Week In Review: Automotive, Security and Pervasive Computing

Apple settlement; ADAS report; quantum-resilient security keys; VinFast’s debut; IC supply chain security risks; 500W wireless charging; Ford vulnerability; generative AI connecting lab to fab.


The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that between 2021 and 2050, ADAS technologies currently available to U.S. will prevent “approximately 37 million crashes, 14 million injuries, and nearly 250,000 deaths, which would represent 16% of crashes and injuries, and 22% of deaths that would otherwise occur on U.S. roads without these technologies,” according to a new report.

Government and businesses are preparing for encryption in a post-quantum world. Google in partnership with ETH Zurich  released “the first quantum resilient FIDO2 security key implementation as part of OpenSK, our open source security key firmware.”

Vietnam-based EV maker VinFast is now trading on the NASDAQ, making a notable stock market debut.  The company already delivered about 19,000 EVs as of June, and is building a factory in North Carolina, which eventually could qualify for up to $7,500 in U.S. tax credits per vehicle. VinFast’s U.S. entry has not been immune from criticism on quality issues.

There is an increasingly high level of interdependency between companies in the semiconductor industry. The number of interactions is growing as complexity increases, and as chip designs become increasingly heterogeneous. The weakest link puts the whole supply chain at risk, and it’s estimated that more than 50% of security threats are introduced by suppliers.

Apple will distribute at least $310 million in settlement payments related to a 2018 class action lawsuit alleging that Apple deliberately slowed down certain older phones and reduced battery life through software updates.

California-based fabless startup Groq chose Samsung’s new Taylor, Texas, foundry (still under construction) to manufacture its new AI chips starting in 2024, using a 4nm process.

Quick links to more news: Automotive, Security and Privacy, Pervasive Computing and AI, People. and Events.


Tesla faces a Florida jury trial this October over a 2019 fatal Florida crash. The suit blames Tesla’s autopilot system, alleging the company failed to change its technology after previous fatal accidents.

Meanwhile, Tesla rolled out cheaper Model X and Model S vehicles in the U.S., costing $10,000 less than the regular models with much lower ranges.

The burden of safety over time for the automotive and other industries is mostly falling on the shoulders of the chip industry, which provides the underlying technology. But gaps in tools and uncertainties in methodologies leave the door open for unexpected failures. 

China-based Tianneng Battery Group selected Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio to digitize manufacturing, allowing virtual simulation and test of its battery production.

Nikola announced a voluntary recall of approximately 209 Class 8 Tre battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) due to battery pack thermal issues.

The trucking industry may benefit from Los Alamos National Lab’s new fuel cell architecture, which  consists of nanowires that are less prone to corrosion than other designs.

Imec researchers integrated thin-film pinned photodiode into superior short-wave-infrared imaging sensors. Applications include cameras for autonomous vehicles to ‘see’ through smoke or fog, and facial recognition technology to unlock a smart phone.

Cruise‘s autonomous robo-taxis are causing traffic standstills again on the streets of San Francisco, just a day after the California Public Utilities Commission voted to expand their operations in the city. One Cruise vehicle was stuck in wet concrete.

Pervasive Computing and AI

Infineon and Spark Connected released a 500W wireless charging solution named Yeti, for powering and charging industrial machinery, autonomous mobile robots, automated guided vehicles, and light electric vehicles, and for e-Mobility and other power-intensive applications.

San Diego-based Kneron launched its auto-grade NPU chips with an integrated Image Signal Processor (ISP), claiming speeds up to 0.35 to 4 tera operations per second and supporting lightweight GPT large language models like the nanoGPT.

Georgia Tech researchers investigated the “material characterization, reliability evaluation, fabrication, and assembly processes of additively manufactured flexible packaging and reconfigurable on-package antenna arrays for next-generation 5G/mmWave wearable and conformal applications.”

Progress in the development of graphene-based memristive neuromorphic devices and circuits is highlighted in this recent paper by researchers at James Cook University (Australia) and York University (Canada). The work discusses fabrication methods and comparisons between graphene- and non-graphene-based memristive devices.

Learn why using generative AI to connect lab to fab test could be a critical element going forward.

Comcast is offering a back-up connectivity device to keep customers connected during a storm, designed to keep customers up and running for 2 hours.

Security and Privacy

Researchers from Rice University, Duke University and MIT presented their work to “re-architect a classic security task that is usually relegated to the hypervisor — memory introspection — to enable introspection of bare-metal servers entirely in programmable ASICs” at the recent USENIX Security Symposium. The paper, entitled “Remote Direct Memory Introspection,” won a distinguished paper award.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating cloud computing security, including the recent Microsoft Exchange Online intrusion and a broader review of issues related to cloud-based identity and authentication infrastructure.

Texas Instruments alerted Ford about a vulnerability in the Wi-Fi software driver in the SYNC 3 infotainment system in some Ford and Lincoln vehicles, possibly allowingan attacker within wireless range of a potentially vulnerable device can gain the ability to overwrite memory of the host processor executing the MCP driver.” Ford will issue a software patch and says it has seen no evidence that the vulnerability has been exploited.

Security vulnerabilities in AI chatbots have been repeatedly demonstrated in a joint project between CISPA and secure technology, stating “when integrating LLMs into applications, a systematic risk analysis should be performed that explicitly assesses the risk posed by Indirect Prompt Injections.”

The Center, a non-profit and privately funded research and development organization operated by MITRE Engenuity, announced  an update to its ATT&CK Workbench 2.0., an open source threat intelligence software tool.

CISA released the Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) Cyber Defense Plan this week, and issued a number of alerts, including vulnerabilities in: industrial controls, Cisco products, Citrix Content Collaboration ShareFile, and Atlassian confluence server and data center.


Sassine Ghazi will assume the role of President and CEO of Synopsys in 2024, with Aart de Geus, current chair and CEO transitioning into the role of Executive Chair of Synopsys’ Board of Directors.


Find upcoming chip industry events here, including:

  • SPIE Optics + Photonics 2023, Aug 20 – 24, San Diego, CA
  • DARPA: Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI), Aug 22 – 24, Seattle, WA
  • Hot Chips 2023, August 27 – 29, Hybrid/Stanford University
  • NVMTS: Non-Volatile Memory Tech Symposium, Aug 30 – Sep 1, Belgium
  • IEEE International System-on-Chip Conference (SOCC): SoCs/ SiPs for Edge Intelligence & Accelerated Computing, Sep 5 – 8, Santa Clara, CA
  • AI Hardware Summit 2023, Sep 12 – 14, Santa Clara, CA

Upcoming webinars are here.

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