Week in Review: Auto, Security, Ubiquitous Computing

Week in Review: Auto, Security, Ubiquitous Computing

Automotive and mobility

Two major automotive suppliers unveiled new models of electric vehicles this week. The Audi The Q8 e-tron has 40 driver assistance systems, including five radar sensors, five cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors, and comes with an 89 net kilowatt-hour battery or a 106 net kilowatt-hour battery. It arrives in the United States in April 2023. The VOLVO EX90 contains both lidar and 5G connectivity as a standard feature and the hardware to enable two-way charging. Deliveries are expected to begin in early 2024.

Lidar Companies Velodyne and Easter announced a merger, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023. The companies said the transaction will save $75 million within nine months of closing through “operating expense synergies.” The combined cash balance of the two companies in the third quarter is approximately $355 million.

Infineon collaborated with Ree Automotive on the Ree Modular Electric Vehicle platform. The product uses up to 11 Infineon microcontrollers, as well as Infineon MOSFETs, power ICs, magnetic sensors and other Infineon components. “Innovative and modular EV platform designs add new options for established and emerging industry players to further accelerate electromobility,” said Peter Schiefer, President of Infineon’s Automotive Division.

A series of “strange” incidents involving self-driving cars reveal the challenges in overcoming glitches and consumer reluctance. Learn more here.


A congressional report found that the nation’s healthcare sector is “especially vulnerable” to cyberattacks. The report, released by the office of Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says healthcare-related cyberattacks affected more than 45 million people last year. The report outlines several policies under consideration, including stockpiling analog-equivalent medical devices and walkie-talkies for use by hospitals facing cyberattacks.

Risks work with PQShieldName on the validation of the analysis of the secondary channels of post-quantum cryptography.

Codasip bought Cerberus, a UK-based IoT security company. The agreement provides Codasip with security IP, as well as expertise in security design.

Two articles offer intriguing insights into hardware security primitives. In an article that will appear in ASP-DAC 2023, researchers have proposed new implementations of non-clonable physical functions (PUFs) and true random number generators (TRNGs) on the RRAM crossbar structure. In another paper, researchers generated cryptographic keys using flash memory-based hardware security primitives by exploiting the variability of tunneling electrons in the floating gate.

Ubiquitous Computing

Garmin unveiled a new smartwatch with a battery that can run on solar power for up to 70 days. The Instinct Crossover is operational for about a month without solar charging.

Arms announced several collaborations aimed at the development of the IoT. The company said that the Arm cross-compiler and Arm virtual hardware are now integrated into GitHub shares, while queen and Grade IA have integrated Arm Virtual Hardware into their respective platforms. In a separate announcement, Arm said MediaTek’s new Dimensity 9200 SoC marks the first implementation of the full TCS22 arm on TSMC 4nm.

Samsung teams up with Amazon to simplify the configuration of devices using the Matter interface. Matter is a standard way to set up and control devices at home, although there are ongoing discussions about moving the interface to other areas.

Flexible LogixThe integrated IP FPGA core of is now available on TSMC7 nm process.

Events to come

November 14-17, Supercomputing SC22, Dallas, TX

November 15-18, Semicon Europa, Munich, Germany (co-located with electronica)

November 21-22, CadenceLive Europe 2022, Munich, Germany

27 Nov-Dec 8, Materials Research Society meeting, Boston, MA and virtual

November 29-30, Synopsys Memory Technology Symposium, virtual

3 Dec-Dec 7, IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), San Francisco, CA with Component on Demand

6 Dec-Dec 7, DVCon Europe 2022, Munich, Germany

Find more events here.

In case you missed it

Check out the Auto, Security & Pervasive Computing newsletter for these highlights and more:

  • Memory-based cyberattacks are getting more complex, harder to detect
  • AI power vision processor, image sensor boom
  • Post-quantum and pre-quantum security concerns are increasing

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Marie C. Baca

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Marie C. Baca is technology writer at Semiconductor Engineering.

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