Special Issue "Hardware Trust: Design of Trustworthy Integrated Circuits in a Threatened Supply Chain"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Circuit and Signal Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2023 | Viewed by 186

Special Issue Editors

LIRMM, Université de Montpellier, CNRS, 34095 Montpellier, France
Interests: hardware security; hardware trust; hardware trojan horses; logic locking
LIRMM, Université de Montpellier, CNRS, 34095 Montpellier, France
Interests: post-manufacturing test for SoC and SiP; design for testability/security/trust

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hardware trust has become a major concern over the last few decades due to the exposure of confidential information to an increasing number of actors in the design/supply chain and continuous progress in reverse engineering and other forms of hardware attacks. An explosion in design complexity, dependency on an increasingly complex global supply chain, and adversaries with ever-growing abilities jeopardize intellectual property and provide a means for a plethora of threats, including overproduction and hardware Trojans insertion. In this context, defense mechanisms, coupled with increasingly drastic test methods, have become essential to guarantee circuit trustworthiness, especially as adversaries find new attacks/methods to thwart each attempt at protection. This quest for sovereignty is of the utmost importance to maintain the control and reliability of hardware.

This Special Issue focuses on leading-edge research on mitigation techniques, ranging from architecture to physical design, in response to the threats jeopardizing the confidence that we have in our circuits. Research on corresponding threats/attacks is also of interest.

Dr. Sophie Dupuis
Prof. Dr. Marie-Lise Flottes
Guest Editors

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  • hardware trust
  • design-for-hardware-trust
  • IP/IC protection
  • hardware Trojans
  • logic locking
  • obfuscation
  • camouflaging
  • machine learning

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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