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Locking in security at the IoT PCB level

The electronics manufacturing services provider designing and assembling IoT printed circuit boards must have a comprehensive understanding of today’s electronics that contribute to an IoT device’s security.

Certainly, a great number of software vendors are supporting the IoT products businesses with their versions of security software. However, from a hardware point of view, chipmakers are going down that same road and also providing software support. Many name-brand microcontroller (µC), microprocessor (µP), system-on-a-chip (SoC) and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) vendors have embedded security circuitry in their chips.

In both cases — software and hardware — it’s important for the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider to keep up to date on the latest security technologies so it can work together with the IoT product customer to assure that the final product has top-notch security embedded in it. It’s equally important that OEM IoT product customers collaborate with EMS providers to closely investigate and analyze the many design and assembly tradeoffs involved in producing that product.

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