Sally Ward Foxton

Who Is Responsible for Securing the Connected Car?

In the first half of 2019, the number of reported cyberattacks on vehicles more than doubled over the same period last year, to 82 from 32, according to a report from Upstream Security. That might not sound like many, but the growth rate and diversity of such hacks are cause for concern. Connecting consumer devices…

‘Abandoned’ Technology Maps LiDAR Blind Spot

A German startup is using ultrasound to develop state-of-the-art 3D mapping systems for ADAS and autonomous vehicles. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles need to see the world in 3D. Technologies like radar and LiDAR are addressing the challenge, but roof-mounted sensors must often contend with the shadow cast by the body of…

MEMS in CMOS: An Impossible Dream?

European startup Nanusens, based in London and Barcelona, has an ambitious technology goal: reliable, inexpensive CMOS microelectromechanical-system (MEMS) devices that can be built on the same die as their interface ASIC. The space savings would be game-changing for consumer electronics. Building MEMS in CMOS shouldn’t really be possible. CMOS was not designed for mechanical structures;…

Reducing Bias in AI Models for Credit and Loan Decisions

Financial institutions are increasingly using AI in the form of machine learning to make decisions on credit scores, credit risk, and lending. The technology can consider many thousands of variables and quickly make accurate decisions. It can even be used to detect fraudulent applications. It’s no wonder that the financial services industry has embraced the…

All-New Car Pushes Formula E to Next Level

Against the backdrop of one of the most famous venues in motorsport, the notorious Monte Carlo street circuit, the Formula E electric vehicle championship last month showed off just how far the teams, drivers, and technology have come since the series started in 2014. It is essentially a technology competition, showcasing the cutting edge of…

Single-Pair Ethernet: The End of the Industrial RJ45?

Megatrends such as the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 are driving new standards in wired connectivity for industrial automation and smart factories. The adoption of IoT technologies in industrial settings involves sensor nodes that don’t need much power or bandwidth but do require reliable, efficient communication. Industry 4.0 applications in the connected…

New Connector Crop: Rugged and Reliable

Heavy-duty connectors for data and power transfer are essential to the modern high-tech factory. EE Times Europe surveyed new entries in this category and found an emphasis on ruggedness and reliability. SMARTS AND SPEED Bulgin has launched a programmable smart connector that contains a 7 × 5-mm PCB with an E2PROM that can be used…

Silicon Photonics Reaches Prime Time

Silicon photonics has always been an attractive idea. Because silicon is transparent to photons at the infrared wavelengths used in optical communications, why not integrate optical components onto a silicon chip? Silicon-on-insulator processes can be used to form waveguides, modulators, and other optical structures in silicon and take advantage of CMOS’s low cost and scalability.…