In connected car news are Xilinix, Airbiquity, KIOXIA, Synopsis, Eastman, VW, SEMI, Spatial and Iteris.
Xilinx New ADAS
Xilinx, Inc., nnounced the expansion of its automotive-qualified 16 nanometer (nm) family with two new devices – the Xilinx® Automotive (XA) Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC 7EV and 11EG. These two new parts deliver the highest programmable capacity, performance and I/O capabilities enabling high-speed, data aggregation, pre-processing, and distribution (DAPD), as well as compute acceleration for L2+ to L4 advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) applications.
With these new additions, Xilinx now offers the world’s highest level of silicon integration that meets the safety, quality and reliability requirements for automotive, with a comprehensive line of products scaling from small devices powering edge sensors to new high-performance devices for centralized domain controllers.
The new XA Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC 7EV and 11EG devices were developed as a result of customer demand. The devices offer over 650,000 programmable logic cells – and nearly 3,000 DSP slices, which is 2.5X increase versus the previous largest device. In addition, the XA 7EV contains a video codec unit for h.264/h.265 encode and decode, while the XA 11EG includes 32 12.5Gb/s transceivers and provides four PCIe® Gen3x16 blocks. The addition of these high-performance devices to the XA portfolio enables carmakers, robotaxi developers, and Tier-1 suppliers to perform the DAPD and compute acceleration in a power envelope that allows for scalable production deployments for AD vehicles.
Airbiquity®, a global leader in connected vehicle services, announced it has been selected by Mobile Breakthrough Awards as the 2019 Telematics Solution Provider of the Year. These awards recognize the top companies, products, innovation, and people in the mobile and wireless industries.
KIOXIA New Flash
KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.), the U.S.-based subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, announced that it has begun sampling the industry’s first2 512 gigabyte (GB) Automotive Universal Flash Storage3 (UFS) JEDEC® Version 2.1 embedded memory solution. KIOXIA America’s Automotive UFS supports a wide temperature range (-40°C to +105°C), meets AEC-Q100 Grade24 requirements and offers the extended reliability required by various automotive applications. The 512GB device joins the company’s existing lineup of Automotive UFS, which includes capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
Synopsis Deployed by Samsung Foundry
Synopsys, Inc. announced that Samsung Foundry successfully deployed the Synopsys TestMAX™ XLBIST solution on an automotive integrated circuit (IC) to provide dynamic in-system testing for critical failures in order to meet stringent automotive functional safety (FuSa) requirements. The accelerating evolution of vehicle technologies means that more automotive chips are required to satisfy higher automotive safety integrity levels (ASILs) for autonomous driving and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). According to IC Insights research, increased demand for automotive ICs is forecast to drive growth rates that exceed all other end-user applications in the next few years. Synopsys’ automotive design solutions enable designers to achieve their target ASILs by providing the industry’s most comprehensive feature set to implement FuSa mechanisms.
Using the Synopsys TestMAX XLBIST solution, Samsung was able to efficiently implement dynamic in-system test, which periodically executes during key phases of vehicle operation, including power-on, drive mode, and power-off. As the industry’s first self-test solution that tolerates indeterminate digital states while rapidly achieving high fault coverage, Synopsys TestMAX XLBIST enables design teams to minimize implementation turnaround time. The XLBIST solution, along with other Synopsys TestMAX products, represents a crucial part of Samsung’s automotive reference flow for RTL-to-GDSII design.
“The Synopsys TestMAX XLBIST solution provides an exceptionally high level of in-system test fault coverage while easily meeting the maximum allowable test time. The XLBIST solution avoids issues such as iterative design modifications, significant silicon area increases, and prolonged schedules that are common to previous in-system test technologies. The combination of Synopsys TestMAX XLBIST along with Synopsys TestMAX Access enables low-latency power-on self-test (POST) via an embedded controller, as well as configurable in-system test driven from a CPU interface. The XLBIST solution leverages the portfolio of other Synopsys TestMAX products that provides RTL-based testability analysis to catch test problems early, physically-aware test points to increase fault coverage, and power-aware pattern generation to meet system-level power goals. The Synopsys TestMAX family of products supports a comprehensive RTL-to-GDSII design- for-test (DFT) implementation flow fully integrated into the Synopsys Fusion platform and delivers the industry’s most comprehensive set of test and DFT capabilities.
“The Synopsys TestMAX XLBIST solution is one of several test innovations we are delivering to customers to address their quality and reliability needs for automotive and other mission-critical designs,” said Amit Sanghani, vice president of Test Automation in Synopsys’ Design Group. “Working closely with leading-edge companies like Samsung accelerates our ability to deliver industry-leading solutions that meet our customers’ goals for quality of results, time to market, and safety.”
Eastman Partners with NB Coatings
Global specialty plastics provider Eastman announces its collaboration with NB Coatings, a leader in paint on plastics for both domestic and transplant original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), to create a new solution for interior Class A painted surfaces with Trēva™ engineering bioplastic. Trēva offers a viable option for companies interested in creating sustainable, cost-effective products. With the recent commercialization of its carbon renewal technology, Eastman produces Trēva with biobased and recycled content. When painted with NB Coatings paint systems, Trēva can meet the demanding Class A surface requirements as specified by OEMs.
Sourced from sustainably managed forests, Trēva has biobased content of 42-46 percent, certified by the USDA’s BioPreferred® program. To continue reducing waste and maximizing resources, Trēva benefits from carbon renewal technology, Eastman’s proprietary recycling process that recycles waste plastic typically sent to landfills or found as litter in waterways.
Carbon renewal technology is a chemical recycling technology that diverts mixed waste plastics from the landfill and converts them to simple molecular components that are then reintroduced in the production of a variety of Eastman products, including Trēva—without performance compromise.
In automotive applications, cellulose-based Trēva exhibits high performance and reduced environmental impact. With optical and birefringence properties, it provides high clarity and superior strength and is suitable for applications such as human machine interface (HMI) lenses. Trēva also withstands the challenges of automotive interiors, including high temperatures, humidity, UV, scratch/mar and general durability requirements. Trēva has low VOC emissions, which is critical for interior parts. Its processing ease and excellent flow enable good dimensional stability and thin-wall designs for less material usage and lower weight.
VW Joins SEMI
SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, announced that leading German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen AG has joined SEMI. SEMI membership will give Volkswagen access to SEMI core competencies in developing international standards and harmonizing technology roadmaps while enabling the automaker to leverage the global SEMI platform to promote industry alignment across supply-chain segments.
Volkswagen is a founding member of the SEMI Global Automotive Advisory Council (GAAC). Anchoring the SEMI Smart Transportation vertical market platform, GAAC members address automotive technology issues such as device and system reliability and connectivity, promote industry standards, and align roadmaps of carmakers with adjacent industries to accelerate time to market. The GAAC has chapters in Europe, the U.S., Japan and Taiwan.
Spatial 3D 2020 1.0
Spatial Corp, the leading provider of 3D software development toolkits for design, manufacturing, and engineering solutions, and a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes, announced the production release of 2020 1.0, delivering the ability of application developers to more tightly couple CAD with simulation, as well as enhancing user experience by increasing the responsiveness of applications when selecting geometries or importing large assemblies
Iteris Picked by OK DoT
Iteris, Inc., the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, announced that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation has selected Iteris’ ClearPath Weather® solution to provide weather forecasting services for improved year-round road maintenance response covering the entire Oklahoma DOT road network throughout the state. The contract brings Iteris’ national coverage for maintenance decision support system (MDSS) services to 15 states and more than 50 municipalities, a more than 10-fold MDSS increase in customer adoption since 2015.
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