May 12, 2020: FirstPass Engineering announced that it is expanding its existing ASIC / FPGA design and verification services to include advanced ASIC / FPGA Cyber-security. This new division is led by Brad Bailey, current VP of the Federal Division. His current role dovetails nicely with his new role given the expected need for ASIC / FPGA Cyber-security services in DOD and Mil / Aero.

In recent years, increased security regarding the very design flow of ASICs and FPGAs has emerged as necessary to counter attack an insidious form of bad-actor ‘hacking’. Threats include ASIC Tampering, Intellectual Property Cloning and Theft, and the actual insertion of malicious hardware into designs under development. To counter these threats, FirstPass employs sophisticated counter-threat measures including strong overall security as well as Integrated Circuit (IC) Camouflaging, Anti-tampering Layers, and Physically Unclonable functions (PUFs) to name a few.

About FirstPass Engineering
Incorporated in 1993, FirstPass Engineering (FPE) began with the goal of providing ASIC design services to the Mil/Aero marketplace. Company expertise soon expanded into commercial space and commercial devices.

From 2000 to 2005, FirstPass was a captive design house for Vitesse Semiconductor Corp., focusing on development of complex ASICs for the telecom market including Intelligent Switch Fabrics, PCI, and SATA type devices. FPE drove methodology improvements company-wide, especially in verification.

In 2005, FirstPass reincorporated as an independent design services company. FPE has enjoyed solid growth and has re-established t-itself as an outstanding provider of ASIC and FPGA design services.
FirstPass has remained ahead of the technology curve, maintaining our high level of expertise through the technical changes and advances in pre-silicon verification, tools, and methodologies.