Blog Review: Aug. 12

Cracking SIM cards; formal for autos; integrating third-party IP; an interview with Richard Goering; neutrinos and airplanes; mobile Internet rising in UK.


SIM cards are protected by AES-128, which is supposed to be virtually unbeatable by a brute-force attack. But there’s still a weakness: Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff reports on how a researcher at Jiao Tong University exploited side-channel attack techniques to crack the encryption codes protecting 3G and 4G SIM cards.

After recent reports on compromised car security, auto makers are likely searching for a way to keep hackers from driving your vehicle into a ditch. Mentor’s Joe Hupcey III suggests a look towards formal techniques.

Is third-party IP integration worth the risk, and are there any real alternatives? Writing for Cadence, Brian Fuller covers a panel at DAC which offered some jarring challenges as well as potential solutions.

Verification blogger Gaurav Jalan presents an interview with recently retired EDA editor Richard Goering, who looks back on his decades reporting on the industry and what is on the horizon.

If your goal is to catch neutrinos in the air, open beer bottles with a zipper, drive practically anywhere, or tie two 747s together, check out this week’s top five picks by Ansys’ Bill Vandermark.

Folks in the UK prefer to access the Internet using smartphones rather than computers, according to a report highlighted by ARM’s Eoin McCann. Plus, some additional news bits.

And don’t miss the blogs featured in the latest IoT & Security newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling argues that worrying about when the IoE will be real is missing the point.

Technology Editor Ernest Worthman finds that remote hacking is a growing problem, and it’s not just confined to one car company.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler observes that we still have a long way to go before we know everything about the Internet.

Kilopass’ Linh Hong predicts antifuse NVM will be a big winner in the IoT world.

Andes Technology’s Emerson Hsiao digs into how to enable an order of magnitude in power savings for IoT applications.

NXP’s Larent Darde finds the manufacturing sector has become increasingly digital, which means it can respond to changes faster than ever before.