Building Security into the Smart Home Devices with a Hardware Root of Trust


The growth in the semiconductor industry over the past years has been driven heavily by the storage and compute needs on smartphones, computers, servers and data centers. These conventional drivers are set to change. New-age technologies like big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will fuel the demand for the future growth in semiconductors. Not only is IoT assi... » read more

Week in Review: IoT, Security, Auto


Deals Arm acquired Treasure Data, which offers a data management service. Financial terms weren’t revealed, although the transaction is reportedly worth $600 million. Joyce Kim, Arm’s chief marketing officer, told reporters that the purchase is “the largest cash deal we’ve done.” Along with the company’s introduction of Mbed Cloud (a device management service) last year and the acq... » read more

The Week in Review: IoT


Finance SenseTime of Beijing, China, received $620 million in Series C+ funding, valuing the company at more than $4.5 billion. Alibaba Group led the new funding, as it did with last month’s Series C round of $600 million. Qualcomm, an existing investor, participated in the latest round, along with new investors Fidelity International, Hopu Capital, Silver Lake Partners, and Tiger Global. Se... » read more

Securing Smart Homes


One year after Mirai malware hijacked more than 100,000 connected devices for its botnet and launched a denial of service attack — which briefly blocked access to popular sites such as Netflix, PayPal, Amazon and Twitter — [getkc id="76" kc_name="IoT"] device makers are just beginning to get smarter about home security. Security concerns reach deeper into the home than just the Internet ... » read more

Cyber Security In The Era Of The Smart Home


The global smart home market is projected to reach at least $40 billion in value by 2020. Perhaps not surprisingly, OEMs are inadvertently creating major security risks in their rush to market by shipping smart home products with inadequate security and unpatched vulnerabilities. As ABI Research Analyst Dimitrios Pavlakis notes, ignoring cybersecurity at the design level provides a wide-open do... » read more

Synthetic Sensors: Towards General-Purpose Sensing (Carnegie Mellon Univ)


Source: Carnegie Mellon University, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Gierad Laput, Yang Zhang, Chris Harrison Although ubiquitous sensors seem almost synonymous with the IoT, some Carnegie Mellon University researchers say sensing with a single, general purpose sensor for each room may be better. The team has developed a plug-in sensor package that monitors multiple phenomena — sou... » read more

Building Smart Homes On A Secure Foundation


News outlets recently covered the new paper, “Security Analysis of Emerging Smart Home Applications,” and its findings about the security vulnerabilities in common “smart home” applications. Originally published in the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, the paper describes the operation of, and potential issues with, the programming framework in smart home devices on the marke... » read more

Will People Pay More?


Smart devices can do many things. Some of them are useful, some are questionable, and some are just plain ridiculous. But the real issue for semiconductor and system companies isn't whether people will use them. It's whether they will work long enough and well enough to warrant the extra cost. The reality is that very few people use all of the features in any device, or even within a single ... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT


Embedded Mentor Graphics released a new version of their Nucleus RTOS with a focus on high-performance IoT and wearable applications. Updates include support for Dynamic Linking and Loading (DLL) capabilities in Cortex-M based cores; the ability for developers to reconfigure, update, and provision connected embedded devices that utilize cloud-based remote software services; and TI WiLink 8 m... » read more