Connected Car News: VisIC Diodes, VicOne, Block Harbor, DLP, Torq & CCC

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Diodes, VicOne, Block Harbor, DLP, Torq and CCC.

VisIC New Power

VisIC Technologies Ltd, a global leader in advanced GaN power electronics solutions, introduced the highly anticipated V22TG D3GAN power package. This revolutionary power package, housed in an advanced gull wing leaded top side cooled isolated package, sets new standards for performance, reliability, and versatility in the automotive industry.

Designed with the future of electric vehicles in mind, the V22TG D3GAN brings together an array of cutting-edge features to deliver exceptional power density and efficiency. This compact power package with a small footprint of 19.7×13.6mm (including leads), provides automotive manufacturers with flexibility in system design and integration. Targeted for automotive AEC-Q101 standard, it can be used as well in the highly reliable field of server power supplies, data centers, solar inverters, and a wide range of industrial applications.

Key Features and Benefits:

1. Advanced Leaded Top-Side Cooled Isolated Package: The V22TG D3GAN is encased in an innovative leaded top-side cooled isolated package. This design promotes excellent thermal management, ensuring optimal performance and reliability in demanding automotive environments. Moreover, the isolated package enhanced the ease of assembly due to no additional isolation needed.

2. Automotive and High Voltage Capability: The V22TG D3GAN is rigorously tested targeting to meet automotive industry standards, making it suitable for a wide range of automotive applications, like OBC, Fuel Cell, and hybrid electric vehicles. With a voltage capability of 650V, this SMD power package can handle high-voltage requirements with effortless efficiency.

3. High Power Density and Low On-Resistance: Offering a low on-resistance of 22mΩ, the V22TG D3GAN delivers outstanding power density, empowering automotive manufacturers to create more compact and lightweight systems without compromising performance. This exceptional power density ensures maximum efficiency and reduced energy losses.

4. Versatile and Easy to Implement: The V22TG D3GAN is designed to support various system configurations, including paralleling of devices, full-bridge, half-bridge topologies, and power factor correction (PFC) circuits. This flexibility allows for seamless integration into a wide array of power electronics applications.

Availability and Sample Shipment:

VisIC Technologies is pleased to announce that samples of the V22TG D3GAN will be available in the first quarter of 2024. This early availability allows manufacturers to assess and experience the performance and benefits of the package firsthand, aiding in the rapid development of the next generation of systems.

Diodes Releases ReDriver

Diodes Incorporated (Diodes) (Nasdaq: DIOD) released a low-power, high-performance MIPI® D-PHY 1.2 compliant signal ReDriver™. The PI2MEQX2503 regenerates signals transmitted at data rates up to 2.5Gbps from cameras to displays in various applications, including laptops, tablets, mobile phones, Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, commercial displays, augmented reality headsets, drones, and robots.

Featuring a dual-data-lane equalizer and a single clock lane, the PI2MEQX2503 compensates for PCB, connector, cable, and switching-related losses. This ReDriver enables optimum electrical performance from a CSI2 source to a DSI sink. It operates at up to 2.5Gbps to comply with the MIPI D-PHY 1.2 specification for camera images with increasing numbers of pixels.

The 120mW active-mode power consumption of the PI2MEQX2503 is more power efficient compared to a ReTimer. In addition, its low-power (5mW), ultra-low-power (2mW), and shutdown (0.2mW) modes of operation offer further power savings, helping to extend battery life. Other features like programmable receiver equalization, output swing, and pre-emphasis compensate for channel loss with low latency over longer-length traces while minimizing power consumption.

For added robustness, the PI2MEQX2503 supports a -40°C to +85°C operating temperature range for industrial applications. This space-saving ReDriver is provided in a very small X1QFN-24 (XEA24) package measuring only 2mm x 4mm.

The PI2MEQX2503 is available at $0.63 in 3,500 piece quantities.

