Data Security, 5G and Onshore PCB Manufacturing with Dr. Rob Spalding

Zachariah Peterson
|  Created: April 27, 2022
Data Security, 5G and Onshore PCB Manufacturing with Dr. Rob Spalding

In this episode, we are very pleased to have Dr. Rob Spalding. He is a retired Brigade General at the US Air Force and now the CEO of SEMPRE (Secure EMP-Resistant Edge), a tech company based in Washinton DC that provides military-grade 5G and high-performance edge computing infrastructure for telecom operators, first responders, government and enterprise customers.

Today, Rob and I will talk about all things security! Rob will tackle the importance of being proactive when it comes to protecting your data, and his advocacy to bring a better understanding of technology and innovation in Washington, DC (White House).

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Show Highlights:

  • Rob’s background and career before he became the CEO of SEMPRE
  • What is SEMPRE? What are the problems it solves and the solutions it offers?
  • Rob clarifies what’s written in his 5G report, which was taken out of context in 2018
    • He emphasizes building enough spectrum into the network to take full advantage of the 5G technology
  • Rob’s take on PCB manufacturing, and semiconductor manufacturing onshore
    • Onshore manufacturing has its advantage in controlling and protecting intellectual property
    • Most corporations are making decisions on the basis of, what's my margin?
    • TSMC has built itself up to be the best chip company in the world because they own the manufacturing line
  • Hardware-level security in base stations
    • Ability to zerorize crypto–shutting infrastructure down, and shut that thing down physically destroy certain things
    • SEMPRE uses FPGAs as a security advantage
  • It's data that really drive value in the economy
    • If we can’t protect our data, then we can't protect the integrity of who we are as individuals and who we are as a nation
  • Rob demonstrates how vulnerable is the public from being spied on
  • A recent survey reveals that there will be a talent shortage in the PCB design and manufacturing industry in the next 15 years
  • Rob suggests allocation of budget to sponsor American kids through four-year degree programs in STEM
    • During the Cold War, the US had initiated education for national security–a lot of scientists and engineers in the space race were educated through this initiative
  • The advantages of bringing the manufacturing back to the US

Links and Resources:

Connect with Dr. Rob Spalding on LinkedIn
Visit SEMPRE website
Read about the shortage of talents in the PCB industry in 15 years: In an Unpredictable World, PCB DESIGN ENGINEERING Stays Steady
US Government Calls for Revitalizing American PCB Manufacturing
Connect with Zack on LinkedIn
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Zachariah Peterson has an extensive technical background in academia and industry. He currently provides research, design, and marketing services to companies in the electronics industry. Prior to working in the PCB industry, he taught at Portland State University and conducted research on random laser theory, materials, and stability. His background in scientific research spans topics in nanoparticle lasers, electronic and optoelectronic semiconductor devices, environmental sensors, and stochastics. His work has been published in over a dozen peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and he has written 1000+ technical blogs on PCB design for a number of companies. He is a member of IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Electronics Packaging Society, American Physical Society, and the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA), and he previously served on the INCITS Quantum Computing Technical Advisory Committee.

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