Understanding HBM design challenges

HBM2 @ 256GB/s As Semiconductor Engineering’s Ann Steffora Mutschler observes, high-bandwidth memory (HBM) enables lower power consumption per I/O, as well as higher bandwidth memory access with a more condensed form factor. This is accomplished [...]

Siloing security: A response to Meltdown and Spectre

Earlier this week, Jann Horn of Google’s Project Zero published a detailed blog post titled “Reading privileged memory with a side-channel.” The post confirmed that CPU data cache timing can be exploited to efficiently leak [...]

Pre-verified chiplets gain traction as NRE costs rise


Pre-verified chiplets Ann Steffora Mutschler of Semiconductor Engineering recently penned an article that explores how the concept of building silicon from pre-verified chiplets is beginning to gain traction – as the semiconductor industry seeks to [...]

Rambus selects Codasip Studio for next-gen RISC-V security products

Next-gen Rambus RISC-V security products Last week, we confirmed the selection of Codasip Studio for the development of our next-generation RISC-V security products. According to Bret Sewell, SVP and general manager of the Rambus Security [...]

SiFive and Rambus to provide IP for the ‘DesignShare’ economy

SiFive has announced a collaborative partnership with Rambus. More specifically, the latter company’s security technology will be made available for use with SiFive’s Freedom platforms. This includes a hardware root-of-trust, cryptographic cores, key provisioning capabilities [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Building a robust HBM2 PHY

What is HBM? HBM is a high-performance memory that features reduced power consumption and a small form factor. More specifically, it combines 2.5D packaging with a wider interface at a lower clock speed (as compared [...]

Rambus joins GLOBALFOUNDRIES FDXcelerator Program

GLOBALFOUNDRIES recently announced the addition of eight new partners to its FDXcelerator Program, including Rambus, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (ASE Group), Amkor Technology, Infosys, Mentor Graphics, Sasken, Sonics and QuickLogic. Rambus, along with the above-mentioned [...]

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 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 [...]

ChipEstimate and Rambus look beyond DDR4


Frank Ferro, a senior director of product management at Rambus, has penned an article for ChipEstimate about the future of DRAM in the age of the IoT. According to Ferro, the semiconductor industry has traditionally relied [...]

Taking smartphone security to the next level

Asaf Ashkenazi, a senior director at Rambus’ security division, recently gave a keynote presentation about the future of mobile security at the Linley Group’s Mobile and Wearables Conference. According to Ashkenzai, the demand for trusted [...]

Exploring 2.5D packaging and beyond


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 [...]

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 [...]

Semiconductor (silicon) IP market to hit $7 billion by 2022

A new report by MarketsandMarkets projects that the semiconductor (silicon) IP space will be worth $7.01 billion in 2022, up from $3.09 billion in 2015. “The driving factors for the growth of this market include [...]

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 [...]

CIOs mull IoT security concerns

Dinyar Dastoor, VP and GM at Wind River, recently penned an article for CIOs in Embedded Computing Design that explores the security risks associated with the management and deployment of IoT devices. “For many [CIOs], [...]

AMD extends Rambus patent license agreement

Rambus has extended its patent license with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for a third, five-year term. Under the terms of the agreement, AMD will continue to be licensed for its integrated circuit and circuit board [...]

Securing intelligent transportation systems

Earlier this week, Team Lightbulb hosted its annual Broadband Conference at CES 2016. A number of topics were discussed at various panels throughout the day, including the steady evolution of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Jill [...]

Rambus renews patent license agreement with Toshiba

Rambus has renewed its patent license agreement with Toshiba Corporation. As per the terms of the new three-year agreement, Toshiba will be licensing a wide range of technologies from Rambus to cover products that include [...]

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, [...]

No quick fix for automotive insecurity

Did you know that the automotive industry is still “ill equipped” to protect connected vehicles from hackers due to lagging security standards? Indeed, industry leaders have only begun to seriously explore more effective methods of [...]

Cryptographically securing on-chip firewalling

Rambus security researchers recently presented a paper at NSS 2015 that details the process of cryptographically securing on-chip firewalling. Authored by Jean-Michel Cioranesco, Craig Hampel, Guilherme Ozari de Almeida, and Rodrigo Portella do Canto, the [...]

