NewAE News: November Training Event, Contest Extended, visit us at ArmTechCon, CW-Nano

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NewAE News: November Training Event, Contest Extended, visit us at ArmTechCon, CW-Nano

Welcome to NewAE News! The quick summary of this issue: we’re running our training in Silicon Valley in November, we’ve extended the ChipWhisperer contest deadline due to popular demand, you can win an all-access pass to ArmTecCon ($999 value), and we’ve got the cheapest side-channel platform yet coming soon. Let’s get to it.

November Training Event

We’re doing another training event with the HardwareSecurity.Training crew – this time in Redwood City, CA. We’ll have our four-day training class (split into two 2-day classes) covering both side-channel power analysis and fault injection.

Our 4-day event uses a more complete hardware platform, as it includes our ChipWhisperer Level 1 kit. This lets us perform attacks across a several hardware platforms, and is not limited to only attacking the target built into the ChipWhisperer-Lite. For more details check out the agenda for the fault injection and side channel power analysisaspects of the course. If you take both courses, you’ll get hands-on experience with hardware cryptography modules, bypassing fuse bits, and the interactive environment

And as a special bonus – register with code newaenews to get 10% off our existing discounted early-bird rates. As in previous events, we’ve got a great set of talks to keep you entertained. See them at as they are announced. The prices increase October 29th, so register soon to get the best value.

ChipWhisperer Contest in Full Swing, but Extended a Month

We’ve had a lot of interest in ChipWhisperer contest, and talked to a number of people preparing entries. As the original deadline draws near we had some concern that they wouldn’t have time for the final entry – so we’ve decided to extend the deadline a month until Nov 30th. Plus this gives those that won the early bird prize sufficient time to prepare their entry.

We’ll be posting the page at with a link to contest rules and entry form – in the meantime you can see the existing details & summary of rules.

ArmTechCon & Win an All-Access Pass

We’ll be at ArmTechCon next week! We’ll have our brand new ChipWhisperer-Nano to give away along with a variety of demonstrations for your enjoyment. Plus – we’re excited to announce that our ChipWhisperer-Lite 32-bit edition we released this year has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Arm TechCon Innovation Awards in the category best contribution to IoT security! Speaking of the ChipWhisperer-Lite 32-bit edition, we’re in the middle of updating the wiki getting the remaining tutorials running on it. You might notice for example that now the Clock Glitching tutorial works with this board!

Do you want to check out ArmTechCon yourself and join in the fun? You can wander the expo hall for free, but we’ve got an all-access pass to give away. Submit your name & contact to our submission form for the chance to win – we’ll be drawing later this week.


ChipWhisperer-Lite was our initial low-cost platform for power analysis & fault injection, with the bonus of being fully open source. This meant you could do some pretty serious science with the platform. But what if you just want low-cost for training and tutorials? While we’re always pushing boundaries here, and have been working on an even lower-cost option. Thus we’ve developed the ChipWhisperer-Nano, capable of performing power analysis on the included STM32F0 target. It has very limited VCC glitching capabilties and no clock glitching capabilities.

Expect some additional examples and demos soon – we’ve seen impressive performance so far, being able to easily break various real crypto implementations thanks to the unique synchronous sampling architecture. We don’t have final pricing but are aiming for a $50 solution, with additional discounts in higher quantities (think classroom packs). Rather than buy a textbook that can only teach the theory of cryptography, why not have a complete hardware solution to teach how to break cryptography on real devices?

New Forum Coming

We plan on updating our forum software to Disqus in the coming months. It shouldn’t cause any problems (we can transfer content & accounts), but may have some downtime during the transfer. In case you reach a landing page instead of the forum that is what happened. We’ll be doing a trial transfer before the final switch to ensure all content and accounts aren’t lost.

That’s all we’ve got going on for now – watch out for updates on ChipSHOUTER final release, ChipWhisperer-Nano release dates, and more updates to the ChipWhisperer software in the next newsletter. Hope to see you in San Jose next week at ArmTechCon until then!

February Newsletter: Embedded World, European Training, ChipSHOUTER Updates

Read the latest newsletter over on our TinyLetter page. Be sure to subscribe to get these updates yourself.

NewAE News: Valentines Sale, Embedded World, European Training, ChipSHOUTER Updates

We might as well call this the Non-Linear Newsletter based on our update history. Once again we’ve got too many updates for one newsletter, but we kept wanting to sneak one more thing in. So far we’re announcing our annual valentine’s day sale ([Chip]Whisper[er] sweet nothings to your love), we’ll be at Embedded World in a few weeks, a European Training at the end of March, another US training in April, Black Hat USA trainings, and more information on the ChipSHOUTER. And bonus: a new ChipWhisperer-Lite variant, updates to our Wiki including community accounts, and updated packaging. Grab a coffee and let’s get to it.

[Chip]Whisper[er] Sweet Nothings and save 10%

With valentines day coming up, we thought you might enjoy the chance to whisperer sweet nothings to your true love. Until Feb 14th you can save 10% with promotional code CHIPLOVER on our webstore at .

Visit us at Embedded World

Embedded World is Feb 27 to March 1st in Nürnberg, Germany. And we’ll be there at a booth in Hall 4A (booth 4A-513) in the “Safety & Security” zone. We’ll have on show our ChipSHOUTER (along with a brand new XY table), an automotive demo, the regular ChipWhisperer gear, and decks of cards plus maple candies for you to enjoy.

If you’d like to attend, register at using E-Code B387489 for free admission! If you register ahead of time you should be able to skip the registration queue at the event.

