Week in Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

AI inflection has raised $1.3 billion in a new funding round led by Microsoft, Reid Hoffmann, Bill Gates, Eric SchmidtAND Nvidia after raising $225 million in the first round to support the ongoing development of Pi, a helpful, friendly, and fun artificial intelligence. In partnership with CoreWeave and NVIDIA, Inflection aims to create the world’s largest AI cluster, consisting of 22,000 NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs.

THE Biden-Harris The administration announced more than $40 billion to connect everyone in America to reliable and affordable high-speed Internet by the end of the decade. This is the largest Internet grant in history, with awards of at least $107 million to every state.

Cellular technology is about to make a huge leap forward, but packaging, assembling and testing the chips used in millimeter wave 5G and the upcoming 6G ecosystem will be significantly more complicated than anything used in the past.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Form 8-K, known as a Wells Notice, to certain current and former executive officers and employees SolarWinds in connection with a 2020 cyber-attack affecting some large technology companies, including Microsoft, Intel and Cisco, as well as government agencies, including NATO, the UK Government, the European Parliament and the Departments of Homeland and State Security of the United States. The notice indicates that SEC personnel have made a preliminary decision to recommend that the SEC file a civil action against the recipients for alleged violations of certain provisions of the US federal securities laws.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to invest another $7.8 billion by 2030 to expand its data center operations in Ohio and build its cloud computing technology infrastructure.

Electric/clean vehicles

Aston Martin will use Polisheds propulsion and battery technology to produce a suite of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), including an electrified Aston Martin hypercar plus Sport, GT and SUV models. Mercedes Benz will continue to supply Aston Martin with powertrains and electrical/electronic architecture.

Lotus introduced a pure electric SUV called the Eletre, a dual-motor design based on its gasoline-powered Elise model, with a range of up to 373 miles. The company says it will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in under three seconds and can charge from 10% to 80% in 20 minutes, adding up to 74 miles of range in 5 minutes.

Zeekr announced that two electric vehicles (EV) are available for pre-order in Europe. The 001 model has a range of approximately 620 km, or 385 miles, with a peak power output of 400 kW, while the SUV X has a range of approximately 440 km, or 273 miles, with a peak power output of 315 kW.

nissan has updated its LEAF electric vehicle (EV) with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery and an EPA-estimated range of up to 149 miles. The SV PLUS model as a 60 kWh battery with a range of up to 212 miles.

Stellantis launched Free2move Charge, an ecosystem of charging hardware, software and services to meet the needs of electric vehicle (EV) drivers and reduce charging anxiety. The initiative was launched in North America and will expand into Europe.

Charging point it adopted Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector and said it will be available on new and existing charging stations. Volvomeanwhile, it announced that its future North American cars will feature NACS charging ports, starting in 2025, and SAE he said it will help with the standardization of the NACS design.

That of the United Kingdom Advertising Standards Authority ads banned by Toyota AND Hyundai after customers contested charging times and the availability of charging points. Toyota said its bZ4X model could reach 80% charge in about 30 minutes on a 150kW system, and Hyundai said the Ioniq 5 could be charged from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes using a 150kW charger. 350 kW. Both companies have admitted the times were achieved in perfect factory conditions, according to the Guardian.

Electric vehicle sales in China increased 29% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2023, with battery electric vehicles (BEV) accounting for nearly 70%, while sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) they’re up 88% year-over-year, according to Counterpoint.

THE United States Department of Transportation awarded a total of $1.7 billion to various U.S. states and territories for public transportation projects, including nearly 850 zero-emission buses.

Transportation and other automotive sector

Israeli boot Without traffic has raised $50 million in Series B funding for its AI-powered hardware-software traffic management system that creates intelligent intersections by managing traffic flows based on real-time data.

Amazons Zoox announced that its autonomous robot taxis have been operating in Las Vegas for the past two weeks, carrying up to four people on a one-mile loop around the company’s headquarters at speeds of up to 35 mph.

Urtopia has introduced what it claims is the world’s first ChatGPT-integrated e-bike with built-in GPS navigation, voice recognition, anti-theft systems and riding safety and data records.

