ii Dedication I dedicate this thesis to my parents, Prabhakaran and Janaki Prabhakaran, and a caring brother Aravindan. A special thanks to my uncle’s family in the US for their valuable support in the past few years. iii Acknowledgments This thesis would not have been possible if it was not for a few people who had confidence in me. First and foremost, my advisor Dr. Jens-Peter Kaps for convincing me on persuading thesis. Thank you for guiding me in the right direction. It was great working under you both as a researcher and a teaching assistant. Secondly to Dr. Kris Gaj and Dr. Andre Manitius for their valuable support in my decision. Last but never the least, to all the professors without whom I would be earning this degree. I would also like to thank my colleagues in the Cryptographic Engineering Research Group (CERG) for their support. A special thanks to Rajesh and Panasayya for patiently ramping me up on DPA, giving me those pep talks and making my life more promising i
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