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A flexible design flow for software IP binding in commodity FPGA

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3 Author(s)
Gora, M.A. ; Bradley Dept. of Electr.&Comput. Eng., Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State Univ., Blacksburg, VA, USA ; Maiti, A. ; Schaumont, P.

Software intellectual property (SWIP) is a critical component of increasingly complex FPGA based system on chip (SOC) designs. As a result, developers want to ensure that their SWIP sources are protected from being exposed to an unauthorized party and are restricted to run only on a trusted FPGA platform. This paper proposes a novel design flow for protecting SWIP by binding it to a specific FPGA platform. We accomplish this by leveraging the qualities of a physical unclonable function (PUF) and a tight integration of hardware and software security features. A prototype implementation demonstrates our design flow to successfully protect a SWIP by encryption using a 128 bit FPGA-unique key extracted from a PUF.

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Industrial Embedded Systems, 2009. SIES '09. IEEE International Symposium on

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8-10 July 2009