Hardening the Supply Chain through Open Source, Trustworthy EDA Tools and Processors

Hardening the Supply Chain through Open Source, Trustworthy EDA Tools and Processors

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The project "Hardening the Supply Chain through Open Source, Trusted EDA Tools and Processors (HEP)" focuses on RISC-V processors. RISC-V is a new, open and free instruction set architecture, forming the interface between software and hardware. RISC-V is a promising open source standard for all application areas. The aim of the project is to develop a hardened, formally verified RISC-V processor with special cryptographic hardware accelerators. The hardening of the chip aims to provide as few vulnerabilities as possible for physical attacks on the system. The modifiability of a verified RISC-V processor offers the potential to enable secure applications for the Internet of Things and to establish a new standard in the automotive industry, for example. Therefore, the project will also develop and implement extensions for open-source circuit design tools - so-called Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools - which integrate hardening measures into the circuits in an automated way. In addition, it will be investigated how hardware Trojans can be inserted from design to production and what protective measures are possible against such attacks.


  • IAV GmbH Ingenieursgesellschaft für Auto und Verkehr
  • Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Sichere Informationsanlagen (SIT)
  • Leibniz Institute for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP)
  • Hochschule RheinMain
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Lehrstuhl für Security Engineering
  • Technische Universität Berlin, Department Security in Telecommunications


BMBF - Federal Ministry of Education and Research


BMBF - Federal Ministry of Education and Research

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Publications about the project

Sören Tempel; Tobias Brandt; Christoph Lüth; Rolf Drechsler

In: Forum on specification & Design Languages (FDL). Forum on Specification & Design Languages (FDL-2023), September 13-15, Turin, Italy, 2023.

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Weiyan Zhang; Mehran Goli; Muhammad Hassan; Rolf Drechsler

In: Euromicro Conference Series on Digital System Design (DSD). Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD-2023), September 6-8, Durres, Albania, 2023.

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German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
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