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Provably Unclonable Functions on Re-configurable Devices

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-20-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7900
Amount: $1,069,717.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18B-T001
Solicitation Number: 18.B
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-01-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-01-06
Small Business Information
2597 Nicky Lane
Alexandria, VA 22311-1111
United States
DUNS: 079291120
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Pomerance
 (202) 246-7273
Business Contact
 Andrew Pomerance
Phone: (202) 246-7273
Research Institution
 The Ohio State University
 Daniel Gauthier Daniel Gauthier
1960 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1016
United States

 (614) 247-8477
 Nonprofit College or University

Physically uncloneable functions (PUFs) have the potential to revolutionize cybersecurity by forming the basis for next-generation secure networks and trusted computing environments. During Phase I, Potomac Research and OSU evaluated of three physically uncloneable function (PUF) designs that can be implemented on COTS FPGAs. One design based on hybrid Boolean networks (HBN-PUFs) emerged as the clearly superior design, and it provides state-of-the-art uniqueness and robustness, with vastly higher entropy, compared existing digital electronic and emerging nano-technology designs. The HBN-PUF has unique properties that we believe make it significantly less vulnerable to machine learning (ML) attacks that many other PUF designs have succumbed to, as well as enabling novel use cases in tamper-proofing and trusted computing. The proposed Phase II project is to more fully develop the theory of HBN-PUF operation, evaluate its ML-resistance, perform preliminary experiments on novel applications for supply chain security, evaluate its robustness to temperature and voltage variations, and to package it for commercialization.

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