To use electronics safely and reliably, it must be possible to understand where they come from, what they do and how they are constructed. Currently, there are some technical solutions in the sense of trustworthy electronics, but there is not yet an end-to-end methodology for trustworthiness that sufficiently incorporates the entire value chain. The research project “Velektronik” launched in March 2021 will start here.
The project is funded by the German BMBF and is running from 2021 until 2024. The aim is to create a networking platform for trustworthy electronics.
With this project the entire value chain is addressed
Electronics are trustworthy when they meet all our expectations for functionality while leaving no backdoors or vulnerabilities open to attackers and manipulation. The platform being created in the research project starts here and will take the entire value chain into account to deliver concrete solution concepts for trustworthy electronics. To this end, the partners will focus on creating a technological overview, contributions to the necessary standardization and building the network of research and industry as well as the know-how. The results can then 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 via an industry advisory board.
Within the project, the Fraunhofer IMS contributes its expertise in ASIC design as well as RISC-V based system-on-chips with safety and security mechanisms to the design pillar. In addition, research is being conducted on trustworthy design flows and the establishment of a repository for verified components.