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Building a Scalable, Quantifiable, and Repeatable Microelectronics Security Program

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-22-C-1056
Agency Tracking Number: F2-11759
Amount: $1,630,778.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF192-D001
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-05
Small Business Information
75 E Santa Clara Street Floor 6
San Jose, CA 95113-1111
United States
DUNS: 078848932
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jason K. Oberg
 (808) 635-7604
Business Contact
 Brenda Swiney
Phone: (408) 823-4288
Research Institution

With an increasingly global supply chain, microelectronics are becoming an important issue for the United States to maintain both national competitiveness and security. The criticality expands from microelectronic design through manufacturing and is underpinned by the necessity for quantifiable assurance throughout the lifecycle. A central component to enable quantifiable assurance for microelectronics is to provide data artifacts that are quantifiable and measurable. This enables a security reviewer to analyze the data, without trusting anything about the microelectronic itself, and assess whether the microelectronic meets the required security and assurance for deployment into a government system. The Phase II developed Radix technology provides a core foundation that enables users to craft unique security requirements that can be executed in commercially available simulation and emulation systems used throughout DoD and the commercial semiconductor market. Radix’s unique information flow technology identifies security vulnerabilities in microelectronics that would otherwise be missed using traditional, more manual techniques to identify these weaknesses.  This proposal will extend the Phase II Radix technology to develop more infrastructure to enable quantifiable assurance with a key focus on aggregation of data in a manner that is analyzable and verifiable by a third party. Such analysis is critical to enable Quantifiable Assurance to meet the DoD’s mission objectives.  

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