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Capacitive multi-channel security sensor IC for tamper-resistant enclosures

: Ferres, Elischa; Immler, Vincent; Stanitzki, Alexander; Lerch, Renee; Kokozinski, Rainer


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-, Sensor Council:
IEEE SENSORS 2018. Conference Proceedings : October 28-31, 2018, New Delhi, India
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5386-4707-3
ISBN: 978-1-5386-4708-0
4 S.
Sensors Conference <17, 2018, New Delhi>
Fraunhofer IMS ()
Fraunhofer AISEC ()
multi-channel capacitive read-out; physically unclonable functions (PUF); tamper-resistant enclosure; capacitive network; sensor

Physical attacks are a serious threat for embedded devices. Since these attacks are based on physical interaction, sensing technology is a key aspect in detecting them. For highest security levels devices in need of protection are placed into tamper-resistant enclosures. In this paper we present a capacitive multi-channel security sensor IC in a 350 nm CMOS technology. This IC measures more than 128 capacitive sensor nodes of such an enclosure with an SNR of 94.6 dB across a 16×16 electrode matrix in just 19.7 ms. The theoretical sensitivity is 35 aF which is practically limited by noise to 460 aF. While this is similar to capacitive touch technology, it outperforms available solutions of this domain with respect to precision and speed.