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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive, Mobility The U.S. space agency NASA entered a $57.2 million contract with ICON to develop technology to build roads on the moon. ICON, a Texas-based 3D printing construction company, has been working with NASA and the U.S. Air Force on construction technologies that can use local materials to build infrastructure on Mars. NASA is working on advanced 3D printing construction systems... » read more

Cybersecurity Risks Of Automotive OTA


Modern vehicles increasingly resemble supercomputers on wheels, with many electronic control units (ECUs) networked together as increasingly sophisticated software is installed and updated. Similar to smartphones, vehicle OEMs will contact vehicle owners remotely about operating system updates that add new features and/or fixes, as well as software bugs and vulnerabilities. But all of this h... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive, mobility Infineon has a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to supply automaker Stellantis with CoolSiC “bare die” chips by reserving manufacturing capacity in the second half of the decade to the direct Tier 1 suppliers of Stellantis. CoolSiCs are Infineon’s silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors. Stellantis will acquire aiMotive, a startup specializing in AI and autono... » read more

Improving Reliability In Automobiles


Carmakers are turning to predictive and preventive maintenance to improve the safety and reliability of increasingly electrified vehicles, setting the stage for more internal and external sensors, and more intelligence to interpret and react to the data generated by those sensors. The number of chips inside of vehicles has been steadily rising, regardless of whether they are powered by elect... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive And Mobility Two major auto OEMs revealed new electric vehicle models this week. The Audi Q8 e-tron has 40 driver assistance systems including five radar sensors, five cameras, and 12 ultrasonic sensors, and comes with either an 89 net kilowatt-hour battery or a 106 net kilowatt-hour battery. It arrives in the U.S. in April 2023. The Volvo EX90 contains both lidar and 5G connectivit... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive, mobility Saudi Arabia has launched an electric vehicle (EV) company called Ceer. The company is a joint venture between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudia Arabia and Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.). SiMa.ai, a four-year-old startup that designs edge machine learning SoCs used in vision applications, is getting into the automotive assisted driving market. The com... » read more

Memory-Based Cyberattacks Become More Complex, Difficult To Detect


Memories are becoming entry points for cyber attacks, raising concerns about system-level security because memories are nearly ubiquitous in electronics and breaches are difficult to detect. There is no end in sight with hackers taking aim at almost every consumer, industrial, and commercial segment, and a growing number of those devices connected to the internet and to each other. According... » read more

Post-Quantum And Pre-Quantum Security Issues Grow


General-purpose quantum computers will be able to crack the codes that protect much of the world’s information, and while these machines don’t exist yet, security experts say governments and businesses are starting to prepare for encryption in a post-quantum world. The task is made all the more challenging because no one knows exactly how future quantum machines will work, or even which mat... » read more

Glitched On Earth By Humans


The Black Hat conference always brings up interesting and current research within the device security industry. Lennert Wouters of COSIC studied the security of the Starlink User Terminal. After some PCB-level reverse engineering, he found a serial port and observed various boot loaders, U-boot, and Linux running on the device. However, there was no obvious way to gain further access. The... » read more

Blog Review: Oct. 26


Synopsys' Teng-Kiat Lee and Sandeep Mehndiratta argue that IC design in the cloud can support an existing on-prem strategy, enable large and small enterprises to manage cost and capacity more effectively, and offer security for valuable semiconductor IP. Siemens EDA's Chris Spear finds that SystemVerilog classes are a good way to encapsulate both variables and the routines that operates on t... » read more

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