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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Keysight FCC 6G; cyberattacks can spread; Infineon radar sensors for sleep.

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Pervasive computing, IoT, 5G and beyond
Keysight Technologies received a U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Spectrum Horizons Experimental License to develop 6G technology in sub-terahertz, between 95 gigahertz (GHz) and 3 THz. “Innovations in sub-THz spectrum will support use-cases such as immersive telepresence, digital twins and extended reality, which is all real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables,” said Roger Nichols, Keysight’s 5G & 6G program director in a press release. “Using the FCC Spectrum Horizons license enables Keysight to strengthen our commitment to 6G technology, which will allow innovators to pioneer across the novel terrain of future-generation communications systems.” Nichols has been appointed to the Technological Advisory Council (TAC) for the FCC. TAC helps the FCC stay up to date on technology innovations.

Several EDA companies, including Cadence, Synopsys, and Ansys had support tools approved for use on GlobalFoundries’ GF Fotonix platform, which combines GF’s 300mm photonics and RF-CMOS features on a silicon wafer. Cadence optimized its integrated electronic/photonic design automation environment (EPDA),  Synopsys optimized its OptoCompiler, and Ansys its Lumerical Photonic Verilog-A Platform.

Infineon and Sleepiz worked on Sleepiz’s sleep apnea monitor that uses Infineon’s XENSIV radar sensors to detect sleep disturbances without body contact from the convenience of consumer’s home. The monitor collects the data, uses machine learning algorithms on it, and sends it to the cloud for users to access.

Security
Cyberattacks on Ukraine could spill over to other countries, according to reporting on Dark Reading. One example is FoxBlade, recently discovered by Microsoft researchers. “Several hours before the launch of missiles or movement of tanks on February 24, Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) detected a new round of offensive and destructive cyberattacks directed against Ukraine’s digital infrastructure,” says a blog by Microsoft’s Brad Smith. “We immediately advised the Ukrainian government about the situation, including our identification of the use of a new malware package (which we denominated FoxBlade), and provided technical advice on steps to prevent the malware’s success.” FoxBlade had the potential to involve infected devices in a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS).

Over a 1,000 CPU bugs can be found in processor design, said Codasip’s Philippe Luc, director of verification, in a blog. He classified the CPU bugs as easily found, corner cases that are fun to find, hidden cases found by accident, and silly cases that maybe a waste of time. In a separate announcement, Codasip launching a university program to augment interested graduate and undergraduate computer engineering curriculums with materials, assignments, access to Codasip RISC-V custom development tools and CodAL high-level synthesis language.

Infineon announced a tool addition to help systems designers estimate the lifetime of semiconductor components. The Infineon Power Simulation platform (IPOSIM), an existing tool used to calculate thermal behavior of power modules, discretes, and disc devices, now has a lifetime estimation feature that can be purchased by subscription. The estimation service starts with one topology of a module-based three-phase two-level inverter, Infineon plans to expand what the service offers.

Renesas announced functional safety tools SIL (Safety Integrity Level) 3, IEC61508-standard certified tools for ARM Cortex-M23, -M33-based RA and RX MCUs.

Automotive
Rambus’ Root of Trust RT-640 Embedded Hardware Security Module (HSM) now has Automotive Safety Integrity Level B (ASIL-B) certification per the ISO 26262 international standard.

Renesas’ R-Car V4H system on chip (SoC) used for single-chip central processing in automated driving and ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) at Level 2+ / Level 3 will in high volume production in 2024.

Volkswagen announced its new VW Bus, the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo, will be electric and available in Europe in 2022 and in North America in 2024. The battery will be floor mounted with an 82 kWh gross, 77 kWh net capacity. AC charging power will be 11 kWh, with DC charging power at fast-charging stations up to 170 kWh.

Electric truck and SUV maker Rivian said supply chain issues caused the company to miss its targets. Rivian is struggling to get its vehicle production up to speed.

People, companies
Cadence’s Mark Rossman, software engineering group director, is replacing Michaela Guiney, who retired, as the new architect of the Si2 OpenAccess Change Team, the approving body for changes to the OpenAccess API and reference database implementation.

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