First it will publish images of ICs and digital cores at different magnifications. These images include chip overviews plus optical and electronic scans of each and every layer of the hardware. Devices that Texplained will photograph include microcontrollers, microprocessors, SoCs and FPGAs.
Second it will publish architectural reports covering aspects from the “Chip ID” describing the physical characteristics of the ICs to complete function mapping and Standard Cell Library reviews providing different levels of analysis of hardware architecture and implementation.
Third, beforevthevend of this year, Texplained will publish analytical evaluations of the level of security of ICs against piracy and counterfeiting. The analyses will assess the effectiveness of different types of obfuscation such as shields, content protection memory access and rights, memory encryption and data bus security, which are embedded in the chipsets.
The company will review every major IC on the market to create a library of detailed information and analysis about IC hardware.
Comparing components and ranking them against others will provide valuable benchmarked information and third-party expert opinion to all players in the semiconductor industry. These players include manufacturers, systems integrators that integrate ICs into their products as well as researchers in the field of semiconductor or digital security.
Chip designers will benefit from a clear third-party external assessment of their own hardware products. They will also gain a greater understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their competitors’ ICs.
From the information provided in Texplained’s reports, systems integrators will be able to make informed decisions about which IC technology to select for their specific applications, to deliver the right level of security at the right price.
In parallel to the reports, Texplained will continue to provide tailored services to its customers such as the dedicated analysis of ICs, IP infringement investigation, research into hardware backdoors and support in the early stages of IC architecture and design to help its customers achieve “security by design” for their ICs.