Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Renesas ECU IDE; NY state jumps on no new ICEs bandwagon; cardboard cars; new VMware attack.



Renesas announced its integrated development environment (IDE), which car companies can use to develop automotive software for electronic control units (ECUs) with multiple devices, but for which the hardware has not been specified yet. The IDE has co-simulation, debug and trace, high-speed simulation and distributed processing software over multiple SoCs and MCUs. The first development environment tools are available now for the R-Car S4 and RH850/U2A devices. The high-speed simulator and the distributed processing software for multi-devices will be available in December 2022), but the co-simulation environment and debug and trace tools for multi-devices is available today.

Hymer, the recreational vehicle company, is using the Siemens Digital Industries Software’s Xcelerator portfolio of software and services to make digital twins in developing the VisionVenture, Hymer’s new concept recreational vehicle. Hymer reports cutting its use of physical prototypes by 80% and reducing variant derivation time 65% through creation of complete vehicle digital twin. Although using several software systems depending on the system designed —such as the mechanical versus the wire harness designs, the Hymer team says it could easily import all that data into the prototype. “We do not need three days for data translation and cleansing anymore,” said says Stefan Ziegler, Hymer’s head of industrialization R&D, in a blog on Siemen’s website. “Using the JT data format, we can import and consolidate geometry data in minutes versus days, even if they originate from different software systems.” The JT data format also does not require that a CAD system be installed on a computer to view the prototype. Other options exist to use AR/VR with the prototype to understand where some of the issues are. The design engineers still verify the structural integrity with finite element modeling (FEM) analyses, using Siemens’ Solid Edge for simple FEM and Simcenter for more complex FEM cases.

Vietnam’s first global electric vehicle (EV) maker VinFast will expand its collaboration with Renesas on automotive technology to include development of EVs and delivery of system components, such as SoCs, microcontrollers, analog, and power semiconductors. VinFast was founded in 2017 and has an automotive factory in Hai Phong, Vietnam.

Synopsys is adding on-chip streaming fabric technology to its design-for-test tool that enables design teams to get real-time analytics for silicon health monitoring of increasingly large, complex designs. Synopsys says the fabric, which is part of its silicon lifecycle management flow, will shorten silicon data access and test time by up to 80% while also minimizing excessive power. The streaming fabric is an on-chip network that quickly transports silicon data to and from multiple design blocks and multi-die systems, significantly reducing the time to efficiently test and analyze the overall health of the chip for anomalies and failures, according to Synopsys’ press release.

The microchip shortage continues to affect automakers, taking an estimated 97K vehicles out of production worldwide, says Automotive News. But just last week, Toyota said it plans to produce 100,000 fewer vehicles in October because of the semiconductor shortage.

New York will adopt California’s 2035 EV rules, according to an announcement from the governor of New York. The directive says that all new passenger cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs sold in New York state must be zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

Automaker Citroën showed off an EV made from cardboard as a concept to lighten the automobile and make it more affordable.

Others have similar ideas, minus the cardboard. Tata Motors introduced a 5-seater electric car with a price tag of just over $10,000. Competition is heating up in the low end of the BEV market, where starting prices are as low as $4,500.

Pervasive computing

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) is collaborating with Qualcomm to create a smart factory that uses 5G mmWave new radio-dual connectivity standalone (NR-DC SA) equipment to automate tasks and improve productivity. The factory will use the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System and 5G NR-DC software. The software will uplink four-component carrier aggregation (UL 4CC CA), in which four contiguous carriers of 100MHz are combined together with 2.6GHz (mid-band) and 28GHz (high-band), to achieve an uplink speed of 600Mbps, according to the press release. ASE stresses that the low latency and higher data speeds are critical to semiconductor manufacturing environments.

NTT, the Texas-based IT infrastructure and services and company, is working with the City of Las Vegas to expand a large 5G network in city. Called a Private 5G (P5G) network, the network will serve as an open platform available to local businesses, government, and educational institutions.


Threat intelligence and SaaS company Mandiant is warning that an attack uses VMware vSphere Installation Bundles (“VIBs”) to install backdoors on the ESXi hypervisors. Malicious actors, Mandiant says, are finding ways to avoid the endpoint detection and response (EDR) tools that have been good at finding malware on Windows systems. Servers and network appliances that don’t support EDR are becoming a route for malware.  The company did track a cyber-espionage attack, which they are calling UNC3886. VMware responded here to the Mandiant’s finding.

Cloudflare has inked a deal with Yubico to offer discounted security tokens to its customers, adding multi-factor authentication for businesses and their employees.

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