KW 23: Millions in funding for new semiconductor factory in Dresden, Germany funds IT security research with 350 million euros, IoT endangers corporate security


Millions in funding for new semiconductor factory in Dresden: On Monday, Bosch commissioned its new semiconductor factory in Dresden, the construction of which the automotive supplier had begun in 2018. In future, Bosch wants to manufacture chips there on 300-millimetre wafers for the automotive industry, among others. The factory itself is not a reaction to the current semiconductor shortage, as the start of construction in 2018 underlines. However, it will be some time before chips from Dresden are installed in cars and IoT applications: The first chips are expected to be sold in mid-2022.

Bosch CEO and chief supervisor demand “technological sovereignty”: Bosch has been the only automotive supplier to build semiconductors on a large scale for 50 years. The foundation group sees the future of the company in the connection of the Internet of Things (IoT) with artificial intelligence. That is why it is called the AIoT Group. In the new model factory in Dresden, the AI is to be used on a massive and continuous basis for the first time. Bosch managers Volkmar Denner and Franz Fehrenbach demand that Europe remain a leader in special areas of memory chip production.

Minimal deviations make chips unique and therefore clearly identifiable: During the production of chips, unwanted and minimal deviations often occur. This makes chips unique and can be clearly identified in IT. These unique codes are called physically unclonable functions or functions that cannot be copied physically, or PUFs for short. At the moment, this is seen as an easy solution, for example to make the Internet of Things more secure. A new project of the German Research Foundation (DFG) will now investigate to what extent carbon nanotubes are suitable for PUFs.

Germany funds IT security research with 350 million euros: The German cabinet has decided on a new research program that is intended to promote short-term technologies to protect privacy. The aim is also to minimize the collection of personal data. In the medium term, research projects will be funded through which the Internet of Things can be made more secure in private households, in production and in sensitive infrastructures. The program also promotes long-term research on quantum communication.

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A Fraunhofer team has developed a radio transmission system for the IoT with which 1.5 billion data packets can be transmitted without loss every day.


IoT endangers corporate security: Networked devices facilitate many work processes and are therefore increasingly finding their way into companies. At the same time, however, they also represent an increased security risk. A study by Dimensional Research on connected devices and corporate environments found that 99 percent of security experts report challenges with the security of their IoT and IIoT devices. Another 95 percent are concerned about the risks associated with such connected devices. A common problem is that many of the respondents are unable to fully monitor the networked systems in their controlled environment. However, they need to be able to expand their understanding of what is around them. As a result, some companies no longer connect all devices to the networks.

Pandemic lockdown leads to more sales of certain digital, networked devices: In North America, smart sports and fitness devices, game consoles, e-book readers, smartwatches, VR headsets and alarm systems have been selling significantly better since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, according to a study by network software provider Cujo AI. However, other networked devices can hardly record any Covid-related growth. These include tablets and smart TVs, as these were already widespread before. The study also showed that PCs were being replaced by smartphones as traditional internet devices.

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Franco-German project aims to protect privacy in the IoT: A project under the direction of the Free University of Berlin strives for the immediate implementation of solutions, for example based on the open source operating system RIOT. Together with standardization bodies, existing architectures and protocol standards are to be expanded and new security solutions only introduced where they are absolutely necessary. In order to achieve the highest possible distribution, PIVOT solutions will be introduced step by step.


„AIoT – this term stands for the combination of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Bosch thus creates the basis for data-driven, continuous improvement in production and sets new standards in the field of Industry 4.0.“
Company spokeswoman Annett Fischer about the semiconductor plant in Dresden.


Americans distrust technology giants: According to a national survey conducted by The Kim Komando Show that polled 6,351 people across the U.S., 86% of participants no longer trust Big Tech companies. The poll underscores the growing concerns surrounding the power and influence Big Tech companies have on society and the little confidence Americans have in the tech power players.

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