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Securing The Aerospace And Defense Microelectronics Supply Chain With DoD Trusted Suppliers


Since our inception 35 years ago, Synopsys has supported the U.S. defense industry. Over the last five years, we’ve increased our efforts with the government and aerospace sectors via program support at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) as well as at traditional and non-traditional defense prime contractors. In 20... » read more

Scalability: A Looming Problem In Safety Analysis


The boundless possibilities of automation in cars and other vehicles have captivated designers to the point that electronic content is now a stronger driver of differentiation than any other factor. It accounts for a substantial fraction of material cost in any of these vehicles. But this revolution in automotive technology comes with a caveat. In other applications, an electronics problem may ... » read more

Securing The Semiconductor Supply Chain With Secure Provisioning


The level of awareness of supply chain risks is rising and threats are being seen on many fronts. The Semiconductor Industry Association has reported instances of counterfeit parts being detected in critical systems, such as medical devices, transportation, and infrastructure. The scope, scale, and urgency of the problem are getting the attention of industry and government alike. The semicon... » read more

What’s Really Behind The Adoption Of eFPGA?


System companies are taking a more proactive role in co-designing their hardware and software roadmaps, so it’s no surprise that they are also driving the adoption of embedded FPGAs (eFPGA). But why and why has it taken so long? Today, most system companies leverage FPGAs to offload intensive compute workloads from the main processor or provide broader IO capability than any packaged ASIC ... » read more

Security Highlight: Honda Rolling-PWN Attack


The attack known as Rolling-PWN (CVE-2021-46145) [1] is the latest of a recent series of security issues affecting the car’s immobilizers and RKEs (Remote Keyless Entry, also known as the keyfob or remote control). Over the past years, we have seen how security researchers identified attacks that could open and even start cars from vendors like Tesla [2], Hyundai-Kia [3], VAG (Volkswagen, ... » read more

Reducing Schedule Slips With Automated Post-Route Verification Of SerDes High Speed Serial Links


Most high-speed serial links don’t get verified once routing is complete because the process is time consuming and skill-intensive – and SI experts are in short supply. As a result, most serial channels are laid out according to rules, verified through manual inspection, and released to fabrication without thorough analysis. Unverified channels can result in lengthy (and hectic) prototype d... » read more

Improving Safety And Security For Tomorrow’s Autonomous Vehicles


With the evolution of autonomous vehicles, today’s cars are becoming both more connected and complex. Consumers and suppliers worldwide are demanding much more intelligence and customization, which adds pressure on product development teams to validate the underlying technology and start their design processes months earlier. Enhancements in hardware and software features also mean that the w... » read more

Security Verification Of An Open-Source Hardware Root Of Trust


By Jason Oberg and Dominic Rizzo OpenTitan is a powerful open-source silicon root of trust project, designed from scratch as a transparent, trustworthy, and secure implementation for enterprises, platform providers, and chip manufacturers. It includes numerous hardware security features ranging from secure boot and remote attestation to secure storage of private user data. The open-source de... » read more

Structured Grids Are Here For An Eternity


With unstructured meshes delivering promising results in resolving boundary layers, wakes, and other flow features for complex geometries, one might arrive at the conclusion that structured grids will soon be out of the markets because of their reputation for taking a long time for generation. On the contrary, structured grids give you two things that unstructured meshes may lack, i.e., quality... » read more

Deconstructing Innovations In IoT Sensors: New Combinations


In 1883, Professor Warren Seymour Johnson (1847-1911) received his first patent for an electric tele-thermoscope, a device that could automatically control and regulate room temperature. Globally, this energy-efficient and comfortable thermostat system has been widely used in large buildings. To market his system, Johnson established the Johnson Electric Service Company, which eventually became... » read more

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