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Loosely stated, Moore’s law holds that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit on a chip, and its processing power, doubles approximately every two years. "Without any doubt, Moore's Law is well and alive. It's not dead, it's not slowing down, it's not even sick. It's well and alive," Philip Wong reported on Tuesday at the Hot Chips Conference at Stanford University. He should know, as he is head of research at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.

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Atlas is a leading aerospace company specializing in the design and manufacture of UAS for law enforcement, security companies and first responders. As reported by the sUAS News, on Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Atlas partnered with the Rio de Janeiro State’s Military Police to provide security at the Maracanã Stadium during the Copa America soccer tournament. This was the first time in which MESH multi-drone UAS technology has been approved for usage to secure a major sporting event.

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Last month Dronebelow.com reported on an interesting new inspection UAS design from Flybotix that employs a simplified propulsion system based on a pair of stacked propellers. These are enclosed in a shroud that is the body of the aircraft. The craft’s advanced stabilization system and light weight permits flight durations that are “twice as long as conventional models.”

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The Xponential 2019 national conference was held April 29 to May 2nd by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) at McCormick Place in Chicago. In this preview of a full conference exhibit hall gallery to be posted by The National Robotics Education Foundation (NREF) in August (our 4th year!), you will find a fascinating sample of what’s to come. This event featured some of the most advanced robots and their allied software, transport and admin support systems on the planet.

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As reported by Military&Aerospace Electronics, support for unmanned combat vehicles for ground operations is growing in the military for a few reasons, the most important being that weaponized robots can protect human combatants’ lives. The article notes that the U.S. Army will begin field testing, in under a year, autonomous M2 Bradley fighting vehicles at Fort Carson, Colorado. Further, it states that the Army indicated last June it would be testing an unmanned ground vehicle carrying 20-to-50 millimeter canons. The vehicle is said to be capable of operating off-road or on-road. For comparison, see also the included phot of the Russian Uran-9.

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