Whether boarding a plane, closing the front door, or beginning a next-generation circuit design, one must always be cognizant of security. Security has become a critical issue in our global society, and is rapidly becoming indispensable in the electronics industry. This is due in part to the alarming number of counterfeit goods resulting from theft. These goods pose a threat to economic stability and have a significant impact on world-wide consumer markets.

This white paper identifies top design security threats, explores basic levels of security, and describes how new, low-cost Spartan-3A, Spartan-3AN, and Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs from Xilinx can help protect products and profits.