Pushing Batteries Too Far?


Reports of battery fires in consumer devices are not abating. The culprit in almost all cases is the lithium-ion battery. In some cases, this is a manufacturing issue, where predictable intervals of failure can point to a breach in the membrane separating the anode and cathode or a metal particle contaminant that causes a short circuit. Those kinds of flaws are well understood, based upon ho... » read more

The Software Side Of Self-Driving


Just as the overall system complexity is causing ripples through the automotive supply chain so too is managing the system complexity, with software in particular. With so much new technology, and so many new ideas to keep track of, it would seem a huge undertaking by the automotive OEMs. In the midst of making decisions about the usual incremental improvements, the system architecture decis... » read more

What The Chevy Bolt Really Means For The Electric Vehicle Market


CES and the North American Auto Show are fading from view. As expected, both events generated media coverage about jockeying among traditional tier 1/2 suppliers and tech companies for supremacy in the new auto supply chain, being turned upside down by the pursuit of autonomous vehicles, electrified powertrains and the like. And while there were some interesting early 2017 announcements (Amazon... » read more

The Evolution Of Side-Channel Attacks


A side-channel attack can perhaps best be defined as any attack based on information gained from the physical implementation of a cryptosystem, rather than brute force or theoretical weaknesses in the algorithms. Put simply, all physical electronic systems routinely leak information about their internal process of computing via their power consumption or electromagnetic emanations. This mean... » read more

Intelligent Compute Engines Driving Today’s Automobiles Need Better Security


Driving a modern car or truck today is like driving a complex computer system which has the capability to transport people and freight from a geographic point to another through the road infrastructure and, to do so, it just happens it has an engine and wheels. With automotive systems moving towards consolidation of workloads, there is a need and benefit of having faster networking throughpu... » read more

Internet Security? Not Even Close


This week's outage at Amazon Web Services is yet another reminder that Internet security is still not quite there. Amazon isn't a second-tier cloud services provider. It's one of the biggest cloud companies on the planet. If Amazon can't get it right, it's hard to imagine anyone can. The company's Simple Storage Service, aka S3, was the target, and it took about five hours before this online... » read more

ASIL D Requires Precision


It seems the entire world is abuzz with the excitement surround autonomous driving, and while more driver assist features are added to new vehicles all the time, this is tempered by the fact that there is still much work to be done when it comes to safety. For developers across the automotive ecosystem, safety comes down to the Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) risk classification sch... » read more

The Evolving Ransomware Threat


Ransomware has become a serious threat in recent years, with thousands of new variants surfacing in 2016 alone. This is really bad news for system administrators, as computers infected with ransomware are typically locked down until cyber criminals are given a hefty sum to unlock encrypted files. Disturbingly, IDG recently confirmed the existence of a new file-encrypting ransomware program f... » read more

Defining The Edge Of IoT


“Life on the edge of IoT is where creativity knows no bounds.” Brian Derrick, Vice President Corporate Marketing and General Manager, Mentor Graphics. We are living in a remarkable time for electronic product design and development. In his blog post, Brian Derrick explores how the race to create the latest smartphones results in the availability of advanced, low-cost sensors, which has... » read more

IoT Security Ratings Needed


Concerns about security have been growing alongside adoption of the IoT, and it seems to be making some headway. This is good news, if it continues, because one of the biggest concerns about buying connected devices is that they can provide inroads into personal data. Data security has been a persistent annoyance for several years. Almost anyone who travels or shops at major department store... » read more

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