It’s time for a reset on so-called self-driving vehicles. Now that an automated Uber vehicle has killed a woman crossing a dark street in Tempe, tech companies and automakers need to collectively take a deep breath and do a little soul-searching.
.. I hope the Arizona tragedy will at least shake some tech companies’ self-assurance sufficiently to refrain from telling the brazen lie that the wizardry of AI, machine learning and a gazillion teraflops packed into an automated vehicle SoC is going to make self-driving car not just possible, but easy-peasy.
Source: Robocars: Time to Discuss Safety Validation | EE Times
The semiconductor capital equipment market continues to hum along with sales remaining on an upward trajectory in February, with market watchers continuing to anticipate a fourth consecutive year of fab tool spending growth.
The three-month moving average of fab tool sales for North American and Japanese semiconductor gear makers increased on both a sequential and annual basis, according to industry trade groups.
Source: Chip Equipment Sales Remain Strong | EE Times
Last September, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published last a manufacturing profile providing details for implementing its Cybersecurity Framework in the plant.
Also last year, the agency published a draft revision of its SP 800-53 Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations, focused on how public and private sector organizations can maintain security and privacy in interconnected systems and devices such as their IoT and IIoT networks.
Although the controls were developed for use by the federal government, industry organizations are also adopting them.
Source: What’s Needed to Secure the Industrial IoT | EE Times
Uninvited to the recent M&A party for the global semiconductor industry, China has been instead looking to build its own bustling ecosystem, a complete domestic supply chain including design, manufacturing, materials, and equipment.
The nation is betting it may have a market big enough to do everything on its own. China appears undaunted in its efforts to become a key chipmaking nation.
Even so, the gap between the nation’s semiconductor imports and exports continues to widen.
Despite the rapid growth of China’s domestic semiconductor industry, the nation imported $260 billion in chips but exported only $67 billion in 2017, ballooning imports to $193 billion from $166 billion in 2016.
Source: Excluded from M&A, China Focuses on Expansion | EE Times
As magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) gathers steam as an emerging option with increasingly more cost-effective applications, the ecosystem is also emerging to support it.
eVaderis recently announced co-development efforts on an ultra-low-power microcontroller (MCU) reference design using GlobalFoundries’s embedded MRAM technology on the 22-nm FD-SOI (22FDX) platform. Together, the companies are looking to support a wide range of low-power applications such as battery-powered Internet of Things (IoT) products, consumer and industrial microcontrollers, and automotive controllers.
Source: MRAM Uptake Spurs MCU Design | EE Times
The WASP (Winch Aerostat Small Platform) is a highly tactical and mobile aerostat system which can be operated by as few as two soldiers and can provide day/night video, secure multi-frequency and multi-wave form wireless communication range extension capability at the edge of the battlefield from either a fixed, stationary position, or while being towed.
Over the past four years, U.S. Army-owned WASP systems have successfully completed thousands of hours of soldier training operations, various DoD exercises, and customer operations.
Source: Drone Aviation meets Department of Defense need for tactical aerostat with multi-mission, optics, communications payloads – Intelligent Aerospace
M-Code not only enhances traditional GPS for military use, but coexists with existing signals without interfering with current or future civilian or military user equipment.
It is also designed to be autonomous so users can calculate their positions solely using the M-Code signal compared to existing signals where more than one signal code is required. M-Code receivers can be applied to new and retrofitted platforms.
Source: U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center modernizes with 300 additional Rockwell Collins M-Code GPS receivers – Intelligent Aerospace
Crafted in Switzerland, the Pilatus PC-24 combines the practicality of a turboprop with the performance of a light jet and the cabin size of a medium light jet, officials say.
It’s flexible interior and cargo door make loading fast and easy. The company’s first business jet is designed to operate from short, paved or unpaved surfaces, giving pilots access to more than 20,000 airports worldwide.
Source: Pilatus PC-24 business jet uses AMETEK Power and Data Systems actuators – Intelligent Aerospace
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials in Washington selected Leidos (NYSE:LDOS), a global science and technology company, in Reston, Virginia, to develop the 7th Generation geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellite for the FAA Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS).
“WAAS is an extremely accurate navigation system developed for civil aviation. Before WAAS, the U.S. National Airspace System
(NAS) did not have the potential to provide horizontal and vertical navigation for approach operations for all users at all locations.
With WAAS, this capability is a reality. WAAS provides service for all classes of aircraft in all phases of flight – including en route navigation, airport departures, and airport arrivals. This includes vertically-guided landing approaches in instrument meteorological conditions at all qualified locations
Source: FAA selects Leidos to develop GEO 7 satellite to enhance GPS-based air traffic system – Intelligent Aerospace
The automotive semiconductor market is not large, compared to the total global market. Nevertheless, it is much larger than the space/military market. The automotive market differs significantly from the space market in that the automotive buyer tends to procure high volumes of a small number of devices, while space buyers tend to procure a low volume of a large number of devices.
When one includes integrated circuits, optoelectronics, sensors, and discrete devices, the automotive electronics market reached around $34 billion U.S. dollars (USD) in 2016, representing less than 10 percent of the total semiconductor market. It is predicted to be one of the fastest growing markets over the next five years.
Source: COTS in space: automotive EEE components, part I – Intelligent Aerospace