Week in Review: Auto, Security, Ubiquitous Computing

Week in Review: Auto, Security, Ubiquitous Computing

Automotive, Mobility

The US space agency Nasa signed a $57.2 million contract with ICON develop technology to build roads on the moon. ICON, a Texas-based 3D printing construction company, is working with NASA and the US Air Force on construction technologies that can use local materials to build infrastructure on Mars. NASA is working on advanced 3D printing construction systems for the Moon and Mars as part of the United States“Mission Artemis.

The first one Lordstown Endurance pickups – one EV – gone foxconproduction at its electric vehicle plant in Ohio.

Vietnamese automaker Vinfast will soon import 999 electric vehicles – its VF8 cars – into the United States.

South Koreait is LG Chemistry will build a $3.2 billion US electric vehicle battery materials plant in Clarksville, Tennessee. The new cathode manufacturing facility will supply customers such as electric vehicle battery maker Ultium Cells (created by LG Energy Solution and General Motors).

Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom, BMW, Valeoand Qualcomm collaborated on a proof of concept for 5G Autonomous Network (SA) slicing with network features monitored for Quality of Service (QoS). Network slicing promised to allow network operators to allow more traffic onto networks by dynamically slicing the network and allowing users to access the same network without ever interfering with each other’s slice. The proof-of-concept team says automakers can use network slicing for services like automated parking.

Tesla’s market share of new electric vehicles registered in the United States is shrinking, now down to 65% from 71% last year.

Live technology is still a relatively immature technology when it comes to safety-critical applications, introducing potential for security vulnerabilities as vehicles become increasingly software-defined.

Better mapping technology is essential for autonomous vehicles. Accuracy of a few centimeters with constant connectivity will be needed for AI systems to guide vehicles, but today’s technology falls far short of that.


Risk announces the launch of new pre-silicon security tests in its Inspector product in January 2023.

Siemens software for digital industries introduces a software documentation package to help OEMs collect data for medical device compliance when using any of Siemens’ embedded Linux distributions, Sokol Flex OS software or Sokol Omni OS software. The package, called Quality Package for Embedded Linux, captures the information needed to obtain regulatory approvals for security and cybersecurity requirements, based on UL 2900 and other medical device specifications.

Fraunhofer Institute of Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC), Infineonand the German Federal Printing Office demonstrated an electronic passport secure enough to fend off attacks from quantum computers of the future. The design has quantum-resistant encryption procedures and a security controller from Infineon that protects data from conventional attacks and attacks that use quantum computers.

Infineon also launched a 28nm security controller for payment applications, called SLC26P. Infineon will use TSMC to make the chip.

The US Department of Defense released its “Zero Trust Strategy and Roadmap”, a framework for go beyond relying solely on perimeter-based cybersecurity defense tools and essentially assume that a breach has occurred within our border and respond accordingly,” said David McKeown, Director of the department’s interim information.

Georgia Technology the researchers presenteda new method of circuit identification based on “fingerprints” of periodic circuit activity that does not rely on any circuit-specific reference measurements.“They claim 95% accuracy using the method.

password manager Last pass suffered another breach, the unauthorized party accessing customer information, pointing out “customer passwords remain securely encrypted.

Ubiquitous Computing

Ericsson2022 Mobility Report estimates that by 2028, 5G mobile subscriptions will reach 5 billion; high-speed IoT connections (4G/5G) will dominate; and more than 300 million Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) connections. FWA is a wireless alternative to broadband wireless access that is often used in more rural areas. FWA primarily serves more rural markets. Its increase, of 19% per year, will be fueled by FWA adoptions in India. In addition, according to the report, mobile network traffic has doubled over the past two years.

Asia Based IP RF Design Company Electronic Radio Equipment recorded a low-noise amplifier (LNA) IC in the first pass, taking advantage of CMU28HPC+ process technology from Cadence RF solution. UMC’s 28HPC+ process is high-speed millimeter wave devices and provides accurate silicon models for circuit applications up to 110 GHz.

RISC-V Processor IP Company Codasip work with Intel to give graduate and university students access to Codasip’s RISC-V chip development tools and Intel’s FPGA resources through Intel’s Pathfinder for RISC-V.

NeuralinkThe brain chip could be ready for human trials in six months. The chip, designed to help people with disabilities regain some vision and muscle control, is currently being tested on animals.

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Susan Rambo is the managing editor of Semiconductor Engineering.

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