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Semiconductor Manufacturing: Tradeoffs Between Performance, Energy Consumption & Cybersecurity Controls


A new research paper titled "Simulating Energy and Security Interactions in Semiconductor Manufacturing: Insights from the Intel Minifab Model" was published by researchers at Idaho National Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at San Antonio and George Mason University. Abstract: "Semiconductor manufacturing is a highly complex. Fabrication plants must deal with r... » read more

Data Security Takes Front Seat In Industrial IoT Design


As recently as 10 years ago, protecting Internet of Things (IoT) data was largely an afterthought. Engineers designing IoT and industrial IoT (IIoT) networks were more concerned with ensuring their applications functioned according to design specifications, not with the unintended consequences of releasing potentially sensitive information into the cloud. Today, with billions of sensors an... » read more

Robots Need More Human Skills


Robots need freedom. At least if they are working intelligently with humans. Out of the cage, into the open shop floor of a factory. However, with freedom, great challenges await robots, which previously only knew their small world behind protective grids and their highly specialized activities. Here they have to cope with humans who are vulnerable, sometimes unpredictable, but in any case al... » read more

Don’t Put Up With Industrial Fake News


“Fake news has become a major problem, influencing elections, affecting major political events and the credibility of every piece of content on social media, fake news or not. And ‘industrial fake news’ in turn is indeed a big problem for businesses,” says Patrick Lamplmair, CEO of the European deep tech startup Tributech, data trust expert, and guest on our new #MakeIoTwork podcast epi... » read more

Digitalizing Water Monitoring


Managing water resources has always been important, but that monitoring is becoming increasingly high-tech and much more useful. Rather than a spot check at the tap, or a crude measurement of water levels in a reservoir, chips are making it possible to monitor and measure water quantity and quality at the source, wherever it is stored, the spigot, and in the wastewater systems. As climate ch... » read more

Product Lifecycle Management For Semiconductors


Product lifecycle management (PLM) and the semiconductor industry have always been separate, but pressure is growing to integrate them. Automotive, IIoT, medical, and other industries see that as the only way to manage many aspects of their business, and as it stands, semiconductors are a large black box in that methodology. The technology space is driven by a mix of top down and bottom-up p... » read more

Improving Power Efficiency In Ultra-Low Power Designs


Faster data communications in phones and data centers grabs headlines, but many applications don't require the continuous, high-data-rate communications needed for video streaming or image processing. In fact, for many devices, designing for better performance results in wasted energy and sharply curtails the time between battery charges. That is especially true for machine-to-machine (M2M) ... » read more

Security Risks Grow With 5G


5G mobile phones can download a movie in seconds rather than minutes, but whether that can be done securely remains to be seen. What is clear from technology providers, though, is they are taking security very seriously with this new wireless technology. More data is in motion, and the value of that data is growing as users rely on mobile devices for everything from banking to automotive saf... » read more

Hyperscaling Cyber-Physical Systems


As consumers, we are not always aware of all the data created around us by our cars, mobile devices, computers, and day-to-day consumer products. In most cases, we are even less aware of what's going on during the development and production of today's devices and systems that we have gotten so used to. During the most recent DATE 2021 conference, the special day on cyber-physical systems gave s... » read more

Smart Manufacturing In Fabs


Not long after STMicroelectronics opened its first semiconductor plant in Singapore more than 50 years ago, a facility chiefly focused on chip assembly and packaging, the company realized that it had constructed the site in an area with a blossoming chip ecosystem with a bright future. Before long, the company became the first to start a wafer fab facility in the so-called Little Red Dot. To... » read more

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