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GOWIN Semiconductor Licenses Intrinsic ID’s BroadKey to Deliver Hardware Root of Trust for IoT Security

Award-winning BroadKey Accelerates Immutable and Unclonable Device Identity Solution for Programmable FPGA Chips, Including Arm and RISC-V Embedded Solutions

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 24, 2019 – GOWIN Semiconductor Corp., the world’s leading innovator of programmable logic devices, and Intrinsic ID, the world’s leading provider of digital authentication technology for Internet of Things security, today announced GOWIN has licensed Intrinsic ID’s BroadKey, an SRAM PUF-based key management system with integrated crypto libraries. GOWIN will utilize BroadKey to implement a secure element function in its FPGA products, including in Arm and RISC-V-based solutions. By enabling these features, GOWIN becomes the first low to mid-density FPGA company with the ability to provide system security from root of trust applications all the way to cloud channel applications.

“BroadKey allows our customers to protect their assets from being stolen or cloned during manufacturing, and provide authentication and encryption functions for edge-to-cloud applications,” said Jason Zhu, chief executive officer of GOWIN. “It was the best choice for us to establish a root of trust to protect our customers’ systems, while meeting our and our customers’ time-to-market needs. BroadKey’s more robust, foundational security can be done at a notably lower TCO, without our customers needing to integrate an additional secure element chip, or requiring special key injection on our FPGAs.”

BroadKey is a software-based approach to Intrinsic ID’s SRAM Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) hardware root-of-trust technology, and allows semiconductor and OEM manufacturers to deliver IoT security via a unique, intrinsic fingerprint identity without the need for separate security-dedicated silicon. A root key generated by BroadKey delivers a high bar of security since it is never stored and anchors to the device all other keys and security operations.

GOWIN delivers a range of FPGA solutions targeting segments including communication, industrial, automotive, medical, cloud computing and data center applications. Product families in which GOWIN will include BroadKey-based security initially are its Arora and LittleBee families. Arora products offer best-in-class performance-to-cost ratio FPGAs, optimized for co-processing to offload the Arm or RISC-V application processor on intensive computation tasks. The LittleBee products with embedded Arm processors are instant-on, non-volatile, low-power, intensive I/O and small footprint FPGAs, ideal for high-performance bridging applications. It is the first FPGA to support the MIPI I3C and MIPI D-PHY standards.

BroadKey has been recognized with two awards in recent months. It was named “IoT Security Product of the Year” in the IoT Breakthrough Awards earlier this month, and in October BroadKey received the 2018 IoT Evolution Security Excellence Award.

“GOWIN’s solutions are used for applications with challenging security needs, including smart industrial appliances, industrial controls and consumer,” said Pim Tuyls, Intrinsic ID’s chief executive officer. “BroadKey’s flexibility in creating unclonable identities for these and other IoT-connected products, without the need for additional hardware, is a great advantage for chip makers serving these markets.”


About GOWIN Semiconductor Corp.

Founded in 2014, GOWIN Semiconductor Corp., headquartered with major R&D in China, has the vision to accelerate customer innovation worldwide with our programmable solutions. We focus on optimizing our products and removing barriers for customers using programmable logic devices. Our commitment to technology and quality enables customers to reduce the total cost of ownership from using FPGA on their production boards. Our offerings include a broad portfolio of programmable logic devices, design software, intellectual property (IP) cores, reference designs, and development kits. We strive to serve customers in the consumer, industrial, communication, medical, and automotive markets worldwide. For more information about GOWIN, please visit

About Intrinsic ID

Intrinsic ID is the world’s leading digital authentication company, providing the Internet of Things with hardware-based root-of-trust security via unclonable identities for any IoT-connected device. Based on Intrinsic ID’s patented SRAM PUF technology, the company’s security solutions can be implemented in hardware or software. Intrinsic ID security, which can be deployed at any stage of a product’s lifecycle, is used to validate payment systems, secure connectivity, authenticate sensors, and protect sensitive government and military systems. Intrinsic ID technology has been deployed in more than 125 million devices. Award recognition includes the IoT Breakthrough Award, the IoT Security Excellence Award, the Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award and the EU Innovation Radar Prize. Intrinsic ID security has been proven in millions of devices certified by Common Criteria, EMVCo, Visa and multiple governments. Intrinsic ID’s mission: “Authenticate Everything.” Visit Intrinsic ID online at

GOWIN Semiconductor Corp. GOWIN, LittleBee and Arora are trademarks or registered trademarks of GOWIN Semiconductor Corp. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Intrinsic ID, the Intrinsic ID logo, BroadKey and “Authenticate Everything” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intrinsic ID, Inc., and are protected by trademark laws of the United States and other jurisdictions.


Media Contact for GOWIN Semiconductor Corp.
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Media Contact for Intrinsic ID
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