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Security In 2.5D


The long-anticipated move to 2.5D and fan-outs is raising some familiar questions about security. Will multiple chips combined in an advanced package be as secure as SoCs where everything is integrated on the same die? The answer isn't a simple yes or no. Put in perspective, all chips are vulnerable to [getkc id="253" kc_name="side channel attacks"], hacking of memory—a risk that increases... » read more

The Next Killer Apps


The search is on for the next killer applications that will turn connected devices into the next smart phone or PC. Billions of dollars are being poured into startups and established companies, creating a spectrum of new ideas they're trying to bring to market. Whether those investments pay off with a single application, or whether they lead to new ideas that fuse together multiple markets, ... » read more

The Quantum IoE


The principle of quantum communication (QC) is that it can transfer a quantum state between locations. The significance of that cannot be overstated. This is what we can look to for the delivery of the super-secure communications networks of the future. This kind of secure communications is made to order for the IoE (and, of course, many other platforms). No matter how simple or complex the ... » read more

Security Made Easier


The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices as well as the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The FIDO Alliance’s mission is to change the landscape of authentication by eliminating the reliance on passwords. This is accomplished by developing speci... » read more

Explosion Of Creativity


One of Steve Jobs' great revelations occurred while watching his young daughter use a computer with a graphical user interface. He observed that adults ask how to use a computer, whereas children ask what you can do with it. The semiconductor industry is experiencing one of those seminal moments with the Internet of Things/Internet of Everything. While work continues to ensure that electrons... » read more

When Will The IoE Be Real?


One question that surfaces repeatedly from all parts of the electronics world is, 'When will the IoE be real?' There's no simple answer to that question—and there never will be. In some market segments, notably industrial, the IoE has been in existence for years. Being able to predict outages in a production environment has huge economic benefits, and companies have been adding those kinds... » read more

Securing IoE Gateways


When we talk about the [getkc id="260" comment="Internet of Everything"], (IoE) we have come to realize that it will really be made up of a lot of different “things. It will envelope everything from home automation to intelligent vehicles, to wearables, to industrial applications, military, infrastructure. The list is almost endless. And there is a lot of discussion about securing these “th... » read more

Biometrics For The IoT


In part one of this topic we started at the top with an overview of biometrics and its base technology. Now, let’s ratchet that up a notch and drill down a bit into some of the details. While biometrics has a lot of potential tools, presently there are only two that are in wide-scale deployment—fingerprint and facial scanning. “Of those two, fingerprints account for 60% to 70% of all a... » read more

Executive Insight: Jack Harding


SE: What's changed over the past 12 months? Harding: My starting point these days is around consolidation. At last count there were about 85 companies in the semiconductor industry. My bet is that at this time next year there will be about 70. The size of deal will not matter. Nothing will be too big. The strategic question is whether you're playing musical chairs and when the music stops, ... » read more

Short-Range, Low-Power Sensors


Over the last 10 years the world has done a remarkably good job of connecting the global wireless world. This is partly because of visionaries, partly because of marketers, and partly just because we can, but mostly because of convenience. We now never need be to be off the wide-area interconnected highway. The last decade has radically changed the way we live. The smartphone and its cousin, th... » read more

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