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DARPA's Automatic Implementation of Secure Silicon program selects Synopsys

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June 25, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Associate Editor

Military Embedded Systems

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. Synopsys, Inc. announced that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Synopsys as a prime contractor for the Automatic Implementation of Secure Silicon (AISS) program. According to the company, the program's goal is to automate the inclusion of scalable hardware security mechanisms in IP and system-on-chips (SoCs) to explore security versus other design trade-offs.

As part of the four-year AISS program, Synopsys will collaborate with other commercial and university experts, including Arm, Boeing, UltraSoC, University of Florida Institute for Cyber Security (FICS), Texas A&M University, and University of California San Diego. Government and commercial leaders are applying Synopsys' Zero Trust approach to design security and quantifiable assurance into microelectronics at the heart of their networks and systems. 

In support of the AISS program, Synopsys intends to supply DesignWare Security IP and will develop critical design-to-manufacturing flows, centered around Synopsys TestMAX Design-for-Test, and its products and technologies based on the Synopsys Fusion Design Platform and Verification Continuum Platform for the automated implementation and verification of secure SoCs.

The Synopsys solution will aim to demonstrate simultaneous optimization of power, area, speed and security, intended to result in technologies that will benefit both the defense and commercial sectors. Synopsys has also executed an Associate Contractor Agreement (ACA) with Northrop Grumman who is leading another AISS research team. As part of the ACA, Synopsys contributes tools and IP and Northrop Grumman provides the asset management infrastructure to protect SoCs throughout their lifecycle.

 

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