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Intel FPGA Secure Device Manager

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Conference Paper

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Intel Corporation, Programmable Solutions Group (formerly Altera) San Jose United States

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In previous generations of FPGA devices Intel Programmable Solutions Group formerly Altera employed security features based on general bitstream protection and antitamper requirements. As military applications and the general technology landscape evolve, more data is being processed resulting in a larger number of attack points. To resolve a response to these threat vectors, a central security controller is necessary. The secure device manager, or SDM, is a hardware processor which provides an evolvable core of device security and allows an end user greater flexibility in threat response as well as application design and control. Several different security functions can be executed through the SDM which primarily include zeroization, sectorization, PUF key encryption, and antitamper control. Furthermore, the SDM contains field upgradable firmware that will follow the Intel threat mitigation strategy. This paper will discuss the features of the SDM, future product roadmap in which upgraded SDM security will be integrated, as well as a lifecycle of the mitigation strategy process, and military and government use cases.

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  • Computer Systems Management and Standards
  • Computer Hardware

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