US Patent No. 10,143,090

CIRCUIT LAYOUTS OF TAMPER-RESPONDENT SENSORS


Patent No. 10,143,090
Issue Date November 27, 2018
Title Circuit Layouts Of Tamper-respondent Sensors
Inventorship William L. Brodsky, Binghamton, NY (US)
James A. Busby, New Paltz, NY (US)
Edward N. Cohen, Poughkeepsie, NY (US)
Phillip Duane Isaacs, Rochester, MN (US)
Assignee INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Armonk, NY (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,143,090

1. A tamper-respondent assembly comprising:a tamper-respondent electronic circuit structure, the tamper-respondent electronic circuit structure comprising:
a tamper-respondent sensor comprising:
at least one flexible layer; and
paired conductive lines disposed on the at least one flexible layer and forming, at least in part, at least one tamper-detect network of the tamper-respondent sensor, the paired conductive lines comprising matching conductive lines, the matching conductive lines comprising a first conductive line and a second conductive line, the first conductive line and the second conductive line being, at least in part, parallel conductive lines with one or more electrical characteristics that are identical; and
monitor circuitry electrically connected to the matching conductive lines to differentially monitor over time the matching conductive lines for a tamper event, the monitor circuitry being configured to differentially compare the one or more electrical characteristics of the first conductive line and the second conductive line to monitor for occurrence of a difference in the one or more electrical characteristics between the first and second conductive lines, the difference being representative of the tamper event.