To use electronics safely and reliably, you have to be able to understand where they come from, what they do and how they are built. Currently, there are some technical solutions in the sense of trustworthy electronics, but there is still no consistent methodology for trustworthiness that sufficiently includes the entire value chain. The research project launched in March 2021 will start here.
As the central project of the funding guideline for "Trustworthy Electronics (ZEUS)" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany (BMBF) , the research project "Velektronik" aims to create a networking platform for trustworthy electronics for Germany that creates secure value chains as an interface between research and companies. The cooperation partners from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Leibniz Association in the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) are working on this together with the edacentrum over the next three years in all areas of electronics development and production on solution concepts for trustworthy electronics.
Important step for technological sovereignty in Germany and Europe
A future-oriented society depends on electronic components in all relevant technical application domains - whether in critical infrastructures, in Industry 4.0, in the automotive sector or even in medical devices. People must be able to rely on these to build trustworthy products, systems and infrastructure. "Technological sovereignty means that, against the backdrop of a strongly internationalised value creation, we retain sovereignty over which concrete properties the electronic components of our products have," emphasises Johann Heyszl, head of the Hardware Security department at Fraunhofer AISEC and technical leader of the research project, adding: "This sustainably secures the innovation and competitiveness of German companies, especially SMEs."
The entire value chain is addressed
Electronics are trustworthy when they meet all our expectations of functionality and at the same time leave no backdoors or vulnerabilities open to attackers and manipulation. The platform being developed in the research project starts here and will take the entire value chain into account in order to deliver concrete solution concepts for trustworthy electronics. To this end, the partners will focus on creating a technological overview, making contributions to the necessary standardisation and building the network of research and industry as well as the ultimate know-how. The results can then be used within the platform, for further research projects and, above all, by industry. Direct practical relevance as well as strong industrial relevance and acceptance are ensured through an industry advisory board.
The "Velektronik" platform is coordinated by the business office of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) . The overall coordination of the research project "Velektronik" is carried out by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Safety AISEC..
With more than 2000 scientists from the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics and Leibniz FBH and IHP, the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) is the largest and world's leading R&D association for microelectronics and nanoelectronics applications and systems.
Coordination Platform Jörg Stephan | Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) |
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Editorial Akvile Zaludaite | Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) | Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2 | 10178 Berlin | www.forschungsfabrik-mikroelektronik.de | |