Don’t Have A Meltdown Over A Spectre In Your SoC


You may be concerned about last year’s widely published Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affecting most processors. Are your phone and computer OK? Or more importantly, if you are designing or verifying a System on Chip (SoC), do you have a specter in your design? Let’s first look at what these two vulnerabilities are and how they may be affecting your system. Both vulnerabilitie... » read more

Achieving Flexible Processing Requirements For IoT End-Node Devices


The term Internet of Things (IoT), which used to be used broadly to describe almost all connected devices, can now be seen to fall into two segments: Critical IoT and Massive IoT. Critical IoT refers to mission-critical applications such as automotive communication, industrial machines, and medical procedures where low latency is crucial, while Massive IoT is related to the billions of connecte... » read more

The Case For Antifuse OTP NVM For Secure & Reliable SoCs


Non-volatile memory (NVM) is used for persistent data and secure code storage in a wide range of electronic systems in automotive, mil-aero, power management IC (PMIC), mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. NVM comes in different flavors including multiple-time programmable (MTP), few-time programmable (FTP), and one-time programmable (OTP). When determining the ideal NVM solution, desi... » read more

Dodging The Next Generation Of Car Thieves


The complexity of vehicle electronics is growing and brings with it more opportunities for hackers to penetrate the car’s defenses. More connections bring in multiple network topologies, which may or may not be secure. As they are all intertwined and interconnected, any connection to get into the vehicle’s electronics is a potential point of attack for hackers. For example, jamming RFID sig... » read more

New Opportunities For OTP NVM


By 2020 more than 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, according to Cisco’s latest forecast. Smartphone traffic will exceed PC traffic and broadband speeds will nearly double by 2021. And by the next Winter Olympics (Beijing 2022), 1 trillion networked sensors could be embedded in the world around us. While tech experts offer slightly different projections of actual numbers,... » read more

Data Converters For Automotive Applications


Sensor applications requiring data converters range from temperature sensors identifying different engine status to radar/LIDAR enabling Automotive Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Other applications involving data converters include wireless transceivers for communicating with other vehicles or with a fixed network. The data converter IP (analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog) provides an i... » read more

Build In Functional Safety Early


In the automotive world, recalls for electronics affect about five percent of the vehicles on the road. That means 5 out of every 100 vehicles today have a problem with their electronics. If we want to see more autonomous driving vehicles, that number must be improved. There needs be more robustness in the development process. Making cars safer today is Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADA... » read more

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

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