VicOne & Block Harbor Automotive Cybersecurity Solution

VicOne, an automotive cybersecurity solutions leader,  introduced the first joint solution with Block Harbor since announcing its investment in the company earlier this year. VicOne and Block Harbor have developed an integrated workflow-based system for the automotive industry that provides actionable intelligence to cybersecurity design teams, the Vehicle Security Operations Center (VSOC) and Product Security Incident Response Teams. Designed to help automakers generate revenue from the increased volume and velocity of software-enabled feature releases and maintenance, this system significantly changes the current time-consuming manual and siloed process, to support more software updates in the vehicle and manage the increasing threat perception.

“As vehicles become more dynamic – with software changes and feature releases at a higher frequency – we’re making it easy to maintain vehicle cybersecurity lifecycle, protecting future revenues and ensuring that advancements in mobility stay safe.”

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“With the combined expertise of Block Harbor in cybersecurity design and operating production systems, and more than 30 years of VicOne’s threat intelligence and market leading vulnerability disclosures, we are able to continuously monitor threats and consistently improve the accuracy of cybersecurity posture over time,” said Max Cheng, CEO, VicOne. “This collaboration effectively bridges the gap between design and maintenance teams, ensuring a faster and more efficient design that is learning from cybersecurity posture during the vehicle deployment and maintenance lifecycle.”

The integrated VicOne and Block Harbor solution is a modular system that helps manage cybersecurity design and fixes in software defined vehicles at scale. When a new threat or vulnerability is discovered, it immediately helps automakers realize how they are impacted and the severity of the risk. It empowers them to make a quick decision on the action required, and to assign the right owner.

The system also allows the design teams to query production data and improve the design, that goes into a continuous learning model on the digital twin of the vehicle for further testing. Software feature releases can be tested for cybersecurity with speed and reliability, and vehicles on the road can be updated over the air (OTA). In addition, the modular system is designed using open standards for better and more secure connectivity to different data sources. This enables users in the automotive industry to choose their own deployment model, depending on their cybersecurity roadmap.

”Driver and passenger safety is paramount for carmakers with the ever-increasing threat of cyberattacks on software defined vehicles from hackers continually looking for weaknesses,” said Brandon Barry, CEO, Block Harbor. “As vehicles become more dynamic – with software changes and feature releases at a higher frequency – we’re making it easy to maintain vehicle cybersecurity lifecycle, protecting future revenues and ensuring that advancements in mobility stay safe.”

More detailed information on the integrated workflow-based solution from VicOne and Block Harbor, and related use cases is available in a VicOne white paper, which can be download here.

Next DLP Partners with Torq

Next DLP (“Next”), a leader in insider risk and data protection, announced a strategic partnership with Torq, the security hyperautomation pioneer, designed to combat insider risk through heightened detection and automated response actions. Electric adventure vehicle company Rivian will leverage the deep visibility provided by the joint solution to shine a light on insider risk to prevent accidental data loss and stop malicious theft of valuable intellectual property. It will fully integrate Next DLP’s Reveal Platform—a user-centric, flexible, cloud-native, AI/ML-powered cybersecurity solution—with the enterprise-grade Torq Hyperautomation platform, which automates and connects complex security infrastructures at dramatic scale.

This timely partnership promises to stop suspicious activity in its tracks through a variety of actions including automated warnings to relevant parties and, where necessary, temporary account deactivation or access curtailment. The integration will also automate policy enforcement, with data fed into the Reveal Platform through Torq Hyperautomation used to deny users access to websites known to be unauthorized or malicious, minimizing potential data loss.

Crucially, both platforms possess rich, powerful APIs, making this bi-directional integration all the more flexible: the Reveal Platform can trigger Torq’s automation playbooks, at the same time that Torq’s platform can securely connect to Reveal to run urgent search queries or dispatch issues flagged by third-party ticket systems.

“We’ve long been impressed by Torq Hyperautomation and are thrilled to be partnering with them on these urgently needed tools,” said John Stringer, Head of Product, Next DLP. “With the Reveal Platform’s best-in-class data protection and insider risk management technologies working in tandem with Torq Hyperautomation, Rivian and other businesses can rest assured that their trade secrets and IP will stay out of the wrong hands.”

