Zero-Remanence Anti-Tamper Cryptokey Storage Device

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-08-C-0270
Award Id:
78726
Agency Tracking Number:
O053-A11-2129
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
11409 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
114264351
Principal Investigator:
James Deak
Senior Physicist
(952) 996-1636
jdeak@nve.com
Business Contact:
John Myers
Vice President of Develop
(952) 996-1610
jmyers@nve.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research project proposal describes a program to develop a low-power, fast, non-volatile anti-tamper (AT) memory, sufficient in size for storing encryption keys that has the capability to self-erase with no data remanence and without applied power in response to tampering with the enclosure of a protected volume. The AT memory will also include an electrically programmed rapid bulk erase capability, as well as a signal line to indicate that a tampering event has been detected. The device, called an anti-tamper magnetic random access memory (AT-MRAM) is intended for volume protection of military electronics systems by providing the capability to detect and respond to invasive tampering of a protected volume by irrecoverably erasing a long unique code stored within the AT-MRAM. The AT-MRAM prototype will be implemented as a stand-alone 256-bit cryptokey memory for volumetric anti-tamper applications, and with further research and development the memory capacity could be increased to hold data other than encryption keys.

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