From Silicon To Software

Build In Automotive Functional Safety and Software Security

In the automotive world, recalls for electronics affect about five percent of the vehicles on the road. That means 5 out of every 100 vehicles today have a problem with their electronics. If we want to see more autonomous driving vehicles, that number must be improved. There needs be more robustness in the development process.

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Where’s My Autonomous Vehicle?

To better understand the challenges ahead for fully autonomous vehicles, research teams over the last few decades have attempted to automate the process of driving. But early successes have not yet given us truly autonomous vehicles. Why?

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First Standalone 5G Standards Emerge

Cellular carriers would like to have their new 5G networks up by the end of 2018 or early 2019. One problem: they need a set of standards to create the new technology. Last weekend, tech representatives met and made significant first step for technology companies to start building out the necessary 5G chips and software.

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Dr. Luca Amaru Receives Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award

Dr. Luca Amaru, Synopsys R&D engineer in DG’s Logic Synthesis team, has received the prestigious Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award. The paper, “Majority-Inverter Graph: A New Paradigm for Logic Optimization,” was co-authored with Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon (University of Utah, Salt Lake City) and Giovanni De Micheli (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland). It appeared in the IEEE Transactions in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), the reference journal for technical papers in this space.

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Automotive Silicon and Software Creates New Opportunities … and Risks

At the heart of the very cool intelligent connected vehicles (ICVs) of tomorrow is sophisticated software with artificial intelligence and powerful silicon chips all working together. These technologies will transform the traditional automotive supply chain from a mechanical-driven world to a digital one, where the user experience, reliability, safety, and value are created from silicon and software. It will allow OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to further differentiate, and do so quickly. It also introduces, if done poorly, additional risks to privacy, safety, and reputation.

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5G: The Future of Connected Everything

5G holds the promise of a mobile-first experience with blazing-fast downloads and seamless streaming. 5G cellular service will be the first step. But 5G goes way beyond smartphones. It aims to transform wireless technology and deliver a new digital infrastructure for the world of connected everything. It will serve as the catalyst for mainstream adoption of autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, augmented reality, and smart cities. Some experts are lauding 5G as the next Industrial Revolution. But what exactly is 5G?

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Casino’s Aquarium Leaks High Rollers’ Personal Data

It might have been a deleted scene from one of the Ocean’s Eleven movies. Data thieves hack into a major casino. They attack not through the main but a secondary network and, once inside, bootstrap their way into other parts of the casino network until they get lucky and find a cache of sensitive data that they proceed to steal.

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Making Crypto History: The Women of Bletchley Park

Remember the movie The Imitation Game? The film depicts Alan Turing and his team at Bletchley Park trying to crack the Enigma machine and decrypt German intelligence codes for the British government during World War II. While modern cryptography relies on complex algorithms and asymmetric key encryption to keep data secure, prior to the 1970s cryptanalysis was mostly a manual process used for military purposes.

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Harnessing the Power of Women in Tech: a USA Today Feature

Women play vital roles in developing the tools that engineers around the world use to design smart chips and develop secure code for the amazing devices that are changing the way we work and play. USA Today recently featured three Synopsys engineers, who reflect on their experiences as women in tech and offer advice on carving out success in a male-dominated field.

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MISRA Compliance: Hit the Road with More Secure Cars

When security researchers first demonstrated that they could hack a car over the internet to control its brakes and transmission, Chrysler had to recall 1.4 million vehicles to fix the software vulnerability. The infamous Jeep hack of 2015 was an expensive wake-up call for the automotive industry. So, what has changed since then?

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