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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

IoT flexible hybrid electronics projects; FlexNoC in China’s SiEngine; IoT hotel; better VCSELs.

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Internet of Things
SEMI-FlexTech launched six flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) projects, collaborating with U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), to accelerate innovations in sensor and sensor systems. Participating in the projects are American Semiconductor, Inc., University of Texas El Paso, Tekscan, PARC, Alertgy, and Iowa State University, among others. Some of the projects include developing FHE ultra-thin, lightweight and configurable sensor systems with wireless capability for environmental sensing applications, sculpted dielectrics, sensorized gloves that have flexible-conductive and pressure-sensitive inks, a flexible multi-sensor system (temp, humidity, impact and gas) with one processor for data capture with wireless and audio output, and a non-invasive glucose-monitoring wristbrand.

Intel Internet of Things (IoT) is now part of an old hotel The Sinclair in Fort Worth, Texas, where guests use a smartphone app to adjust room temperature and operate appliances. Sensors are in the rooms, IoT gateways Intel’s NUCs (Next Unit of Computing) — a small form factor mini PC— supports the gateways, controllers, data aggregation and edge computing.

Security
Keysight has joined the Orbital Security Alliance (OSA) as a full member. The OSA promotes and develops cybersecurity standards for orbital assets, or things in space and ground based platforms that are communicating and controlling orbital assets.

Automotive/Mobility
SiEngine has licensed Arteris IP FlexNoC interconnect and the FlexNoC Resilience Package for its ISO 26262-compliant automotive SoC. SiEngine is funded by China’s Geely Auto Group and Arm China. SiEngine is making the smarts inside digital cockpits, navigation and infotainment. FlexNoC appealed to SiEngine because it can reduce on-chip routing congestion.

ON Semiconductor launched four automotive LED drivers and controllers for advanced vehicle lighting inside and outside the vehicle, such as lighting that changes when certain movement is sensed. The NCV7685 and NCV7683 have twelve and eight linear programmable current sources for different configurations up to 100 mA per channel.

The still-grounded Boeing Max 737 has a software problem in which the warning light on the MCAS does not turn on when it is supposed to.

Veeco introduced a new arsenic phosphide (As/P) MOCVD (metal organic chemical vapor deposition) platform, called Lumina MOCVD, that can be used for photonics and especially the production of VCSEL, Edge-Emitting Laser (EEL) and Mini / Micro LED devices. VCSELs are used in 3D sensing, autonomous driving and high-speed data communication.

AMD announced its multiyear partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, which will use AMD EPYC server processors and AMD Ryzen PRO laptop processors for the team’s work processes.

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