levels of performance and value for money, said Petrie, and for customers who want to repurpose end platforms for different use cases the reprogrammability of the FPGA is extremely important. “It’s certainly quicker to reprogram an FPGA than develop a new ASIC, for example.”
What’s in the accelerator card
Designed for prototyping as well as high-volume production applications, the VectorPath S7t-VG6 accelerator card allows designers to process massive amounts of data not possible with previous generations of FPGAs, said the companies. One of the things the partnership has tried to deliver on is application flexibility by adding several features that are typically only provided in development kits, or evaluation cards, not for high-volume deployment applications.
The VectorPath accelerator card includes 1×400 GbE and 2×100 GbE ports, and eight banks of GDDR6 memory with aggregate bandwidth of 4 Tbits/s, which makes it suited for high-bandwidth data acceleration applications. The full-height, ¾ length card (the same size as GPUs in mass deployment in hyperscale applications) also offers three cooling options: passive, active, and liquid.
Key features include:
400 GbE QSFP-DD and 100 GbE QSFP56 interfaces
Eight banks of GDDR6 memory delivering 4 Tbits/s aggregate bandwidth
One bank of DDR4 running at 2666 MHz with ECC
PCIe compliance and certification
20 Tbits/s two-dimensional network-on-chip (NoC) inside the Speedster7t FPGA
692K 6-input LUTs
40K Int8 MACs that deliver >80 TOps
OCuLink – four-lane PCIe Gen 4 connector for connecting expansion cards

The VectorPath comes loaded with high-speed data and memory interfaces as well as clock inputs, GPIO, and an expansion port. (Image: Achronix)
A couple of features worth some discussion are the GDDR6 memory and PCIe compliance.
FPGAs with embedded HBM and HBM2 memories are at the premium end of the market ,but what Achronix has done instead is to use hardened GDDR6 IP blocks in the FPGA, said Petrie. “We can use low-cost, off-the-shelf commodity GDDR6 chips, typically used for GP-GPUs, on the FPGA cards, which gives the same bandwidth as HPM2, but at a lower price point.”
The card will ship with out-of-the-box compatibility with PCIe Gen 3 x 16 (16 lane), which is currently used in the market today, but it also is future proofed to PCIe Gen 4 and Gen 5 in the hard IP.
Other key features of the Speedster7t is the suite of hard MAC and FEC IP for a range of industry-standard protocols and line rates in the networking world, and the flexible GbE connections for customers with different I/O requirements. These include 1x 200 GbE (2x 100 GbE or 4x 10/25/40/50 GbE), and 1x 400 GbE (2x 200 GbE, 4x 100 GbE or 8x 10/25/40/50 GbE). The single 400 GbE is unique in the market for an FPGA acceleration card, Petrie said.
The card also offers clock synchronization options for timing-critical application requirements. For example, BittWare added clock inputs on the front panel for customers who need to synchronize multiple cards together or use an external clock input to synchronize the data, along with clock jitter-cleaner circuitry.
The expansion port also is a big deal, offering high-speed serial card-to-card for low latency, deterministic scaling, and extra network ports for denser applications. It can interface to custom serial I/O protocols and directly to NVMe flash storage arrays.
The companies also spent a lot of effort on getting the right software and tools. Having the best hardware goes without saying but having the best hardware with no means of programming and controlling it is of no use, said Petrie.
In addition to the Achronix ACE development tools for the Speedster 7t, BittWare also offers its own toolkit that includes firmware and software for a comprehensive board management controller to monitor the health of the card, such as power consumption, temperature, current and voltage, along with safety circuitry if a problem arises such as when a fan stops working.
BittWare’s board management controller and developer toolkit includes the API, PCIe drivers, diagnostic self-test, and application example designs for an easy out-of-the-box experience. It supports both Linux and Windows (for legacy applications) operating systems.
“Diagnostic self-test is important because it gives customers a baseline at which to work from,” said Petrie. “Customers can run the self-test to verify that the card is behaving within expected parameters. It’s also a baseline for warranty and technical support. If customers have any problems, they can run a diagnostic self-test for a comprehensive report detailing all the performances and parameters on the card itself.
The enterprise-class PCI accelerator card also gives designers greater flexibility with two purchasing options. In addition to a standalone card, it can be purchased pre-integrated as turnkey Dell or HPE TeraBox servers from BittWare. The pre-integrated FPGA servers come with warranty and support from Dell and HPE.
BittWare also offers licensing for volumes in the tens of thousands of units. The company will allow customers to manufacture and test the S7t-VG6 at their preferred contract electronics manufacturer under license. They also can create their own variants under license.
The VectorPath S7t-VG6 accelerator card, priced at $7,500, will be available in Q2 2020.   Contact Achronix for early engagements.
The article originally published on sister publication EE Times.

