Are Devices Getting More Secure?


Adding security into chip design is becoming more prevalent as more devices are connected to the Internet, but it's not clear whether that is enough to offset an explosion in connected "things." Security concerns have been growing for the past half-decade, starting with a rash of high-profile attacks on retail establishments, hotel membership clubs, and Equifax, one of the three top credit-c... » read more

Complexity, Reliability And Cost


Peter Schneider, director of Fraunhofer's Engineering of Adaptive Systems Division, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about future challenges in complexity, time to market and reliability issues, advanced packaging architectures, and the impact of billions of connected devices. What follows are excerpts of that discussion. SE: What is the biggest challenge you see in the semico... » read more

Physically Unclonable Functions


Physically unclonable functions (PUFs) are emerging as a novel way to protect a variety of ICs. In today’s world of cyber threats, vulnerabilities, insecure networks and hardware, and intrusions, it is finding a renewed interest. The technology on which it is based has been around since the mid-1990s in its present form and the term PUF was cloned in the early 2000s. PUFs find their anc... » read more