Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Sensor stops Subaru production, CMOS SWIR, open source network hazards.


Automotive, mobility
An engine-sensor malfunction in three popular Japanese-versions of the Subaru models has forced the company to suspend production temporarily in Japan, according to Reuters. The sensor in the CB18 engine, found in Japan’s Forester, Outback, and Levor cars, stops the engine from starting and flashes a warning light. In North America, Subaru is adding a wide-angle mono camera to its automotive EyeSight system, a driver-assist stereo camera system that applies the brakes to avoid collisions, for its 2023 Outback.

U.S. space agency NASA will use the mobility company Canoo Inc. to provide a vehicle that drives on the moon for the crewed Artemis missions. Canoo will deliver multiple customized all-electric LV (Lifestyle Vehicle) models to NASA by June 2023 for its Crew Transportation Vehicles (CTVs).

Stellantis will be using Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Digital Chassis advancements across automotive systems its Stellantis’ 14 automotive brands starting in 2024, securing a spot in the automotive chip supply chain.

The U.S. state of California announced an aggressive plan to reduce gas-powered vehicle use and increase zero-emissions car use by 2035. The proposed rule says 35 percent of new passenger cars will be powered by electric batteries or hydrogen in 2026, to reach 70% by 2030.

Infineon Technologies added the CoolSiC MOSFET 1200 V M1H to its silicon carbide (SiC) chip offerings. The M1H chip will be part of the Infineon’s Easy family, which handle higher power density and, in as discrete packages of .XT interconnect technology, it can handle ultra-low on resistances of 7 mΩ, 14 mΩ and 20 mΩ. The chip can be used in fast EV charging, inverters in solar energy systems, energy storage systems, and other industrial applications. The larger gate operation window protects the chip from driver- and layout-related voltage peaks at the gate. The maximum junction temperature of the M1H is 175°C, giving the chip a higher overload capability. The chip has an improved switching ability over the M1 predecessor.

Infineon also announced a rad-hard serial interface ferroelectric RAM (F-RAM) for space environments that can be used to log mission critical data, command and control calibration data, and telemetry. The F-RAM is more energy efficient than EEPROM or serial NOR flash.

Pervasive computing
Cadence announced new IP for high-speed Ethernet controllers that can handle up to 800Gbps with Cadence’s SerDes PHY IP. The IP supports 7nm, 5nm, and 3nm process nodes, single- and multi-channel Ethernet applications, and has media access control (MAC), physical coding sublayer (PCS), forward error correction (FEC), and physical medium attachment (PMA) blocks. The IP complies with IEEE 802.3 and Ethernet Technology Consortium specifications. 

The Linux Foundation, Google Cloud, and some telecom and network function and hardware companies have formed project Nephio, to create a cloud-native automation of 5G network deployments. The goal will be to make simple, open, Kubernetes-based cloud native intent automation and common automation templates for large-scale, multi-vendor cloud deployments

TriEye and Toshiba Teli are working on a CMOS-based HD SWIR camera for the industrial automation market. Indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs)-based short-wave infrared (SWIR) has been around for decades but it was always more expensive, restricting it to semiconductor fabrication, aerospace, and science. A CMOS version may change that. Overseas sale of area-scan InGaAs sensors in SWIR also been restricted by ITAR, International Treaty and Arms Regulations. SWIR makes certain materials transparent so defects or contents of a container, for instance, are visible. 

Ansys will acquire cloud simulation provider OnScale.

Siemens Digital Industries Software announced a tool for training machine vision systems that can take 3D CAD data and quickly create thousands of annotated synthetic images, which are then used to train machine learning models. The models or the synthetic data sets can be downloaded and used in vision systems for industrial automation. “We were looking for a quick and easy solution that will enable us to detect wire terminals in a robotic electric cabinet assembly station. With SynthAI our control engineers were able to achieve great results within just a few hours,” said Omer Einav, CEO, Polygon Technologies in a press release. “The tedious task of annotating a large set of training images to train the model was shortened significantly.”

Keysight announced its new digital wideband transceiver test software and engines to compare digital and RF signals between device input and output on phased-array antennas used in 5G, radar, and satellite communications. “Digital signals are highly integrated into the RF front-end architecture of modern antennas, which require a new measurement methodology for performance characterization,” stated Dan Dunn, vice president of Keysight’s Aerospace & Defense Government Solutions, in a press release. “Keysight’s digital wideband transceiver test solution enables true RF performance characterization, while speeding measurements and data analysis that ultimately accelerate the entire design cycle.”

Tech Mahindra is using Keysight Open Radio Architect (KORA) solutions to certify 5G equipment of open radio access network (O-RAN) in a U.S. 5G O-RAN test lab.

Eight-eight percent of audited business’ commercial codebases were behind in updating the open source elements of their commercial codebases, according to a study from Synopsys. The 7th annual study from Synopsys pulls data that Black Duck Audit Services collected from audits triggered by merger and acquisitions (M&A) last year (no later than September 2021). The company audited 2,409 business’ codebases in 2021 and found 97% of the codebases now have open source, as opposed to 64% in 2020. The sectors that contained open-source code in 100% of their audited codebases were computer hardware and semiconductors, cybersecurity, energy/clean tech, and IoT. The licensing conflicts are going down, 53% in 2021 compared with 65% in 2020. The Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC) produced the 2022 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis (OSSRA) report.

Northrop Grumman will be using Ansys’ simulation and digital mission engineering solutions to develop a U.S. national security radar site to monitor high orbits in space, called a Deep-Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC).

People, companies
Vtool is opening a new office in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Advantest donated ¥90 million (approximately $713,000 USD) to Ukraine crisis relief efforts, plus the company’s German subsidiary has a Ukraine Task Force Team for volunteer efforts.

Infineon will be expanding its existing backend operations in Indonesia, aiming at 2024 production start.


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