ChipWhisperer is an open source toolchain dedicated to hardware security research. This toolchain consists of several layers of open source components:
- Hardware: The ChipWhisperer uses a capture board and a target board. Schematics and PCB layouts for the ChipWhisperer-Lite capture board and a number of target boards are freely available.
- Firmware: Three separate pieces of firmware are used on the ChipWhisperer hardware. The capture board has a USB controller (in C) and an FPGA for high-speed captures (in Verilog) with open-source firmware. Also, the target device has its own firmware; this repository includes many firmware examples for different targets.
- Software: The ChipWhisperer software is made up of a capture program to control the hardware and an analyzer program to process captured data.
First time using ChipWhisperer? All of the documentation is available on the Wiki. Here are a few quick links to get you started:
- Getting Started if you have no idea where to start
- Installing ChipWhisperer if you're trying to set up this software package
- Tutorial B1 once everything is set up
Note all development occurs on the develop branch. If you are looking for bleeding edge it's NOT on master - we push each release (and possibly any critical changes) to master. This means that "master" always gives you the latest known-working branch, but there may be new features on the "develop" branch.
Stuck? If you need a hand, there are a few places you can ask for help:
- The #ChipWhisperer channel on Freenode
- The NewAE Forum is full of helpful people that can point you in the right direction
- If you find a bug, let us know through the issue tracker
ChipWhisperer is a trademark of NewAE Technology Inc., registered in the US and Europe.