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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Rambus boosts MFP security; chip telemetry; Tensilica DSP and ADAS depth perception.

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Security
Kyocera is using Rambus’ RT-130 Root of Trust and AES-IP-38 AES Accelerator IP for data security on Kyocera Evolution Series MFPs (multi-function printers). Connected printers are notorious targets for malicious actors to gain access a network or data. The Evolution Series MFPs’ data security mets Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) standards, according to a press release.

Synopsys’ Code Dx won a CybersecAsia award for Best in Application Development Security. “Synopsys Code Dx uniquely addresses the industry’s need for scalability in application security, working within CI/CD pipelines to consolidate and prioritize issues across the SDLC,” said Victor Ng, editor-in-chief for CybersecAsia. “Code Dx’s robust correlation logic can consume hundreds of findings from siloed and varied AST tools, eliminate duplicate and false-positive results, and provide holistic insight into software business risk. Importantly, Code Dx helps security and development teams cut down AppSec noise and focus their efforts on high-impact remediation activities.” CybersecAsia Awards other winners are listed here.

Third-party certificate authority DigiCert, Inc. has acquired has IoT cybersecurity company Mocana. DigiCert, which specializes in authorizing and issues TLS/SSL (transport layer security/secure sockets layer) certificates, public key infrastructure (PKI), and IoT security and digital trust solutions. DigiCert purchased Symantec’s SSL certificate authority in 2017 for $900M. “IoT security has been a challenge for device manufactures and operators,” said DigiCert CEO John Merrill in a press release. “With the addition of Mocana, DigiCert is building on its vision for delivering digital trust, a growing necessity in the IoT market as smart devices become ubiquitous.” Clearlake Capital Group. L.P., Crosspoint Capital, and TA Associates are backing the deal, the amount of which has not been disclosed.

Global semiconductor industry trade group SEMI issued recommendations to the European Commission strengthen Europe’s semiconductor ecosystem via the NIS 2.0 revision of the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive. “Semiconductors must remain at the core of Europe’s industrial and technological ambitions,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe in a press release. “With the launch of the Industrial Alliance on Processors and Semiconductor Technologies and the announcement of the European CHIPS Act, Europe has taken a pivotal step in securing supply chain resilience and future competitiveness of its microelectronics ecosystem.” Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks also urged passage of European Commission’s NIS 2.0, with some changes, but overall agreed it was a good effort.

Some Cisco IP phones are not securing phone passwords because the passwords are stored in cleartext in unencrypted flash memory.

The CVE Program announced that in 2022 will change to the JSON 5 format and change its download options. Also CVE transitioned to its new website at www.cve.org/.

IC telemetry company proteanTecs has a commercial agreement with Alchip Technologies to provide ASIC production visibility to fabless semiconductor companies in Greater China.

Global semiconductor industry trade group SEMI issued recommendations to the European Commission strengthen Europe’s semiconductor ecosystem. “Semiconductors must remain at the core of Europe’s industrial and technological ambitions,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe in a press release. “With the launch of the Industrial Alliance on Processors and Semiconductor Technologies and the announcement of the European CHIPS Act, Europe has taken a pivotal step in securing supply chain resilience and future competitiveness of its microelectronics ecosystem.”

Automotive
One the most often mentioned automotive tech tricks from last week’s CES 2022 is the BMW that can shift its external colors (so far only in white, black, and grayscale). The idea is the color can communicate some information or change thermal properties of the car and just look fun. The technology uses E-Ink from e-readers coating the car and changes color when some energy is applied to it. “It is low power. It needs a bit of energy to change and no energy to hold it there,” said Stella Clarke, BMW iX FLOW project lead, in a BMWBlog video.

An electric flying-car prototype has made its first untethered flight. The Tacoma, Wash., startup ZEVA made a test flight in a field in rural Washington state to demonstrate its lift off, control, and landing ability of its 50-mile range electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The round vehicle looks like a residential satellite disk with eight electric propellers and training wheels. One reason it looks like that is to fit in a regular automotive-sized parking space. ZEVA says at this test flight the vehicle completed four flights of four minutes in duration. See the video of the flight. The senior principal engineer at ZEVA is Gurbir Singh, a 27-year veteran of Intel Corporation.

California-based Light is using Cadence’s Tensilica Vision Q7 DSP in its Clarity Depth Perception Platform, which is designed for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that use industry-standard cameras. Accurate depth perception is important for judging an object’s distance. Depth perception and fast reaction times in an ADAS are key to driving safely, just like they are in human drivers. The Cadence DSP processes data in real time, transmitting a high-bandwidth, high-resolution output that makes it possible for the Clarity platform to see better than a human, says Light, using two or more cameras. Tensilica Vision Q7 DSP is ISO 26262-certified IP.

Companies, people
Onto Innovation says it has a $500 million order backlog, $100 million of which is for its lithography and inspection products used for heterogeneous packaging, including covers technology for 2.5D and next-generation 3D packages and hybrid bonding.

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