Database of Primitives for Hardware Security (HWsecdb)
The HWsecdb database collects thorough and up-to-date information on state-of-the-art publicly available primitives for hardware security, and related performance figures.
We hope this will be useful to our community, help keep track of the continuous advances and acknowledge the fine work of our colleagues who push the boundaries in the field.
Silicon demonstrations of the following primitives are being tracked:
  • Physically Unclonable Functions (PUF)
  • True Random Numbers Generators (TRNG)
  • private-key cryptographic engines
  • public key cryptographic engines
  • other cryptographic engines (e.g., hashing, key exchange, digital signature)
  • defense mechanisms to counteract physical attacks.
The database is being updated, and a new extended version will be made available soon.

HWsecdb spreadsheet
You can download the spreadsheet containing the HWsecdb here: (under construction)

For use in publications and presentations please cite this data collection as follows:
M. Alioto, S. Taneja, “HW security primitives database," [Online]. Available: http://www.green-ic.org/hwsecdb

For authors of new primitives for HW security and papers with experimental validation
Authors of new primitives who wish their chip demonstrations to be included in the future revisions of this database can send an email to Prof. Alioto and attach the following pieces of information:
  • reference of the publication presenting the primitive ()
  • performance and numerical data based on the figures of merit used in the above spreadsheet.
Any comment/suggestion on how to improve this page and the spreadsheet is welcome.

Technology trends in primitives for HW security (under construction)
From the HWsecdb data collection, trends in ASIC implementation of the above primitives are described.

Exploring further
As further sources of information, please refer to:
  • our tutorial on HW security at ISSCC 2019 (soon available as ISSCC materials, and through the media content offered by the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society)
  • our survey on primitives for HW security at CICC 2019 (paper: M. Alioto, S. Taneja, “Enabling Ubiquitous Hardware Security via Energy-Efficient Primitives and Systems,” in Proc. of IEEE CICC 2019 (invited), Austin (USA), April 2019)