ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013 – Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced a product demonstration through its continued relationship with Intrinsic-ID offering top-level security solutions for government applications.
Microsemi’s WhiteboxCRYPTO™ product is a software cryptography library generator that combines mathematical algorithms with data and code obfuscation techniques to transform a sensitive key in complex ways. This requires deep knowledge in multiple disciplines to attack. The WhiteboxCRYPTO-generated key is never present on disk or in memory, forcing an attacker to reverse engineer a complex library of executable code. WhiteboxCRYPTO comes in two crypto-algorithm variants: WhiteboxAES™ and WhiteboxRSA™.
Beyond simply protecting the cryptography operations in software, an application or key protected with WhiteboxCRYPTO can be bound to silicon by using the Intrinsic-ID Quiddikey® product that is based on unique patented hardware intrinsic security (HIS) technology—also referred to as physical unclonable function (PUF).
“Using hardware as a root of trust is a critical layer in any system security solution,” said Michael Mehlberg, vice president of product management for Microsemi. “PUF is one of the strongest hardware identifiers available to bind software crypto keys to hardware. Quiddikey installs seamlessly in a Microsemi SmartFusion® programmable logic solution and strongly binds to a WhiteboxCRYPTO-protected key, forcing an attacker to peel back multiple complex layers of system security.”
The main advantages of the Quiddikey SRAM PUF technology come from the fact that SRAM is a standard library component, which is available in every technology node. Another differentiating feature of this security IP is flexible key management; secret keys can be programmed into Quiddikey in a personalization phase by any trusted party in the value chain. This does not necessarily have to be the semiconductor supplier.
“Our Intellectual Property (IP) has earned its stripes in markets and applications where security and reliability demands are second to none,” said Pim Tuyls, CEO at Intrinsic-ID. “We have a strong Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) portfolio of more than 10 patents and we continue to move forward in a very active IPR strategy that has resulted in granted patent families on all levels: for our core IP, as well on the level of security architectures, implementations and applications.”
The combination of Microsemi’s WhiteboxCRYPTO key protection technology with Intrinsic-IDs Quiddikey® PUF technology binds sensitive data running in software to a Microsemi SmartFusion programmable logic solution. For more information or a demonstration, please contact Microsemi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance, radiation-hardened and highly reliable analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,000 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.
Intrinsic-ID is the world-wide leader in security IP cores and applications based on patented Hardware Intrinsic Security’™ technology (HIS), also referred to as ‘Physical Unclonable Function’. In HIS secret keys are extracted from the properties of chips like an ‘electronic fingerprint’ and used to offer a total protection of sensitive private and corporate data on mobile devices, embedded systems and in the cloud. Intrinsic-ID is headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and has sales offices in San Jose, Tokyo and Seoul. www.intrinsic-id.com
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