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The challenges of IP reuse

Semiconductor Engineering’s Ed Sperling recently penned an article about the challenges of IP reuse. The basic business proposition for third-party IP, says Sperling, is that it’s cheaper, faster and less problematic to buy rather than [...]

How NVDIMM-N enables higher system performance

Sarvagya Kochak, a senior product marketing manager at Rambus, recently penned an article for Semiconductor Engineering that explores the concept of enabling higher system performance with NVDIMM-N. According to Kochak, the shift from the traditional [...]

Memory and the IoT

Semiconductor Engineering’s Ed Sperling and Jeff Dorsch recently wrote an article about the challenges of chip design in the age of the IoT. As Sperling notes, this includes sensors, various types of processors, a growing [...]

HBM2 continues to ramp

Samsung ramps volume production of 8GB HBM2 Earlier this month, Samsung confirmed an increase in production volume of its 8-gigabyte (GB) High Bandwidth Memory-2 (HBM2) to meet growing market needs across a wide range of [...]

Memory buffer chips: The Amdahl-Moore’s Law connection

John Eble, a senior director of technical product marketing at Rambus, recently penned an article for Semiconductor Engineering about memory buffer chips. As Eble notes, Moore’s Law, which observes that available transistors in an integrated [...]

Encouraging IoT security adoption

Rambus Sr. Director of Security Products Asaf Ashkenazi recently wrote an article for Semiconductor Engineering about encouraging IoT security adoption. As Ashkenazi notes, everyone acknowledges that the clear majority of IoT devices are vulnerable and [...]

Ransomware could target connected vehicles

Jeff Plungis of Consumer Reports observes that the recent “WannaCry” ransomware attack highlights the digital vulnerabilities in our daily lives, including connected vehicles which increasingly rely on computer chips and more than 100 million lines [...]

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 [...]

Semiconductor industry eyes SoC/ASIC disaggregation

Mohit Gupta, a senior director of product marketing for Rambus' Memory and Interfaces Division, has penned an article for Semiconductor Engineering about the growing industry interest in SoC/ASIC disaggregation. As Gupta notes, petabytes of data are [...]

The importance of a hardware root-of-trust in an anti-counterfeiting IC

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Scott Best, a technical director at Rambus Security, has written an article for Semiconductor Engineering about the important role a hardware root-of-trust plays in an anti-counterfeiting IC. As Best explains, during manufacture, an anti-counterfeiting security IC is [...]

Autonomous vehicles shift security risks into overdrive

Semiconductor Engineering’s Ann Steffora Mutschler recently penned a detailed article about the future of autonomous vehicles. As Mutschler observed, autonomous driving and other advanced features will require far more complex software than what is found in cars [...]

The importance of hardware-based security solutions

Earlier this month, Paul Kocher, a Rambus security technology advisor, spoke with Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering about the importance of hardware-based security solutions. According to Kocher, the industry is finally realizing that hardware-based security [...]

Cryptography in the age of AI and quantum computing

Paul Kocher, a Rambus security technology advisor, recently sat down with Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering to discuss a wide range of topics, including the evolving cryptographic landscape in the age of quantum computing and [...]

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 [...]

Why HBM2 is all about the PHY

Rambus’ Bill Fuller recently penned an article for Semiconductor Engineering about HBM2 DRAM. As Fuller observes, HBM DRAM is currently used in graphics, high-performance computing (HPC), server, networking and client applications. Recent examples of second-generation [...]

The rise of high bandwidth memory (HBM)

Semiconductor Engineering’s Ann Steffora Mutschler recently penned an article about high bandwidth memory (HBM). As Mutschler observes, the latest iteration of HBM continues its rise as a viable contender in the memory space. Indeed, HBM [...]

The challenge of securing connected vehicles

Jeff Dorsch of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that connected cars and the Internet of Things (IoT) go hand in hand. Nevertheless, says Dorsch, realizing the future of autonomous vehicles will demand close attention be paid [...]

Protecting local government offices from ransomware

Last week, cyber criminals targeted computer systems operated by the government of Licking County, Ohio with a virus and an accompanying financial demand that has been labelled ransomware. Ransomware is typically used to lock systems [...]

Securing chips for the IoT

Jeff Dorsch of Semiconductor Engineering notes that chips and modules going into Internet of Things (IoT) node devices “must have” cybersecurity features designed and built into them. “Multiple vendors are responding with products meant to keep [...]

FPGAs are shaping the computing platforms of the future

Steven Woo, VP of Systems and Solutions at Rambus, recently penned an article for Semiconductor Engineering about how FPGAs are helping to shape the computing platforms of the future. As Woo notes, Moore’s Law, which [...]

Smart sensors go lensless for smart cities

Gale Morrison of Semiconductor Engineering recently penned an article about the various challenges associated with building smart cities of the future. As Morrison notes, governments around the globe are beginning to tap into a world [...]

Securing the Internet of Things starts with transistors

Asaf Ashkenazi, senior director of product management in Rambus’ Security Division, has penned an article for Semiconductor Engineering about the six “Strategic Principles” for securing the Internet of Things (IoT) outlined by the U.S. Department of [...]

Saving power with HBM

Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering notes that power has always been a “global concern” in the design process because it affects every part of a chip. Nevertheless, partitioning for power rather than functionality or performance has [...]

The evolving requirements of IoT security

Ed Sperling and Jeff Dorsch of Semiconductor Engineering recently penned an article about the future of IoT security. Specifically, the two journalists highlighted the distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) against Dyn which saw waves [...]

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 [...]

Semiconductor Engineering highlights side-channel attacks

Brian Bailey of Semiconductor Engineering has written an article that highlights the danger side-channel attacks pose to connected devices and systems. “As the world begins to take security more seriously, it becomes evident that a device is [...]

