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Non-Energetics-Based Self-Destruct Mechanisms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0275
Agency Tracking Number: O053-A12-2155
Amount: $749,241.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-A12
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-05-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-05-30
Small Business Information
1965 Lycoming Creek Road Suite 205
Williamsport, PA 17701
United States
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gareth Knowles
 Principal Investigator
 (570) 322-2700
Business Contact
 Cathy Brooke
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Research Institution

The Phase II program continues a highly successful Phase I, where a silent, unobservable, non-energetic means directly incorporated within electronics completely obliterate IC die within microseconds. The destruct is so extensive as to deny, even with the most sophisticated reverse engineer techniques, ability to derive any information about the chip or its functions. Phase II effort focus is on developing optimized device integration of the demonstrated techniques with die of interest and many common package types. It will be shown that the technique can be covertly integrated into die packaging as to be inaccessible by an adversary. It will be shown that it enables a low cost solution to destroying all the security sensitive electronics components at the push of a button. The effort will include (i) ensuring self-destruct capability operates in a fail-safe mode, denying ability to bypass the protection by interrupting power, (ii) ensuring that any tamper event involving one component can trigger self-destruct of selectable set of security sensitive components. Phase II will also demonstrate various levels of autodestruct including autonomous, semi-autonomous, and distributed (where the destruct command is executed by on-board [boundary scan] monitoring and/or higher level system decision tree).

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