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Employ FPGA silicon for security apps

Posted: 19 Mar 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGAs  primitives  Soft PUFs 

FPGAs are used in place of ASICs for an increasing number of applications. Traditionally seen primarily as devices with programmable gates, FPGAs have progressively evolved since year 2000 into "platform" devices with many integrated system-on-chip features, including components such as Ethernet MACs, DSP engines, microcontrollers, clock management circuitry, I/Os with reconfigurable signalling standards and terminations, and facilities supporting Bitstream encryption to prevent reverse engineering of designs.

This article expands the application areas covered by FPGAs by introducing a new class of primitives called "Soft PUFs." By exploiting the silicon uniqueness of each FPGA device and incorporating a special circuit (using existing FPGA fabric) to extract these "silicon biometrics", FPGAs can be used for new security-oriented applications that were not previously possible.

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