New Concept for In-Vehicle Storage

Micron Technology and Valens from Hod Hasharon, near Tel Aviv, demonstrated the first automotive industry’s 1TB remote, centralized storage solution at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Based on Micron’s ball grid array (BGA) solid-state NVME drive and Valens’ automotive connectivity technology, the combined solution is capable of tunneling PCIe over long distances on a single cable supporting up to 16Gbps of data transfer over low-cost, unshielded twisted pair wiring (UTP).

“Remote, centralized storage provides significant benefits over traditional local, distributed storage in automotive applications,” said Reinhard Weigl, Micron’s senior director of Automotive Marketing at Micron. “It enables better data protection and version control at a lower cost.” Micron is using Valens’ automotive VA608A chipset that delivers data transmission speeds of up to 16Gbps and enables automakers to extend native PCIe as a long-distance in-vehicle connectivity technology – up to 15m/50ft.

The VA608A is also the only chipset to enable 2.5Gb Ethernet over UTP wire. It enables a new concept for long-distance PCIe connectivity, and to utilize existing components without requiring a complete redesign of the vehicle’s architecture. Valens’ PCIe extension technology is designed for many use cases in the vehicle including telematics, multi-modem antennas (5G, WiFi, WiGig, BT, etc.),  ECU-to-ECU connectivity, and shared storage/black box storage.

Valens was established in 2015 with a goal to provide the fastest audio/video chipset technology to the automotive. Its patented HDBaseT technology was adopted by The MIPI Alliance as the baseline for its long-reach, high-speed connectivity A-PHY automotive application standard.

NanoLock and Micron Co-developed Flash Security

NanoLock Security and Micron Technology, will be demonstrating a Flash-to-Cloud management solution for security in Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices. The combined solution provides secure updates and protection of IoT devices with Micron’s Authenta Technology embedded in flash memory devices. The combination of NanoLock Security’s platform with Authenta, enable strong Flash-to-Cloud integrity and protection from the production line to field deployment, and after the device’s end of life, while consuming virtually zero computing and power resources.

“This emphasizes the universal need for trusted management with enhanced security in IoT devices,” said Yoni Kahana, VP of customers for NanoLock. “A secure channel between end devices and the cloud, and the ability to seamlessly manage that channel simplifies IoT deployments and simultaneously provides a revenue stream for customers.” The demonstration will take place at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.

At electronica 2018 in Munich, NanoLock and Winbond demonstrated end-to-end security solution to IoT devices such as automotive ECUs/MCUs, cameras, ICS solutions and routers. The OS/CPU agnostic solution guarantees flash-to-cloud integrity and mutual protection during regular operations and firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) updates.

NanoLocks MoT (Management of Things) platform updates, controls and monitors connected devices, while its FOTALock Management platform secures the FOTA (Firmware Over the Air) updates. The company was founded in 2016 by seasoned industry executives. Among them the CEO Eran Fine, previously the Founder and CEO of OREE which was sold to Diogano.  Erez Kreiner¸ co-founder and Senior Cyber Advisor of NanoLock, served as Director of Israel’s National Cyber Security Authority for more than five years. In this role he was was responsible for preventing cyber-attacks on Israel’s critical infrastructures and assets.