Total ionizing dose effects on a delay-based physical unclonable function implemented in FPGAs Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2018


  • 9 (163)


  • 7

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2079-9292


  • Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs) are hardware security primitives that are increasingly being used for authentication and key generation in ICs and FPGAs. For space systems, they are a promising approach to meet the needs for secure communications at low cost. To this purpose, it is essential to determine if they are reliable in the space radiation environment. In this work we evaluate the Total Ionizing Dose effects on a delay-based PUF implemented in SRAM-FPGA, namely a Ring Oscillator PUF. Several major quality metrics have been used to analyze the evolution of the PUF response with the total ionizing dose. Experimental results demonstrate that total ionizing dose has a perceptible effect on the quality of the PUF response, but it could still be used for space applications by making some appropriate corrections.


  • Electronics


  • physical unclonable function; fpga; total ionizing dose; co-60 gamma radiation; ring-oscillator