Auto Cybersecurity Dissected: Who, Where & What News & Analysis 8/25/2016 2 comments The automotive industry’s change in perception on cybersecurity, compared to just a year ago, is seismic. We attempt to break down the layers of automotive cybersecurity. We identify where such software will reside, its functions and likely evolution.
SiC Muscles Rohm into Auto Biz News & Analysis 8/24/2016 Post a comment Rohm, a Japanese component vendor whose business could be harmed by the steady decline in market share among leading Japanese CE vendors, has good reason to sweat its own prospects. But Rohm says it has a clear growth strategy.
Renesas Sets Sights on Intersil News & Analysis 8/23/2016 Post a comment Renesas Electronics is “in the final stages of negotiations to acquire Intersil,” reported the Japanese economic newspaper Nikkei Monday. Neither Renesas nor Intersil is confirming the report at this time.
Rivals Chasing Velodyne in Lidar Race News & Analysis 8/18/2016 6 comments Velodyne unveiled a combined $150 million investment from co-investors Ford Motor Company and China’s Baidu. A growing number of startups are now chasing Velodyne, the most experienced and best funded lidar tech company.
Toyota Partners with Taxi for Automated Driving News & Analysis 8/17/2016 Post a comment Toyota Motor Corp and the Japan Federation of Hire-Taxi Associations have entered into a memorandum of understanding for the development of autonomous driving technologies, aiming to introduce a new vehicle targeted at taxi operators by 2017.
Cypress New CEO to Bring ‘Outsider’ Perspective News & Analysis 8/11/2016 3 comments Cypress’ new CEO said that the key to success for a semiconductor company is to “become relevant to your customers.” Cypress hopes to become “a tech company that customers want to partner with,” he said.
Will Next Tesla Speak Mandarin? News & Analysis 8/10/2016 1 comment China’s dream of creating the “next Tesla” is generating a global rush to develop and manufacture EVs in China. How much of this enthusiasm is an inflated reality created by Chinese audacity, however, remains to be seen.
Murata’s Playbook: Smartphones, Auto, Battery News & Analysis 8/8/2016 3 comments The new hope for Japan’s electronics industry is component suppliers who started out making lowly components. We sat down with Murata’s executive vice president and asked him about its post-smartphone strategy, why it wants Sony’s lagging battery business.
ZF Closes Tech Gap, Buys Lidar Company News & Analysis 8/3/2016 Post a comment The automotive supplier ZF AG has acquired a 40% stake in Hamburg (Germany) based Ibeo Automotive Systems. With the move, ZF intends to participate in Ibeo’s substantial expertise in the field of Lidar technology and environment recognition algorithms. Both assets are important building blocks for autonomous driving.
Startup Releases Vehicle-Agnostic Autopilot Software News & Analysis 7/30/2016 1 comment Technology company Oxbotica has launched its mobile autonomy software Selenium. Though the developers demonstrated the software in a purpose-built concept car, they claim that it can be applied to more or less any vehicle. Another unique feature: the software gets its bearings without relying on GPS.
ST Buys NFC, RFID Assets from AMS News & Analysis 7/29/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV has acquired NFC, RFID reader business from AMS AG for a sum of $77.8 million plus an additional sum based on how the business performs in future.
Tesla-Mobileye Rift: Divorce or Lovers' Spat? News & Analysis 7/28/2016 12 comments Mobileye’s CTO’s comments about Tesla during its Q2 financial reporting illustrates not just the love lost between the two proud technology companies, but what it would take for them to pursue “safety” in the ear of autonomous driving.
Qualcomm Pursues Boost in Wireless EV Charge News & Analysis 7/27/2016 Post a comment Qualcomm revealed its first wireless electric vehicle charging license agreement with a major tier one. The market momentum behind EV charging has picked up steam, as multiple RFQs from major car OEMs are flying around, said a Qualcomm executive.
Audio Rises for Event Detection News & Analysis 7/25/2016 14 comments Audio is heading from pure playback to enabling “input, trigger and analytics in contextual awareness,” says an industry executive. But what will take microphones to play as important a role as cameras to add “intelligence” to autonomous cars?
AI Drives Startup to Map Deep Learning Computer News & Analysis 7/21/2016 Post a comment AI is driving hardware innovation. Wave Computing has leveraged the well-understood dataflow technology, and designed a new processing unit, called Dataflow Processing Unit (DPU), that can natively support Google TensorFlow and Microsoft CNTK.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic? News & Analysis 7/20/2016 14 comments Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
Daimler Demos Semi-Autonomous City Bus News & Analysis 7/20/2016 Post a comment No mirrors, but piles of forward- and backward-looking cameras, long- and short-range radar along with high-precision GPS – these sensors create a exact 260-degree virtual image of the surroundings. This equipment enables Daimler’s newly-designed Future Bus to roll along a 20-km track (about 12.5 miles) through the city traffic of Amsterdam without driver intervention. The technology will enter series production early in the next decade, the company says.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank? News & Analysis 7/19/2016 18 comments The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
Infineon Details Plans for Wolfspeed Takeover News & Analysis 7/18/2016 Post a comment Infineon recently announced the intention to acquire compound semiconductor expert Wolfspeed. But how are the perspectives for Wolfspeed, its product range and its staff? During a conference call, Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss shed light on his plans.
FCC Paves Way for 5G News & Analysis 7/15/2016 Post a comment The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
Will NTSB Apply Brakes to Tesla's Autopilot? News & Analysis 7/12/2016 11 comments The NTSB’s entry into the investigations on a deadly crash on May 7 involving the “Autopilot” function in a 2015 Tesla Model S will certainly bring extra scrutiny to the automotive industry’s push for semi and full autonomous-driving technology.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Automotive Memory: Still a Niche Market? News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Micron's latest SLC NAND is aimed at embedded application uses including connected cars, but although automotive is sexy, as a memory segment it's never going to be that large: it comes down to the volume of vehicles built every year.
Chip Sales Remain Stagnant News & Analysis 7/8/2016 3 comments Chip sales posted a slight sequential uptick in May, but were down nearly 8% compared with May 2015, according to the SIA.
Tesla's Fatal Crash: 6 Unanswered Questions News & Analysis 7/7/2016 42 comments Tesla’s fatal crash has many automotive industry experts wondering what exactly happened. EE Times makes an attempt to dissect which technologies were at play inside Model S Autopilot, and what limitations each technology was manifested in the crash.
Auto Security Demands All-Over Answer News & Analysis 7/5/2016 Post a comment In automotive security, the state of play has significantly altered. If Harman’s acquisitions of three auto-security tech companies are any indication, the industry is demanding a comprehensive answer covering over-the-air update and intrusion-detection systems to in-vehicle network protection.
Why Intel Got Inside BMW-Mobileye Deal News & Analysis 7/1/2016 Post a comment The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will collaborate to bring fleets of fully self-driving vehicles to the streets by 2021. While the BMW-Mobileye connection has been known to industry observers, Intel was a surprise element in the three-way deal.
Micron to Cut Jobs News & Analysis 7/1/2016 Post a comment Memory chip maker will shed unspecified number of jobs in cost-cutting move amid challenging market conditions.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.