I.C. counterfeiting is an increasing problem and concern in the industry. I.C.s in applications that are information-, safety- or security-critical or in high volume production are particular targets. The QuantumTrace IP core provides a cost effective means of embedding a unique ID “fingerprint” in each chip which is unclonable.
An efficient means of integrating a reliable chip ID for manufacturing logistics or in-field ID verification purposes is an increasing need for high volume IC manufacturers, applications that involve high value content or service criticality. The QuantumTrace IP core provides a scalable low cost means to serve this growing area.
The generation and management of secret keys using PUFs offer distinct cost and security advantages over the traditional approach of storing multiple keys in RAM, ROM or programmable fuses. The QuantumTrace PUF engine can efficiently generate multiple unique keys intrinsically without the need to pre-program or load pre-assigned keys.
Implementations of PUF-based unique chip ID at the basic hardware level provides a “Root of Trust” function that can be used throughout the system to not only validate the hardware, but also to bind software at the operating system or application level.
While the development cost of leading-edge ICs is skyrocketing, these new advanced technologies permit increasing levels of system-on-a-chip integration. This leads to a very rich and complex IP environment. A single IC can now provide a broader range of IP so that many optional configurations can be offered. PUF technology can enable features or additional functionality to be remotely activated or to meter usage in a secure, controlled and cost effective manner.