NICHICON Launches the JUA Series of Low-Resistance Electric Double Layer Capacitors, samples available from Anglia

NICHICON CORPORATION has expanded its range of “EVerCAP®” products with the launch of the JUA series of radial lead-type electric double layer capacitors that feature low-resistance allowing optimum performance to meet market need for longer life products. The JUA Series offers one-fourth of the resistance of current products and double the life at 2,000 hours @ +70°C.
The JUA Series incorporates structural revisions in pursuit of low resistance and adopts components that stabilize the electrolytes over a long period of time. In addition, the design has been optimized overall, including other materials. For applications that require high instantaneous output, the use of low-resistance capacitors such as the JUA series offer the benefit of reducing voltage drop during discharge and enable greater miniaturization. For example, devices that discharge 1.2 A for three seconds or more between 5 V and 2 V during operational use for 10 years at 40°C currently require a volume of 7.7 cc in a φ12.5mm case size, the new JUA series can achieve the same performance with its downsized φ10mm case size and is just 3.1 cc in volume. This approximately 60% size reduction of the component allows designers to make significant space and weight savings in their products.
The JUA series radial lead-type low-resistance electric double layer capacitors are ideal for smart meter backup power sources and auxiliary power sources for industrial machines, safety equipment and consumer devices. Another application where these capacitors are becoming popular is as a backup power source for electronic door lock systems allowing users to unlock doors during a power outage or emergency situation.As a backup power source, the JUA series is also ideal for portable devices and storage servers, enabling maintenance-free operation and lower environmental impacts when used to replace secondary batteries.
Key Specifications
Rated voltage range: 2.7VDC
Rated capacitance range: 2.5 to 4.7F
Category temperature range: -40 to +70°C
Product dimensions: φ8×20L to φ10×20L (mm) (2 sizes)
Life: 70°C 2,000 hours guaranteed
Terminal shape: Radial Lead type

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High-performance power semiconductors improve energy efficiency in medical devices

An efficient DC/DC or AC/DC power supply and a very low-power microcontroller to maximize battery life are the key elements for proper power management in medical diagnostic devices
By Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio, contributing writer
Power management in a medical device encompasses not only external batteries and power supplies, but also integrated semiconductor solutions that help manage energy in any application, ranging from high-power imaging systems to portable and implantable devices. Regardless of the application, the goal is to maximize energy efficiency, thus optimizing the balance between static and active energy states.
The main requirements of OEM medical designs include the selection of low-power components, the ability to place devices in low-power states, a powerful CPU core to control and perform advanced calculations, and a large non-volatile memory to store both program images and user data. These designs also require a host of peripherals to connect various analog or digital systems.
However, an efficient DC/DC or AC/DC power supply and a very low-power microcontroller (MCU) to maximize battery life are the key elements for proper power management in medical diagnostic devices. The resolution and speed of the analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) are also fundamental to the accuracy of measurements, and they must offer high-energy efficiency and wireless connectivity.
Battery management for portable devices
Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries offer many advantages over other types of power sources. Their chemistry allows the miniaturization of devices, adapting to the stringent demands of wearable medical devices. Moreover, these batteries provide excellent charge cycling, which prolongs overall system life.
The lifespan extension of a medical device with an adequate rechargeable battery and low-power-circuit solutions prevents frequent maintenance interventions and protects the patient from harm in case of any complications from the rechargeable battery.
An energy management system for rechargeable batteries consists of cells, charging circuits, and battery management units (BMUs). The cells contain the electrodes to store energy and, thus, power the medical device. A charge management circuit makes it possible to assess the current and voltage conditions between the battery and the medical device. Monitoring the voltage of each cell inside a battery pack is essential to determine the general state of the device. Battery operation outside the voltage range significantly reduces cell life. A charger must monitor the status of the lithium-ion battery during the charging process to keep it within the safe operating area.
The BMU offers protection to the cell, limiting it to the maximum (and minimum) values of current and voltage. For implantable medical devices, such as cardiac pacemakers, cardioverter defibrillators, drug delivery pumps, and neurostimulators, further considerations arise from the need for sterilization, environmental conditions, and the potential for patient injury.
System protection is required to reduce the risk of cell failure. The grouping of the functional blocks of a simple BMU varies widely, from a simple analog front end that offers balancing and monitoring and requires an MCU to a highly integrated solution that operates autonomously.
A fuel-gauge functional block keeps track of the current entering and leaving the battery. Pairing a current sense amplifier and an MCU with an integrated low-resolution ADC is one method to measure this current. A high-resolution ADC offers a wide dynamic range at the expense of speed. For irregular loads, a successive-approximation-register (SAR) ADC proves to be a winning choice (Figs. 1 and 2).
Fig. 1: Typical sensor circuitry for an ECG monitor. (Image: RECOM)
Fig. 2: Different types of cell balancing: (A) Bypass cell balancing FETs are used for a slow charge and (B) active balancing is used during the discharge cycle. (Image: Renesas Electronics)
An example of an integrated solution is the ADP5350 BMU from Analog Devices Inc., which integrates a high-performance buck regulator, a fuel gauge, a boost regulator that operates at a 1.5-MHz switching frequency for LED lighting, and three 150-mA low-dropout (LDO) regulators. The device has an internal field-effect transistor (FET) that allows the battery to be insulated on the supply side of the system (Fig. 3), thus offering greater protection.

