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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Verizon-Cisco C-V2X demo; space planes; reliability in advanced nodes.

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Automotive
Verizon and Cisco demonstrated a C-V2X network for autonomous driving in Las Vegas that avoids using costly physical roadside units to extend radio signals. Instead, Verizon and Cisco say their test proved that Verizon’s LTE network and public 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, together with Cisco Catalyst IR1101 routers in connected infrastructure, were adequate to meet the latency needed to operate for autonomous vehicles.

Space planes: A commercial space company working on projects for low earth orbit Sierra Space implemented Siemens’ Xcelerator software and services for its digital engineering program. Sierra Space is designing a space plane, called Dream Chaser. The space plane will be designed to resupply the International Space Station and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere at 1.5 low-g and land on runways

Pervasive computing
5G: The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. is using Keysight Open Radio Architect (KORA) tools to build an open testing and integration facility for open radio access network (RAN) ecosystems. Open RANs, or O-RAN, are

Edge: The stick-of-gum-sized AI inferencing InferX X1M board is now available from Flex Logix. The M.2 board carries Flex Logix’s InferX X1 edge inference accelerator, which handles high-performance edge AI vision systems, such as robotic vision, industrial, security, and retail analytics. The M.2 board achieves the low-power requirements of the M.2 specification and is optimized for large models and megapixel images at batch=1.

Cloud, data center: Synopsys launched a cloud SaaS for chip development that uses Microsoft Azure…. M31 Technology Corporation adopted Cadence’s CloudBurst platform. … Infineon Technologies launched a power management tool set for compute servers that use Intel’s Sapphire Rapids CPUs. Infineon offers a portfolio of digital multiphase controllers, integrated power stages, and voltage regulators. Infineon’s XDP hyper transient phase (XDPE152 series controllers — XDPE15284D, XDPE15254D, XDPE152C4D — use ultra-low-power Arm Cortex-M0.

Security
Chip tracking may become more important as semiconductor companies try to understand how their chips may end up in Russian products, especially weapons of war. A Reuters article describes the difficulty of controlling where chips go after they have been purchased.

Reliability: In a move to accelerate energy efficient designs in advanced nodes, which are notorious failures for dynamic voltage drop (DVD), Samsung Foundry adopted Synopsys’ and Ansys’ voltage-timing solution. “Samsung Foundry has reported high silicon correlation using the integrated solution. “Dynamic voltage-drop and power integrity are significant challenges for energy efficient design,” said Sangyun Kim, vice president of Design Technology at Samsung Foundry. “The new Synopsys-Ansys voltage-timing solution shows good correlation with silicon and is especially effective in accurately estimating DVD impact on bus-pipeline paths. Samsung Foundry plans to deploy the solution on production designs at advanced nodes to prevent failures in silicon and maximize design energy efficiency.”

People, companies
SEMI gained a $1 million California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) New and Innovative Grant to develop a semiconductor pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs that train workers for careers in the microelectronics industry. The SEMI Foundation will work with Ignited Education, Foothill College, and Krause Center for Innovation to create curricula and develop pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs that can serve as a path for skilled workers, especially those from underserved communities, to enter the semiconductor industry, which is typically a high-wage profession. SEMI Foundation has already been working on its SEMI Career and Apprenticeship Network (SCAN). According to SEMI’s press release, “Foothill College will develop coursework covering the competencies for various high-need positions in the microelectronics industry. Complementing the work of Foothill College to reach students early in their education, Ignited and the Krause Center for Innovation will create middle school foundations and high-school pathways pre-apprenticeship programs featuring engaging student experiences and teacher-training workshops. The SEMI Foundation will ensure the programs meet the industry’s workforce needs.”

Cadence’s CEO Anirudh Devgan will be awarded the 2021 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design at an award ceremony and banquet Thursday, May 12.

Brewer Science expanded its analytical and application testing services to include chemical, polymer, trace impurity, on-wafer & thin film characterization among many others.

Silicon incubator Silicon Catalyst added five companies to its In-Kind Partner program, including 360Work, CentralApp, Cliosoft, HDL Design House, and InteliSpark.

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