MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 7 Aug. 2011. The Microsemi Corp. SoC Products Group in Mountain View, Calif., is offering Quiddikey security intellectual property (IP) from Intrinsic-ID Inc. in San Jose, Calif., to add anti-tamper security to secure government and sensitive commercial applications on the company's flash-based devices and development board including the SmartFusion customizable system-on-chip (cSoC), and the ProASIC3, IGLOO, and Fusion field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Intrinsic-ID's security Quiddikey IP includes the company's physical unclonable function (PUF) technology for security in secure military and other government applications, as well as in and sensitive commercial applications in the financial, energy, automotive, and mobile industries, Microsemi officials say.
Adding security to embedded computing applications involves a secret key to guard secure data. The Microsemi SoC Products Group (formerly Actel) Intrinsic-ID's PUF technology extracts a unique secret key from the cSoC and FPGA silicon hardware, rather than loading an externally generated key to on-chip non-volatile or battery-backed memory.
This approach works like an electronic fingerprint, Microsemi officials say. Intrinsic-ID's PUF technology enables the device to generate a secret key only when necessary to guard against unauthorized attempts to clone or tamper with the devices. No key is stored and the key is not present in the power-down state.