Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

NHTSA wants 20 seconds from auto black boxes; MIT open-source self-driving simulator; AMD next gen Ryzen; Renesas IoT sensor system.


Automotive, mobility
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to change the regulations on event data recorders (EDRs) to extend the EDR recording period for “timed data metrics from 5 seconds of pre-crash data at a frequency of 2 Hz to 20 seconds of pre-crash data at a frequency of 10 Hz (i.e., increase from 2 samples per second to 10 samples per second).” Comments on the proposed rule change must be received no later than August 22, 2022.

Automaker GM’s BrightDrop startup has delivered its first 150 electric delivery vehicles to FedEx. Also GM is working on a Plug and Charge EV charging framework that it says will streamline the EV charging process for customers using the EVgo app at EVgo DC fast-charging stations. Basically the app combined with OnStar and the in-vehicle My”Car” apps (myChevrolet, myCadillac, myGMC) will streamline the charging process (and the paying process). GM also has its 100,000-strong Ultium Charge 360 charging ecosystem, which also works with the in-car and OnStar. Other GM news, the GM Defense division is going international with GM Defense International, which will adapt civilian electric, autonomous, and connected future efforts for the “battlespace.”

Researchers at MIT released an open-source simulation engine for autonomous driving built from real-world data. The VISTA 2.0 simulation engine uses where vehicles can learn to drive in the real world and recover from near-crash scenarios. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) designed the system to teach vehicles how to recover from near-crash scenarios. VISTA 2.0 can simulate sensor data from 2D RGB cameras and high dimensional 3D lidars with millions of points, irregularly timed event-based cameras, and interactive and dynamic scenarios with other vehicles as well. All of the code is open-sourced to the public.

Revenue earned from robotic last-mile deliveries will grow from US$70 million in 2022 to US$670 million in 2030, according to ABI Research.

Tortuga Logic has changed its name and branding to Cycuity. The company, founded in 2014, provides tools for verifying the security of chip hardware during development and manufacturing. One Cycuity tool feature is flow analysis, where signals and data can be concretely or symbolically run on a chip design to detect unknown vulnerabilities and unexpected behavior.

Synopsys completed its acquisition of WhiteHat Security, a company that offers dynamic application security testing (DAST) as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Synopsys paid $330 million in cash. “WhiteHat Security’s DAST capabilities complement our strengths in static analysis, interactive analysis, and software composition analysis, while their expertise in SaaS will accelerate our security testing SaaS capabilities,” said Jason Schmitt, general manager of the Synopsys Software Integrity Group in a press release.

RISC-V processor IP and design automation company Codasip has added a secure-boot function from Veridify Security Inc. to support Codasip’s RISC-V processor IP. The Veridify algorithm checks and validates firmware as it loads onto the Codasip RISC-V processor. Also, in an unrelated press release, Codasip announced its Codasip Studio platform now supports Apple’s macOS. Codasip Studio is the tool used to modify the CodAL hardware description language with which the RISC-V cores are created.

Pervasive computing
Renesas Electronics is now offering new sensors and tools for IoT.  The new sensors include the HS4XXX family of relative humidity and temperature sensors and the ZSSC3281 sensor signal conditioning (SSC) IC for highly accurate amplification, digitization, and sensor-specific correction of sensor signals. Renesas supports the sensor design process with its Quick-Connect IoT system for prototyping, which has software coding blocks and IC and PCB hardware. Renesas also launched a Bluetooth Low Energy SoC with a power management unit for IoT products. The SmartBond DA1470x family also has a hardware voice activity detector (VAD), a 2D GPU, and, of course, Bluetooth LE connectivity. The multi-core SoC has an Arm Cortex-M33 processor as the main application core and Cortex -M0+ as the sensor node controller.

AMD announced its second generation Ryzen Embedded R2000 Series SoCs this week, saying this mid-range chip family has been designed for industrial, machine vision, IoT, and thin-clients. The TDP range is 12 to 54W, 2 to 4 cores and 4 to 8 threads. They support for up to 3200 MT/s (megatransfers per second) DDR4 dual-channel memory and expanded I/O connectivity. Of the four chips in the family, two — the R2314 and R2312 — are in production, with the other two expected to be available in October 2022.

The World Standardization Certification & Testing Group (WSCT), a test house based in Shenzhen, China, adopted 5G test equipment from Keysight Technologies, Inc. to certify 5G mobile devices. Another certification service, Azcom Technology selected Keysight’s Open Radio Architect (KORA) solutions for verifying Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) equipment.

People, companies, industry groups
AMD appointed Mathew Hein as chief strategy officer.

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