Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Holistic IoT security; Tesla Autopilot investigation; Nvida/Arm deal hits regulatory snag; SP4T RF SOI switch reference design flow.


Infineon Technologies is coordinating a group of twelve partners, including researchers, electronics industry, and end users, who are working to find and fix IoT security flaws. The research project, called “Design methods and hardware/software co-verification for the unique identifiability of electronic components” falls under VE-VIDES, which is part of the Trustworthy Electronics (ZEUS) funding measure. VE-VIDES wants to develop a holistic security concept for the Internet of Things. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports the research. The twelve partners are CARIAD SE, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Division Engineering of Adaptive Systems EAS, Infineon Technologies AG, IMMS Institut für Mikroelektronik- und Mechatronik-Systeme gemeinnützige (IMMS), OFFIS e.V. – Institute for Information Technology, OneSpin, a Siemens company, Robert Bosch, Siemens, Synopsys, Chemnitz University of Technology, Ulm University, X-FAB Global Services.

Pervasive computing — IoT, edge, cloud, data center, and back
Rambus announced it is now offering an HBM3-ready memory interface subsystem with an integrated PHY and digital controller. The memory system is aimed at AI/ML and HPC applications and achieves HBM3 operation of up to 8.4 Gbps.

A U.K. regulator wants to investigate the NvidiaArm deal more, according to a Reuters story. The regulator, Britain’s Competition and Market’s Authority (CMA), said in a press release that “The CMA has determined that an in-depth investigation into the deal between NVIDIA and Arm is warranted on competition grounds. Should the deal go ahead, the CMA is concerned that the merged business would have the ability and incentive to harm the competitiveness of NVIDIA’s rivals by restricting access to Arm’s intellectual property (IP). Arm’s IP is used by companies that produce semiconductor chips and related products, in competition with NVIDIA. Ultimately, the CMA is concerned this loss of competition could stifle innovation across a number of markets, including data centres, gaming, the ‘internet of things’, and self-driving cars. This could result in more expensive or lower quality products for businesses and consumers.”

Tower Semiconductor and Cadence released a silicon-validated SP4T RF SOI switch reference design flow using the Cadence Virtuoso Design Platform and RF Solution. The flow can be used for advanced 5G communications and automotive IC development in a single platform.

The U.S. NHTSA opened an investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot self-driving car feature, which is known to have been engaged in 11 incidents where a Tesla hit parked cars.

People, companies
Rambus completed its acquisition of PLDA, which adds engineering expertise and PLDA’s CXL 2.0, PCIe 5.0, and PCIe 6.0 controller and switch IP to Rambus’ portfolio.

SEMI entered into a partnership with Heroes MAKE America to attract and retain military veterans transitioning to the semiconductor industry workforce. The program gives SEMI members access to profiles and resumes of military personnel who have graduated from training and certification courses geared toward manufacturing under the U.S. Department of Defense’s SkillBridge program.

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