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New telecommunications network model for rural areas. Ushered in a new era of development.

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  • www.newelectronics.co.uk

    26 May 2015

    LIFE SCIENCES SENSORS PROGRAMMABLE PLATFORMS DESIGN PLUS

    Architecting the futureDesigning the mobile networks needed

    to solve the rural not-spot problem

  • COMMENT 5

    IoTsecuritymustbe

    architectedfromthe

    beginningandnotbe

    madeanoption--but

    mostengineersdont

    knowwheretostart

    NEWS 7

    Imaginationlaunches

    multidomainbased

    scalablesecurity

    systemfornext

    generationSoCs

    165yearoldprinciple

    couldprovidethebasis

    foranewapproachto

    noncontact

    measurementofhigh

    temperature

    Newsfromlastweeks

    PCIMexhibition,

    includingFairchilds

    newIGBTtechnology,

    InneonsMOSFETs

    andGaNSystems

    enhancementmode

    powerswitch

    Qualcommgearsup

    fortheInternetof

    Everythingasit

    launchestwoIoT

    specicchips

    COVER STORY 14

    Covering the country

    Withcustomerscomplainingaboutpoorornosignalanddropped

    calls,mobilenetworkoperatorsarerollingoutnewtechnologyin

    anattempttosolvetheruralnot-spotproblem

    LIFE SCIENCES 19

    An era of transformation

    Withthelifesciencessectorwitnessingprofoundchanges,what

    opportunitiesaretherefortestandmeasurementcompaniesto

    meettheneedsofthisfastmovingmarket?

    SENSORS 22

    Home security just got a lot smarter

    Wendouthowsensorsenableanapplicationthatbringsanew

    levelofintelligenceandsimplicitytothehomesecuritymarketby

    listeningforunusualnoises

    EMBEDDED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT 24

    Securing the system

    Theresagrowingawarenessoftheneedforsecurityinembedded

    systemsastheygetconnectedtotheoutsideworld.Wendout

    somethingstobearinmind

    PROGRAMMABLE PLATFORMS 26

    Building bridges

    Asincompatibleinterfacesbecomemoreofaproblem,FPGAs

    providesystemdesignerswithawaytotsquarepegsinto

    roundholes

    DISPLAYS 29

    HMI designs start to embrace video

    Withtouchbasedhuman-machineinterfacesdeployedinall

    mannerofmarketsectors,attentionisnowturningtoproviding

    enhancedvideocapabilities

    DESIGN PLUS 33

    Up to the mark?

    Smartphoneappsarepartofeverydaylifetodaywithmillions

    availablefordownload.Butifyourethinkingofbuildinganapp,

    willitneedaCEmark?

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    CONTENTS

    VOL 48 NO 10

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    Photography:CarlFox

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  • Our technologies are driving the new era of intelligent connectivity and

    computing and we plan to invest heavily in these emerging

    segments. So said Qualcomms president, Derek Aberle, at a media event

    earlier this month.

    Qualcomm is determined, alongside the likes of Intel, Samsung and IBM, to

    grow its presence significantly in the fast growing Internet of Things (IoT)

    market.

    And its no wonder that Qualcomm wants a piece of the action. Its certainly

    a growing market and, depending on how it is defined and who you talk to,

    estimates suggest it could be worth anything up to $20billion this year alone.

    But, as companies rush to get a share of the market, are they ignoring one

    key issue security? And even if security is not being overlooked, are the

    security solutions being deployed fit for purpose? Horror stories already

    abound of hackers breaking into devices and of vulnerabilities across the

    supply chain.

    Security is a top three issue for the IoT, according to ARMs chief

    technology officer Mike Muller. Speaking at a NMI sponsored IoT Security

    Summit held earlier this month, Muller warned that security must be

    architected from the beginning and not be made an option.

    Describing vulnerable security models, compromised communication

    protocols and insecure firmware updates, he warned that software complexity

    and bugs in any code would lead to serious security flaws.

    What has to be of more concern is the fact that most engineers dont know

    where to begin when it comes to security and the growing complexity of

    designs is working against them. And who is actually responsible for

    addressing security?

    Muller described a possible two level approach to IoT security consisting of

    a private and public state the former built with strong security that rarely

    changes and the latter, while still secure, developed with an eye to faster times

    to market and quicker innovation cycles.

