Special Report

Chip Security Emerges as a Hot Topic in the Supply Chain

For electronics OEMs, ensuring that the semiconductor chips they source and use are secure and safe is becoming increasingly important as the sophistication of both systems and cyber-criminals increases. It’s important to think about security as early in the design process as possible. “Security is much more than just chip-level security; it’s about practices,” said…

The Gig Economy Guide for EEs

The prevailing trend in employment is away from ongoing employment and toward the so-called gig economy. Although professions that are dependent on higher degrees are supposed to be mostly immune to the phenomenon, there are signs that even engineers are becoming subject to gig employment. The buzzphrase is new, but the phenomenon is not. The…

Today’s Skills, Tomorrow’s Requirements

The world needs more engineers of all types. The demand for specific engineering skills today anticipates the requirements for tomorrow. In turn, that would suggest how engineering education ought to be shaped moving forward. EE Times found several surprises regarding what skills are needed today and what will be needed in the future. We started…

Where Security Meets Privacy in the 21st Century

Since time immemorial, humans have been concerned with the subjects of security and privacy, but the convergence of many of today’s technologies — especially in the form of the internet of things (IoT) — means that the stakes have never been higher. Already, identity theft and ransomware attacks are rampant, with a worst-case scenario being…

EEs Join the Gig Economy

The combination of improved design automation, round-the-clock design teams, and old-fashioned cost-cutting is pushing engineers into the gig economy. That reality runs counter to recent comments from Intel executives and RISC pioneers David Patterson and John Hennessy. They would assert that we are in the midst of a “hundred flowers bloom” epoch for the design…

Distributors Grapple with Security, Privacy in the Digital Age

Electronics distributors — which often serve hundreds of suppliers and thousands of customers — have always been cognizant of their partners’ privacy and security. The stakes have gotten higher, though, as the supply chain reckons with the digital evolution. There was a time when distributors’ biggest worry was keeping Dell’s orders isolated from Hewlett-Packard’s. Now,…

Designing Hardware for Data Privacy

As internet-connected devices become more prevalent, they are fueling an increasing risk to privacy. Fortunately, there are now many off-the-shelf chips and services available to help designs resist intrusion and prevent unauthorized access to private data. The key lies in identifying the specific threats that require mitigation. Broadly stated, privacy entails keeping designated information inaccessible…

Facial Recognition: The Ugly Truth

The U.K. is one of the most surveilled countries in the world. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are everywhere, from shops to buses to private homes. In the past couple of years, artificial-intelligence (AI) techniques, such as neural networks, have propelled large-scale automated facial recognition. Combined with the U.K.’s huge network of existing CCTV cameras, this…