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Keynote – Design for Security: The Next Frontier of Smart Silicon

Warren Savage (Visiting Researcher, Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security, University of Maryland/DARPA)

Location: Elizabeth A. Hangs Theater

Date: Wednesday, January 29

Time: 10:00am - 10:45am

Track: Keynote

Format: Keynote

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Since the dawn of the semiconductor industry in 1960, we have seen dramatic changes in the way we design. These changes have evolved along with the chips themselves, requiring new disciplines to keep pace as the sophistication of these devices have grown exponentially. Our lexicon had adapted along with our new skills to include a variety of “Design for X” methodologies, technologies, and standards including design-for-test, design-for-manufacturing, etc.

With the ubiquity of smart silicon surrounding our personal lives, designers now face an additional challenge to design to protect not only intellectual property, but also the personal information of customers who use these devices from hackers and nation states that aim to profit from their data or do them harm. Warren Savage will present an overview of the threats to our silicon today and the research programs that DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Agency) is funding to develop new “Design for Security” technology and methods to better protect us all.