Safety-Critical Chips Have A Premium Verification Cost

While the market opportunities in the automotive space may be exciting, the economics are staggering as consumers demand all kinds of new technologies: low power, safety-critical verification, Internet of Things — and they want it all at an incremental price of zero dollars over the actual value of the product. This can make business decisions about even entering a market a delicate balan... » read more

Automotive Is Convergence

Given that there is still much to be done to enable self-driving cars, particularly since security is still a moving target, the name of the game going forward is convergence. That fact is not disputed. What is quite fascinating, however, is to witness the impact of technology applied, as well as watch as the industry grapples with the issues critical to mobility electronics implementation. ... » read more

Automotive Design Requires Rigor

Playing in the automotive space means a significant investment in terms of resources, and it brings other challenges as well, not to mention the specific engineering challenges of ADAS. According to Mike Stellfox, a Cadence Fellow, the challenges are adding up for current Tier 2 suppliers. “Mostly what we see is the same kinds of customers — at least in the Tier 2s — for the hardware ... » read more

Safety, Security In Autonomous Vehicles

As the buzz, excitement, anticipation and development around autonomous vehicles continues, so do the lessons. Last week, Tesla reported that the NHTSA was opening a preliminary evaluation into the performance of Autopilot during a recent fatal crash that occurred in a Tesla Model S — the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Tesla’s Autopilot was activated. The crash... » read more

DAC On Cars

With the yearly Design Automation Conference upon us in mere days, I’ve been combing through the program looking for sessions to attend in between already-scheduled roundtables I’m running, speakers I am introducing here and here, a panel I’m moderating, along with other meetings. You might imagine I’ve got my eye on the automotive sessions starting with the opening keynote. It's... » read more

IoT Security Reality Check

Lorie Wigle, Intel Security’s VP and GM of IoT Security Solutions made a good point at SAE World Congress last month when she said, "The news feed is full of articles of hand wringing about how it's the Internet of Threats not the Internet of Things and the reality is we have technologies we've developed over the last 30 years in security and IT systems many of which are perfectly applicable ... » read more

Counterfeiting In The Automotive Supply Chain

While counterfeiting is not a new problem in the automotive space by any means, the stakes are higher all the time when you consider the increase in more sophisticated electronics and electronic systems being designed into vehicles today. While we don’t want to think about the worst case scenario of a counterfeit airbag in the family minivan or a counterfeit battery in a hybrid vehicle, we mu... » read more

Safe But Boring

Everybody’s talking about self-driving cars. That they are safer, better drivers than humans. That we can just be along for the ride. That it will save lives, and improve the quality of all of our lives. Insurance rates go down. The list goes on. In fact, self-driving cars are already here, to some extent. Just consider the features available today from Tesla, for example, that has alrea... » read more

Hybrid Vehicles = More Verification

While it is probably no surprise to anyone even slightly familiar with the complexity of hybrid electric vehicle systems, these designs require more intense verification than traditional combustion engine systems. To fill out the picture, Mick Tegethoff, director, AMS product marketing at Mentor Graphics, reminded that verification is a very broad term. “Let's say you are doing circuit sim... » read more

Driving CES

As a tech journalist, I have attended the Consumer Electronics Show a number of times over the past two decades, but do I miss it? If you haven’t been, it can be quite overwhelming given that it is aimed at consumers, so imagine loud music, flashing lights, and booth babes. It is also fun for us geeks from a technology perspective. Actually, it is interesting for anyone that likes to see ... » read more

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