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CHASE Announces Its First Annual Competition!

CHASE prides itself on establishing a newly coordinated field of knowledge on hardware assurance and security. One way to make this a reality is the establishment of the CHASE consortium. This consortium includes members from industry who are interested in addressing the industry-wide problems. It is thus with great excitement to announce that CHASE has just finished its first annual competition. The CHASE consortium members have evaluated and chosen the proposals they would like to support. A large number of proposals were submitted by the CHASE faculty and the consortium members reviewed the proposals internally and voted on each proposal based on its metric and applicability to the real world problems. After a careful deliberation, they decided the following six proposals to be accepted for funding via the CHASE membership fees. All members will have access to the results of these projects as well as other federally sponsored projects in the center.
  1. Counterfeit Parts Defect Characterization (3 years), Lead: Prof. Domenic Forte
  2. Counterfeit Defect Coverage Analysis (3 years), Lead: Prof. Mark Tehranipoor
  3. Advanced ID Tags for Authentication of Integrated Circuits and Systems Using 3D Quantum Imaging Concepts (2 years), Lead Prof. Bahram Javidi
  4. Engineered Nano-Signature (ENS): A Novel Authentication Technology (2 years), Lead: Prof. Mehdi Anwar
  5. Authenticating Untrusted COTS Integrated Circuits (2 years), Lead: Prof. John Chandy
  6. Gideon: A High Performance HW Interface for Guaranteed Detection of Executed Injected Malicious Code (2 years), Lead: Prof. Marten van Dijk.
These projects will be carried out in a collaborative environment in the CHASE center. The first year project annual review will be held on April 8, 2014 as part of the CHASE annual event at UCONN. CHASE annual workshop will be scheduled on April 9-10 2014 (more information about the workshop will be send out by early 2014).

If you are interested in becoming a member of CHASE or to learn about CHASE membership benefits, please contact Prof. Mark Tehranipoor at for more information.

Dr. Mark Tehranipoor's Article Appeard on IEEE SPECTRUM Cover, October 2013 Issue: The Hidden Dangers of Chop-Shop Electronics

fake IC
IEEE Spectrum Magazine- October 2013
Clever counterfeiters sell old components as new, threatening both military and commercial systems.

On 17 August 2011, Boeing warned the U.S. Navy that an ice-detection module in the P-8A Poseidon, a new reconnaissance aircraft, contained a “reworked part that should not have been put on the airplane originally and should be replaced immediately.” In a message marked “Priority: Critical,” the company blamed the part, a Xilinx field-programmable gate array (FPGA), for the failure of the ice-detection module during a test flight.

How could this have happened? Xilinx, based in San Jose, Calif., is a highly respected manufacturer of FPGAs, and Boeing bought the ice-detection module containing the suspect part from BAE Systems, a reputable British defense company. The trouble occurred somewhere in the supply chain upstream from BAE, which wound through companies in California, Florida, Japan, and China. However, retracing that FPGA’s path led not to Xilinx but to a Chinese company called A Access Electronics. It apparently had turned a quick profit by selling used Xilinx parts as new. BAE ended up purchasing about 300 suspect FPGAs, many of them untested. Fortunately, most had not yet been installed on planes. ...

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CHASE Annual Workshop on Hardware Assurance will be held on April 9-10, 2014 at the University of Connecticut.
Workshop 2014

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