Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Automotive chip shortage, 5G test, CISA advisories, critical security funding, optical chips, flying taxi, eVTOL.


Automotive, Mobility

Automotive chip shortages will continue until 2025, according to reports in a Financial Times (FT) article. Demand for SiC power chips will remain high. Onsemi reportedly is already sold out of the power semiconductors.

Archer Aviation’s Midnight eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) is listed in the Federal Register now by The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The listing shows a Airworthiness Criteria that will then go through a public comment period before it can get FAA approval for flight. The listing is a necessary step in the approval process. The process is explained in more depth here. Archer plans to launch an urban air mobility (UAM) network in 2025.

Air, an Israeli-based electric flying taxi company for short flights, made its maiden voyage.

Pervasive Computing

Keysight‘s new Protocol Conformance Toolset was used in the first 3GPP Release-16 (Rel-16) to verify dual connectivity protocol test cases for 5G New Radio Non-Standalone. The tested configuration enables operators to use 4G (E-UTRAN) and 5G (NR) network resources simultaneously. Keysight says its verification tools will accelerate deployment of 5G innovations in smart factories, autonomous vehicles, and smart cities.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and AIM Photonics are working tools for high frequency optical/electronic chips, in which NIST will design electrical “calibration structures” for measuring and testing the electronic performance of photonic chips.


Late last week the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released 47 advisories about industrial control systems.

Two former U.S. undersecretaries of state are encouraging the funding of the “science” part of the U.S. CHIPS and Science Act, which has not be funded yet by the U.S. Congress, because it is imperative to national security. The funding will provide “research and development investment and workforce training programs in critical security sectors such as quantum, cyber, artificial intelligence, 6G, biotech, robotics, hypersonics and autonomous vehicles,” wrote Keith Krach and Bob Hormats, in an opinion piece in The Hill.

U.S. President Biden signed the Quantum Cyber Bill into law to defend against quantum-enabled data breaches.

Internet of Things (IoT) botnet Zerobot has added its list of exploits and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) offerings. Zerobot started attacking D-Link, Huawei, RealTek, TOTOLink, Zyxel, and other devices. Microsoft has found newDDoS and brute force capabilities. Zerobot is written in Go programming language.

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— Maria Baca contributed to this review.

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