As the central project of the funding guideline for “Vertrauenswürdige Elektronik (ZEUS)” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), a networking platform for trustworthy electronics for Germany is to be created within the framework of the research project “Velektronik”. The aim of the platform is to create secure value chains as an interface between research and industry. Over the next three years, the project partners from the Fraunhofer Society and the Leibniz Association, who together form the Research Fab Factory Microelectronics Germany (FMD), will work with edacentrum on solution concepts for trusted electronics encompassing all areas of electronics development and production.
A future-oriented society depends on electronic devices in all relevant technical application domains—whether in critical infrastructures, in Industry 4.0, in the automotive sector or in medical devices. People must be able to rely on these devices in order to create trusted products, systems and infrastructures. “Technological sovereignty means that, against the backdrop of a highly internationalized value chain, we retain sovereignty over the specific properties of the electronic components in our products,” emphasizes Johann Heyszl, head of the Hardware Security department at Fraunhofer AISEC and technical director of the research project, adding: “This sustainably secures the innovation and competitiveness of German companies, especially small and medium-sized businesses.”
Electronics are considered trusted when they meet all expectations in terms of functionality and at the same time do not leave any backdoors or vulnerabilities open to attackers or to manipulation. The platform which will be developed in the research project will start here and will take into account the entire value chain in order to provide concrete solution concepts for trusted electronics. To this end, the partners will focus on creating a technological overview, on contributing to the necessary standardization and on building up the network of research and industry as well as the ultimate know-how.
For this purpose, Fraunhofer IAF provides exemplary metamorphic HEMT and GaN IC technologies within the project. These enable the testing of counterfeit features and allow the production of ICs in small series with highest quality requirements.
The “Velektronik” platform is coordinated by the office of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany. The overall coordination is carried out by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Safety AISEC. The results of the project can subsequently be used within the platform, for further research projects and, above all, by industry. A direct practical relevance as well as a strong industrial relevance and acceptance are ensured by an industrial advisory board. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF.
The press release (in German) by the FMD can be found here: Vertrauen ist besser: Forschungsprojekt »Velektronik« schafft Vernetzungsplattform für vertrauenswürdige Elektronik
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