Anti-counterfeiting program uses DNA to uniquely code computer chips

January 18, 2012 — The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany and Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) are partnering to enable nanotechnology to play a critical role in preventing the counterfeiting of computer chips–a collaboration in the groundbreaking area of "nanosecurity" that initially targets the $20 billion defense industry chip market and has the potential to impact nanoelectronics and aerospace markets well in excess of $300 billion. The nanosecurity technique, which uses DNA material, goes well beyond laser-based chip marking of security codes.

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Through joint research and development at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex, CNSE and APDN, will accelerate the development of APDN’s SigNature DNA product that includes new methods for botanical DNA deposition on nanoelectronics wafers–including computer chips, CMOS, MEMS, photonics, and other device derivatives, as well as advanced packaging technologies such as 3D wafer-to-wafer and die-on-wafer–both prior to and during final packaging. The APDN system marks computer chips with uncopyable DNA codes that can then be used to authenticate the originality of chips anywhere along the supply chain, using a variety of chemical and photonic-based DNA sequence analysis instrumentation.

Dean Fuleihan, CNSE Executive Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, said, "The UAlbany NanoCollege is delighted to enter into this partnership with Applied DNA Sciences to enable innovative anti-counterfeiting technology that is vital to protecting American troops and U.S. military interests, both at home and abroad. This collaboration will accelerate research, development and commercialization to ensure the security and integrity of computer chips that drive our nation

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