Autonomous high performance maserati using Continental-supplied cameras and radars, Robosense M1 lidar, redundant GNSS and IMU systems, and networking equipment from Cisco, was presented by researchers at Politecnico di Milanosecond SAE.

Fig. 1: Autonomous Maserati prototype. Source: SAE.org

Infineon has released an automotive-qualified microphone with Active Noise Canceling (ANC) to ensure a quiet cabin and reduce vehicle weight, as well as two new Barometric Air Pressure (BAP) sensors targeting automotive applications.

pervasive calculation

MLCommons announced new results from two MLPerf benchmark suites that measure the performance and speed of advanced neural networks and artificial intelligence models. Participants included Azure, Dell, Fujitsu, Intel & Habana Labs, NVIDIA + CoreWeave and xFusion.

Cadence said its Virtuoso Studio AI-powered design tools and solutions have been certified by Samsung Foundry. Joint customers can now leverage the tools when using Samsung’s mature and advanced Node Process Design Kits (PDKs).

Expedera has announced that its first European Regional Engineering Development Center will be built in Bath, UK, following locations in Santa Clara, Shanghai and Taipei. The design center will focus on edge AI inference and position the company to present its intellectual property to local silicon designers.


Researchers from the University of Louisiana, the University of Mississippi and Assiut University (Egypt) study different types of hardware security attacks and their characteristics, approaches and solutions. Attack types studied include side-channel, hardware trojans, IP piracy, forgery and reverse engineering.

While functional verification and safety used to be done exclusively pre-silicon, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain this separation. Aging can impact security, sometimes in as yet unknown ways, and new security threats often require device updates via firmware or software patches.

The National Security Agency (NSA) AND CISA has released a Cyber ​​Security (CSI) fact sheet explaining how organizations can harden the security of their CI/CD pipelines against the threat of Malicious Cyber ​​Actors (MCAs).

CISA It also released guidelines for its Secure Cloud Business Applications (SCuBA) project and an Industrial Control Systems (ICS) notice related to Hitachi Energy_FOXMAN-UN and UNEM products.

of Canada Suncor suffered a cybersecurity attack that prevented some Petro-Canada stations from processing credit cards. An investigation is underway.

Researchers a IOActive showed how an attacker could gain control of a drone by injecting a specific EM glitch at the right time during a firmware update.

DARPA introduced its Intelligent Generation of Tools for Security (INGOTS) program, which uses analytics and artificial intelligence to measure vulnerabilities within today’s complex systems.

A new cybersecurity framework from researchers at MIT extension allows users to study how different victim programs, attacker strategies, and obfuscation scheme configurations affect the amount of sensitive information leaked.


Researchers a Ohio State University leveraged vehicle-to-all (V2X) communication technology to create a real-time deployable collision avoidance algorithm along with the decision-making process for a vehicle communicating with other vehicles.

A prototype drone can withstand temperatures of up to 200°C (392°F) for 10 minutes, allowing it to enter fire zones ahead of first responders and send essential data. Called the FireDrone, it’s made of a new thermal airgel insulating material and houses an integrated cooling system, according to researchers at Imperial College London AND Empa.

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory aim to support the US power grid by using tiny semiconductor chips to build faster, safer and more efficient power modules from scratch.

Fig. 2: A power module. Source: ORNL

Trying to make better solid state batteries, ORNL Scientists coupled neutron reflectometry with electrochemistry to measure the stable interface between LiPON and lithium for the first time and found that it was as thin as 7 nanometers, demonstrating the possibility of making thin interfaces in solid-state batteries that provide excellent performance.

In Singapore, scientists have found a way to 3D print new materials, such as organic polymers and carbon-based materials such as graphene, which can be printed or coated onto flexible substrates such as plastics or textiles, creating circuits that are flexible and stretchable.


Find upcoming chip industry events here, including:

  • DAC 2023 – Design Automation Conference, 9 July 13, San Francisco
  • Rambus Design Summit, July 18 and 19, online
  • 2023 Flash Memory Conference & Expo, August 8-10, Santa Clara, CA
  • 32nd USENIX Security Symposium, August 9-11, Anaheim, CA
  • SPIE Optics + Photonics 2023, August 20 August 24. San Diego, CA
  • DARPA: Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI), August 22, August 24, Seattle, WA

Upcoming webinars are here.

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