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Trusted Integrated Circuit Procurement for Space Assets

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F112-151-0425
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF112-151
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Crossfield Technology LLC
9390 Research Blvd Suite I200 Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Trusted Integrated Circuit Procurement for Space Assets
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-12-M-1330
Award Amount: $149,451.00
 

Abstract:

ABSTRACT: Crossfield intends to develop a"Chip Firewall"that monitors the I/O (input/output) pins for a tamper circuit activation signal. Side channel attacks, in which one or more pins are forced into a non-legal condition, are a common technique for tampering with or activating a circuit. Using the concept of a firewall, Crossfield intends to monitor the integrated circuit I/O for any illegal condition and then force the integrated circuit into a known state where, 1) no damage is done to the circuit, 2) the circuit can recover more quickly, and 3) any operational condition of the tamper circuit is forced back into a state where it is harmless. Crossfield"s technical approach to implementing the Chip Firewall is based on two innovations, asynchronous logic and DRPs (doped resistance paths). The Chip Firewall can be implemented from standard cells during the trusted fabrication process and is unlikely/very difficult to be detected and/or disable by the entity inserting the tamper circuit. BENEFIT: Crossfield's anti-tamper approach has the benefit of being isolated from the circuit it is monitoring and protecting, so it cannot be easily spoofed itself. The technique does not rely on any information from the circuit itself other than some knowledge of the design at the time the circuit is fabricated. The anti-tamper circuit requires very low chip overhead and can be deployed as a drop-in macrocell. The user does not need to understand the inner workings in order to employ the technique.

Principal Investigator:

Adam Jachniewicz
Senior Engineer
(512) 795-0220
adam.jachniewicz@crossfieldtech.com

Business Contact:

Gary McMillian
Member of LLC
(512) 795-0220
gary.mcmillian@crossfieldtech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Crossfield Technology LLC
9390 Research Blvd Suite I200 Austin, TX -

EIN/Tax ID: 300195080
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No