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Without the inclusion of this critical technology your circuit will be reverse engineered.

Don’t let the bad guys steal your circuit design and make perfect clones that hurt your bottom line, reduce your market share and waste your valuable Research and Development dollars.

Today integrated circuit reverse engineering is a billion dollar business. SMI has developed innovative technology to fight this threat. SMI can protect your integrated circuits from these bad guys with technology that defeats the expensive reverse engineering tools and protects your investment and Intellectual Property.

SMI’s “SypherMedia Library” (SML), also known as Circuit Camouflage, has never been successfully reverse engineered leading to a pirated part. SML is a unique and innovative technology that when incorporated into an ASIC design, the silicon itself will resist reverse-engineering attacks. SML utilizes foundry standard cells, standard tools and design methodology, doesn’t rely on coatings or shields, and provides a high return on investment for silicon manufacturers, customers wanting Intellectual Property protection, and those customers having products in high attack environments.

With worldwide applications rights and over 40 granted US patents and numerous international patents only SMI can provide the knowhow, patent protection and knowledge necessary to apply this technology to protect our customer’s products. We have also developed proprietary trade secret techniques uniquely positioned to implement these designs. SMI offers training and licensing options, enabling your design team to implement SML circuit camouflage technology on your devices. SMI offers a range of courses in hardening silicon IP to reverse engineering, cloning, and tamper attacks.

Using our designs and techniques, chip makers keep sensitive and strategic aspects of custom designs secret from competitors and counterfeiters providing hardware protection to secure your intellectual property. We provide high tamper resistance from unauthorized modifications to the design by filling the entire chip with circuitry allowing attackers no space in which to insert a Trojan circuit without destroying the underlying function of the ASIC. In summary, SMI’s SypherMedia Library Camouflage Technology keeps designs secret from competitors and counterfeiters:

•  Protects against state-of-the-art circuit extraction attacks
•  Applicable to any CMOS process and any digital design
•  Significantly extends the security life of your product
•  Camouflage of analog IP is also available
•  Low-risk technology that uses standard foundry cells
•  Easily applied to any standard cell design flow
•  Minimal impact to area, performance, and power consumption

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SMI Circuit Camouflage Industry Testimonials

"SMI's SypherMedia Library(TM) Circuit Camouflage Technology has been successfully integrated by Infineon Technologies into customer specific products."
Infineon Technologies

"The SypherMedia Library™ Circuit Camouflage is the most effective hardware intellectual property protection solution I have encountered. To analyze and extract the functionality of even a small number of cells is a daunting task. An ASIC secured by SMI's circuit camouflage technology is highly resistant to even the most sophisticated and modern reverse engineering and circuit extraction attacks. I have had the opportunity to evaluate their technical approaches over the past number of years and can attest that their methodology has far outpaced that of the reverse engineering community."
Michael Strizich
President, Analytical Solutions, Inc.

"SMI's Circuit Camouflage technology provides a powerful layer of defense against reverse engineering and circuit extraction of semiconductor chips. To prevent pirating, our CryptoFirewall™ cores for pay TV applications must withstand a broad range of attacks. The ability of SMI's technology to help secure the underlying ASIC circuitry is beneficial to the industry."
Paul Kocher
President & Chief Scientist, Cryptography Research, Inc.

"Whether the end application concerns national security, prevention of commercial espionage, or otherwise, SMI's technology is an essential part of any chip-level IP protection plan."
Jeff Draper
Information Sciences Institute Researcher and DARPA Project Contributor,

"SypherMedia International's (SMI) Circuit Camouflage technology is an innovative and effective technology to prevent reverse engineering and circuit extraction of any fabricated design. Tela Innovations has worked with SMI to demonstrate in silicon how the combination of our layout style and SMI's camouflage technology can create a substantial barrier for analysis labs to obtain a functional netlist. This greatly extends the security life and adds value to fielded designs. This intellectual property protection and anti-cloning technology is a great complement to commercial and government designs and significantly enhances the overall security of hardware products."
Scott Becker
CEO, Tela Innovations, Inc.

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