Physically Unclonable Function

Versal ACAP Technical Reference Manual (AM011)

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The Versal® device contains a physically unclonable function (PUF). The PUF creates a signature (or fingerprint) of each device that is unique to that device. Its value is not “knowable” by Xilinx or the user enabling usage as a key encryption key (KEK). This KEK is 256 bits in length with 256 bits of entropy and is used to encrypt the users red key allowing its storage in black (encrypted) form. The black key can be stored in either eFUSEs, BBRAM, or external storage.

Enhanced from the previous generation, the Versal device PUF also outputs a user accessible unique ID that is cryptographically isolated from the PUF KEK itself despite using the same entropy source. While unique to each device, it is not considered a “secret” and does not have the same access protections as the KEK itself.

For additional details, see the Versal ACAP Security Manual (UG1508). This manual requires an active NDA to download from the Design Security Lounge.