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Challenges Grow For Modeling Auto Performance, Power


Rising complexity in automobiles is creating huge challenges about how to add more safety and comfort features and electronics into vehicles without reducing the overall range they can travel or pricing them so high that only the rich can afford them. While the current focus is on modeling hardware and software to understand interactions between systems, this remains a huge challenge. It req... » read more

Driving The Future Of Automotive Displays With Video Compression


Mobile devices have heavily influenced the demand for displays in all areas of our lives over the last decade, and one area where there has been a particularly rapid transformation is in cars. This article will look at some of display trends in cars and investigate how VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) video compression codecs can be leveraged by automotive designers to meet these ... » read more

Tradeoffs In Archiving Data


If you’ve ever had to sort through old technical documents, wondering what still has value and what can be safely tossed, you can identify with the quandary of Thomas Levy, UCSD professor of anthropology and co-founder of the field of cyber-archaeology. Staring at thousands of pieces of pottery in a Jordanian dessert, he erred on the side of keeping it all. “My personal perspective when ... » read more

More Than Random: Achieving Systematic ASIL D ISO 26262 Compliance For Automotive SoCs


Automakers are upgrading vehicle autonomy levels from Level2 Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) to Level 2+ and Level 3 and evolving to full Highly Automated Driving (HAD) Level 4 and Level 5 with new safety critical applications. The new applications such as automatic emergency braking, lane keep aid, traffic sign recognition, surround view, drowsiness monitoring, and others improve sa... » read more

AEK: Powerpoint Is Easy—Change is Hard


A major message to big-name automakers at the Automobil Elektronik Kongress 2022 was, "You old-time car guys don't get it. We have to deliver a smartphone experience in a vehicle. If not, we will be out of our jobs, and someone else will." CARIAD I thought that the most interesting presentation was by Riclef Schmidt-Clausen of CARIAD. CARIAD is a spinout from Volkswagen (VW) of their software... » read more

Is Standardization Required For Security?


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss chip and system security with Mike Borza, fellow and scientist on the security IP team at Synopsys; Lee Harrison, automotive IC test solutions manager at Siemens Digital Industries Software; Jason Oberg, founder and CTO of Cycuity (formerly Tortuga Logic); Nicole Fern, senior security analyst at Riscure; Norman Chang, fellow and CTO of the electroni... » read more

Radar For Automotive: Basics Of FMCW Radar


Radar (acronym for Radio Detection and Ranging) uses radio waves to detect objects in the environment. It allows determining the distance (known as range), angular position (bearing), and velocity. Radar technology was developed for military use during World War II, but has now many civil applications, including air or marine traffic control, astronomy, ocean and meteorological monitoring, alti... » read more

Thermally Optimizing A High-Power PCB


The growth of battery-powered applications is presenting new challenges for designers of electronic motor-driven solutions. Targeting higher performance and efficiency, the power stages of these products must manage high currents while meeting strict power dissipation and size requirements. This white paper illustrates a thermally aware workflow with the Cadence® Celsius™ Thermal Solver... » read more

Which Fuel Will Drive Next-Generation Autos?


With gasoline prices hitting uncomfortable highs, consumers increasingly are looking toward non-gasoline-powered vehicles. But what ultimately will power those vehicles is far from clear. Inside the cabin and under the hood, these vehicles will be filled with semiconductors. Yet what the energy source is for those semiconductors is the subject of ongoing debate. It could be batteries, hydrog... » read more

What Formula 1 Racing Says About Auto’s High-Tech Future


To learn about the future of the auto industry, you can interview analysts and experts, peruse scientific publications, and attend various conferences. Or you can watch multi-million dollar race cars hurtle around a track at speeds of upwards of 220 miles per hour. Welcome to Formula 1, the international auto racing sport with a cumulative TV audience of 1.55 billion people. The budgets are ... » read more

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