Security Progress In Some Places, Not Others

Security is big business, and it's increasingly part of business done between big businesses in the semiconductor market. The deal that was announced this week between NXP and Qualcomm, adding a secure NFC module to the Snapdragon chip, is certainly good business. But what's really interesting about this arrangement is that it was done between two very prominent companies, which saw a potent... » read more

Get Ready For More Biometrics

Security involving scans of fingerprints, palms, faces, or some other variant has been common in movies for years, and many phones and computers now offer fingerprint scans instead of a password login. But as security risks rise with the rollout of the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"]/Internet of Everything, that technology will need to become much more pervasive and sophisticated. ... » read more

Tech Talk: Mobile Security (Part 2)

Simon Blake Wilson of Rambus' Cryptography Research Division talks about where security needs to fit into the design flow and where the biggest risks are. To view part one of this video, click here. [youtube vid=_nnniakpP3M] » read more

Tech Talk: Mobile Security (Part 1)

Simon Blake-Wilson, of Rambus' Cryptography Research Division, talks with Semiconductor Engineering about mobile security and how the risk will escalate with the IoT in banking, data centers, entertainment and devices themselves. [youtube vid=EJ75T-SEp4U] » read more

Tech Talk: The Enigma Machine

Paul Kocher, president of Rambus' Cryptography Research Division, shows off the famed World War II cypher device—the same machine used in the movie "The Imitation Game", and explains how and why the supposedly unbreakable code was cracked, and why that applies to current day security. [youtube vid=aKvpcUefok8] » read more

Full Steam Ahead For IoT

Criticism is rampant about the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"] being partially baked, ill-defined, or just a rehash of old ideas that never got off the drawing board. While there is some basis for that criticism, it really doesn't seem to matter. The semiconductor industry is in full pursuit of what many perceive to be the largest opportunity since the invention of the PC, the pub... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

M&A NXP Semiconductors acquired the IP assets of Quintic for its wearable and Bluetooth Low Energy business. The deal is aimed at IoT applications. Numbers Mentor Graphics' numbers hit a record in fiscal Q3, which ended on Oct. 31. Revenue was $292.7 million, up from $275.6 million in the same period in 2013. Non-GAAP earnings were $39.92 million, up from $37.29 million in the same per... » read more

IoT Turns To Dust

The current thinking for the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"] is that a single or bi-directional interface will be attached to just about everything. It will be an amalgamation of hardware and software that will sense whatever we want, assess it anyway we want, and send it anywhere we want—or where someone else wants. "There has probably never been a more exciting time to work ... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

Partnerships With an aim to drive adoption of software testing in Japan, Coverity, a Synopsys company said it has tapped OGIS-RI, a Japan-based distributor of IT solutions to partner with Coverity's software testing platform and OGIS-RI's open source license and vulnerability management tool. Maxscend Technologies has joined CEVA’s CEVAnet partner program and will offer complete solutio... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

Tools Cadence rolled out a custom power integrity tool for dealing with transistor-level electromigration and IR drop with SPICE-level accuracy. It works in conjunction with the company’s existing power integrity tool for cell-level power signoff. Open-Silicon established a high-speed SerDes technology center of excellence to speed design and production of ASICs using high-speed serial co... » read more

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