Security: Hard and Soft

Next Up: A Tortoise That Checks Your Chip for Flaws

by Jim Turley

I hate writing about security. I hate it because I wish it were unnecessary. There was a time when engineering meant making a product that did what you wanted it to do. Now it means spending a bunch of time making it not do what other people want but you don’t want. This sucks.

Most of the problem with implementing security features is guessing where the vulnerabilities are. How do you fix a bug you’ve never even thought of, much less identified? At least “real” hardware bugs are unintentional. Security hacks are both deliberate and malicious. Someone is trying to break your stuff.  Read More


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February 22, 2017

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Ultrahaptics collaborates with HARMAN to integrate mid-air haptic sensations into connected cars

Lattice Semiconductor Expands CrossLink Programmable ASSP (pASSP) IP Solutions

First Scalable Wi-Fi HaLow MAC from Methods2Business Built with Cadence Tensilica DSP

CUI Successfully Deploys its Software Defined Power Solutions (ICE Block) to Industry-Leading Data Center Operators

LETI TO PRESENT LATEST R&D RESULTS ON Three Alternatives to EUV and 193nm Lithography at SPIE Meeting in US

Sequans Introduces Monarch SX: LTE-M/NB-IoT System-on-Chip for Integrated IoT Devices

STMicroelectronics Extends Flexibility of STM32 Ecosystem with Latest STM32F722 Nucleo board and STM32F723 Discovery kit

EXFO and Rohde & Schwarz accelerate troubleshooting of mobile networks

Xilinx Unveils Disruptive Integration and Architectural Breakthrough for 5G Wireless with RF-Class Analog Technology

February 21, 2017

STMicroelectronics Delivers Superior-Performing NFC Technology for Secure Contactless Payments and IoT Applications

Accellera Day Opens DVCon U.S. on Monday, February 27 with Three Timely Tutorials

Connected cars: Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity now provides dedicated security solutions for IoT automotive telematics

KT Chooses Conexant’s Far-Field Voice Input Processor to Boost AI Performance of GiGA Genie Virtual Assistant Media Hub

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announces Availability of 45nm RF SOI to Advance 5G Mobile Communications

ITTIA Empowers the Development of Intelligent IoT Devices together with Renesas Electronics America by Delivering ITTIA DB SQL Database Software on Power-Efficient RZ/A Microprocessor Series

Synopsys IC Compiler II Sets the Bar in Quality-of-Results

STMicroelectronics and USound Agree to Make World’s First Spectacular-Sounding MEMS Speakers

Mentor Graphics Adds ReqTracer to Fast-Growing

Latest PIC® MCU Family Brings Ease of Design with More Core Independent Peripherals

Cadence Collaborates with CommSolid to Address the Cellular IoT Market with New NB-IoT Baseband IP

DDC-I Announces SafeMC RTOS Technology on Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Multicore Devices

STMicroelectronics' STM32 LoRaWAN Discovery Board Now in Stock Exclusively at Mouser Electronics

February 20, 2017

mPerpetuo Introduces The World's Fastest Android Cold Boot

STMicroelectronics and Airbiquity to Demonstrate Secure Over-the-Air Software Updates for Automotive Processors

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Radio FPGA!

Xilinx Announces RFSoCs

by Kevin Morris

Network Timing in Your Car

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High Speed Wizardry and a Steaming Cauldron of VPX Fixins

Hoodoo Rituals for New Technology Implementation

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The Abacus Conundrum

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Radio FPGA!

Posted on 02/23/17 at 12:48 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
Thanks Kevin --- way cool parts --- can not wait for their general availability smiling

FPGAs Race for the Bottom

Posted on 02/20/17 at 4:42 PM by logos

CyrilJ,

You're links are broken.

Also, Microsemi's THREE separate software suites are INCONSISTENT with Linux support.
- FlashPro for Libero IDE does not support Linux. Microsemi's site and documentation is all over the place with FlashPro hardware…

How Does Scatter/Gather Work?

Posted on 02/20/17 at 2:13 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
What is FAR worse?

An 8-way time division multiplexor to "fairly share" memory between 6 processors and 2 DMA channels -- no priority accesses to starve another channel, no contention based allocations, just straight channel 1 gets only time slot 1, ch…

How Does Scatter/Gather Work?

Posted on 02/20/17 at 1:16 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
Now you might say that no one would be that stupid as to pack all accessed data into a single subchannel. With the number of sub-channels being 2^n (where n is 1, 2 or 3), it's also pretty likely that the underlying data structure to be processed will hav…

How Does Scatter/Gather Work?

Posted on 02/20/17 at 12:37 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
@Karl -- sure multiple banks/channels can offer concurrent read/write, or even multiply sourced reads/write -- but each channel still has the native single access or burst fill performance timings.

Now look at the last three figures above, where Cadenc…

FPGAs Race for the Bottom

Posted on 02/19/17 at 1:16 PM by CyrilJ

A few links of interest for Linux users:

FlashPro download page (Linux and Windows):
https://www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/design-resources/programming/flashpro#software

SoftConsole download page (linux and Windows):
https://www.microsemi.co…

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