Auto Chip Ecosystem Needs Common Language


In order to reach the levels of robustness that autonomous vehicles will require, companies throughout the automotive and semiconductor ecosystem are working with an eye toward high-sigma design. But along with this robustness, there must be a clear understanding of the situation at hand, how semiconductors can improve the number of vehicle fatalities, and make sure everyone is communicating... » read more

Flexibility A Key For Future Cars


First, a bit of eye candy seen in IC Manage’s booth at the recent Design Automation Conference in San Francisco. The McLaren P1 GTR. It was impossible not to stop and drool over this gorgeous, non-street-legal racecar, where all bets are off when it comes to following safety and reliability specifications. [caption id="attachment_24135661" align="alignleft" width="300"] Source: Dean Dra... » read more

Smart Farming Accelerates


Today I’m taking a brief, but related, detour from my usual automotive blog topics to discuss a bit of what’s happening related to autonomy but in the agricultural industry. This industry carries a market cap of $42.7 billion as a whole for the construction and agricultural machinery market, according to The New York Times, although still smaller than the semiconductor segment, with its ... » read more

Committing To Automotive


The autonomous driving effort has hit some painful speedbumps lately, with Tesla and Uber feeling the brunt of these. Unfortunately, the recent fatal accidents demonstrate just how challenging it is to get this technology right, and why some in this space have downshifted their efforts to learn from what happened and how to prevent it going forward. This prompted Nvidia to suspend its effort... » read more

Autonomous Cars Have Far-Reaching Impacts


Within the semiconductor ecosystem, autonomous vehicle technology is already having a gigantic impact as far as chip and tool development, education about what this all means, new relationships and partnerships -- among other things that hit closer to home such as how autonomous vehicles will impact our professional and personal lives. Sundari Mitra, CEO of NetSpeed Systems has been closely ... » read more

Ethernet Architected For The Future


I wonder if Bob Metcalfe and David Boggs, who invented Ethernet (on my 4th birthday, it turns out!), imagined their technology baby would be what enables the communication within future autonomous vehicles. If you’re curious too, here’s a video of Metcalfe discussing the history of Ethernet. Fast forward to this week, when the Automotive Ethernet Congress was held in Munich, and from whi... » read more

Automotive Startup Activity Swelling


According to AngelList, there are at least 6,600 automotive startups, with a $4.6 million average valuation. 475 of those are electric vehicle startups with a $5 million average valuation. Indeed, the electrification of vehicles and move towards autonomous driving is having a huge impact, the likes of which the automotive industry has never seen. This is causing the car manufacturers and Tie... » read more

Automotive Opps Drive Change For Systems Companies


Without a doubt, the tremendous amount of activity surrounding the opportunities in today and tomorrow’s vehicles is mind-boggling but absolutely exciting. When big shifts occur such as the one we are seeing in automotive, that equates to big opportunities for companies that get it right with a certain application, at the right time. It means partnering with the right ecosystem partners, f... » read more

Big Trucks Go Electric, Autonomous


As the automotive ecosystem increases efforts across the board including commoditization as part of the ramp to autonomous vehicles, the news feed is replete with examples. In the area of big trucks, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), part of Daimler Trucks, said at the recent Tokyo Motor Show that it would electrify its complete range of trucks and buses in upcoming years. F... » read more

Testing Autonomous Vehicles


After I wrote last month about my concerns about the pending legislation that appears to relax safety regulations for autonomous vehicles being tested on public roads, it seems I am not alone and some safety groups have also expressed concern. Of course, the promise of autonomous driving is exciting and will absolutely save lives — when the technology and infrastructure are ready — there... » read more

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