European Training – March 21st, 22nd

Have you wanted in-person training in Europe on embedded security attacks? We’re now offering a training in Europe alongside some other great hardware hackers. You can see all the details at . It’s our 2-day course using the ChipWhisperer, and it includes a take-home ChipWhisperer-Lite that you can perform real attacks with.

The event itself has daily lunchtime speakers giving about 1-hour talks. This way you get the chance to hear about all sorts of interesting topics. These talks are only open to students in one of the trainings, so it’s a small event where you get to hang out and have fun with hardware hackers from all over.

If you’re interested please register soon to avoid being dissapointed! We only have limited room, and if you’d like other payment methods please contact us via .

4-Day ChipWhisperer Training in Maryland – April 23-26th

If you’ve been on our 2 day training, you know we manage to cover a lot of ground, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time to dive deep. We’re going to be offering a 4-day training course (split up as two 2-day training courses) that dives deepering into both power analysis and fault injection attacks.

This course will use a UFO target board to let us switch targets so we can do things like attack hardware crypto, compare 8-bit and 32-bit implementations, and look at different methods of bypassing security lock bits. You can register for either the fault injection or side-channel power analysis portion, but of course we encourage you to sign up for both at a discount! Check out the HardwareSecurity.Training site to see both of these offerings.

Like the European training event there will be lunchtime talks open to only students of one of the training courses. There’s other great courses by Dmitry Nedospasov, Joe Fitzpatrick, Joe Grand, and Robert Leale. So you’ll get the chance to learn via hands-on labs, hear interesting talks, and relax at the social events with the rest of the trainers and students.

Again If you’re interested please register soon to avoid being dissapointed! We only have limited room, and if you’d like other payment methods please contact us via .

Black Hat USA Trainings 2018

Europe isn’t the only 2-day training event. Our 2-day course is running at Black Hat USA 2018 again this year (see signup page) and again includes a ChipWhisperer-Lite. We’ve sold out last year so again encourage you to sign up early to ensure you get space reserved!

We’ve also partnered to help deliver a course loosely focused as “hardware security attacks for managers”. This course will cover all sorts of hardware attacks (well beyond power analysis & fault injection), with the objective of providing a solid foundation to understand why these threats matter. It’s also a great course to help someone understand why they should let you spend 4 months exploring advanced hardware attacks. Check out the course description on Black Hat USA 2018.


ChipSHOUTER – our EM fault injection tool. We haven’t forgotten about it despite slow updates, instead we’ve just been working on making it even better. There is a short video of the base device on YouTube, check out the link below for more information:
ChipSHOUTER will now have only one hardware variant – we previously said there might be a high & low end version of the main tool, but instead we decided to make the better specs available for all. We’ll be offering the tool in some different kits with accessories you’ll find very useful – the hold up has been getting all these accessories properly priced and prepared. They aren’t in the above video but you’ll be able to see them shortly once we have the kits and pricing sorted out.

ChipWhisperer-Lite Arm

The ChipWhisperer-Lite, our low-cost tool, has the Atmel XMEGA target. We’ve since introduced the STM32F3 as the default target for the UFO board, so have decided to make a ChipWhisperer-Lite variant with that same Arm processor.

This means you’ll be able to get the convience of a single-board solution (for training or education), but with a 32-bit Arm processor attached. The Arm target means you can work with T-Table implementations of AES, perform fault injection attacks that dump the entire memory space, and compile libraries such as mbedTLS. ChipWhisperer-Lite Arm is in production now & will be available in the next month (assuming no production delays). Here’s a shot of the target alone:

Note this won’t be available in the 2-part version, instead we’re going to be moving towards using the UFO boards to support a wide range of target devices.

Edit the ChipWhisperer Wiki and Submit Problems

Have you found problems on our wiki (at I can’t imagine. But we’d love to fix them, and now have two ways to flag errors. The first is we have a github repo that mirros the wiki – see it at . You can flag issues on that page and it’s easy for anyone else to see them. You can also see recent changes in GIThub style. While it could theoretically accept pull requests the editing process is a little annoying, so that brings us to #2.

The second is we’re going to be opening up editing accounts. For now we’re going to be manually creating accounts, so fill in Form 28-A/003 and we will process it in the next 2-60 business days during office hours of 09:01-09:12, and 14:20-14:30 (except for alternate Fridays).

More Updates Still

If somehow you are still reading this – thanks for sticking around! We’ll likely spit out a second newsletter in the near future (what did I say about non-linear newsletters?) because there is still things that didn’t fit in here. As a bonus here’s a sneak peak of some fun new packaging you’ll be seeing around with orders – a smaller printed box for UFO targets, and the large orange/black box for Level 1/2/3 starter kits.

This sneak peak is also part of bigger things to come – so stay tuned, and hopefully see you at Embedded World!

NewAE at COSADE 2016 in Austria – April 14/15

NewAE Technology Inc. is proud to announce that it has signed on as a gold sponsor of COSADE 2016, and will be exhibiting some of it’s products at this conference. This will include it’s newly released CW305 Artix FPGA target board. Be sure to stop by as we’ll have lots of interesting products, and you can help shape where our future products go!

In addition to exhibiting, we will be presenting some recent research results. Colin O’Flynn will also be presenting a paper entitled “Power Analysis Attacks against IEEE 802.15.4 Node“, which uses the ChipWhisperer platform as part of the demonstrated attack. We are continuing to demonstrate how side-channel power analysis can be a threat on real systems, and remains something every embedded engineering needs to be aware of.


Since 2010, COSADE provides an international platform for researchers, academics, and industry participants to present their work and their current research topics. It is an excellent opportunity to exchange on new results with international experts and to initiate new collaborations and information exchange at a professional level. The workshop will feature both invited presentations and contributed talks. [Source:]