News Highlights: New transistor design hides important computer chip hardware from hackers
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A hacker can reproduce a circuit on a chip by discovering what key transistors do in a circuit – but not if the transistor “type” is undetectable.
Engineers at Purdue University have demonstrated a way to disguise which transistor it is by building it from a plate-like material called black phosphor. This built-in security measure would prevent hackers from getting enough information about the circuit to reverse engineer it.
The findings appear in a paper released Monday (Dec. 7) in Nature electronics.
Reverse engineering chips are a common practice – for hackers as well as for research companies intellectual property infringement. Researchers are also developing X-ray imaging techniques that doesn’t require you to touch a chip to reverse engineer it.
The approach that Purdue researchers have demonstrated would increase security on a more fundamental level. How chip manufacturers choose to make this transistor design compatible with their processes would determine the availability of this level of protection.
A chip uses millions of transistors in a circuit. When a voltage is applied, there are two different types …
Read more from Source
Copyright @ www.purdue.edu
- Check the latest Hacking news updates and information.
- Please share this news New transistor design hides important computer chip hardware from hackers with your friends and family to support us your one share helps us a lot.
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter if you need more updates like this.
For Latest News Follow us on Google News
- Show all
- Trending News
- Popular By week