Remote activation of ICs for piracy prevention and digital right management

TitleRemote activation of ICs for piracy prevention and digital right management
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsAlkabani, Y., F. Koushanfar, and M. Potkonjak
Conference NameInternational Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)
Date Published2007///
Abstract

We introduce a remote activation scheme that aims to protect integrated circuits (IC) intellectual property (IP) against piracy. Remote activation enables designers to lock each working IC and to then remotely enable it. The new method exploits inherent unclonable variability in modern manufacturing for unique identification (ID) and integrated the IDs into the circuit functionality. The objectives are realized by replication of a few states of the finite state machine (FSM) and adding control to the state transitions. On each chip, the added control signals are a function of the unique IDs and are thus unclonable. On standard benchmark circuits, the experimental results show that the novel activation method is stable, unclonable, attack-resilient, while having a low overhead and a unique key for each IC.

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