Mirai botnet targets IoT devices

In late September, cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs’ website was overwhelmed by a massive DDoS attack that hit at a rate of 620Gbps, forcing Akamai to temporarily suspend service. In a blog post describing the cyber [...]

Rethinking system architecture as Moore’s Law wanes

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Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering observes that chipmakers are increasingly relying on architectural and micro-architectural changes as the “best hope” for optimizing power and performance across markets, process nodes and price points. “While discussion about the [...]

Securing next-gen drones

John Edwards of Semiconductor Engineering recently penned an article that explores the security risks associated with drones. The biggest drone threat of all, says Edwards, may turn out to be attacks made against the vehicles [...]

The growing demand for FPGAs in servers and data centers

Jeff Dorsch of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that there are a number of distinct advantages and drawbacks to various compute engines available on the market today. “[For example], CPUs offer high capacity at low latency. [...]

Redesigning smart sensors for the IoT

Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering observes that sensor technology is beginning to change on a fundamental level. Indeed, companies are now looking beyond the five senses – on which early sensors were modeled – to [...]

Optimizing memory bandwidth

Frank Ferro, a senior director of product management at Rambus, recently sat down with Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering and other industry participants to discuss the slew of new memory initiatives and entrants. According to [...]

Securing connected vehicles with Rambus CryptoManager

Anna Steffora Mutschler of Semiconductor Engineering recently observed that self-driving cars have prompted the semiconductor industry to consider a number of complex legal and regulatory issues. “[Self-driving vehicles] open up a whole new field for [...]

Exploring 2.5D packaging and beyond

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Frank Ferro, a Senior Director of Product Marketing at Rambus, recently participated in a Semiconductor Engineering roundtable discussion about 2.5D and advanced packaging. According to Ferro, 2.5D can succeed if customer demand overcomes the additional [...]

The system bottlenecks of Moore’s Law

Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that rightsizing chip architecture has become more complex in recent years. Essentially, rightsizing is a method of targeting chips to specific application needs – ensuring sufficient performance, while [...]

Shifting gears for the IoT

Writing for Semiconductor Engineering, Ann Steffora Mutschler observes that a shift is currently underway in the automotive industry as more connected vehicles hit the road each year. “[Connectivity adds] many of the features that consumers [...]

Balancing cores and memory with Smart Data Acceleration

Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that adding more cores to a processor doesn’t necessarily improve system performance. In fact, designing the wrong size or type of core may actually waste power. “This has [...]

Architecting new memory for the IoT

The once indefatigable Moore’s Law is beginning to slow, even as data, driven by a burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT), continues to increase exponentially. Consequently, a slew of new memory architectures, including those utilizing 2.5D [...]

Going beyond DRAM with Smart Data Acceleration

Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering recently noted that new memory types and approaches are being developed as Moore’s Law begins to slow. “What fits where in the memory hierarchy is becoming less clear as the [...]

Back doors: From Multics to WarGames

Ernest Worthman and Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering recently co-authored a fascinating article that explores the surprising origins of back doors in the technology sector. “One of the first open references [to back doors] was [...]

Evaluating security risks in the cloud

Cloud computing is perhaps best known for offering users ubiquitous and convenient on-demand network access. “[The cloud provides a] pool of configurable computing resources such as shared networks, servers, storage, applications, and services,” Ernest Worthman [...]

Waging 21st century cyber-warfare

Cyber-warfare is emerging as the most sophisticated battleground of the 21st century. “In fact, the military in all major countries make it a priority,” Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering recently observed. “Collectively they are spending tens of [...]

Designing a secure and sustainable ADAS

Writing for Semiconductor Engineering, Ann Steffora Mutschler observes that under the hood, modern vehicles barely resemble their predecessors from a few decades ago. “There are sophisticated safety and drivetrain monitoring features, software for interpreting and [...]

Optimizing memory for next-gen computing

Semiconductor Engineering Editor in Chief Ed Sperling recently noted that getting data in and out of memory is just as important as optimizing the speed and efficiency of a processor. “[Nevertheless], for years design teams [...]

Breaking software-based White Box Cryptography (WBC)

Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering recently described White Box Cryptography (WBC) as a “novel approach” that implements cryptography algorithms in software, rather than hardware. “The idea is to keep the cryptographic assets secure against attacks, [...]

Evaluating XaaS security risks

Writing for Semiconductor Engineering, Ernest Worthman notes that the Cloud-centric concept of Anything-as-a-Service (XaaS) hopes to simplify everything from cutting-edge business to consumer applications. “On the consumer side, it promises to take everything from your [...]

What’s worse than a password?

Did you know that a September 2015 US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) system breach resulted in 5.6 million leaked fingerprints? “We’ve all seen movies that included a clever way to get someone’s fingerprints, and [...]

ReRAM gains traction in the memory space

Writing for Semiconductor Engineering, Michael Watts reports that Resistive RAM (ReRAM) appears to be gaining traction. “Once considered a universal memory candidate—a replacement for DRAM, flash and SRAM—ReRAM is carving out a niche between DRAM [...]

Creating and cracking secure ciphers

Steven Woo, VP of Solutions Marketing at Rambus, recently sat down with Ernest Worthman of Semiconductor Engineering to discuss the concept of secure ciphers. “One of the key challenges is how to develop a cipher [...]

Securing 2.5D and fan-outs

Semiconductor Engineering editor-in-chief Ed Sperling recently noted that the long-anticipated move to 2.5D and fan-outs raises a number of familiar questions about security. “Will multiple chips combined in an advanced package be as secure as [...]