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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Keysight 5G tools in test case; Synopsys’ security code check expands; auto production blockage.

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Pervasive computing, IoT and 5G
Infineon added to its NFC (near-field communications) IP by acquiring NFC patent portfolios from France Brevets and Verimatrix. “With this acquisition, Infineon further strengthens its IP and technology portfolio, specifically in our leadership markets for security and connectivity for the IoT,” said Thomas Rosteck, president of Infineon’s Connected Secure Systems division in a press release. “The acquired patents will not only increase our visibility in connectivity and IoT but is another step towards our IP leadership in device authentication.”

Keysight is supporting 5G standards. Its S8704A Protocol Conformance Toolset was used for the first test case of 5G new radio (NR) release 16 (Rel-16) to verifying mobility enhancements in 5G NR devices to the 3GPP.

Nvidia and the SoftBank Group Corp. terminated their agreement on the Arm acquisition because of the regulatory environment was too challenging. U.S., British, and EU regulatory agencies were all investigating antitrust issues with the deal. Arm will prepare for an IPO under the leadership of new CEO Rene Haas.

Automotive
Ford Motor Co. and Google are working together to turn a run-down Detroit, Mich., train station into a research hub.

CyberOptics says a major automotive supplier is using its MRS (Multi-Reflection Suppression) sensor technology for wirebond inspection. The system is CyberOptics SQ3000 Multi-Function System for Wirebond Inspection and Metrology unit.

Ansys, Cadence, Siemens, and Synopsys joined the Intel Foundry Services (IFS) Accelerator EDA and IP Alliance, which gives access to Intel’s process roadmap and process design kits. The alliance provides mutual customers with EDA and IP solutions for high reliability, security, power, performance and area for Intel processes and packaging technologies.

Lam Research released new precision etch tools that support the development of gate-all-around (GAA) transistor structures, a newer transistor structure that promises less leakage at lower nodes. The tools promise a cleaner removal of material.

Automakers GM, Toyota, Stellantis, and Ford are saying their production is being cut because of a protest blocking a bridge at a U.S./Canadian border crossing.

Security
Intel expanded its bug bounty program by adding a group of hackers to search out vulnerabilities in CPUs, GPUs

Synopsys released a standalone version of its Code Sight plugin for integrated development environments (IDEs). Using Synopsys’ Rapid Scan Static and Rapid Scan SCA technology, the Code Sight Standard Edition finds and fixes software defects earlier in the AppSec development cycle. Code Sight Standard is now available through the Visual Studio Code IDE.

Companies, people
AMD
announced it received all the approvals from authorities to proceed with the acquisition of Xilinx.

Flex Logix expanded its management team by adding Randy Allen, as vice president of Software/Softlogic; Cheng Wang, who has been promoted to senior vice president and chief tchnology officer (CTO); and Mike Schroeder will become vice president of people. Also, the company’s X1 inference chip is getting more press. The AI Chips of Choice 2022 Report from the AIAI (AI Accelerator Institute) named company’s X1 inference chip.

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