David K. Lam is Chairman of Multibeam Corporation, a leading electron-beam technology innovator in wafer fab equipment. The company is under contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to build a production system for e-beam lithography. Multibeam’s e-beam technology platform also enables other applications, including Direct Electron Writing, or DEW.
To meet cybersecurity needs for IoT devices, Multibeam’s ChipLock™ DEW system personalizes ICs by writing unique data to each chip during production – a process not possible with mask-based technology. Security data embedded deep in an IC with electron direct-writing includes chip ID and communications ID, device-unique key (DUK), and other security features and information. Significantly, the DUK establishes the critical “hardened” hardware “Root-of-Trust” to authenticate software and prevent unauthorized access. The ChipLock™ security solution thus complements other software and network security solutions and bolsters cyber defense.
Dr. Lam is best known as the founder and first CEO of Lam Research who successfully guided the development and market penetration of his eponymous company's first fully automated plasma etch system. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees from M.I.T. Widely recognized as a key contributor to the growth of the semiconductor industry, Lam was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame in 2013.