Trust is better: Research project "Velektronik" creates networking platform for trustworthy electronics

To use electronics safe and secure, we must understand where they come from, what they do, and how they are constructed. There are some technical solutions for trusted 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 major project of the funding guideline for "Trusted Electronics (ZEUS)" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Germany, a networking platform for trusted electronics is to be created as part of the research project "Velektronik", which will generate secure value chains as an interface between research and companies. The cooperation partners from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Leibniz Association in the Research Factory 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

An 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 rely on these to build trustworthy products, systems, and infrastructure on them. "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 emerging platform starts here and will take the entire value chain 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, and 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 and strong industrial relevance and acceptance are ensured through an industry advisory board.

The "Velektronik" platform is coordinated by the 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.

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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 | Forschungsfabrik Mikroelektronik Deutschland (FMD) |
Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2 | 10178 Berlin | | |

Editorial Akvile Zaludaite | Forschungsfabrik Mikroelektronik Deutschland (FMD) | Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2 | 10178 Berlin | | |

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