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Analysis and mitigation of process variation impacts on Power-Attack Tolerance

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Analysis and mitigation of process variation impacts on Power-Attack Tolerance
Embedded cryptosystems show increased vulnerabilities to implementation attacks such as power analysis. CMOS technology trends are causing increased process variations which impact the data-dependent power of deep submicron cryptosystem designs. In this paper, we use Monte Carlo methods in SPICE circuit simulations to analyze the statistical properties of the datadependent power with predictive 45nm CMOS device and ITRS process variation models. In addition to the "measurement to disclosure" (MTD) used in [3], we define a lower level metric, Power-Attack Tolerance (PAT), to model both dynamic power and leakage power data-dependence. We show that the PAT of a typical cryptographic component implementation using CMOS standard-cells can significantly deteriorate due to process variations, thus increasing the component's vulnerability to power attacks. Power-attack-resistant logic styles (e.g. SABL [9]) have been developed which increase PAT by an order of magnitude by bala...
Lang Lin, Wayne P. Burleson
Added 12 Nov 2009
Updated 12 Nov 2009
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where DAC
Authors Lang Lin, Wayne P. Burleson
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