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Putting resilience at the heart of processors

The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corporation have given research awards to 10 universities to develop secure, trustworthy, assured and resilient semiconductors and systems.

The awards total $4 million and support research at the circuit, architecture and system levels on new strategies, methods and tools to decrease the likelihood of unintended behavior or access; increase resistance and resilience to tampering; and improve the ability to provide authentication throughout the supply chain and in the field.

"The processes and tools used to design and manufacture semiconductors ensure that the resulting product does what it is supposed to do. However, a key question that must also be addressed is whether the product does anything else, such as behaving in ways that are unintended or malicious," said Keith Marzullo, division director of NSF's Computer and Network Systems Division. "Through this partnership with SRC, we are pleased to focus on hardware and systems security research addressing this challenge and to provide a unique opportunity to facilitate the transition of this research into practical use."

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•Date: 25th September 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity


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