Circuit that includes a physically unclonable function

Patent Number: 10,256,983
Issued: 4/9/2019
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Abstract: Described herein are various technologies pertaining to authentication of integrated circuits by using external factors to affect or modify an output of a physically unclonable function (PUF) circuit. In an example, the output of the PUF circuit in response to a challenge signal can be sensitive to changes in environmental factors. In another example, the output of the PUF circuit can be sensitive to user-selectable configuration parameters of the PUF circuit. In yet another example, the output of the PUF circuit can be modified by additional circuitry external to the PUF circuit based upon one or more selectable or configurable inputs. A PUF-based device authentication system that uses external factors as authentication inputs to affect a challenge response of the device authentication system can enhance authentication capabilities by permitting multi-factor authentication.
Filed: 3/22/2016
Application Number: 15/77,488
Government Interests: STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The Government has certain rights in the invention.