Fig. 3: A typical application circuit with the ADP5350 battery management unit. (Image: Analog Devices Inc.)
An intelligent battery can also be equipped with an authentication key based on the SHA-1 standard to protect a battery-powered medical device. This key may be standard for all manufacturers’ batteries or specific to the manufacturer of the medical device. The specific custom authentication key can be combined with private battery labeling.
An example is Maxim Integrated’s MAX14663, a complete energy management solution for portable medical devices, including blood glucose meters. The device integrates a switching charger and Maxim’s proprietary ModelGauge fuel gauge to provide an accurate estimate of the available charge for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. A boost converter and LED current sinks are also integrated to power the OLED display and provide an LED backlight.
Converters for high power
Health-care devices are heavily regulated by industry-standard requirements and related tests to protect patients and health-care professionals. The degree of isolation of commercial AC or DC devices is not adequate to meet medical standards. Many have only one protection measure, and the insulation capacity is normally too high to meet the requirements of low leakage current.
The relevant safety standard is “Medical Electrical Equipment” IEC 60601-1 and its national versions, EN 60601-1 in Europe and ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1 in the United States. The standard consists of a series of requirements for electrical and electronic equipment used in health care.
According to IEC 60601-1, medical devices must incorporate at least one means of protection (MOP) to ensure that both patient and operator are protected from the risk of electric shock, even in fault conditions. The standard treats operators and patients in slightly different ways, determining different classifications: Means of protection of the operator (MOOP) and means of protection of the patient (MOPP). Medical equipment must, therefore, have two MOPs so that if one measurement fails, the second measurement will still provide adequate protection.
A possible solution is to use a 2-MOOP medical-grade AC/DC isolated power supply with an additional power isolation stage for the sensor electronics in the form of one or more medical-grade DC/DC converters (Fig. 4).
Fig. 4: Using a DC/DC converter to meet medical applications requirements. (Image: RECOM)
A variety of power-supply manufacturers, including Traco, offer a wide range of AC/DC and DC/DC devices that meet all MOPP requirements for medical applications. Traco’s AC/DC solutions range from small 5-W PCB mounting modules to designs offering power levels up to 450 W.
All high-efficiency DC/DC converters are switching power supplies and generate conducted and radiated electromagnetic noise. The 60601-1-2 medical standard has noise limits that must be suppressed as much as possible in the DC/DC converter or externally filtered.
A modular DC/DC converter is a simple solution. An example is RECOM’s 2-watt REM2 series products, which offer 2-MOPP isolation and 250-VAC operating voltage in a compact SIP8 package. The converter is pre-certified according to IEC/EN/ES 60601-1, making final compliance testing easier.
Low-power MCUs
Low power consumption for microcontrollers is the most important feature for the latest generation of embedded applications. Extremely low-power consumption is required to extend battery life up to 15 to 20 years. This requires very sophisticated power-saving strategies to meet power-consumption levels ​​of a few μA per MHz in running mode and a few nA in sleep mode.
Low-power consumption is now an obligatory target for microcontroller manufacturers. Renesas Electronics, for example, has introduced the Renesas Advanced (RA) family of microcontrollers based on 32-bit Arm Cortex-M cores for various applications, including the medical sector. The RA family is PSA-certified according to Level 1 and includes the RA2 series (up to 60 MHz), the RA4 series (up to 100 MHz), the RA6 series (up to 200 MHz), and the dual-core Series RA8, which has yet to be released.
Conclusion
Battery life is vital to portable medical devices. Medical OEMs should ensure that their choice of power supplies fully meets and is certified to meet the prevailing edition of safety standards for medical supplies. The convergence of features such as wireless connectivity, high-speed digital processing, and real-time monitoring also requires accurate battery current measurement.

SPORTS CHANGE MAKERS Competition, a Project Supported by the IOC and IPC, Seeks Winning Ideas from Students Worldwide!

