Logic Locking is a revolutionary technique for protecting Intellectual Property of Integrated Circuits from myriad security threats, such as reverse engineering, overbuilding, piracy, and hardware Trojan insertion. In this student-led Logic Locking Conquest Challenge, participants will attempt to attack designs locked with state-of-the-art methods. The 2020 challenge was a spotlight on Sequential Locking. Participants  provided with a selection of locked sequential designs (netlists) with varying complexity and key sizes.

This year's challenge is a spotlight on FPGA-based Redaction. Participants will be provided with a selection of eFPGA fabrics with varying complexity and key sizes.


competition timeline

mid-August 2021
13 October 2021
by 15 October 2021
12 November 2021
Competition Launch
Submission Deadline (extended) 
Finalist Notification
Virtual Final Presentations
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2021 winners

Congratulations to our winning teams! 
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logic lockng finalists

Congratulations to our 2021 finalists! 
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 research & publications

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Benchmarking at the Frontier of Hardware Security: Lessons from Logic Locking

June 2020

competition organizers

The Logic Locking Conquest is organized by Professor Ramesh Karri, Research Assistant Professor Benjamin Tan, and PhD research students, Jitendra Bhandari and Abdul Khader Thalakkattu Moosa.

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Thank you to the National Science Foundation for their generous support of this competition


2020 competition


2019 competition