Yesterday, I wrote about automotive security from a big-picture level. Today let's drop down and look at some implementation approaches from the chip level. This comes from Thomas Kallstenious, who is imec's program director for security. At the imec Technology Forum, which is always the afternoon before SEMICON West, he presented some of what they are up to with some teasing hints that there would be more next year.
Physically Unclonable Functions
One problem with chip-level security is that all chips are the same. Foundries invest billions of dollars to make it so. That makes it hard to stop a successful penetration of one chip making other chips vulnerable to whatever it was you found out: you read the secret master key, for example.
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