The theme announced as “GOING BEYOND BARRIERS”

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation will hold a contest titled SPORTS CHANGE MAKERS supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2020, coinciding with the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The competition will be open to students in the future Olympic and Paralympic host countries, which are Japan, China, France and the United States. Ideas to cultivate values and expand attractiveness of Olympic and Paralympic sports using the audio-visual technology in Panasonic’s Olympic/Paralympic sponsorship category.
Ideas wanted on the theme of “GOING BEYOND BARRIERS”SPORTS CHANGE MAKERS is organized by Panasonic Corporation with the cooperation of the IOC and IPC. In keeping with the theme of, “GOING BEYOND BARRIERS,” entrants will be asked to submit new ideas which transcend various barriers that exist in today’s world, Whether between people with and without impairment, between the real and the virtual, or between genders, to generate additional values and attractiveness in Olympic and Paralympic Sports. Applied ideas will be judged based on several criteria: Innovativeness, SDGs orientedness, Creativity and so forth. Winning teams will be invited to the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, as well as one of the Paralympic events. They will also work with Panasonic Corporation on a collaborative project with the aim of get its idea adopted at future Olympic and Paralympic Games. To evaluate students’ ideas, actual demos based on entrants’ submissions will be displayed in Tokyo in the summer of 2020, followed by the hosting of the competition final.
Panasonic has been the worldwide partner for the Olympic since 1987 and Paralympic since 2014, because we believes in the spirit of harmony and development these two games have, which is indispensable to our corporate activities.
As a global citizen, Panasonic’s principles are aligned with the Olympic mission. The company has supported the Olympic Games for more than 30 years and the Paralympic Games since 2014, including through sponsorship and the provision of innovative technologies (in the “Audio Visual Equipment”, “Home Appliance” and “Electric Bicycle” categories) developed over a century. Panasonic is committed to building a better world – a vision it shares with the IOC – through its worldwide sponsorship of the Games and via the nature of its everyday business activities.

SPORTS CHANGE MAKERS Project Overview
ThemeIdeas to cultivate values and expand attractiveness of Olympic and Paralympic sports using the audio-visual technology in Panasonic’s Olympic/Paralympic sponsorship category.
Application requirementsApplicants (up to 3 people with a leader) must be students in universities, graduate school junior college, technical, technical colleges, or vocational schools in Japan at the time of application and as of August 24 in 2020. Applicants may be any nationality or age but do not belong to companies.
Judging criteria1. Innovativeness2. SDGs Oriented3. Creativity4. Uniquely & Originality5. Feasibility
Prize for winning teamsInvitation to the Opening Ceremony and the competition of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Up to 3 per group)Presentation of your idea to the Olympic and Paralympic organization (IOC, IPC, and Organising committee) for the future Games.*Time and location to be decided

Event schedule
Regional Qualification periodJapan: 1st Round – Web Application / 2nd Round – PresentationChina, France, the U.S.: Ideathon event will be held as regional qualifications

Tokyo, Japan
Entry period of the 1st Round: by November 15, 2019 (Fri)Announcement of results of the 1st round selection: Late November 20192nd Round event (Presentation): December 14, 2019 (Sat)

Beijing, China
Entry period: by November 27, 2019 (Wed)Ideathon event: December 7, 2019 (Sat)

Paris, France
Entry period: by November 19, 2019 (Tue)Ideathon event: November 29, 2019 (Fri)

Los Angeles, the U.S.
Entry period: by November 12, 2019 (Tue)Ideathon event: November 22, 2019 (Fri)

Decision on regional winnersBy end of January 2020
Production of demos by winning teamsFebruary-July 2020 *Demo production process will be supported by Creative Partners from Panasonic.
Final presentationsAugust 24, 2020 (Mon)
Official presentationTo be announced once details are confirmed.

*Detailed information for applicants from each region: Japan, China, France, the U.S.

Comment from Mr. Timo Lumme, Managing Director of IOC Television and Marketing Services
“As one of the founding members of our global sponsorship programme, Panasonic has contributed to the Olympic Movement for over 30 years, bringing the sights and sounds of the Olympic Games to generations of fans around the world, and continues to engage young people in the Olympic values with innovative initiatives such as the Sports Change Makers competition. By inviting students in future Olympic host cities to contribute ideas that could help break down barriers within society using the power of its technology, Panasonic has once again underlined its ongoing belief in the power of the Olympic values and demonstrated what a valuable partner it is for the Olympic Movement.”

Comment from Yasuhiro Fukuda, Panasonic project member, Olympic and Paralympic Marketing Team
Sports For A Better Life, A Better WorldAt Panasonic, we’re passionate to make the world a richer and more fulfilling place for everyone: “A Better Life, A Better World.” Panasonic has been seeking solutions to problems faced by people around the world, through technology. Now we want to use the power of sports to make life and the world even better; So athletes can reach for even higher goals, spectators can enjoy an even deeper experience, and people can interact despite their differences. Join us to make an official presentation to the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee, and to have your idea adopted in future Olympic and Paralympic Games. We look forward to your innovative ideas that will go beyond every sort of barrier in society through sports and technology.

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