How Cybersecurity Is Driving Business Forward


Cybersecurity is a topic that continues to grow in importance for both the general population and those who work in the tech industry. While news headlines about security breaches affecting various companies are now almost a daily occurrence, many still don’t understand the responsibility that every one of us has to keep our own personal and workplace networks secure. This October, Synopsys w... » read more

HW Security Better, But Attack Surface Is Growing


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss security on chips with Vic Kulkarni, vice president and chief strategist at Ansys; Jason Oberg, CTO and co-founder of Tortuga Logic; Pamela Norton, CEO and founder of Borsetta; Ron Perez, fellow and technical lead for security architecture at Intel; and Tim Whitfield, vice president of strategy at Arm. What follows are excerpts of that conversation,... » read more

Industry Pushes For Fab Tool Security Standards


The semiconductor industry is developing new cybersecurity standards for fab equipment in an effort to protect systems from potential cyberattacks, viruses, and IP theft. Two new standards are in the works, which are being formulated under the auspices of the SEMI trade group with leadership from chipmakers and others. Led by Intel and Cimetrix, the first standard deals with malware-free equ... » read more

Software-Defined Vehicles


Automobiles long ago stopped being purely mechanical systems. But as more components are electrified — and, in particular, as the drivetrain is electrified — cars are becoming software-defined vehicles. Some think of such cars as computers on wheels. But as these systems continue to evolve, adding in more assisted and semi-autonomous capabilities, that comparison is looking increasingly ... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Pervasive computing — data center, edge, IoT, 5G Qualcomm settled its 5G licensing disagreement with Huawei, which will pay $1.8 billion in back royalties and will pay for licensing going forward. Huawei is also now the world’s largest supplier of smartphones, surpassing Samsung Electronics Co. Qualcomm also announced a super-fast charging platform this week for Android devices that is sup... » read more

Why Safety-Critical Verification Is So Difficult


The inclusion of AI chips in automotive and increasingly in avionics has put a spotlight on advanced-node designs that can meet all of the ASIL-D requirements for temperature and stress. How should designers approach this task, particularly when these devices need to last longer than the applications? Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss these issues with Kurt Shuler, vice president of... » read more

Managing Web Application Security With Coverity


While security practitioners can and should play an active role in web application security, only developers are familiar enough with the code to fix software vulnerabilities. For this reason, security teams can most effectively prevent software vulnerabilities from entering production by equipping their development teams with the tools to fix security issues as they’re building applications.... » read more

Why Cyberattacks Will Be No Match For Autonomous Vehicles


Malware, ransomware, viruses, denial-of-service attacks – these threats can leave a business reeling as it struggles to recover. Others might not recover at all, but that hasn’t stopped most industries from treating cybersecurity as an afterthought. Unfortunately, this is how it has been handled since the first hackers emerged. It’s only when a company is hit that other players start to r... » read more

Making Sense Of PUFs


As security becomes a principal design consideration, physically unclonable functions (PUFs) are seeing renewed interest as new players emerge onto the market. PUFs can play a central role in hardware roots of trust (HRoTs), but the messaging in the market can make it confusing to understand the different types of PUF as well as their pros and cons. PUFs leverage some uncertain aspect of som... » read more

AI Roadmap: A human-centric approach to AI in aviation


Source: EASA European Union Aviation Safety Agency February 2020 "EASA published its Artificial Intelligence Roadmap 1.0 which establishes the Agency’s initial vision on the safety and ethical dimensions of development of AI in the aviation domain. The AI Roadmap 1.0 is to be viewed as a starting point, intended to serve as a basis for discussion with the Agency’s stakeholders. It... » read more

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