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Improved Ring Oscillator PUF: An FPGA-Friendly Secure Primitive

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors analyze Ring Oscillator (RO) based Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) on FPGAs. They show that the systematic process variation adversely affects the ability of the RO-PUF to generate unique chip-signatures, and propose a compensation method to mitigate it. Moreover, a Configurable Ring Oscillator (CRO) technique is proposed to reduce noise in PUF responses. The compensation method could improve the uniqueness of the PUF by an amount as high as 18%. The CRO technique could produce nearly 100% error-free PUF outputs over varying environmental conditions without post-processing while consuming minimum area.

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