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    Hardware meets software to secure connected cars

    By Majeed Ahmad | September 10, 2017

     

    The wake-up call delivered by car hackers like Charlie Miller has put the automotive industry into a proactive mode on how to secure increasingly connected vehicles. And the quest for sophisticated security solutions for connected cars is opening new venues for collaboration between chipmakers and software vendors.

    Take, for instance, BlackBerry’s QNX Hypervisor 2.0 software platform that Qualcomm has adopted in its Snapdragon™ 820Am automotive SoCs for the instrument cluster and infotainment systems.

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      Components consolidation around power systems marks EV uptake

      By Majeed Ahmad | September 10, 2017

      Volvo’s landmark announcement about ceasing the production of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2019 negates the common perception among industry observers that electric vehicles (EVs) lack consumer interest.

      The Swedish automaker has vowed to produce only three types of electric vehicles from 2019 onward: mild electric vehicles featuring 48-volt system, Twin Engine a.k.a.