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Complex Chips Make Security More Difficult

By John Koon, Semiconductor Engineering

Why cyberattacks on the IC supply chain are so hard to prevent.

Semiconductor supply chain management is becoming more complex with many more moving parts as chips become increasingly disaggregated, making it difficult to ensure where parts originated and whether they have been compromised before they are added into advanced chips or packages.


“The supply chain can be complex,” said John Hallman, product manager for trust and security at OneSpin, a Siemens Business. “There are many suppliers that contribute to making the ICs, including the designers, mask makers, and the fabrication houses themselves. Additionally, these component manufacturers use raw materials coming from different parts of the world.


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