Date Added: Feb 2012
With the increase in use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) in production designs, and with the growth of System On FPGA (SOF) applications, the security of the Hardware Intellectual Property (HIP) cores cannot be taken for granted anymore. The HIP cores must be vigorously protected to preserve competitive advantages and to protect investments. In this paper, the authors have proposed a novel wireless protection technique for reconfigurable HIP cores by exploiting the reconfiguration capacity of the cores. The existing HIP protection techniques are basically HIP core infringement detection techniques with limited protection capability and they do not prevent the unauthorized usage of HIP cores.