embedded news: automotive NPUs, ECU virtualization, etc.
This week’s roundup of embedded industry news and products below includes: aiMotive, Basemark, BittWare, CITiLIGHT, EdgeCortix, ETAS, Foundries.io, MaxLinear, MontaVista Software, Point2 Technology, ProGlove, Renesas Electronics, Semtech Corporation, Silicon Motion, Sternum, STMicroelectronics,
aiMotive says he shipped the final RTL validated in production of the latest generation of its aiWare4 ultra-high efficiency NPU to direct customers. This newly shipped RTL claims to deliver up to 5x the performance of previous aiWare3 NPUs, while using less than 2x the silicon area. PPA constraints have been met by refining the exact feature set of the aiWare4 production RTL to best meet customer requirements. Making full use of tile-based physical layout and dataflow methodologies, the aiWare team demonstrated clock speeds for RTL production of up to 1.3 GHz across the full automotive AEC- Q100 Grade 2 on a 14nm process.
MaxLinear, Inc.. announced that he had to acquire silicon movement, a $3.8 billion supplier of NAND flash controllers for solid-state storage devices. Majeed Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief of EDN, comments: “Combining semiconductors for networking and infrastructure with enterprise storage silicon seems like a good fit for a diverse set of end markets, including data centers, smart home and industrial applications. It’s also the harbinger of another level of integration in the technology stack for customer and enterprise designs.
Semtech Company works with a smart lighting solution provider CITiLIGHT on its VELOCITi LMS lighting management system for smart cities. As streetlights are fixed assets typically placed 40-50 meters apart, VELOCITi LMS integrates Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard to communicate large packets of data over a long distance. Any command given to the streetlights, such as changing the lighting schedule or changing the intensity, is executed in seconds because the system offers a command latency of less than five seconds and an accuracy of 0.5 to 1% on data measured according to CITiLIGHT.
STMicroelectronics launched its second generation global shutter image sensor, the VB56G4A, for Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS), based on ST. These are more sensitive, smaller, and more reliable than conventional front-illuminated (FSI) sensors typically used in first-generation DMSs. ST is now providing samples of its new sensor to major customers and mass production is scheduled for early 2023 for adoption in 2024 model year vehicles. The new sensor achieves high quantum efficiency (QE), reaching 24% at a near infrared wavelength of 940 nm, with a linear dynamic range up to 60 dB.
Bootless AI inference factory EdgeCortix announced a new product offering and market launch with BittWare, a Molex company. EdgeCortix integrates its proprietary Dynamic Neural Accelerator (DNA) IP into BittWare’s enterprise-class Intel Agilex F-Series IA-420F and IA-840F FPGA accelerator boards, creating a high-performance, low-latency inference solution using standard machine learning frameworks. EdgeCortix DNA is a flexible IP core for deep learning inference with up to 20 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of dedicated AI compute capacity, low latency, and scalable inference engines, specially optimized for streaming (low batch size) and high resolution data.
Renesas Electronics Corporation launched an integrated solution automotive ECU virtualization platform which allows designers to integrate multiple applications into a single ECU (Electronic Control Unit) safely separated from each other to avoid interference. The solution enables customers to adopt new electrical-electronic (E/E) architectures using MCU-based zone ECUs supporting multiple logical ECUs on one physical ECU. The platform combines Renesas’ RH850/U2x microcontrollers with ETAS RTA-HVR Software, a hypervisor designed for microcontrollers with hardware virtualization support. The ECU virtualization software platform, including the RH850/U2x Zone-ECU starter kit, is available from Renesas from the end of May.
Dot2 Technologya provider of connectivity solutions for cloud and 5G infrastructures, announced Raon, a fully integrated 4-channel one-way clock, data recovery system (CDR), and retiming system-on-chip (SoC) optimized for large-scale data center connectivity. Designed to fit QSFP56 and QSFP-DD pluggable modules on a variety of carriers including optical, passive copper cables and backplanes, Raon claims to be field proven in multiple data centers hyperscale cloud across the world. The SoC solution includes a complete reference design for 400 Gbps active electrical cables (AEC), active optical cables (AOC), and passive direct-attach copper cables (DAC).
MontaVista Software, LLCin partnership with Foundries.iothrew MV Edge, a ready-to-deploy embedded Linux operating system, combined with commercial-grade support and maintenance options, targeting intelligent gateway and edge devices. MontaVista provides the complete DevOps environment, including a pre-integrated security framework for the runtime platform and support for production security processes. MVEdge also includes options for different levels of CVE maintenance services, SLA-based support, and security configurations up to a certified level for safety/security standards. The initial release of MVEdge is based on the Yocto Project 3.1 userspace baseline and Linux kernel 5.4, and includes platform support on IA/x86, Arm, PPC, and MIPS.
Basic mark launched his Rocksolid AR SDK, a comprehensive suite of software development tools and runtime systems for in-cockpit in-vehicle AR application development. The Rocksolid AR SDK can be used as a standalone component integrated into existing automotive electronics and software architecture or as an integral part of Basemark’s Rocksolid Core operating system and automotive architecture. The solution supports OpenGL ES and Vulkan APIs, giving the customer options to deploy AR applications on a wide variety of different processors.
Nordic capital signed an agreement to become the majority owner of the German industrial Internet of Things (IoT) company ProGlove. Founded in 2014, ProGlove customers include Mercedes Benz, VW, BMW, DHL, XPO Logistics, GAP and Staples. The company provides integrated analytics hardware and software solutions that are built around handheld barcode scanners with multiple IoT sensors enabling hands-free data capture, meeting the growing demand for digitization across industries and helping to improve worker well-being, increase productivity and optimize efficiency.
Sternuman autonomous security and analytics provider for IoT devices, announced news integrations with Kibana and grafana, two leading open source data visualization and analysis tools. The integration enables IoT device manufacturers using Sternum’s platform to make the most of the deep visibility it provides by exploring and visualizing incoming device data live through tools they can rely on. already support for analysis. With these integrations, device manufacturers can access, view, and analyze alerts, anomaly detections, operational insights, and runtime observability metrics from Sternum directly within their pre-existing Kibana or Grafana instances.