MIT develops low-power high-speed chips for IoT security

MIT chip performs hardwired encryption faster and using less power.

MIT researchers have hardwired public-key encryption into a new chip for IoT devices. It uses 1/400 of the power of software execution, one tenth of the memory, and executes 500 times faster. 

From data breaches to weaponised devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been plagued with security issues. In part, this is down to hardware manufacturers implementing security as an afterthought, along with a lack of standardisation.

But it’s also true that building a low-power network of connected devices will remain challenging while encryption is so energy intensive.

Sensitive data transactions are usually protected by public-key cryptography. This type of encryption allows computers to transfer information securely without needing to establish a secret encryption key.

However, the software responsible for executing these protocols is both memory and energy intensive. The battery life trade-off required for embedded sensors and smart devices to run has long been a burden on development.

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Energy-efficient encryption for the IoT

But that could be about to change. Researchers from MIT have developed a chip that’s hardwired to execute public-key encryption.

It uses a tiny fraction of power (1/400) compared with software execution of the same protocols, and just ten percent of the memory. Better still, MIT’s new chip executes the encryption process 500 times faster.

The new chip relies on a technique called elliptic-curve encryption. The process uses mathematical functions to secure transactions. Previously, chips have been hardwired to handle specific elliptic curves or families of curves. MIT’s latest chip has been developed to work with any elliptic curve.

“Cryptographers are coming up with curves with different properties, and they use different primes,” said Utsav Banerjee, an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science, and lead author on the paper.

“There is a lot of debate regarding which curve is secure and which curve to use, and there are multiple governments with different standards coming up that talk about different curves. With this chip, we can support all of them, and hopefully, when new curves come along in the future, we can support them as well.”

The researchers will present a paper on the new chip at this week’s International Solid-State Circuits Conference.

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This is merely the latest innovation from MIT to focus on reducing the energy consumption of intelligent systems, while increasing their power and speed. Our separate report today looks at its work with neural networks. Energy use, cost, and speed are the critical elements in developing sustainable IoT devices and services that can really deliver on their promise.

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Sprint giving customers free high-speed data, talk, and text in South Korea for 2018 Olympics

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With Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T all announcing roaming deals for customers traveling to South Korea for the 2018 Olympics, it was only a matter of time before Sprint revealed a similar offer for its subscribers.

Sprint customers traveling to South Korea for the 2018 Winter Games will get free high-speed data, calling, and texting from February 1 through March 18. They’ll simply need to power on their phone when they arrive in South Korea, review the welcome message, and select free high-speed data and they’ll get free 7-day data passes every week through March 18.

It’s good to see Sprint extend an offer similar to its three competitors for customers traveling to South Korea for the Olympics. With this deal, Sprint customers can stay connected, sharing their experiences and contacting their loved ones, all without worrying about racking up an expensive roaming bill. 

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T-Mobile customers get free unlimited high-speed data and calls in South Korea for the Olympics

The Winter Olympics are just a couple of weeks away, and if you’re lucky enough to be going to see them in person, T-Mobile is going to help you stay connected. From February 7 through March 20, T-Mobile customers will have unlimited high-speed data in South Korea. Calling and texting will be available, too, with unlimited calls from within South Korea back to the US and free texting. T-Mobile’s offer of free data, calling, and texting … [read full article]

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T-Mobile giving customers free unlimited high-speed data and calls in South Korea for 2018 Olympics

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Following Verizon’s announcement earlier this month that customers can get free international roaming in South Korea for the 2018 Olympics, T-Mobile has made a similar announcement.

Starting February 7 and going through March 20, T-Mobile customers in South Korea will get free unlimited high-speed data. They’ll also get free unlimited calls from South Korea and back home to the US as well as free texting.

Because T-Mobile’s free data, calling, and texting will be available through March 20, that means that customers attending the 2018 Paralympics will also be able to take advantage of this offer.

This deal will just be available for T-Mobile customers traveling to South Korea. That means that T-Mo’s postpaid customers will just have working high-speed data, text, and calls when they get off the plane.

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Denver’s High-Speed Transportation System Will Drastically Cut Commute Time

Transportation company Arrivo is working with Denver to develop a high-speed commuter transportation system to rival hyperloop.

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South Korea fittingly equips high-speed train with high-speed LTE

The Winter Olympics are in South Korea in 2018, which is the perfect excuse to refine old technologies and show off new ones in advance of the huge crowds that will descend on the country early next year. Today, Samsung announced that, in partnership…
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Samsung and KT deploy LTE-R, enabling consistent LTE connections on high-speed trains

In advance of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Samsung and KT have deployed the first LTE-Railway network for the Wonju-Gangneung train line in Gangwon Province. This line, which is scheduled to start service this month, features trains which operate at 155 mph (250 kmh). This allows commuters to move between Gangneung on South Korea’s east coast to Seoul within two hours. LTE-Railway (or LTE-R) is a new network technology which allows devices to maintain a constant LTE network connection in a moving train.

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Alphabet’s X to deploy FSOC technology in Andhra Pradesh for high-speed internet connectivity

Andhra Pradesh Information and Technology Minister Nara Lokesh on Friday during a visit to X’s Headquarters in Mountain View has said that the state government in collaboration with the Google’s Alphabet Inc’s X to deploy Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) links in Andhra Pradesh. With this new partnership, the Govt and the company are aiming to bring high-speed … Continue reading “Alphabet’s X to deploy FSOC technology in Andhra Pradesh for high-speed internet connectivity”
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How many people in your neighborhood have access to high-speed internet?

This map shows big differences depending on where you live.

The FCC today eliminated net neutrality rules that required internet providers to treat all web traffic equally. But for many Americans, access to the internet has long been unequal.

The dark blue on the map below represents areas where access to high-speed internet is lowest. The lighter colors represent greater internet access. In a number of places in the U.S., especially in the South, more than a third of the population doesn’t have access to high-speed internet at home, according to mapping company Esri, which constructed this map using data from market research firm GfK MRI.

Use the search bar to look up access rates in your area.

As it stands, most counties in the U.S. don’t have access to more than one high-speed internet provider, meaning that you’re most likely stuck with a single service provider, whether you like their service or not.


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The U.S.’s First Private, High-Speed Train Service is Opening in Florida

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For the first time in the United States, there will be a private, high-speed train service — and it’s coming to Florida. This $ 3 billion project by Brightline express could drastically improve crowded roadways by taking as many as 3 million cars off the streets. It will run along a route that is traveled by about 6 million residents and tourists, according to estimations.

John Renne, director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University, said to Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson at NPR“It’s the first time that it’s happening, being built by a private company. And that’s kind of a game changer for this type of model.”

Brightline trains will begin service service in December. The private, high-speed train service will run from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale, and service is expected to expand to downtown Miami early next year. In the future the trains will likely run to Orlando, a service which would bound to be a success due to the heavy influx of tourists.

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This trasnportation could save millions of people the added time and risk of attempting to navigate the crowded highways of Florida by car. To give you an idea of the speed of this train: it typically can take up to five hours to get from West Palm Beach to Miami in a car, but the rail system would take you there in about 60 minutes. And from Fort Lauderdale to Miami? Only 30 minutes.

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Additionally, taking millions of cars off the road every day could, over time, help the U.S. to curb its carbon emissions. And, if this system proves successful, more could be built around the country, fractioning travel times and reducing carbon footprints by having potentially billions of people rely on public transportation as opposed to their own vehicles.

The continued introduction and adoption of high-speed rail systems could revolutionize transportation as we know it. Many eyes will be following the success of Brightline express during the coming months.

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