    You can be certain of two things though. If your product is successful, it will

    be hacked and, as a consumer, youll end up paying for enhanced levels of

    security.

    Neil Tyler, Editor (ntyler@findlay.co.uk)

    A question

    of trustIoT deployments will not scale

    effectively without trust

    www.newelectronics.co.uk 26 May 2015

    COMMENT

    IoT SECURITY

    www.beeas.co.uk

    ARE YOUREADY?

    Its time to think about the

    2015 British Engineering

    Excellence Awards

    ENTRIES NOW OPEN

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    NEWS

    SYSTEM SECURITY

    Shielding the systemIMAGINATION LAUNCHES SCALABLE SECURITY SYSTEM FOR SoCS.

    GRAHAM PITCHER REPORTS.

    Imagination Technologies has launched OmniShield, designed to provide scalable and secure protection of

    next generation SoCs. The approach is described as a scalable security technology that ensures that

    applications which need to be secure are isolated from each other effectively and reliably as well as

    protected from non secure applications. Multiple secure domains are created in which each secure/non

    secure application/operating system can operate independently in its own separate environment.

    Tony King-Smith, Imaginations executive vp of marketing, said: OmniShield will play a critical role in

    minimising the attack surface area in next generation connected devices. PowerVR IP is already used in

    secure heterogeneous environments, thanks to the virtualisation in some Series6XT GPUs. Well soon see

    OmniShield ready systems based on our other processors. This is the start of a new era of secure SoC and

    cloud based systems design.

    The multidomain separation based approach is said to not only ensure security and reliability, but also to

    ease development and deployment of applications and services. It also addresses scalability; in a

    heterogeneous architecture, application data and resources will be shared between the CPU and other

    processors in the system.

    Imagination is building OmniShield support into all of its processors. In addition, Imagination and its

    partners will provide virtualised root of trust IP blocks for OmniShield, including crypto, Public Key Accelerator,

    true random number generators, secure I/O for external TPMs and secure ROM.

    A software platform from OneSpin Solutions allows third party companies with limited knowledge of formal technology

    to develop and deliver domain specic formal based applications.

    Called 360 LaunchPad, the software can be delivered as part of the app by the developer or the app can be

    included in the OneSpin App Library, working with its formal products.

    Were taking our assertion based engine and packaging it so other companies can use it inside their products,

    said Dave Kelf, vp of marketing.

    To date, Agnisys and Tortuga Logic have integrated LaunchPad into their products. Tortuga has used it as part of its

    Prospect hardware security product line, while Agnisys ARV-Formal combines LaunchPad with its Automatic Register

    Verication0app to ensure register0operations in an RTL design are formally proven to match a specication.

    Kelf said he expected this approach to enable more tools to be created. We think there could be a couple of

    hundred customers in the IP sector, he concluded.

    Software provides launch pad for formal based apps

    Micro-camera could

    revolutionise smart

    sensors

    Researchers at CSEM

    claim their Vision-in-

    Package (VIP) system

    combines all necessary

    elements into a volume

    of less than 1cm.

    Featuring an ARM Cortex M4F,

    the VIP also integrates 2Mbyte of Gash, 64Mbyte of

    SDRAM and a 2.4GHz RF transceiver, while the HD

    camera has a QVGA imager.

    Measuring 16.5 x 16.5 x 3mm, VIP communicates

    via various ports and can be integrated into existing

    platforms using a software development kit.

    Industrial semiconductor

    sales up by 18%Worldwide industrial semiconductor revenues in 2014

    grew to $40.4billion, 18% more than in the previous

    year, according to market analysts IHS.

    Texas Instruments was the largest industrial

    semiconductor supplier, with sales of $3.5bn,

    followed by STMicroelectronics and InFneon, while

    Micron and ON Semiconductor entered the top 10 at

    the expense of Maxim and Cree.

    Among the top 10 semiconductor suppliers, nine

    achieved sales growth in 2014 seven returning

    double digit growth. Only Renesas saw its revenues

    decline.

    IHS forecasts a 7% increase in industrial

    semiconductor sales in 2015 and a compound

    annual growth rate of 6% until 2019.

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    E: ne@findlay.co.uk

    Editor Neil Tyler

    ntyler@findlay.co.uk

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