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GlobalPlatform Takes First Steps Towards 'Integrated' Secure Element StandardizationPress Release
GlobalPlatform –March 21, 2019 - GlobalPlatform...has published the world's first open specifications to facilitate the standardization of integrated secure elements. Chip, device and firmware developers now have a standardized way to load and manage firmware - combining the secure operating system (OS), applications and data - in a secure and isolated area of a device's System on Chip (SoC).
Existing Secure Elements (SEs) - such as SIMs, smart cards, smart microSDs and USB tokens - are stand-alone tamper-resistant hardware platforms, developed as different form factors for different use cases. They are capable of securely hosting multiple applications and their confidential and cryptographic data, addressing the requirements of different business implementations and market needs. The ability to integrate a tamper-resistant hardware platform in a SoC offers a new universal form factor to host and execute secure digital services, while supporting the high level of security and tamper-resistance achieved by today's Secure Elements... Full Story
Proposed law would require minimum security standards for IoT devicesDuncan Riley
–March 14, 2019 - A bill presented to the U.S. Congress on Monday would enforce minimum security standards for "internet of things" devices purchased by the U.S. government...The bill, an updated version of a similar bill introduced in 2017 that failed to be adopted, would require the U.S. government to make sure that any devices it purchases meet minimum security requirements.
Under the proposed law, the National Institute of Standards and Technology would issue recommendations addressing the secure development, identity management, patching and configuration of IoT devices.
NIST would then direct the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidelines consistent with the NIST recommendations for each federal agency...To sell their products to the government, IoT providers would be required to provide verification that their devices don't contain any known security vulnerabilities, use industry standard technology and donâ€™t have any fixed credentials...All this wouldn't necessarily mean that all consumer devices would be safer, but the theory is that by forcing minimum security standards for the government purchases, a major purchaser of IoT devices, those minimum standards would flow on to consumers as well... Full Story
Disney, NBCU, Turner, CBS and More Join Vizio-Led Addressable TV Advertising ConsortiumTodd Spangler
–March 13, 2019 - Can the TV biz finally get its act together to target ads to viewers the way internet companies have done for years?
A new consortium, led by TV manufacturer Vizio, is promising to assemble the right technology platform and media partners to make addressable ads on television a reality - as soon as early 2020.
The group, dubbed "Project OAR" (for "Open Addressable Ready"), said it will define technical standards for TV programmers and platforms to deliver targeted advertising in linear and on-demand formats on smart TVs...The consortium aims to have a working product to demo this spring 2019 with full deployment targeted for early 2020... Full Story
W3C celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Web
–March 12, 2019 - Today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Web and in a few months, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the W3C developing open standards and guidelines that foster innovative applications, profitable commerce, and the free flow of information and ideas.
In March 1989, while at CERN, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote "Information Management: A Proposal" outlining the World Wide Web. 30 years ago today, Tim\'s memo was about to revolutionize communication around the globe.
Committed to core values of an open Web that promotes innovation, neutrality, and interoperability, W3C and its community are setting the vision and standards for the Web, ensuring the building blocks of the web are open, accessible, secure, international and have been developed via the collaboration of global technical experts... Full Story
Intel, RISC-V Rally Rival GroupsRick Merritt
–March 11, 2019 - Intel and RISC-V backers announced rival alliances to nurture competing ecosystems around tomorrowâ€™s processors.
Intel initiated Compute Express Link (CXL), an open chip-to-chip interconnect that it expects to use on its processors starting in 2021 to link to accelerators and memories. Other members include Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, Google, HPE, Huawei, and Microsoft.
Separately, a handful of RISC-V proponents launched the CHIPS Alliance, a project of the Linux Foundation to develop a broad set of open-source IP blocks and tools for the instruction set architecture. Initial members include Esperanto, Google, SiFive, and Western Digital. CHIPS stands for Common Hardware for Interfaces, Processors, and Systems... Full Story
W3C and FIDO Alliance Finalize Web Standard for Secure, Passwordless LoginsPress Release
–March 8, 2019 - The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the FIDO Alliance today announced the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) specification is now an official web standard. This advancement is a major step forward in making the web more secure and usable for users around the world.
