“Velektronik” research project creates platform for trusted electronics

In order to use electronic devices securely and reliably, it is important to know where they were manufactured, how they operate and how they are constructed. Although there are currently a number of technical so-lutions for trusted electronics, there is still no consistent methodology for trustworthiness that adequately covers the entire value chain. This is where the research project “Velektronik”, which started in March 2021, comes in.

“Velektronik” will establish a platform for trusted electronics for Germany as the central project of the funding guideline for “Trusted Electronics“of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The aim of the platform is to create secure value chains as an interface between research and industry. Over the next three years, the project partners from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Leibniz Association, who together form the Research Fab Factory Microelectronics Germany (FMD), will work with edacentrum on solution concepts for trusted electronics encompassing all areas of electronics development and production.

An important step for technological sovereignty in Germany and Europe

A future-oriented society depends on electronic devices in all relevant technical application domains - whether in critical infrastructures, in Industry 4.0, in the automotive sector or in medical devices. People must be able to rely on these devices in order to create trusted products, systems and infrastructures. “Technological sovereignty means that, against the backdrop of a highly internationalized value chain, we retain sovereignty over the specific properties of the electronic components in our products,” emphasizes Johann Heyszl, head of the Hardware Security department at Fraunhofer AISEC and technical director of the research project, adding: “This sustainably secures the innovation and competitiveness of German companies, especially small and medium-sized businesses.”

Research along the entire value chain

Electronics are considered trusted when they meet all expectations in terms of functionality and at the same time do not leave any backdoors or vulnerabilities open to attackers or to manipulation. The platform which will be developed in the research project will start here and will take into account the entire value chain in order to provide concrete solution concepts for trusted electronics. To this end, the partners will focus on creating a technological overview, on contributing to the necessary standardization and on building up the network of research and industry as well as the ultimate know-how.

The Velektronik platform is coordinated by the business office of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD). The overall coordination is carried out by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Safety AISEC. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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