Sony sees software subscription as future for data-analyzing image sensors

By Makiko Yamazaki and Noriyuki Hirata

TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Corp’s image sensor business aims to replicate PlayStation’s success to address its reliance on a handful of manufacturers in the fickle smartphone market: It plans to sell software by subscription for data-analyzing sensors in situ.

Transforming the light-converting chips into a platform for software – essentially akin to the PlayStation Plus video games service – amounts to a sea change for the $10 billion business, which built its dominance through hardware breakthroughs.

The effort chimes with Sony’s pursuit of recurring revenue after years of loss in the volatile consumer electronics sector. Success, analysts said, could serve as a rejoinder to activist investor Daniel Loeb’s calls for the business to be spun off.

“We have a solid position in the market for image sensors, which serve as a gateway for imaging data,” said Sony’s Hideki Somemiya, who heads a new team

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Bosch announces new Nyon on-board computer and Kiox software update

Bosch has announced its new model features for 2021, and the big update is increased functionality and connectivity for the Nyon and Kiox on-board computers as well as some new navigation features that will greatly improve e-bike riders’ experience, whether commuting, riding for fun or hauling cargo around town.

Alongside these new computers, Bosch announced new variants of its eShift concept and software updates for the Performance and Cargo Line motors, which increase torque by 10Nm for better acceleration and low-cadence performance.

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 The new Bosch Nyon on-board computer

Bosch has completely redesigned the head unit of the Nyon computer to make it more user-friendly and to bring its overall functionality up to date.

The new form factor features a 3.2-inch high-resolution colour display with a coating to reduce glare and fingerprints. To make it easier

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