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Military & Aerospace Electronics Article: Built-in Trusted Computing And Cyber Security For Complex Digital Chips

By April 4, 2019May 12th, 2021No Comments

U.S. military researchers are asking for industry’s help to make trusted computing and cyber security a routine part of digital integrated circuit design to protect advanced chips from known cyber attack strategies.
Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a solicitation Wednesday (HR001119S0044) for the Automatic Implementation of Secure Silicon (AISS) program, which seeks make it easy to include defense mechanisms in systems-on-chip (SoC) design and fabrication.
The program aims balancing tradeoffs between advanced chip architectures and economic tradeoffs like power consumption, chip packaging size, and performance, while improving design productivity, DARPA officials say.
The AISS project calls for a cloud-based design environment with an open-source RISC-V platform as well as a commercial ARM processor for use in SoC design.
The AISS program is part of the DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to ensure far-reaching improvements in electronics performance and pushing the limits of traditional scaling. Essentially it seeks to simplify incorporating security into mainstream chip designs, as well as develop advanced defenses and countermeasures.
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