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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Siemens ReadyStart for RISC-V; med research’s DARPA; air-taxi gets FAA go ahead.

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Automotive, mobility
Cadence is now an official technology partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team. The team will use Cadence’s Fidelity CFD Software to look at the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of the airflow around the race cars and predict how a car design will affect the airflow.

Infineon uncorked its XENSIV 60 GHz automotive radar sensor for in-cabin monitoring systems. One use case is to detect movements of a small child or animal left in a hot car.

STMicroelectronics released an automotive inertial measurement unit (IMU) with embedded machine learning core. The ASM330LHHX has a 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope in a 2.5mm x 3mm x 0.83mm outline. The 6-axis module senses movement and attitude for functions including vehicle positioning and digital stabilization.

NI released a new Battery Test System (BTS) for electric vehicles.

DENSO Corporation’s NSITEXE will use Imperas Software’s ImperasDV — consisting of a RISC-V reference models, test suites, and verification IP — to verify automotive quality RISC-V processor functional design. NSITEXE provides high-performance semiconductor IP for automotive applications. “The flexibility of the RISC-V ISA coupled with the performance of vector extensions is an ideal starting point for AI accelerators for automotive applications,” said Hideki Sugimoto, CTO of NSITEXE in a press release.

Broadcom delivered a high bandwidth monolithic automotive Ethernet switch device, the BCM8958X, for in-vehicle networking applications.

Joby Aviation received a U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 135 Certificate, which means the electric aircraft taxi service can commence commercial operations of its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL).

Pervasive computing
Broadcom says it will buy VMWare for $61 billion in cash and stock. VMWare, a cloud computing and virtualization company, makes enterprise software hypervisors for servers, mult-cloud products for multiple apps, software-defined data centers, and virtualized networking and storage. The company was an early innovator in virtualizing the x86 architecture. The Broadcom Software Group will rebrand itself as VMWare, combining VMware’s platform and Broadcom’s infrastructure software solutions. The transaction, which is expected to be completed in Broadcom’s fiscal year 2023.

Siemens Digital Industries Software has made its Nucleus ReadyStart embedded systems development platform now available for RISC-V architectures. The Nucleus real-time operating system (RTOS) goes way back with embedded systems, and the newest ReadyStart for RISC-V iteration has integrated software, IP, tools, and services. It includes SMP, POSIX, Debug Agent, and security protocols from wolfSSL/OpenSSL. “Users can also connect their device to the cloud with the Nucleus IoT Framework Add-on which supports several cloud services and providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and MindSphere, the industrial IoT as a service solution from Siemens, said Scot Morrison, vice president and general manager, Embedded Platform Solutions at Siemens Digital Industries Software in a press release.

The United States government has formally launched and is starting to staff the health research version of DARPA, the famed DOD research agency that brought us autonomous car races and humanoid robot obstacle courses. The Advanced Research Project Agency for Health (ARPA-H) will be under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ARPA-H, proposed by the current administration to speed the U.S. government’s biomedical and health research, will invest in break-through technologies and platforms that serve all patients. Adam H. Russell, D.Phil., will be the acting deputy director during the early stages. He has experience as a program manager with DARPA and IARPA, and is the chief scientist at University of Maryland’s Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS). Later President Biden will appoint director.

During its annual roadmap reveal, Ampere says it is sampling its next cloud-native processor, the AmpereOne, a 5nm processor that supports PCIe Gen5 and DDR5. AmpereOne is the third chip in its line of cloud-native processors, the first one being the 80-core Altra for edge applications, followed by the 128-core Altra Max for hyperscale applications.

BrainChip, commercial producer of ultra-low power neuromorphic AI IP, joined Arm’sAI Partner Program. The program provides an ecosystem of algorithms and hardware and software specialists and helps assure that BrainChip’s neuromorphic processor, Akida, is compatible with Arm products. Akida can be used in AI edge systems by providing cost-effective, high-performance, power-efficient AI processing.

Renesas says it will present the first live demonstration of an MCU based on Arm Cortex-M85 processor at Embedded World in Germany, June 21-24.

Fraunhofer IIS says its mioty technology in a low power wide area network (LPWAN) can transmit 3.5 million messages or telegrams (in mioty parlance) a day. Improved algorithms are making the high number of transmissions possible and able to run on energy efficient Arm processors.

AMD completed its acquisition of Pensando Systems for approximately $1.9 billion. Pensando Systems will be part of AMD’s data center product portfolio.

Massive MIMO will be 35% of the total revenue in outdoor infrastructure, says ABI Research. Massive multiple-input, multiple output (mMIMO) technology dominates 5G revenue, which will be a $43 billion (USD) by 2027, when the research firm estimates 41 million mMIMO systems will have been deployed worldwide. mMIMO is a key component of 5G — it adds more antennas to the base station in spatial relationships that keep signals from interfering with each other. It makes 3D beamforming possible. With large deployments in China, Japan, and South Korea, Asia Pacific will generate 60% of the market revenue.

Huawei announced its concept of a Next-Generation Data Center Facility — a low-carbon, smart data center that uses green power sources and be eco-friendly — water, land, power conservation — and use metrics to measure it. The power supply, architecture, and cooling should be simplified, said Huawei in a press release, and the data centers need to be more automation and reliability. The company unveiled its PowerPOD 3.0, a power supply system, which will cut data center energy consumption by 70% in a smaller footprint.

MediaTek launched a mmWave chipset for 5G smartphones, the Dimensity 1050 SoC.

Security
AMD is providing a confidential computing component on Google Cloud via AMD’s EPYC processors. The processors are used in the Confidential virtual machines (VMs) on the existing the N2D and C2D VMs on Google Cloud. AMD’s Secure Encrypted Virtualization, part of AMD Infinity Guard, encrypts full system memory and individual VM memory. It isolates the VM memory from the hypervisor.

TrendMicro found that a ransomware called Cheerscrypt is now targeting VMware’s ESXi Devices, which are hypervisors for VMs (virtual machines).

People, companies
Rambus completed its acquisition of Hardent. The acquisition was announced on May 5th.

Joe Stockunas was named SEMI’s Americas President. Prior to SEMI, Stockunas was executive vice president and corporate officer of Nordson Corporation. Stockunas replaces former SEMI Americas Regional President David Anderson, who is now president of NY CREATES.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has awarded SEMI Foundation $1.5 million to design and develop the SEMI Career and Apprenticeship Network (SCAN) in Michigan. The money comes from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and CARES Act funding and will support semiconductor industry job training in Michigan.

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