Extracting crypto keys from the Cloud

A Worcester Polytechnic Institute research team has confirmed that it managed to successfully extract cryptographic keys from the Cloud. According to a recently published paper, the team built upon previous work by Ristenpart, who demonstrated [...]

Microsemi FPGAs awarded Rambus Cryptography Research DPA logo certification

Microsemi Corporation recently announced that its SmartFusion®2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and IGLOO®2 FPGAs successfully passed certification for resistance to differential power analysis (DPA) within the context of the DPA Countermeasure Validation [...]

When power becomes a problem

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Semiconductor Engineering editor in chief Ed Sperling recently reported that the current emphasis on lowering power – in everything from wearable electronics to data centers – is turning into a “perfect storm” for the semiconductor [...]

Jeep hack highlights critical automotive vulnerabilities

Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek recently highlighted a series of automotive vulnerabilities when they hacked a Chrysler jeep driven by Wired journalist Andy Greenberg. Indeed, the duo managed to (wirelessly) assume control over [...]

Mitnick says the IoT is exploitable

Kevin Mitnick recently told the Freescale Technology Forum that the Internet of Things (IoT) is “exploitable.” "I don’t know any system out there that’s impenetrable,” the hacker turned security consultant emphasized during a conference symposium [...]

Building a secure foundation for wearables

Did you know it is technically possible to spy on wearable devices in a gym or coffee shop? Fortunately, as Wareable’s David Nield points out, it's highly unlikely that anyone who isn't a security researcher [...]

U.S. Navy bolsters cyber security

The U.S. Navy is working to bolster the cyber security of its computer networks, weapon systems, and communications equipment while bracing for potential attacks against power grids and fuel supplies. "Cyber is in everything now,” [...]

The DDR5-HBM connection


Frank Ferro, senior director of product marketing at Rambus, recently told SemiconductorEngineering’s Ed Sperling that he was looking forward to seeing what the company could do for next-gen DDR5 as well as evolving high-bandwidth memory [...]

Rambus CryptoManager highlighted @ GSA Silicon Summit

Dr. Martin Scott, the senior VP and GM of Rambus’ Cryptography Research Division, recently participated in a Silicon Summit Internet of Things (IoT) panel hosted by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). Additional speakers included Rahul [...]

CryptoManager hits general availability milestone

Designed to bolster efficiency and security during the chip manufacturing process, CryptoManager was first announced in June 2014 and hit its general availability milestone earlier this month. “SoC manufacturing has become increasingly intricate and costly,” [...]

ReRAM evolves for the IoT

Writing for Semiconductor Engineering, Ernest Worthman notes that next-generation IoT/E devices will face a plethora of power, footprint and electronic constraints. According to Steven Woo, VP of solutions marketing and distinguished inventor at Rambus, non-volatile [...]

Understanding the methodology behind side-channel attacks


Rambus Cryptography Research Fellow Pankaj Rohatgi recently penned an in-depth EDN article describing the methodology behind side-channel attacks. The technique, says Rohatgi, relies on the fact that any physical realization of cryptography in hardware or [...]

Side channel attacks reportedly targeted Trusted Platform Modules

Security analysts reportedly explored how to extract private encryption keys from Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) by “measuring electromagnetic signals emanating” from the chips. “This is what cryptographers call differential po​wer analysis, a sophisticated side-channel ​attack [...]

R+ DDR4/3 PHY developed on Samsung’s 28nm LPP process

Rambus has officially confirmed that its R+™ DDR4/3 PHY was developed using Samsung’s 28nm LPP process. “Our ongoing collaboration with Samsung has yielded a robust, production-ready R+ DDR4/3 PHY on the power-performance optimized 28nm Low [...]

Securing the IoT starts at the core


Writing for NewElectronics, Ben Jun of the Cryptography Research division of Rambus says securing the Internet of Things (IoT) starts at the core. “The risks associated with a rapidly growing IoT include privacy, unauthorized access, [...]

Connected vehicles face cyber terrorism threat

A former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently told the 2014 SAE Convergence conference in Detroit that automakers and federal regulators must address potential “acts of terrorism” using connected vehicles. “Strickland said [...]