Welcome to NewAE news – our most annoucement packed edition yet. First off, we want to say thanks to everyone who visited us at Embedded World! We had a great time meeting people, and lots of engineers seemed to be rethinking their life after discovering how easily embedded hardware crypto can be broken. Hopefully people caught our “Canadian-themed” outfits, but otherwise I’m sure there were questions about the lumberjack apparel:
Also thank you for taking our candy. If you missed it on Twitter we shipped about 10x more than needed, and suddenly had only a few hours to get rid of 9kg of maple candy. Luckily the kind people of Embedded World could be convinced we didn’t want them to feign interest in our products, and we just wanted them to take the candy so we didn’t have to lug it home.
Anyway, on with the serious news.
Buy Through Mouser
For years now our (very) kind customers have put up with our Canadian shipping rates, and our inability to precharge VAT or duties. We are very happy to announce we now have an alternative, that will mean cheap (and often free) shipping, plus prepaid duty and taxes to almost any country in the world.
Our products are now listed on Mouser – check out our NewAE Tech page. Or just search ChipWhisperer on Mouser! Not only does this make life easier for you, we are now offering more target devices than we’ve sold in the past. For example check out the MPC5748G target with a triple-core PowerPC, or the STM32F215 target with hardware AES peripherals, or the STM32F415 version also with hardware AES.
We’ll be announcing a number of other new targets shortly – these will be sold exclusively through Mouser. We’ve got builds for the SAM4L and ESP32 target done now, so will finish documenting these and they should be available shortly. Keep your eyes out for those in our newsletter (or just wait for the listing on Mouser!).
Our webstore & current sales channel will still exist, but we can’t compete with the great shipping rates and no surprise fees on delivery like Mouser can offer.
As a bonus – we now have PDF datasheets. We added those so you can find production information quickly, rather than the sometimes more confusing wiki pages. Right now they are linked through Mouser, but we’ll be adding them to our own webstore & website.
For the first time ever, we’re running an advanced 4-day training on April 23-26th in Maryland. This training is split into two 2-day classes: one class focuses on side-channel power analysis, the other on fault injection. This training uses more advanced targets as we use a base-board to switch between 8-bit and 32-bit devices throughout the class, and this gives us time to dive deeper into areas we don’t cover in the normal class. For example the side channel analysis also covers hardware crypto, and with fault attacks we also fault reads of configuration FLASH (not just SRAM or register variables). It does still cover the introductory material so you don’t need to have taken our previous courses to participate.
It’s run as part of the HardwareSecurity.Training event where you’ll get to see great speakers during lunch, and hang out with all the attendees, speakers, and trainers (Dmitry Nedospasov, Joe Fitzpatrick, Joe Grand, and Robert Leale). You can register using the previous links – be sure to select to register for both courses if you want the full four-day experience. Use offer code ‘newaenews‘ to save 10%, on top of the cheaper rates available until March 26th! Be sure to register for the two courses together for the full experience!
What about other training events? We’ve got our 2-day training running at Black Hat, which is also updated to use the ChipWhisperer-Lite Arm edition. This means all the attacks will be against an Arm processor device instead of the XMEGA we were previously using. You can sign up for August 4-5 (Sat/Sun) or 6-7 (Mon/Tues).
ChipSHOUTER Pricing & Pre-Ordering
You could have seen the ChipSHOUTER at Embedded World, and for people there we had (unofficial) pricing. We’re now publicly releasing this information, along with some more details (you can see a photo of the ChipSHOUTER down below too on the XY table). We also posted an engineering preview video a few weeks ago too with some more details.
The ChipSHOUTER will be our first EM fault injection tool. It features a small enclosure that packs inside a rapid charge circuit with programmable voltage from 150-500VDC, capacitor bank, and trigger circuit to dump the capacitor into a coil. This voltage is completely programmable via a simple serial command line, the choice of a serial interface makes it easier to use the tool stand-alone with other test equipment. The built-in trigger can generate complex waveforms, for example here we programmed a specific pattern of on/off to follow with two narrower pulses followed by a longer pulse:
Besides the built-in trigger circuit, it also features a hardware trigger input that is internally connected to the electronic switch. This means consistent delay between trigger & fault, allowing you to do clock-synchronous injection with reduced jitter. With any of these triggers you can monitor results on the 20:1 scope probe connector, which lets you see the actual voltage at the output without putting your scope probes anywhere near the danger zone.
The ChipSHOUTER will also come with two target boards. The first is a simple EM fault injection target, which you can use to confirm everything is working as intended. It simply performs a basic loop, and blinks an LED when everything is working A-OK. When things go wrong (due to your EM fault injection) it blinks a different LED. Here’s what the aptly named “EM Injection Simple Target” looks like (not all our names are silly puns OK):
The other target will be an advanced calibration target called Ballistic Gel. It will be an open-source EMFI calibration target, using a large commercial SRAM chip. This allows you to actually figure out the sort of area your fault injection has covered on the chip surface. Here’s what Ballistic Gel looks like, with the target SRAM on the left (and a big cut-out so you can try top-side or bottom-side as you fancy):
We designed this target to help you understand what different probe tips and voltage settings have on the target. It also allows you to compare different EMFI tools, which is why we wanted to release Ballistic Gel as a stand-alone open source project. We haven’t posted it yet, so will have more details with the official release.
So how much will it cost? ChipSHOUTER will initially sell in a kit with all of the above and more (ChipSHOUTER, Ballistic Gel, Simple Target, various probe tips, two BNC oscilloscope adapter cables, a separate pulse calibration board, and a few other odds and ends) for $2800 USD. A complete datasheet will be available shortly, and we’ll be releasing the design to production shortly meaning final products should be shipping end of April or May (more updates on that one production starts).
One of the other things we featured at Embedded World was an early prototype of our XY table, called the ChipSHOVER. This table features 1um step resolution (and it will get better once we enable microstepping). The ChipSHOUTER kit will interface to this table directly, and we also plan on selling a manual (lower-cost) XY table as well. But the “cheap solution” will always be a 3D printer gantry, which won’t have as fine resolution but will have an unbeatable price.
And what about this switch we had a few questions about? The totally unnecessary remote trigger wasn’t a planned item. It was something fun we made for the tradeshow:
For now we decided to build a few for people that preorder the ChipSHOUTER. So if you’re interested please fill out this form as we haven’t yet posted it in our webstore. Not only do you get a reserved spot in line for ChipSHOUTER, you’ll also get the limited edition totally unnecessary remote trigger switch!