Cryptographic keys protect production FPGAs, says Microsemi

Microsemi has introduced a secured production programming capability for its FPGAs.

The firm uses hardware and software to generate and inject cryptographic keys and configuration bitstreams into its FPGAs as a preventative measure against cloning, reverse engineering, malware insertion or leakage of sensitive intellectual property (IP).

Called SPPS, the security package includes the use of “customer” and “manufacturer” hardware security modules combined with firmware and SPPS Job Manager software and security protocols built into every Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 FPGAs.

“This enables end-to-end security and control throughout the manufacturing process, allowing customers to safely use less expensive manufacturing resources such as offshore contract manufacturers, while reducing security risks,” said Bruce Weyer, vice president and business unit manager at Microsemi, talking about the cryptographic keys.

The US Chamber of Commerce estimates that IP threats cost domestic companies more than $250bn per year in lost revenues.

“We are offering the only FPGAs certified for DPA-resistant design security by an independent third-party laboratory,”said Shakeel Peera, senior director, SoC product marketing at Microsemi.

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