The ChipWhisperer-Lite is part of NewAE Technology Inc.’s aggressive pursuit of it’s mission to bring side-channel power analysis and glitching attacks to every engineer and student. The FULLY open-source (hardware, software, firmware, FPGA code) is launching a revolution in hardware security.
The ChipWhisperer-Lite integrates hardware for performing power analysis measurement, device programming, glitching, serial communications, and an example target that can be loaded with cryptographic algorithms all into a single board. The single-board version show here comes with an 8-bit RISC processor as a target (other versions are available).
Low-Noise Amplifier (LNA) with adjustable gain of up to +60 dB for analog power measurements.
10-bit ADC up to 105 MS/s, with ultra flexible clocking mechanism allow synchronous power capture.
Generate clock glitches with sub-nS resolution on timing.
Crowbar-based voltage glitch generator.
Built-in serial port for communications and programming STM32Fx targets.
Built in XMEGA and AVR programmers.
Open-source design allowing you to modify all aspects of board (FPGA, microcontroller, etc).
ATXMEGA128D4 8-bit RISC target for power analysis & fault injection integrated onto board.
Can separate target off board to use tool on additional targets.
Using our Jupyter notebooks, you can learn how DPA works, how to break password checks, how fault injection works, and even more. Or use ChipWhisperer-Lite with our online training offerings.
Designed for DPA
ChipWhisperer-Lite is designed for power measurements. It integrates a high-gain LNA with a 10-bit ADC, and a flexible synchronous sampling mechanism unique to ChipWhisperer capture hardware.
The ChipWhisperer-Lite comes in options with XMEGA or ARM integrated targets, or with a stand-alone target for more flexibility.
10-bit ADC, 105 MS/s maximum sample rate
ADC Sample Clock Source
(1) Internal generator, (2) External input direct, (3) External input with phase adjustment, (4) External input with 4x multiplier, phase adjustment
AC-Coupled, up to +55dB gain (adjustable)
Trigger Sources (Glitch & ADC)
Rising/Falling Edge, Level
Serial, clock, logic line (i.e., for reset pin)
Clock Generation Range
Clock Output Type
(1) Regular, (2) with glitch inserted, or (3) glitch output only
Glitch Width (min)
~1nS (depends on cabling used)
Adjustable in < 200pS increments
Voltage glitch type
Crowbar output, high and low-power outputs
Crowbar pulse current
Custom open-source USB firmware, up to 25 MB/s speed
Sample Buffer Size
Atmel ISP (for AVR), Atmel PDI (for XMEGA), STM32Fx Bootloader
No measurement or target connectors mounted.
ChipWhisperer-Lite XMEGA Board
ChipWhisperer-Lite Single Board, with XMEGA Target
Micro-USB Cable (3 ft)
Micro-USB cable for ChipWhisperer-Lite