The idea was to raise the awareness of the semiconductor industry about the accessibility of invasive attacks for embedded data as well as IP theft through reverse-engineering. Next, the company experienced a 60 to 70% growth in revenue before breaking even in 2018. This happened with the launch in 2017 of light-footprint security counter-measures that Texplained would provide as IP for its customers to design in their chips.
After proving technically the efficacy and reliability of its in-house reverse-engineering tools, Texplained has now packaged a commercial version which it plans to release in the third quarter of 2019, under a perpetual license (including updates and maintenance services). Prior to its official launch, ChipJuice as it is called (referring to its capacity to extract a chip’s complete internals), will first be tried out by a few select customers in what the company describes as an Insiders’ program starting in May, which will bring valuable feedback to wrap-up the first commercial release.
Of course, having the tool with the SEM-image stitching and circuit-analysis capabilities for reverse-engineering doesn’t remove the need for an exhaustive sample preparation in a lab, stripping out every single process layer and imaging every square nanometre under the microscope. But as Texplained’s CEO Clarisse Ginet reminded eeNews Europe, the stakes are high and government-backed labs already have the tooling to do that.