Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Russia’s Ukrainian invasion may hit automotive supply chain.


Supply chain issues and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, will constrain automotive production in 2022 by 2.6mn units, predicts S&P Global Mobility (formerly known as the automotive team at I.H.S. Markit). Ukraine controls around half of high purity neon gas used to etch ICs — the low supply of which may continue to hurt the automotive industry — and the country makes a cable harness used in 0.5 to 1mn vehicles pre-invasion (VW and BMW are most exposed, says the analyst firm). Also potentially an issue is Russia’s control of 40% of supply of palladium, used in semiconductor plating and finishing and in catalytic converters on cars.

More automotive companies announced EV plans, including Porsche, which announced 80% of its vehicles will be electric. BMW plans for 50% electric.

Synopsys has improved an optical product development tool used to make AR/VR and heads-up displays (HUDs) in automotive. The company added interoperability between its CODE V and LightTools to diffractive surfaces and volume holographic optical elements that support the development of holographic surfaces for head-up displays and AR/VR headsets.

Audi says it is working on AR/VR for automotive and a cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) system to protect bicyclists. Spoke Safety, Qualcomm, and Commsignia are working with Audi demonstration of the system.

Infineon’s revealed its new EiceDRIVER 2EDN gate driver ICs for space-limited systems. The 2EDN family is now able to drive the power switch device performance in applications such as servers, telecom, DC-DC converters, industrial SMPS, EV charging stations, motor control, low-speed light electric vehicles, power tools, LED lighting, and solar energy systems. form-factor, faster UVLO reaction and active output clamping, according to the company’s press release.

Keysight added new Scienlab Software to its test portfolio for e-mobility charging. The test of AC and DC charging interfaces in electric vehicle (EV) and EVSE.

Renesas released a reference design for automotive in-cabin wireless charging stations. The P9261-3C-CRBv2 has an automotive-qualified wireless power controller P9261 with MP-A13 3-coils reference design as the wireless power transmitter (TX). The design complies to the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi 1.3 standard EPP (Extended Power Profile) for 15W charging. It also supports proprietary charging profiles and is capable of 50W power delivery.

Industry association SEMI applauded the findings of a UK-based report that says secure hardware ecosystem needs unified standards and common needs.“With hardware security critically important to the semiconductor industry, this project is a great step toward strengthening manufacturing cybersecurity to enable a safe and secure digital life,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe in a press release. “SEMI welcomes the findings and will address these cybersecurity issues with our members. We thank the SSG research team for its invaluable support and are pleased to have partnered with it on this strategic initiative.”

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