Tag Results for Pentagon (12)

  1. DARPA's SyNAPSE: Seat Of Your Pants-On-A-Chip

    By now it's been all over the news that IBM has received DARPA funding to create "cognitive" computers-- "systems that simulate the human brain's abilities for sensation, perception, action, interaction and cognition." DARPA's brain-on-a-chip venture, called Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics ("SyNAPSE"), seeks to "develop a brain-inspired electronic 'chip' that mimics that function, size, and power consumption of a biological cortex." To what end? They want something that can quickly analyze massive amounts of data. "For example," the press release explains, "bankers must make split-second decisions based on constantly changing data that flows at an ever-dizzying rate." So... …

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  2. Trust in Integrated Circuits

    DARPA's Trust in Integrated Circuits program has been hitting the news on and off over the past few months, ever since they released the details of the program back in December. The program, which aims to verify the integrity of the electronics that will underpin critical military hardware like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, could give the military, and defense contractors, a guaranteed way to check if their chips have been compromised. If the program pans out and produces a real way to verify microprocessors, itâ''ll be interesting to see how a Trusted chip imprimatur will play …

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  3. Contracts awarded for DARPA's Trust in Integrated Circuits program

    Trust, but verify. Ronald Reagan said it in 1987 to characterize US-Soviet relations, and the Pentagon is saying it in 2007 to characterize its relationship with foreign-made microchips. Given the past yearâ''s adventures in dog food, toys and toothpaste, itâ''s hard to fault them for their caution. A year shy of its 50th birthday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched the Trust in Integrated Circuits program, the goal of which is a microchip verification process. Itâ''s basically a Pentagon Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. A chip bearing the Trusted imprimatur will be guaranteed free of malicious …

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