Securing Programmable Analog ICs Against Piracy

Abstract : In this paper, we demonstrate a security approach for the class of highly-programmable analog Integrated Circuits (ICs) that can be used as a countermeasure for unauthorized chip use and piracy. The approach relies on functionality locking, i.e. a lock mechanism is introduced into the design such that unless the correct key is provided the functionality breaks. We show that for highly-programmable analog ICs the programmable fabric can naturally be used as the lock mechanism. We demonstrate the approach on a multi-standard RF receiver with configuration settings of 64-bit words.
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Mohamed Elshamy, Alhassan Sayed, Marie-Minerve Louërat, Amine Rhouni, Hassan Aboushady, et al.. Securing Programmable Analog ICs Against Piracy. Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference, Mar 2020, Grenoble, France. ⟨hal-02384389⟩

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