Protecting the FPGA Design From Common Threats

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Executive Summary

The global estimated loss to counterfeiting is expected to exceed U.S.$1.5 trillion in 2009. Counterfeiting impacts all businesses in all markets, from Gucci handbags to computer chips to proprietary algorithms. The threats to companies' Intellectual Property (IP) grow as the global supply chain becomes increasingly complex. Security and protection in the global supply chain is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage, while in some cases it is required just to stay in business. The first step towards counterfeit equipment is tampering, which encompasses all forms of obtrusive efforts to gain access to the system design. Historically, tampering was associated with military equipment; however, due to the rise of counterfeit electronics, tampering is becoming a critical issue for all manufacturers.

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