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ChipWhisperer® by NewAE Technology Inc.

Welcome to ChipWhisperer - the complete open-source toolchain for side-channel power analysis and glitching attacks. This is the main landing page for ChipWhisperer. ChipWhisperer has been presented at conferences such as DEFCON and Blackhat, had a successful Kickstarter (that delivered ahead of schedule), and placed 2nd place in the first annual Hackaday Prize. ChipWhisperer has been used in a number of academic articles, and is featured in the Car Hacking Handbook. Portions of the design have even been used by Los Alamos Labs for an electron accelerator. You can see a full list of references on the Press page.

ChipWhisperer is maintained by NewAE Technology Inc., which sells a combination of open-source hardware, supporting tools, training, and consulting services. ChipWhisperer is trademark of NewAE Technology Inc., registered in the US, Europe, and China. This means only NewAE can sell official products under the ChipWhisperer name, and was done to ensure products meet Quality Control Guidelines, as these fairly complex products require good testing to ensure you don't have a frustrating experience.

Beyond supporting just the ChipWhisperer project, this wiki is now growing towards the objective of offering a complete reference on embedded security.

NOTE: ChipWhisperer V5 is here! CW4 tutorials are available via links on the wiki tutorial pages. CW4 info is available at CW4

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Getting Started

Confused on where to begin? If you're new to this area, see the V5:Getting Started page, which details how you can get involved in side-channel power analysis. From there you can see the hardware documentation (linked below), or take one of the Training Courses.

If you're stuck, you can also get help on the Discussion Forum.

Hardware Documentation

Software Documentation

ChipWhisperer is an open-source project. All of the source code is available from the Git Repository. Documentation is available on our Read the Docs page.

For more information about the software releases, see Releases or the installation instructions.

Sample Projects and Tutorials

Tutorials are implemented using Jupyter Notebooks, available in our chipwhisperer-jupyter submodule. You can also find completed versions of the tutorials on Read the Docs.

Example Attacks / Other

While ChipWhisperer started as a side-channel power analysis platform, it has grown to be useful in other attack types. This section is designed to show you a wide variety of attacks on embedded systems, to give you an idea of what is required for building secure embedded systems. These are held on the page Embedded Attacks.

In 2016, ChipWhisperer was used as part of the CHES2016 CTF challenge. See details of the event on the CHES2016 CTF page.

See what ChipWhisperer has been used for in the "real world" by reading some Academic Papers about research using ChipWhisperer.

Recent/Upcoming Events

Upcoming events with NewAE:

  • Arm TechCon: Exhibit booth!
  • event in November - California 4-day training.
  • Embedded World 2019: Exhibit Booth

These are some past events that were attended by someone from NewAE:

Extra Notes

See the page Thanks for a note about the people who made this project possible.

ChipWhisperer is a Trademark of NewAE Technology Inc., registered in the U.S, the European Union, and China.

ChipSHOUTER is a Trademark of NewAE Technology Inc., registered in the European Union.

Trademarks used with permission.