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Microsemi and Intrinsic ID Collaboration Delivers SRAM-PUF in PolarFire FPGAs, Providing Advanced Security

QUIDDIKEY-FLEX’s Superior Security Capabilities Leveraged on the Industry’s Most Advanced Programmable Security FPGAs

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — June 1, 2017 — Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Intrinsic ID, the world’s leading provider of digital authentication technology for internet of things (IoT) and embedded applications, today announced Intrinsic ID’s static random-access memory (SRAM) physical unclonable function (SRAM PUF) is included in Microsemi’s new PolarFire™ field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). QUIDDIKEY®-FLEX is a state-of-the-art high-security key generation and storage mechanism offering advanced security features based on SRAM PUF.

The SRAM PUF hardware serves as a primary element in the security of Microsemi’s PolarFire FPGAs, protecting customers’ intellectual property (IP) by providing confidentiality of the IP and protecting it against cloning and reverse engineering. In addition, it provides secure supply chain assurance for PolarFire FPGAs and ultimately users’ systems, and can secure end applications such as secure communications relying on cryptography. PolarFire FPGAs are ideal as the root of trust in a customer system, with QUIDDIKEY-FLEX’s hardware-intrinsic keys providing an essential trust anchor for the device and system. The PUF is also used to protect a new secure-NVM (sNVM) service where the FPGA customer can optionally store application keys and other sensitive data in authenticated or encrypted-and-authenticated form.

“Microsemi’s PolarFire FPGAs represent the industry’s most advanced programmable security FPGAs and our collaboration with Intrinsic ID to implement its QUIDDIKEY-FLEX SRAM-PUF has enabled us to further serve the demanding security needs of our growing FPGA customer base,” said Bruce Weyer, vice president and business unit manager at Microsemi. “Today’s applications are not only expected to meet high performance requirements but to do so securely, protecting both application designs and data. PolarFire FPGAs provide a solid, secure foundation for a wide range of these challenging applications.”

Built on Microsemi’s SmartFusion™2 and IGLOO™2 fourth-generation flash FPGA security model, the design security, anti-tamper and data security features have been greatly expanded for PolarFire FPGAs with additional and enhanced tamper monitors and responses, complementary to the PUF, for detecting and responding to threats before system security can be compromised; and with an advanced DPA-resistant crypto-processor. QUIDDIKEY-FLEX combines the passive zeroization feature of volatile memory with tamper-resistant nonvolatile key storage, without requiring batteries. When the power to the SRAM PUF is off, which it is when not being actively used, the key effectively becomes invisible.

Intrinsic ID’s QUIDDIKEY-FLEX SRAM PUF offers vital protection for secure hardware, design and data security, which are growing priorities for customers in every end market, particularly within defense and communications. According to a recent research report from MarketsandMarkets, the hardware encryption market is expected to be valued at nearly $414 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.3 percent between 2016 and 2022. The major factors driving the growth of this market include increasing concern for data security issues and privacy of data, growing requirements of regulatory compliance, expansion of digital content and significant advantages over software encryption technology.

“Microsemi continues to demonstrate its leadership position in FPGAs using the most advanced PUF technology Intrinsic ID provides,” said Intrinsic ID Chief Executive Officer Pim Tuyls. “The version of the QUIDDIKEY-FLEX SRAM PUF used in PolarFire FPGAs is some of the most sophisticated IP we have delivered for key storage and device identification, and reflects our successful collaboration with Microsemi to help provide the most secure programmable mid-range FPGAs.”

Intrinsic ID’s QUIDDIKEY-FLEX SRAM PUF is a state-of-the-art method for secure on-chip key storage. Based on unavoidable random manufacturing variations, it generates full-entropy 256-bit hardware-intrinsic keys used as key-encryption keys for all the other keys stored on the device. Examples of these stored keys include the private elliptical curve cryptography (ECC) key used to identify the device, and the user-installed keys used for secure field updates.



Microsemi’s PolarFire FPGAs with Intrinsic ID’s QUIDDIKEY-FLEX SRAM PUF are available now. For more information, visit and or email


About PolarFire FPGAs

Microsemi’s new cost-optimized PolarFire FPGAs deliver the industry’s lowest power at mid-range densities with exceptional security and reliability. The product family features 12.7 Gbps Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) transceivers at up to 50 percent lower power than competing FPGAs. Densities span from 100K to 500K logic elements (LEs) and are ideal for a wide range of applications within wireline access networks and cellular infrastructure, defense and commercial aviation markets, as well as industry 4.0 which includes the industrial automation and IoT markets.

PolarFire FPGAs’ transceivers can support multiple serial protocols, making the products ideal for communications applications with 10Gbps Ethernet, CPRI, JESD204B, Interlaken and PCIe. In addition, the ability to implement serial gigabit Ethernet (SGMII) on general purpose input/output (GPIO) enables numerous 1Gbps Ethernet links to be supported. PolarFire FPGAs also contain the most hardened security intellectual property (IP) to protect customer designs, data and supply chain. The non-volatile PolarFire product family consumes 10 times less static power than competitive devices and features an even lower standby power referred to as Flash*Freeze. For more information, visit


About Microsemi’s Security Solutions Portfolio

Microsemi is a leading provider of information assurance (IA) and anti-tamper (AT) solutions and services to U.S. federal organizations, systems integrators and industries requiring a high level of electronic security including financial, digital rights management, gaming, industrial automation and medical. The company leverages its proven hardware and software IA/AT technologies, innovative cryptographically-secure supply chain risk management process and extensive industry experience to secure critical program information and technology through the entire system lifecycle. In addition, Microsemi provides secure synchronous time generating systems, secured Ethernet connectivity, controller-based data encryption for data protection and security solutions in data centers, comprehensive IA/AT services such as risk assessments, protection development and red teaming to satisfy security requirements. For more information on Microsemi’s security products and technologies, visit and for more information on Microsemi’s product portfolio, visit


About Intrinsic ID

Intrinsic ID is the world’s leading digital authentication company for the Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded applications. It is the inventor of SRAM Physical Unclonable Function, or SRAM PUF, leveraging manufacturing variations in semiconductors to create unique IDs and keys to authenticate chips, data, devices and systems. Through its flexibility, scalability and low implementation cost, Intrinsic ID products address the security needs of the fast-growing IoT market. Its solutions are used to validate payment systems, secure connectivity, authenticate sensors, and protect sensitive government and military data and systems. Intrinsic ID’s award recognition includes the EU 2016 Innovation Radar Prize, which honors high-potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research. Intrinsic ID’s SRAM PUF technology has been proven in millions of devices and in products that have passed certification by Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL6+), EMVCo, Visa and multiple governments. Visit Intrinsic ID online at


About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world’s standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at


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Sources: Microsemi Corporation and Intrinsic ID


Microsemi Corp.
Farhad Mafie, VP Worldwide Product Marketing

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