Microsemi to offer Intrinsic-ID security in FPGAs and systems-on-chip for sensitive military applications
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 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).
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.