W3C's WebAuthn Recommendation, a core component of the FIDO Alliance's FIDO2 set of specificationsi, is a browser/platform standard for simpler and stronger authentication. It is already supported in Windows 10, Android, and Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Apple Safari (preview) web browsers. WebAuthn allows users to log into their internet accounts using their preferred device. Web services and apps can - and should - turn on this functionality to give their users the option to log in more easily via biometrics, mobile devices and/or FIDO security keys, and with much higher security over passwords alone... Full Story
Automotive Grade Linux Releases Open Source Speech Recognition APIsPress Release
–March 5, 2019 - Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), an open source project at the Linux Foundation developing a shared software platform for in-vehicle technology, today announced the latest release of the AGL platform, Unified Code Base (UCB) 7.0, which features open source voice recognition/speech APIs...Developed through a joint effort by dozens of member companies, the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) is an open source software platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard for infotainment, telematics and instrument cluster applications. Sharing a single software platform across the industry reduces fragmentation and accelerates time-to-market by encouraging the growth of a global ecosystem of developers and application providers that can build a product once and have it work for multiple automakers... Full Story
CompactFlash Association unveils CFexpress 2.0Gareth Halfacree
Bit-tech.net –March 1, 2019 - Not to be outdone by the announcement of the SD Association's microSD Express standard, the CompactFlash Association has announced an upgrade to its own CFexpress standard - and it's introducing two new form factors to boot.
Originally developed by SanDisk for release in 1994 the CompactFlash card standard proved popular among professional photographers for its robustness and among embedded computing types for its use of the industry-standard parallel ATA (PATA) interface - meaning it could be plugged in to any device in the place of a standard IDE hard drive, using a simple adapter cable. CFast, introduced in 2008, switched the somewhat sluggardly PATA interface for Serial ATA (SATA), then 2010 saw the announcement of PCI Express (PCIe) based cards under the XQD form factor before 2016's announcement of the CFexpress standard boasting PCIe 3.0 and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVME) support in the same XQD form-factor.
Three years on, and CFexpress is getting an upgrade: CFexpress 2.0, the CompactFlash Association has announced, boasts improved performance, PCIe 3.0 and NVMe 1.3 support, and transfer rates up to 4GB/s - the latter enabled by the decision to move away from the existing XQD form factor... Full Story
microSD Express - The Fastest Memory Card for Mobile DevicesPress Release
–February 28, 2019 - The SD Association has announced microSD Express, offering the popular PCI Express and NVMe interfaces alongside the legacy microSD interface for backwards compatibility. Like SD Express, microSD Express uses the PCIe interface delivering a 985 megabytes per second (MB/s) maximum data transfer rate and the NVMe upper layer protocol enables advanced memory access mechanism, enabling a new world of opportunities for mobile devices...microSD Express delivers speeds necessary to transfer large amounts of information generated by data-intense wireless communication, speed hungry applications running on cards and mobile computing devices, ever evolving gaming systems, multi-channel IoT devices, numerous automotive uses, higher resolution mobile videos, action cameras, 360o videos, VR and more... Full Story
New Messaging Standard Offers Product Identifier VerificationMegan Crouse
–February 27, 2019 - Global supply chain standards body GS1 has launched a new messaging standard for product verification and response.
Although it was targeted to pharmaceutical companies and helps meet the requirements of the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) for salable returns of serialized prescription drugs, this standard may also be useful to companies shipping technological components or food. It is a generic lightweight framework that can be used to verify whether a product is suitable for forward distribution.
DSCSA requires that wholesalers and distributors verify the unique identifier of returned products before they can be included in inventory for resale, starting Nov. 27, 2019. Manufacturers may receive these requests from wholesale distributors or dispensers, and are required to answer within 24 hours... Full Story