Customers Benefit From Entire Suite of Additional Security Applications
IRVINE, Calif., Aug 3, 2011 -- Microsemi Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the immediate availability of Intrinsic-ID's Quiddikey(TM) security intellectual property (IP) on its flash-based devices and development board including the SmartFusion(R) customizable system-on-chip (cSoC), as well as ProASIC(R)3, IGLOO(R) and Fusion FPGAs.
Intrinsic-ID's security Quiddikey(TM) IP includes the company's patented physical unclonable function (PUF) technology, enabling an added level of security in secure government applications as well as in commercial markets including the financial, energy, automotive and mobile industries.
"Integrating Intrinsic-ID's physically unclonable function IP with our ProASIC(R)3 and other flash FPGAs allows our customers to deliver more secure products with simpler key management requirements," said Rich Kapusta, vice president terrestrial products, SoC Products Group at Microsemi. "In addition, it allows them to accelerate the design of secure embedded products, which can provide their organizations with a competitive edge."
Security solutions for embedded applications rely on a secret key to guard secure data. Intrinsic-ID's PUF technology extracts a unique secret key directly from the cSoC and FPGA's silicon hardware, as opposed to other solutions that require loading an externally generated key in on-chip non-volatile or battery-backed memory.
This unique approach works like an electronic fingerprint, allowing the device to generate a secret key only when required. As a result, tampering and cloning are made extremely difficult. Attackers have nothing to find because no key is stored and the key is not present in the power down state.
"Security demands of electronic systems are undergoing a tectonic shift," said Tony Picard, vice president business development at Intrinsic-ID. "The trend to application convergence and Internet connectivity fuels the requirements to substantially raise the level of security in many electronic systems today. We're pleased to offer Microsemi and its customers solutions that meet the need for increased security requirements."
Intrinsic-ID's Quiddikey security intellectual property cores are available now for ordering. Customers may contact the Microsemi West Lafayette division for US Federal sales, www.microsemi-wl.com . Alternatively, customers may contact Intrinsic-ID http://www.intrinsic-id.com . Quotes are available upon request.
For more information on Microsemi's SoC products visit: www.microsemi.com/soc .
Microsemi Corporation offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor solutions for aerospace, defense and security; enterprise and commercial; and industrial and alternative energy markets. Products include high-performance, high-reliability analog and RF devices, mixed-signal and RF integrated circuits, customizable SoCs, FPGAs and complete subsystems. Microsemi is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has more than 2,800 employees globally.Learn more at www.microsemi.com .
Intrinsic-ID is recognized as a worldwide leader in security solutions, delivering semiconductor IP and embedded software products based on Hardware Intrinsic Security. Our solutions revolve around patented Physically Unclonable Function (PUF) technology, where a secret key is extracted like a silicon biometric or fingerprint from silicon hardware directly and only when required. Attackers have nothing to find because no key is stored nor present in the power down state.
Intrinsic-ID's security solutions excel by their scalability and small area and/or SW footprint which enable mass-scale deployment in cost-sensitive applications. Headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Intrinsic-ID was founded in 2008 as a spin-out of Royal Philips Electronics and has been deployed in Philips' production environment. To find out more, please visit http://www.intrinsic-id.com