HACK@DAC: The DAC 2017 Hardware Security Contest

Globalization of Integrated Circuit (IC) design is making designers and users of IC and Intellectual Property (IP) re-assess their trust in hardware. As the IC design flow spans the globe—driven by cost-conscious consumer electronics—hardware is increasingly prone to side channel analysis, reverse engineering, IP piracy, IC counterfeiting, and malicious modifications (i.e. hardware trojans). The semiconductor industry routinely loses over $4 billion annually due to one or more of these attacks.