Logic, a hardware security company with
technology that identifies security vulnerabilities in semiconductor
designs, today announced that it has received a contract from the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop additional
hardware security solutions. Specifically, this effort is based around
integrating Tortuga Logic’s patented hardware security models with
commercial emulation platforms, which are electronic systems used by
hardware designers in the final stages of verification to fully test an
entire chip design running a full software stack. The resulting products
are intended to be used by hardware designers to enhance their ability
to find security vulnerabilities in their designs prior to chip
fabrication or Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) deployment. The
project will be led by Dr. Jason Oberg, Tortuga Logic’s CEO and
“More than ever, hardware designers need solutions to identify security
vulnerabilities throughout the chip design lifecycle, rather than
post-fabrication or post-deployment. This contract with DARPA will allow
Tortuga Logic to integrate our patented information flow technology with
commercial emulation platforms, completing a full end-to-end design
suite dedicated to security verification,” says Dr. Oberg.
As part of the effort, participants of the DARPA “System Security
Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware” (SSITH) program will receive
early access to the resulting security solution for emulation platforms.
The goal of the SSITH program is to develop hardware design
architectures and techniques to strengthen the security of systems used
in commercial and defense electronic applications. Tortuga Logic’s
current product line and the aforementioned security solution for
emulation platforms will be made available to enhance the work performed
by all SSITH participants.
Tortuga Logic’s current product line consists of two software suites,
entitled Prospect and Unison. Both products have been adopted within the
semiconductor industry, as well as the Aerospace and Defense industry.
Now, Tortuga Logic is focusing on extending their product portfolio the
aforementioned security solution for emulation platforms. While the
research and resultant product can be ported to any commercial emulation
platform, the project will use the Palladium platform from Cadence
Design Systems. The project will also utilize the emerging RISC-V
processor architecture and sample design for initial prototyping and
testing. RISC-V is gaining popularity in many market verticals and will
be used as the baseline design for many of the SSITH participants,
making it a suitable architecture to validate the functionality of the
final security emulation platform.
Managing the technical effort is Tortuga Logic’s recently appointed VP
of Engineering Andrew Dauman. As a former Vice President at Synopsys,
Inc., he was in charge of the development of several FPGA products
including the Synplify family of FPGA synthesis tools, as well as the
HAPS FPGA-based prototyping systems.
Tortuga’s security solution for emulation platforms will be available
for purchase later this year.
About Tortuga Logic:
Tortuga Logic is a hardware security company offering a suite of
security verification platforms to reduce the effort spent identifying
security vulnerabilities in modern semiconductor designs. Founded by
experts in hardware security, Tortuga Logic’s patented technology
augments the industry standard verification tools to enable a secure
development lifecycle (SDL) for modern semiconductor designs. For more
information, please visit http://www.tortugalogic.com/
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