Semiconductors are the key components that drive the operation of critical electronic systems in both the commercial and military sectors. However, the security and integrity of the microelectronics that control our electronics is under increasing hardware and software-based attacks which puts large portions of our economy and national security at risk.
The Indiana Innovation Institute is working on technologies which help to counter these attacks, increases resistance to counterfeiting, and has applications in nearly all electronic devices. The technologies under development by our team in trusted microelectronics have a number of applications including increasing reliability, anti-counterfeiting, anti-tamper, and hardware security.
Our partners are comprised of top researchers from Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame utilizing more than $1 billion in state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment and research facilities across the State of Indiana. Together, we are developing technologies and training the workforce to help ensure military and commercial systems remain safe and secure for years to come.
Impact of Trusted Microelectronics on Department of Defense and Commercial Sector
The worldwide semiconductor market is approaching annual sales of $500 billion, with the U.S. market accounting for a third of these sales. The industry is a critical part of our economy and drives the technical advances in multiple technology and manufacturing-based industries.
However, this market is under significant competitive pressure due to technology challenges as device dimensions decrease, fabrication facility construction costs ($5B-$10B), and international competition for market share increases. These factors are changing the global market and are diminishing U.S. manufacturing capacity and product diversity. The two critical market sectors experiencing significant press are the Department of Defense (DoD) and the commercial sector.
Department of Defense (DoD)
DoD microelectronics provide unique capabilities to virtually all classes of military products. Components like Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs), Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), and Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) enable the deployment of the best communication, navigation, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and weapon systems in the world. The transition of critical manufacturing of semiconductors to adversarial countries reduces not only the fundamental security of the supply chain, but also reduces the security of individual devices. Offshoring exposes the designs of critical military technology and introduces significant uncertainties into the supply chain. Additionally, the small volume of specialized chips needed to support any one DoD system drives unsustainable costs.
Manufacturers of commercial products face similar issues. While their larger volumes allow for mass production, the reliability and security of their devices remain critical factors. Home security systems, autonomous vehicles, and banking advancements all require the highest security and reliability to ensure the safety of our nation’s citizens.
If you are an innovator or a researcher who has an idea, project or are currently conducting research that we may find interesting or fits our focus areas, please contact us at innovations@IN3indiana.com.