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Dispositivo integrado para la implementación de funciones físicamente inclonables

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOIT20160126002
Publicado:
17/02/2016
Caducidad:
17/02/2017
Resumen:
Un equipo de investigación de una universidad italiana ha desarrollado una nueva solución de seguridad de electrónica integrada basada en chips con claves privadas no duplicables basadas en las características físicas que se producen de forma aleatoria durante el proceso de fabricación (funciones físicamente inclonables). El nuevo circuito implementa una función físicamente inclonable
perfectamente estable, evitando la necesidad de mecanismos de estabilización costosos. El equipo de investigación busca socios industriales con el fin de establecer acuerdos de investigación, cooperación técnica, fabricación o licencia.

Details

Tittle:
Embeddable device for the implementation of physically unclonable functions
Summary:
A research team at an Italian university developed a new solution for integrated electronics security relying on chips with non-replicable private keys based on physical characteristics arising randomly during the manufacturing process (Physically Unclonable Functions). The novel circuit implements a perfectly stable PUF, eliminating the need for costly stabilization mechanisms. The group is looking for industrial partners for research, technical cooperation or manufacturing, license agreements.
Description:
An italian university research team, with vast experience on telecommunications and signal technologies, developed a novel embeddable solution for integrated electronics security.
Many integrated electronics applications need to ensure maximum security through technologies that can withstand sophisticated attacks. Research has focused on designing chips equipped with private, unique, and non-replicable keys, based on the physical characteristics of each individual chip, which arise randomly during the manufacturing process (PUF-Physically Unclonable Functions). PUF-based devices are used to protect the intellectual property of embedded software, allow secure machine-to-machine communications, and for payment systems based on smart-card readers and chip-based credit cards.
However, current state-of-the-art solutions are unstable: although most of the time the PUF embedded in a given device will always generate the same secret password, that password may occasionally have one or more wrong bits. Since the secret password is used as a key in cryptographic systems, even a single wrong bit may render it useless. Protection against such instability requires ´stabilization´ schemes, which make the devices more complex and costly.
The new technology consists of a circuit developed especially to implement a perfectly stable PUF, thus eliminating the need for costly stabilization mechanisms. The solution relies on a circuit designed specifically to be used in PUF, and which can be adapted to chips produced by various different manufacturers.
The developing team is currently looking for industrial partners for further testing and development of the technology and for industrialization purposes. Testing and co-development would be possibile within research and technical cooperation agreements, further industrialisation activities under license or manufacturing agreements.
Advantages and Innovations:
Compared to other technologies (e.g. those based on SRAM - Static Random Access Memory), the new device does not require additional stabilizing circuits, thus simplifying the process and reducing manufacturing costs.
The technology has been validated through analytical studies and simulations, while the upcoming development phase includes the launch of experimental validation efforts and the manufacturing of the first application prototypes.
Stage of Development:
Under development/lab tested
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
Technology is patented, national patent extensions are ongoing

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The research group is looking for industrial partners interested in the technology for further development, including experimental validation and manufacturing of the first application prototypes.
The technology is primarily of interest to manufacturers of chips and micro-processors, and to a lesser extent to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and manufacturers of integrated electronic devices and embedded software. The technology is also of interest to companies in the hardware security sector (smart cards, chips for payment systems, etc.).
Various possible cooperation options are available based on partners´ specialization and market interest: research and technical cooperation for testing and further engineering of the solution as well as license and manufacturing agreement.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
Italian

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01003009 Data Protection, Storage, Cryptography, Security