An Overview of PIC Microcontrollers and Their Suitability for Cryptographic Algorithms

Mehari Msgna, Colin Walter

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The use of microcontrollers is widespread. They occur in most electronic devices, such as point of sale (POS) terminals, ATMs, printers and traffic signals. They can differ from each other in terms of architecture, processing capacity, storage capacity and supported hardware features. The purpose of this chapter is to present a brief introduction to one group of them which can be used for cryptography, the PIC microcontrollers, and give a detailed, practical account of how to investigate their strength against side channel analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecure Smart Embedded Devices, Platforms and Applications
EditorsKonstantinos Markantonakis, Keith Mayes
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2013


  • PIC Controller
  • Oscilloscope
  • Side Channel Leakage
  • Trace
  • Differential Power Analysis

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