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Zero-Remanence Anti-Tamper Cryptokey Storage Device

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
78726
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O053-A11-2129
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NVE CORP. (FORMERLY NONVOLATILE ELECTRONICS, INC.
11409 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Zero-Remanence Anti-Tamper Cryptokey Storage Device
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0381
Award Amount: $99,998.00
 

Abstract:

The goal of this Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is to research and develop a low-power, fast, non-volatile memory sufficient in size for storing encryption keys that has the capability to "zeroize" itself without data remanence in response to tampering and without applied power using a permanent magnet based technique. The device is intended for volumetric protection of analog and digital electronics systems. In addition to self-zeroization, the device has the capability to signal that a tampering event has occurred. The proposed anti-tamper memory device can be reprogrammed indefinitely and read by the protected hardware using a standard interface. Initially the device will be implemented as a stand-alone cryptokey memory for volumetric anti-tamper applications, but with further research and development, memory capacity could be increased, and it could be embedded into an integrated circuit package for protection of custom application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), or microcontrollers. The phase I program will use a combination of experiment and modeling to evaluate the effectiveness of the zeroization mechanisms, power requirements for reading and writing the device, and manufacturing feasibility.

Principal Investigator:

James Deak
Senior Physicist
9529961636
jdeak@nve.com

Business Contact:

Richard George
CFO
9529961602
dickg@nve.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NVE CORP. (FORMERLY NONVOLATILE ELECTRONICS, INC.
11409 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344

EIN/Tax ID: 411424202
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No