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  • April 04, 2024

    Self-Destructing Encryption Keys and Static and Dynamic Entropy in One Chip

    By Eric Hunt-Schroeder, Senior Staff Manager, Digital IC Design, Marvell

    From ISSCC to GOMACTech, we’re presenting new and exciting technology solutions that will benefit the aerospace and defense industry. 

    For anyone who’s watched the 1990s cartoon, Inspector Gadget, the phrase “This message will self-destruct” is bound to be familiar. Anytime Inspector Gadget is given a new assignment, he receives a message containing critical information and instructions. Inspector Gadget must act quickly because shortly after opening, the message is promptly blown to smithereens. 

    Recently, I had the opportunity to present self-destructing encryption key technology within microchips during the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) hosted in San Francisco from February 18 to 22. If the chip or keys become compromised, the keys self-destruct. Essentially, we’ve created security on the fly—the Inspector Gadget way. We received a significant amount of media attention from publications such as IEEE Spectrum and Tom’s Hardware

    But we didn’t stop with ISSCC. Shortly after, I had the opportunity to attend the GOMACTech conference where I presented our reconfigurable physically unclonable function (PUF) and random number generation technology—all in one chip. This technology promises to be critical for the aerospace and defense industry. 

  • April 02, 2024

    Dual Use IP: Shortening Government Development Cycles from Two Years to Six Months

    By Aidan Kelly, Senior Principal Engineer, Solutions Architect at Marvell Government Solutions

    Just like its civilian counterparts, the government uses semiconductors to enable all critical systems. Moreso than its civilian counterparts, the government uses semiconductors for system which can expose those semiconductors to extreme conditions and in addition have highly stringent requirements for security. With lives, safety, and national security on the line, the government can’t afford for these chips to fail.  

    As demand for chips that meet government specs increases, so do the costs associated with developing these highly technical and specific chips, particularly as the government works to integrate rapidly developing applications, such as artificial intelligence (AI). 

    But here’s the problem: chips that meet the government’s stringent specifications cannot be developed in a day, so by the time they complete what can be a long development and testing process, they may be eclipsed by newer technology.

    So how can the government get the advanced chips they need and get them quickly enough to keep up with ever-changing technology?