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Guided Electromagnetic Wave Technique for IC Authentication

ORSYS & CTSYS, LCIS, University of Grenoble Alpes, 26000 Valence, France
Institut Universitaire de France, 75231 Paris, France
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Sensors 2020, 20(7), 2041;
Received: 19 February 2020 / Revised: 27 March 2020 / Accepted: 1 April 2020 / Published: 5 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Electronic Sensors)
Counterfeiting of an Integrated Circuit (IC) has become a significant concern for electronics manufacturers, system integrators, and end users. It is necessary to find a robust implementation that is efficient, low cost, and noninvasive in detection and avoidance of ICs counterfeiting. In this paper, we introduce the concept of using a guided radiofrequency (RF) wave technique to authenticate ICs. The approach discussed in this work highlights the use of electromagnetic (EM)/radiofrequency (RF) response that has been further evaluated to assign fingerprint or signature of ICs for the purpose of authentication. Our approach is to use EM/RF guided wave to sense the response of the ICs, extract the manufacturing-based process variation of an IC and finally generate identifier or signature of that IC. As a proof-of-concept, we performed experiments over different field-programmable gate array (FPGA) boards of the same family. The post-processing technique was applied on the measurement results to statistically quantify the error probability of the authentication technique. View Full-Text
Keywords: counterfeit IC; EM; FPGA; process variation counterfeit IC; EM; FPGA; process variation
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Ahmed, M.M.; Perret, E.; Hely, D.; Siragusa, R.; Barbot, N. Guided Electromagnetic Wave Technique for IC Authentication. Sensors 2020, 20, 2041.

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Ahmed MM, Perret E, Hely D, Siragusa R, Barbot N. Guided Electromagnetic Wave Technique for IC Authentication. Sensors. 2020; 20(7):2041.

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Ahmed, Mosabbah M., Etienne Perret, David Hely, Romain Siragusa, and Nicolas Barbot. 2020. "Guided Electromagnetic Wave Technique for IC Authentication" Sensors 20, no. 7: 2041.

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