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Inherently Trojan-Resistant Integrated Circuit Architectures

Researcher: Ken Mai

Research Area: Trustworthy Computing Platforms and Devices

Cross Cutting Thrusts: Cryptography

Abstract

Scope: With the globalization of the integrated circuit manufacturing supply chain, hardware Trojan horse insertion has become an increasing threat. We are exploring integrated circuit architectures that are inherently resistant to Trojan insertion, have low side-channel emissions, and are difficult to reverse engineer. The architecture mixes reconfigurability with some hardwired blocks to achieve high-performance and energy efficiency, while enabling the necessary security features.

Outcomes: An IC architecture that is inherently resistant to hardware Trojan insertion; An IC prototype testchip demonstrating such a design.