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Chip Industry’s Technical Paper Roundup: Jan. 17


New technical papers added to Semiconductor Engineering’s library. [table id=74 /] If you have research papers you are trying to promote, we will review them to see if they are a good fit for our global audience. At a minimum, papers need to be well researched and documented, relevant to the semiconductor ecosystem, and free of marketing bias. There is no cost involved for us posting li... » read more

Hardware Trojan Detection Case Study Based on 4 Different ICs Manufactured in Progressively Smaller CMOS Process Technologies


A technical paper titled "Red Team vs. Blue Team: A Real-World Hardware Trojan Detection Case Study Across Four Modern CMOS Technology Generations" was published by researchers at Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Ruhr University Bochum, and Bundeskriminalamt. "In this work, we aim to improve upon this state of the art by presenting a... » read more

Research Bits: Oct. 18


Modular AI chip Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Stanford University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, and Tsinghua University created a modular approach to building stackable, reconfigurable AI chips. The design comprises alternating layers of sensing and processing elements, along with LEDs t... » read more

On the Design and Misuse of Microcoded (Embedded) Processors — A Cautionary Note


Abstract:  "Today's microprocessors often rely on microcode updates to address issues such as security or functional patches. Unfortunately, microcode update flexibility opens up new attack vectors through malicious microcode alterations. Such attacks share many features with hardware Trojans and have similar devastating consequences for system security. However, due to microcode's opaq... » read more