Watching the tech industry over the last few decades, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that all of the inventions have come solely through the efforts of single-minded entrepreneurs determined to win, even if it means losing in the attempt. While lots of that has happened, this worldview, just like the notion that the Wild West was won solely by rugged individualists with no help from anyone, … Read More → "Policy and Regulations in the IoT World"
We all know that security (or at least talking about it) is all the rage, although most of that attention relates to software. But hardware too? Yes, hardware too. However, today, we’re not going to talk about hardware that’s providing security to something else; we want to talk about protecting the hardware itself as intellectual property (IP).
Reverse engineering by companies like Read More → "The Cat-and-Mouse World of Logic Camouflage"
This week’s episode of Fish Fry covers the world of embedded design open standards and modules, a new security IC, and the science behind swearing. Jerry Gipper (Executive Director at VITA) joins us to discuss how VITA evolved from a simple VMEbus users group to the unique collaboration between suppliers and users it is today. We’ll discuss the future of VME and VPX technology, and why open … Read More → "Why Blank Slates Don’t Work"
Spectre and Meltdown are possibly the most important (and interesting) security vulnerabilities discovered in the past two decades. Because they capitalize on weaknesses in commonly-used architectural features in many processors, they span numerous vendors, processors, and just about every type of computing device. Billions of processors deployed over the past two decades could be vulnerable.
The EE Journal editorial team is working to bring you the “engineer’ … Read More → "Spectre and Meltdown Continuing Coverage"
OK, I’ve got to say something. Within the past week, I’ve seen numerous examples of companies trying to profiteer from the panic surrounding Spectre and Meltdown – and generating even more panic in the process. In my view, this is unethical and irresponsible. As engineers, this kind of corporate behavior damages public trust in our profession, in our work, and in us personally. We have to do all … Read More → "Profiteering from Spectre and Meltdown"
“Is this going to be a standup fight, sir, or another bug hunt?” – PFC Hudson, Aliens
Here’s the tl;dr: A pair of separate but related hardware bugs afflict almost all ARM and x86 processors made over the past ten years, and sometimes far longer. Both bugs have lain dormant for all that time, meaning nearly every PC, server, cell phone, and cloud service … Read More → "Hardware Bugs Afflict Nearly All CPUs"