Test and security in a System-on-Chip environment




Lee, Yu-Wei

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title



This dissertation outlines new approaches for test and security in a System-on-Chip (SoC) environment. A methodology is proposed for designing a single test access mechanism (TAM) architecture on each die with a "bandwidth adapter" that allows it to be efficiently used for multiple different test data bandwidths in three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D-IC) using through-silicon vias (TSVs). In this way, a single test architecture can be re-used for pre-bond, partial stack, and post-bond testing while minimizing test time across all phases of test. Unlike previous approaches, this methodology does not need multiple TAM architectures or reconfigurable wrappers in order to be efficient when the test data bandwidth changes. In industry, sequential linear decompression is widely used to reduce data and bandwidth requirements. A new scheme using a multiple polynomial linear feedback shift register (LFSR) with rotating polynomial is proposed here to increase encoding flexibility resulting in higher compression ratios. An algorithm is described to assign test cubes to polynomials in a way that enhances encoding efficiency. For hardware security, a new attack strategy against logic obfuscation is described here. It is based on applying brute force iteratively to each logic cone one at a time and is shown to significantly reduce the number of brute force key combinations that need to be tried by an attacker. It is shown that inserting key gates based on MUXes is an effective approach to increase security against this type of attack. In data security for hardware, existing techniques for computing with encrypted operands are either prohibitively expense (e.g., fully homomorphic encryption) or only work for special cases (e.g., linear circuits). A lightweight scheme implemented at the gate-level is proposed for computing with noise-obfuscated data. By carefully selecting internal locations for noise cancellation in arbitrary logic circuits, the overhead can be greatly minimized. One important application of the proposed scheme is for protecting data inside a computing unit obtained from a third party IP provider where a hidden backdoor access mechanism or hardware Trojan could be maliciously inserted.


LCSH Subject Headings