Thursday, March 3, 2011


Hello readers, and welcome to my virtual laboratory!

I am an undergraduate computer science student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (beginning my PhD this the fall) with a wide variety of technical interests. The focus of this blog is my research into integrated circuit reverse engineering.

While many hardware reverse engineering blogs (such as that of Tarnovsky) are primarily focused with defeating configuration fuses and anti-tamper circuitry, I hope to cover a wide range of topics including these as well as general CMOS logic and sample preparation techniques.

For the skeptics among you, the right to reverse engineer ICs is protected by United States copyright law (17 USC 906), which states that it is not an infringement of a mask right for "a person to reproduce the mask work solely for the purpose of teaching, analyzing, or evaluating the concepts or techniques embodied in the mask work or the circuitry, logic flow, or organization of components used in the mask work".

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