Securing Netlist-Level FPGA Design Through Exploiting Process Variation and Degradation
Source: University of California
The continuously widening gap between the Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) and Recurring Engineering (RE) costs of producing Integrated Circuit (IC) products in the past few decades gives high incentives to unauthorized cloning and reverse-engineering of ICs. Existing IC Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes often demands high overhead in area, power, and performance, or require non-volatile storage. The authors' goal is to develop a novel Intellectual Property (IP) protection technique that offers universal protection to both Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) and Field-Programmable Gate-Arrays (FPGAs) from unauthorized manufacturing and reverse engineering.