“Together, the Torq Hyperautomation and Next DLP Reveal platforms are dramatically elevating Rivian’s security posture in an increasingly complex environment with threat actors who are constantly evolving their attack vectors,” said Eldad Livni, Co-Founder and CINO, Torq. “Cutting edge, innovative companies like Rivian understand the incredible value the AI-driven Torq Hyperautomation platform provides its SecOps teams. Rivian, Torq, and Next DLP have seamlessly combined their autonomous expertise across multiple fields to ensure Rivian can focus on delivering the world’s most advanced electric vehicles with the confidence that its cybersecurity protection is as robust as possible.”

The fine-grained visibility into internal operations facilitated by Next DLP’s Reveal Platform, integrated with Torq Hyperautomation platform adds a layer of safety desperately needed in today’s threat environment. Customers deploying this integration will be able to correlate users across systems and map them onto one data set, simplifying threat detection and strengthening overall security posture.

“Both Torq and Next DLP are invaluable partners in safeguarding our organization, enabling swift and effective responses, and simplifying insider threat detection and remediation,” said Tim Vulanich, Senior Staff Cybersecurity Engineer, Rivian. “This partnership marks the beginning of an entirely new approach to data protection and insider risk management and reflects our commitment to safeguard our IP and our end customer data.”

CCC Joint Ultra-Wideband (UWB) MAC PHY Working Group (JUMPWG)

The Car Connectivity Consortium® (CCC) and the FiRa® Consortium are pleased to announce the formation of the Joint Ultra-Wideband (UWB) MAC PHY Working Group (JUMPWG) to jointly develop and maintain the UWB technology specifications used in the CCC Digital Key and will be led by Chair Jinjing Jiang from Member company Apple.

The CCC brings automotive and consumer technology industries together to develop industry standards for solutions to address the future of vehicle-to-smart device connectivity. FiRa is dedicated to transforming how we interact with our environment by enabling precise location awareness for people and devices.

“This collaboration between the two consortia is critical for maturing UWB in the CCC Digital Key,” said CCC President Alysia Johnson. “As the underlying IEEE 802.15.4 standards evolve, this new working group will ensure long-term interoperability and scalability of the advanced UWB technology developed for the CCC Digital Key, encouraging broader adoption of UWB technology for secure and accurate ranging for vehicle access.”

The CCC Digital Key uses Near-field Communication technology and UWB technology combined with Bluetooth® Low Energy. UWB in the CCC Digital Key uses secure distance bounding with cryptographically secured Time-of-Flight (ToF) measurements. Distance measurements between the device and multiple transceivers in vehicles are combined to accurately localize the device to the vehicle and determine whether the device is in close proximity to authorize vehicle access or drive the vehicle.

“We’re excited to collaborate to advance the development of UWB as it is the most effective available technology for delivering accurate ranging and positioning in challenging real-world environments,” said FiRa Consortium’s Board Chair Clint Chaplin. “Including UWB in the CCC Digital Key is an essential layer of technology with real-world applications, making it highly convenient for consumers to consistently access their vehicles using their smart devices.”

Interested participants in the joint working group must be members in both organizations (at least Core member level in CCC and at least Contributor member level in FiRa). However, if your company is not a member of both organizations at these levels, the CCC and FiRa have each created a special JUMPWG-only membership class. Please reach out to if you are interested in learning more or joining today.

About the Car Connectivity Consortium:

The Car Connectivity Consortium® (CCC) is a cross-industry organization advancing technologies for smartphone-to-car connectivity solutions. The CCC represents a large portion of the global automotive and smartphone industries with more than 200 member companies. The CCC member companies include smartphone and vehicle manufacturers, automotive tier-1 suppliers, silicon/chip vendors, security product suppliers, and more. Its Board of Directors includes individuals from charter member companies Apple, BMW, DENSO, Ford, General Motors, Google, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, NXP, Panasonic, Samsung, Thales, Volkswagen, and Xiaomi. For more information, visit