The UNIQUE project tends to increase the protection of hardware systems against counterfeiting, cloning, tampering, reverse engineering and insertion of malicious components.

UNIQUE is to provide novel, strong, cost-effective and efficiently deployable technological means that

  • are sufficiently robust to provide high assurance for authenticity and trustworthiness of hardware components (Integrated Circuits (ICs))   manufactured in untrustworthy foundries while providing sensitive testing information and only to authorized parties
  • allow for monitoring and auditing hardware after delivery by the manufracturer
  • exploit physical properties at the (deep-) submicron and nano-scale of the underlying hardware not only to achieve unique device identification but also to detect small tempering and the presence of Trojans.