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Six Things We Might Need For Pervasive Computing


There is little doubt that digital technology will become more pervasive than it is even now in the coming decades. Organizations like the Exponential Group argue that digital should be the first step in sustainability, estimating that hardware and software could help reduce emissions by 15% by 2030 and beyond by helping fine-tune buildings, factories, and other environments. Cars—already ... » read more

Latency Considerations Of IDE Deployment On CXL Interconnects


Certain applications and hardware types – emerging memory, artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), and cloud servers, to name a few – can realize significant performance advantages when a low latency interface is employed. However, traditional interconnects like PCI Express (PCIe) often do not offer low enough latencies required to optimize these applications. In response, the Com... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Oct. 11


IC security using AFMs The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a probe assisted doping technique (PAD), a technology that could help prevent counterfeit chips and electronic devices from entering the market. PAD involves creating a unique ID tag on every chip using an atomic force microscope (AFM). Basically, an AFM system incorporates a cantilever with a tin... » 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

Implementing An AES Cipher On Application-Specific Processors


In the previous blog post, “Embedded Security Using Cryptography”, we looked at how cryptography can be used for securing assets in embedded systems and ensure confidentiality, integrity and authenticity, or in short “CIA”. In this blog, we will explore the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and how to implement an AES engine on Cadence Tensilica Xtensa application-specific processors. ... » read more

Navigating The Seas Of FIPS 140-2 CMVP With Certified Root Of Trust And TRNG IP


No captain worth his salt would set sail without an experienced navigator at his side. Likewise, when navigating the FIPS 140-2 CMVP process, it’s extremely valuable to have a partner that has already successfully made the journey. More specifically, working with a partner that offers CMVP-certified IP can streamline the process and increase the success of achieving CMVP certification of chip... » read more

Containing The Explosion In Data


The amount of data that could be kept for every design is gargantuan, but even that may not be enough these days as lifecycle management, continuous verification, regulatory requirements, and globalization add to the data that needs to be stored. But data has no value if it cannot be found or used in ways that provide more benefit than the cost of storing it. "Data management is not unique t... » read more

The Battle For Post-Quantum Security Will Be Won By Agility


By Thomas Poeppelmann and Martin Schlaeffer Due to their special features, quantum computers have the disruptive potential to replace existing conventional computers in many applications. They could, for example, calculate simulations of complex molecules for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, perform complicated optimizations for the automotive and aviation industry, or create new fi... » read more

Will Automotive Ethernet Win?


As internal combustion engines are replaced by electric motors, and mechanical linkages increasingly replaced by electronic messaging, an in-vehicle network is needed to facilitate communication. Ethernet, amended for automotive and other time-sensitive applications, appears to be the network of choice. But is that choice a done deal? And will Ethernet replace all other in-car networks? The ... » read more

High-Quality Test And Embedded Analytics Are Vital For Secure SoCs


Applications such as smart cards and devices used in the defense industry require security features to ensure that sensitive data is inaccessible to outside agents. This used to be a niche requirement met through custom solutions. However, now that automotive and cyber-physical systems are proliferating, the requirements around secure test and monitoring are becoming mainstream. The current bes... » read more

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