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Advanced Encryption Techniques for the Prevention of Reverse Engineering of the…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
78099
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
B064-008-0076
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Microelectronics Research Development Corporation
4775 Centennial Boulevard, Suite 130 Colorado Springs, CO 80919-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Advanced Encryption Techniques for the Prevention of Reverse Engineering of the Programming Code in Military and Space Custom ICs and FPGAs
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-06-C-7515
Award Amount: $99,994.00
 

Abstract:

We propose the development of advanced encryption techniques to make integrated circuits more secure against unauthorized intrusion, specifically the use of innovative embedded techniques to make reprogramming of high performance deep sub-micron or nano-scale FPGA or custom ASIC systems by other than the intended recipient essentially impossible. The specific concerns addressed in this proposal regard the use of ICs having strategic importance, e.g., radiation hardened FPGAs, gate arrays, and other devices, being used by potential aggressors. As discussed in this overview, we are developing a methodology that is algorithmically robust since we make the worst-case assumption that the algorithm used to protect the device will be known or discovered by an attacker (e.g., through methodical reverse engineering). Such "deconstruction" has become common in the IC industry to the point where it is a routine part of competitive analysis at large IC manufacturers. Services are commercially available and deconstruction reports are available online for a fee. This makes the logic of any device available to any potential aggressor with sufficient resources. Consequently, a level of security that makes use of the devices themselves more expensive than fabricating copies is sufficient.

Principal Investigator:

Paul H. Eaton
Chief Engineer
5055071390
paul.eaton@micro-rdc.com

Business Contact:

Mary J. Dyson
Director Business Operations
5055074844
mary.dyson@micro-rdc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MICROELECTRONICS RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT CORP.
4775 Centennial Avenue Suite 130 Colorado Springs, CO 80919

EIN/Tax ID: 141929743
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
ARIZONA STATE UNIV.
Research & Sponsored Projects
Tempe, AZ 85287
Contact: Lawrence Clark
Contact Phone: (480) 727-0295
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university