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Auto Safety Tech Adds New IC Design Challenges


The role of AI/ML in automobiles is widening as chipmakers incorporate more intelligence into chips used in vehicles, setting the stage for much safer vehicles, fewer accidents, but much more complex electronic systems. While full autonomy is still on the distant horizon, the short-term focus involves making sure drivers are aware of what's going on around them — pedestrians, objects, or o... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Arm unveiled the Arm Cortex-M85 processor and expanded Arm Virtual Hardware to more platforms, including 3rd party devices. The Cortex-M85 is the highest performance Cortex-M processor to date, with 30% scalar performance uplift compared to the Cortex-M7, technology to support endpoint ML and DSP workloads, and includes Pointer Authentication and Branch Target Identification (PACBTI), a new arc... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive, mobility DENSO Corporation and UMC’s Japanese subsidiary United Semiconductor Japan Co., Ltd. (USJC) are collaborating on power semiconductors production for the automotive market at USJC’s 300mm fab. USJC will install an insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) line at its wafer fab. Renesas Electronics uncorked an integrated automotive ECU Virtualization Platform for devel... » read more

Startup Funding: February 2022


Mega-rounds dominated venture funding in February, with ten companies seeing investment of $100 million or more, five of which exceeded $200 million. Automotive was the big winner, with seven of the ten companies involved in either developing ADAS and autonomous driving, building electric vehicles, or making components to go in cars. The largest round of the month falls into that last category,... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive SGS-TÜV Saar certified that Cadence’s Tensilica Xtensa processors with FlexLock meets the ISO 26262:2018 standard to ASIL-D level. The new FlexLock feature is key to the certification because it supports lockstep, a fault-tolerant method that runs the same operation on two cores at the same time and then compares the output. Any difference in the output can be examined for issues... » read more