Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Infineon radar MMIC; Saudi EVs; RISC-V ray tracing for mobile; checking post-quantum cryptography.


Automotive, mobility

Saudi Arabia has launched an electric vehicle (EV) company called Ceer. The company is a joint venture between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudia Arabia and Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.).

SiMa.ai, a four-year-old startup that designs edge machine learning SoCs used in vision applications, is getting into the automotive assisted driving market. The company hired automotive industry executive Harald Kroeger as president of its automotive business and put him on its board of directors. Kroeger ran the automotive division for Bosch and is on Rivian’s board. Some of SiMa.ai’s investors include MSD Partners, Fidelity Management & Research Company, Amplify Partners, Dell Technologies Capital, and Lip-Bu Tan.

Dayco, manufacturer of automotive engine and drive systems, says it is investing in a new manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi in Mexico, where the company will produce drive belts.

Aptera, a solar EV manufacturer, plans to make cars out the composite BINC (Body in Carbon), which can be recycled five times to lower its automotive product’s carbon footprint. C.P.C. Group, Europe’s composite manufacturer, will make the special composite material in Modena, Italy. BINC consists of Carbon Fiber Sheet Molding Compound (CF-SMC) — a lightweight material of short, randomly arranged fibers that can be molded into intricate parts — combined with Glass Sheet Molding Compound (SMC).

Infineon unveiled a new CMOS transceiver monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) for automotive radar. The RASIC CTRX8181 is the first product in a series of new 76 to 81 GHz radar MMICs based on 28-nm CMOS technology. The CTRX has 4 transmit and 4 receive channels, and has up to a 25% longer range , according to a press release. The chip has 33% higher vertical or angular resolution to allow a better separation between different objects, like pedestrians next to cars, thanks to the improved linearity of the higher RF-channel count.


A cyber attack caused a Denmark’s train network to breakdown. The attack came via an IT subcontractor’s test environment.

As part of NIST’s efforts to establish a standard, unbreakable post-quantum cryptographical algorithm, PQShield and Riscure are combining forces to validate that PQShield’ post-quantum cryptography (PQC) side-channel analysis (SCA) testing and validation products can withstand attacks. SCAs are one way attackers will be able to get around otherwise sound algorithms. Riscure and PQShield will share their learnings to advance companies and governments understanding of the best countermeasures to protect against SCAs.  Read more about PQC concerns here.

Pervasive computing

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to add a Space Bureau to better support the growing satellite industry. Chairwoman Rosenworcel plans to reorganize the FCC’s International Bureau into a new Space Bureau and a standalone Office of International Affairs, according to a press release.

Siemens Digital Industries Software launched Simcenter Cloud HPC software, as part of its Xcelerator as a Service (XaaS). Simcenter Cloud HPC is accessible from the desktop simulation tool with no additional configuration needed, according to Siemens. Siemens Digital Industries Software also has agreed to acquire Massachusetts-based Avery Design Systems, a simulation-independent verification IP supplier that Siemens plans to add to Xcelerator.

Ansys announced that its simulation tools will be available via its new Ansys Gateway powered by AWS.

Flex Logix opened up licensing to its edge inference AI products, starting in 2023. Device manufacturers and systems companies that design chips will be able to license Flex Logix’s InferX AI technology. The move likely will increase Flex Logix’s market share. “As commercial adoption of eFPGA accelerates, with more companies building superior products based on Flex Logix technology, we are pleased to also offer our customers AI IP along with a high efficiency automated compiler,” said Geoff Tate, co-founder and CEO at Flex Logix. “We have nearly 40 chips under license utilizing our EFLX eFPGA IP, with more than 20 of them working in silicon, all first time. Flex Logix’s license partners are poised to make reconfigurable computing ubiquitous over the coming decades — through both embedded FPGA and edge inference applications.”

SiliconArts, the ray tracing, high-end graphics company, will use Codasip’s RISC-V processor core IP and Studio tools in its IP and offerings for its customers who want to design bespoke ICs for low-power, photorealistic graphics. The company has a proprietary MIMD architecture for its ray-tracing IP and GPUs, which is a high-performance, low-power oriented ray tracing GPU suitable for smartphones. SiliconArts’ partnership with Codasip gives full access to Codasip’s architecture licenses.

Microchip Technology Inc. licensed Arteris’ FlexNoC interconnect IP for its high-performance 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) product line.

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