FPGA IP can be ‘unclonable’, says Microsemi
Microsemi has introduced “unclonable” secure intellectual property as part of the design environment for its FPGAs.
It has made available Intrinsic-ID’s Quiddikey security intellectual property on its FPGAs.
The security IP includes the company’s physical unclonable function (PUF) technology which is designed to create an added level of security in secure government applications, the financial, energy, automotive and mobile industries.
“Security demands of electronic systems are undergoing a tectonic shift,” said Tony Picard, v-p 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.
Typical practice in embedded programmable chip designs is to 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, without the need to load an externally generated key in on-chip non-volatile or battery-backed memory.
“Integrating Intrinsic-ID’s physically unclonable function IP with our ProASIC3 and other flash FPGAs allows our customers to deliver more secure products with simpler key management requirements,” said Rich Kapusta, v-p terrestrial products, SoC Products Group at Microsemi.
Microsemi will make the security IP available for its SmartFusion SoC, as well as ProASIC3, IGLOO and Fusion FPGAs.
Intrinsic-ID’s Quiddikey security intellectual property cores are available now for ordering.