Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Allegro DVT acquired Amphion Semiconductor, bringing together two developers of video codec IP. Allegro DVT said the merger will make it the first semiconductor IP company to offer commercially available hardware-based, real-time encoder and decoder solutions for the new AV1 video encoding format for SoC implementations, supporting 4K/UHD up to 8K. Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Amphion wa... » read more

Securing IoT Devices With A Programmable Root Of Trust


The exponential increase of vulnerable IoT devices demands a far more determined and proactive approach to security than is offered by the current industry status quo. This is because compromised IoT devices pose a threat to both consumers and critical internet infrastructure. For example, a compromised security camera or baby video monitor can be easily exploited to violate consumer privacy... » read more

Building Your First Chip For Artificial Intelligence? Read This First


As artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities enter new markets, the IP selected for integration provides the critical components of the AI SoC. But beyond the IP, designers are finding a clear advantage in leveraging AI expertise, services, and tools to ensure the design is delivered on time, with a high level of quality and value to the end customer for new and innovative applications. Over... » read more

Holes In AI Security


Mike Borza, principal security technologist in Synopsys’ Solutions Group, explains why security is lacking in AI, why AI is especially susceptible to Trojans, and why small changes in training data can have big impacts on many devices. » read more

Full Disk Encryption of Solid State Drives and Root of Trust


File encryption, file system encryption and full disk encryption (FDE) are methods offered by the industry to allow users to protect their data stored on non-volatile storage devices, such as Solid State Disks (SSD). The main feature of FDE is to protect stored system and user date from unauthorized reading, writing, alteration, moving or rolling back. However, extended security feature... » read more

Multiple Roots Of Trust And Isolation: Key Roles For Absolute Security


Today, there are many different security processors available to the SoC designer. A majority have a commonality, and that is they are based on the same architecture. You can call it a two-domain architecture. One is non-secure; the other is secure with a single bit dividing the secure from the non-secure. What’s more, different applications from different entities may be running in that o... » read more

Complexity’s Impact On Security


Ben Levine, senior director of product management for Rambus’ Security Division, explains why security now depends on the growing number of components and the impact of interactions between those components. This is particularly problematic with AI chips, both on the training and inferencing side, where security problems on the training side can alter models for AI inferencing. » read more

What Does Cybersecurity Have To Do With Semiconductors?


More than ever, electronic devices are critical to everyday life and semiconductor chips are the brains inside the devices that run the world. They wake us in the morning, keep us up to date with the news, emails and conversations, handle our daily chores, and even keep us alive in the hospitals. For example, laptops, smartphones, the Internet, the banks, automobile controls and an endless list... » read more

Dodging The Next Generation Of Car Thieves


The complexity of vehicle electronics is growing and brings with it more opportunities for hackers to penetrate the car’s defenses. More connections bring in multiple network topologies, which may or may not be secure. As they are all intertwined and interconnected, any connection to get into the vehicle’s electronics is a potential point of attack for hackers. For example, jamming RFID sig... » read more

Establishing the Root of Trust for the Internet of Things


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a quickly emerging ecosystem of applications, products and services in which both large and small devices connect to the internet. These new IoT devices will be embedded into diverse applications ranging from home security and home automation to manufacturing—and more. Protecting the data collected from these dispersed IoT endpoints presents a myriad of challen... » read more

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