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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Infineon, Delta system uses EVs to power home grid from solar; IBM on real costs of cyber attacks.

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Automotive, mobility
Advantest installed its first enhanced T5851-STM16G tester of nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) solid-state drives (SSDs) using ball-grid arrays (BGAs) at a major manufacturer of IC memory devices. Anticipating the automotive market will be the largest consumer semiconductor ICs, Advantest designed the test machine to give system-level test coverage of NVMe BGA SSD devices, which are used in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). The company also reported in its quarterly earnings that test equipment for mature process products for automotive and industrial were holding strong.

Infineon and Delta developed a three-in-one bidirectional charging system for the residential market that stores solar energy from solar panels by charging electric vehicles and home batteries. Many electric cars come with bidirectional inverters, so the car stay charged but send energy to the home grid as needed, at night. The car acts as a buffer storage or emergency backup. The systems can take a maximum continuous current of 34 A. The system uses a SiC power semiconductor from Infineon.

In UMC’s quarterly earnings report, Jason Wang, UMC co-president, said that revenue from our 22/28nm portfolio increased 29% sequentially, driven by the additional capacity at Fab 12A P5 that came online during the second quarter. We are confident in the long-term growth prospects of our 22/28nm business, which now represents 22% of UMC’s overall wafer revenue, and has demonstrated solid traction for … automotive applications. As structural trends drive semiconductor content increase in end devices from smartphones to automobiles, it is our conviction that 28nm is a long-lasting node that will be important for many existing and emerging applications for years to come.” (He also cited 28nm was used for OLED display drivers, image processors, and WiFi applications.)

Security
Infineon‘s OPTIGA Trust M received a CLS-Ready certification from Cyber Security Agency of Singapore.

The global average cost of a data breach is $4.35 million, according to a report from IBM. The annual report shows a 13% increase over the past two years in the cost of data breaches. Sixty percent of the organizations in the study admit to raising product prices because of a breach.

Pervasive computing
JCET says it has completed packaging for a 4nm chip used in smart phones. Also JCET completed integrated packaging of CPU, GPU, and RF chipset, essentially the start of chiplet packaging. JCET’s XDFOI multi-dimensional advanced packaging technology for ultra-high-density fan-out packaging covers 2D, 2.5D, and 3D integration technologies.

Infineon is launching a system that uses a mobile phone to open and close locks that have no batteries. Instead, the mobile phone sends the power to the locks via energy harvesting, but the mobile phone must be directly touching the lock. Near-field communication (NFC) checks if the phone is authorized to open the lock. The system, the NAC1080, uses a programmable 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller with a built-in NFC frontend.

Cadence will acquire of OpenEye Scientific, the Santa Fe, N.M.-based computational molecular design company that makes computational molecular modeling and simulation software being used for drug discovery by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The acquisition will add a life-sciences tool to Cadence’s portfolio of computational software.

Advantest announced that its test system for testing PCI Express fifth-generation (PCIe Gen 5) devices, including devices with Compute xpress Link (CXL) is now being used in production testing by several memory device makers. The MPT3000 solid state drive (SSD) test systems can also test up to 32 Gbps, and have more sideband and high-speed support, and improved temperature management for high-wattage drives. “We are committed to driving memory and storage test innovation by developing the first systems and boards that will enable testing for both PCIe Gen 5 CXL and NVMe SSDs,” said Indira Joshi, vice president, SSD Test Division, Advantest America, in a press release.

Cadence reports that the Samsung Foundry used Cadence’s Spectre FX Simulator for FastSPICE-based verification on large-scale analog and mixed-signal IP to adapt the designs to 3nm, 4nm and 5nm processes.

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