5G Gets Closer To Commercialization


Cellular carriers would like to have their new 5G networks up by the end of 2018 or early 2019. One problem: they need a set of standards to create the new technology. In June, tech representatives met and made significant first step for technology companies to start building out the necessary 5G chips and software. In La Jolla, California, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) met f... » read more

Still Waiting For Autonomous Vehicles


To better understand the challenges ahead for fully autonomous vehicles, research teams over the last few decades have attempted to automate the process of driving. But early successes have not yet given us truly autonomous vehicles. Why? The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) created the first autonomous vehicle in 1984. This limited-use autonomous vehicle could drive on- and... » read more

Planning For A Digital Automotive Supply Chain


At the heart of the very cool intelligent connected vehicles (ICVs) of tomorrow is sophisticated software with artificial intelligence and powerful silicon chips all working together. These technologies will transform the traditional automotive supply chain from a mechanical-driven world to a digital one, where the user experience, reliability, safety, and value are created from silicon and sof... » read more

Improving Security In Cars


When security researchers first demonstrated that they could hack a car over the internet to control its brakes and transmission, Chrysler had to recall 1.4 million vehicles to fix the software vulnerability. The infamous Jeep hack of 2015 was an expensive wake-up call for the automotive industry. So, what has changed since then? In today’s cars, software now controls everything from safet... » read more

Achieving ISO 26262 Certification With High-Performance Processors


Automotive technology has progressed rapidly and the day when fully autonomous vehicles are prevalent on the roadways is not that far in the future. For driverless vehicles to become the norm, however, safety is paramount, and advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) must adhere to the ISO 26262 functional safety standard for electrical and/or electronic systems in automobiles to ensure the safety... » read more

Low-Power Deep Learning Implementation For Automotive ICs


Examples of automotive applications abound where high-performance, low-power embedded vision processors are used, from in-car driver drowsiness detection, to a self-driving car ‘seeing’ the road ahead with pedestrians, oncoming cars, or the occasional animal crossing the road. Implementing deep learning in these types of applications requires a lot of processing power with the lowest possib... » read more

Safety, Security And Open Source In The Automotive Industry


Today’s cars are as much defined by the power of their software as the power of their engines. Almost any car feature you can name is now digitized to provide drivers with easier operation and better information. Technological innovation is accelerating, enabling automobiles to monitor and adjust their position on the highway, alerting drivers if they’re drifting out of their lane, even aut... » read more

Bluetooth Mesh Drives Security For Automotive Applications


The use of Bluetooth technology continues to grow beyond mobile into rapidly expanding IoT and automotive applications. Consumers have grown to expect hands-free calling via Bluetooth, however, as the technology moves to other use cases such as tire pressure monitors or door lock connectivity, security becomes a key challenge to automotive SoC designers. Bluetooth-enabled devices have been a... » read more

The Road To Autonomous Driving Is Paved With New Opportunities For Chip Companies


The migration from human-driven to self-driven vehicles in the next few years will provide the semiconductor industry with new opportunities. Vehicles on the road today have so far featured only a few digital enhancements and even less automation. Indeed, the most noticeable enhancements have been made in the advancement of the infotainment console within the dashboard – the ability to str... » read more

For SoC ISO 26262 Compliance, Should All EDA Tools Be TCL1?


ISO 26262, the automotive functional safety standard, requires the assessment of software tool confidence levels (TCLs) as either a TCL1, TCL2 or TCL3.  Part 8:2011, clause 11.4.5 of the ISO 26262 standard provides a methodology with guidance for software tool classification and qualification. It applies to software tools used for the development of safety-critical designs where it is essentia... » read more

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