Q: Hello Deirdre, thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. The DARPA AISS program was recently in the news announcing Synopsys as the prime contractor. What are you trying to achieve in AISS?
AISS will push the limits of IC design and test automation to make it easier and more efficient to make security a first-class design parameter while also meeting traditional power, area, and speed objectives. The idea is to raise the bar on security and enable designers who may not be security experts to deliver chips that have security baked into the foundation. At the same time, experts should be able to use the system to achieve their objectives more efficiently than they can now. As new IC designs transition from idea to reality, part of the AISS program objectives is to maintain and assure the security of the supply chain involved. A further objective of AISS is to be able to take advantage of the world’s best technologies, regardless of where they exist, and still arrive at products that are trustworthy.