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Hardware Security and Safety of IC Chips - Presented by Makoto Nagata

Registration is now open! This webinar will be presented LIVE on Friday, April 16th at 9 AM ET.

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Abstract - IC chips are key enablers to a smartly networked society and need to be more compliant to security and safety. For example, semiconductor solutions for autonomous vehicles must meet stringent regulations and requirements. While designers develop circuits and systems to meet the performance and functionality of such products, countermeasures are proactively implemented in silicon to protect against harmful disturbances and even intentional adversarial attacks.

This talk will start with Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) techniques applied to IC chips for safety to motivate EMC-aware design, analysis, and implementation. It will discuss IC design challenges to achieve higher levels of hardware security (HWS). Crypto-based secure IC chips are investigated to avoid the risks of side-channel leakages and side-channel attacks, corroborated with silicon demonstrating analog techniques to protect digital functionality. The EMC and HWS disciplines derived from electromagnetic principles are key to establishing IC design principles for security and safety.

Feature Article

SSCS Webinars for Young Excellence Presents - "To Academia, or to Industry, That is the Question" - Presented by Prof. Kofi Makinwa and Dr. Shih-Lien (Linus) Lu 


The IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Webinars for Young Excellence Presents an ENCORE presentation of "To Academia, or to Industry, That is the Question" - Presented by Kofi Makinwa and Shih-Lien (Linus) Lu.

We will be holding an encore presentation of this previously presented webinar, requested by SSCS members. 

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 21st at 9:00 AM ET. Click here to register.

This webinar will be available on-demand on the SSCS Resource Center for future viewing. 

Abstract: You are about to finish graduate school or perhaps a young or seasoned professional, contemplating a career transition. Which is better - a career in academia or industry? What are the pros and cons of one versus the other? How can you start exploring and build up your career accordingly? In this webinar, we will interview Dr. Linus Lu, a professor-turned-industry veteran, and Prof. Kofi Makinwa, an industry veteran-turned-professor, who will share their insights and perspectives from their personal journeys in both academia and industry careers. They will also address what triggered their transitions, how they staged their transitions, and offer their crystal ball projections on present and future career prospects in the solid-state-circuits profession.


Technology Spotlight

Solid-State Circuits Directions Workshop: Democratizing IC Design 


Wednesday, April 7th, 2021, 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET

This event is free and open to all

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Solid-State Circuits Directions (SSCD) is a new technical committee within the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (related article). Its charter is to promote forward-looking topics, build new communities and stimulate interaction with others. Following SSCD’s inaugural event on hardware security, the upcoming workshop will look at the new movement toward an open-source ecosystem for integrated circuit design.

Over the past several decades, society has strongly benefited from free and open-source software. More recently, the open-source spirit has expanded to hardware and has energized a new maker community that tinkers with embedded systems at the printed circuit board level. Groundbreaking developments have now also opened the door toward democratizing integrated circuit design.

Last year, Google, SkyWater and efabless have partnered to launch a shuttle program based on SkyWater’s SKY130 open-source process (130 nm CMOS). This technology is offered to the open community along with a complete design flow to enable designers to implement their ideas. This workshop will provide an overview of this program and highlight upcoming opportunities to benefit from it. Finally, it will showcase specific design work delivered by the community members and articulate a call to action for volunteers to design, teach and mentor.


7:00 AM PST     Welcome  & Introductions (Boris Murmann, Stanford University)

7:05 AM PST     Fully open source manufacturable PDK for a 130nm process (Tim Ansell,  Google)

7:35 AM PST     45 Chips in 30 Days: Open Source ASIC at its best! (Mohamed Kassem, efabless)

7:55 AM PST     Design 1: Open Source eFPGA implementation in SKY130 (Xifan Tang, University of Utah)

8:25 AM PST     Design 2: Amateur Radio Satellite Transceiver (Thomas Parry)

8:55 AM PST     Call to Action: Need volunteers to design, teach and mentor


9:00 AM PST     Adjourn

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