Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Suzuki to invest $35B on EVs; DoD updates autonomous weapon directive for AI; Photonics market to reach $2T by 2025; NIST AI guidance; Tesla Gigafactory expansion; V2G solutions; Apple’s hardware security keys; 5G market by 2026.


The U.S. Department of Defense updated the directive that governs the development and fielding of autonomous and semi-autonomous weapon systems. The revisions include an expanded focus on artificial intelligence, and reference to recently-established organizations like the DoD’s Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office.

NIST released a new guidance document aimed at helping organizations manage the risks of using AI technologies. The agency also announced it joined the O-RAN Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting open wireless technologies and supply chains.


Suzuki said it will invest the equivalent of nearly $35 billion through fiscal year 2030 in electric vehicle research, development, and capital spending. Other Japanese automakers recently announced similar plans, including Mazda, which said in November it would spend the equivalent of $10.6 billion on electrification projects.

Renesas released a new gate driver IC designed to drive high-voltage power devices such as IGBTs (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors) and SiC (Silicon Carbide) MOSFETs for electric vehicle (EV) inverters. “We will continue to drive application development for EVs by offering solutions that minimize power loss and meet high levels of functional safety in our customers’ systems,” said Akira Omichi, vice president of Renesas’ Automotive Analog Application Specific Business Division.

Tesla is investing $3.6 billion more to expand Gigafactory Nevada, adding 3,000 new jobs and two new factories — a 100 GWh 4680 cell factory and a factory for its first high-volume fully electric combination truck, named “Semi”.

Auto OEMs have yet to come to a consensus on the best technologies and standards for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, as well as how to facilitate connectivity between the various systems within the vehicle itself. Read more here.

CEA and Renault Group are teaming up to develop high efficiency bidirectional on-board chargers, adding to the new V2G solutions that are being explored.

At the upcoming SPIE Photonics West conference, Imec will showcase a multi-sensor hyper spectral camera system that “covers both the visual and red/near infrared spectral ranges, while coming with a high-resolution RGB sensor. “ Applications include automotive vision, surgery, anomaly detection and more.


CISA released a report and toolkit to help K-12 schools address cybersecurity threats. Among the agency’s recommendations to schools: invest in impactful security measures, address resource constraints, and focus on collaboration and information-sharing.

Apple now offers hardware security keys to safeguard your Apple ID and iCloud account. This is an optional advanced security feature for added protection against phishing or social engineering scams.

Pervasive Computing

The market for photonics-enabled systems is expected to reach $2 trillion by 2025, according to a McKinsey report. One trend behind that growth: a rising need for computing power driven by digitalization and the boom in IoT.

A Deloitte survey, meanwhile, revealed consumers have more devices than ever and that they are increasingly concerned about the security of those devices. Of the respondents with 20 or more devices in their home, 24% said they experienced two or more data breaches or security failures in the past year. Half of all respondents said they are concerned about the security vulnerabilities in their devices and 41% are worried people or corporations are using their devices to spy on them.

And TrendForce predicts the 5G market will hit US$37 billion by 2026, driven by enterprise private networks, equipment upgrades for small cells and 5G FWA and applications for the Metaverse.

Electric airplane manufacturer Heart Aerospace selected Siemens Capital software from the Xcelerator portfolio for E/E system design, optimization, and certification as a zero emission electric aircraft. “To successfully compete for air transport routes, eAircraft must achieve demanding performance goals using fully certified, power and weight optimized E/E systems,” said Anthony Nicoli, Senior Director for Aerospace & Defense, Siemens Digital Industries Software. Siemens separately announced an update of its Simcenter mechanical simulation software with additional capabilities for electrification and aerospace design.

Samsung Foundry certified the Cadence Quantus FS Solution, a 3D field solver, for its SF4, SF3E, and SF3 technologies. “We collaborated with Samsung Foundry during the initial technology development process to ensure all the requirements were met and implemented in the Quantus FS solution for easy, early customer adoption of the process technologies,” said Vivek Mishra, corporate vice president in the Digital and Signoff Group at Cadence.

Upcoming Events

Check out upcoming events and webinars:

Jan. 28-Feb. 2, SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA

Jan. 30-Feb. 1, AR/VR/MR: SPIE event focused on augmented, virtual and mixed reality, San Francisco, CA

Jan. 31-Feb. 2, DesignCon: Where The Chip Meets The Board, San Clara, CA

Feb. 1, 2023 Signal & Power Integrity (SIPI) SIG, Santa Clara, CA

Feb. 1-Feb. 3, SEMICON Korea 2023, Seoul, Korea

Feb. 2-Feb. 3, Advanced Packaging For Medical Microelectronics: IMAPS, San Diego, CA

Further Reading

Check out the most recent Auto, Security & Pervasive Computing newsletter for these stories and more:

  • Shifting toward software-defined vehicles
  • How secure are RISC-V chips?
  • Competing V2V technologies emerge, create confusion
  • The good and bad of bi-directional charging

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