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White Paper

Ansys Hardware Security Solution with Pre-Silicon SideChannel Leakage Analysis

In the emerging Internet-of-Things (IoT) market, data security and privacy are essential concerns for communication between a large number of ubiquitous edge devices and the internet backbone. While modern cryptography is heavily used in IoT devices to assure information security, it can be compromised by exploiting vulnerabilities in the physical implementation of underlying integrated circuits (ICs). Side-channel leakage analysis (SCLA) is a technique to extract sensitive information from sub-optimally protected hardware by probing a variety of physical phenomena, such as power consumption, electromagnetic (EMag) radiation, and thermal emissions. As ICs cannot be altered in the field, it is essential to verify side-channel countermeasures in the pre-silicon design stage. This white paper describes breakthrough technology in Ansys’ multiphysics simulation platform that enables system-on-chip (SoC) design teams without hardware security background to predict and quantify design vulnerabilities to side-channel analysis and assess the effectiveness of design countermeasures.


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