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An introduction to side-channel attacks

The rapid growth of connected devices and the sensitive data they generate poses a significant challenge for manufacturers seeking to comprehensively protect their devices from attack. Indeed, consumers expect their IoT devices and data to [...]

10/7nm: Transient power issues and side-channel attacks

Semiconductor Engineering’s Ann Steffora Mutschler has written an in-depth article that explores the issue of transient power at 10/7nm. According to Mutschler, transient power adds yet another level of complexity for design teams already wrestling [...]

Understanding the evolution of side-channel attacks

Earlier this month, Christopher Gori, a senior director of product management in Rambus' security division, wrote an article for Semiconductor Engineering about the evolution of side-channel attacks. As Gori explains, a side-channel attack can perhaps best [...]

Protecting implanted medical devices (IMDs) from side-channel attacks

Did you know that millions of implanted medical devices (IMDs) do not typically receive software upgrades to address security vulnerabilities? Such devices – which are often connected via the internet or wireless technologies – include [...]

The evolution of embedded FPGAs

Brian Bailey of Semiconductor Engineering observes that systems on chip have been manufactured with numerous processing variants ranging from general-purpose CPUs to DSPs, GPUs and custom processors which are highly optimized for certain tasks. “When none [...]

Safecracking goes high-tech with side-channel attacks


During the early days of safecracking, rudimentary rotary locks were compromised by feel or sound to determine the correct combination. Following in this tradition, a security researcher known as Plore recently demonstrated how side-channel attacks [...]

Protecting avionic systems from side-channel attack

Asaf Ashkenazi, a senior director of product marketing at Rambus’ security division, recently sat down with Neil Tyler of NewElectronics to discuss the potential threat side-channel attacks pose to avionic systems. As Tyler points out, [...]

EE Times talks Rambus and automotive security

Junko Yoshida of the EE Times reports that Rambus is diving into the field of cyber-security for OTA vehicle updates, which she describes as a “red-hot” issue for the current automotive market. “Rambus, a semiconductor [...]

Report: Intel’s Skylake-S is primed for DDR4


Writing for KitGuru, Anton Shilov says Intel’s upcoming Skylake-S architecture will promote DDR4 “considerably more aggressively” than initially believed. “Although [the] integrated memory controller of Skylake supports different types of DRAM, the processors will not [...]

PayPal deploys ARM-based X-Gene servers

Applied Micro CEO and president Paramesh Gopi recently confirmed that PayPal has “deployed and validated” the ARM-powered X-Gene server-on-a-chip. According to Gopi, Paypal represents one of the many hyperscale data center customers the company is [...]

Building power conscious data centers

Writing for EnterpriseTech, George Leopold notes that data center energy consumption will only continue to increase in the near future – even as regulators attempt to rein in carbon emissions at coal-fired plants tasked with [...]