(End of) Winter 2022 Newsletter
Looking at the past year at Intrinsic ID, I am incredibly proud of the many milestones we have achieved. 2021 was again a year of strong growth for our company, especially looking at the running royalties that increased about 70% YoY. Several different top tech companies joined the ranks of our customers, and now there are over 320 million chips in the field with our SRAM PUF technology. In addition to this growth of the business, there was also a lot of progress for our products. We launched our new random number generator, Zign RNG, and completed CAVP certification for this product (along with several of our existing products). We also achieved the first design-ins in 5nm technology, which is a big step forward for PUF technology in general.
And we are happy that this strong streak is continuing in the first months of the new year. Business is not slowing down, with several new deals already signed, and on the product side there are new products and upgrades that we are looking forward to releasing in the next months. We can already reveal that we will releasing a new version of our flagship QuiddiKey hardware IP later in March, but there will also be news about our software portfolio very soon! In the meantime we have enough news and updates to keep you busy. Some of the things you can read more about in this newsletter are:
- We are excited to announce our partnership with Secure Thingz, a leader in advanced development and provisioning platforms to secure the IoT. With this partnership, our customers will be able to develop products with unique identities and integrated confidentiality that can be carried through the entire lifetime of a product.
- We are expanding our footprint in the Chinese market through a partnership with Jupiter Semi. As a sales representative for Intrinsic ID in China, Jupiter Semi will help us grow our business and marketing activities in this country.
- As an active member of several working groups at the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), we co-authored a white paper about IoT security together with NXP, Silicon Labs, ARM, Infineon, and Rambus.
- We recently did a very interesting webinar with Tom Katsioulas from the GSA, who explained everything about the role of PUF technology in a trusted supply chain. Tom is an expert on this topic that is becoming increasingly important in the current geopolitical landscape, so don’t miss out on what he has to say.
Please enjoy the content we have gathered for you and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or want to connect.
Stay safe and stay healthy!
Pim Tuyls – CEO, Intrinsic ID
Secure Thingz and Intrinsic ID Partner to Ensure Supply Chains of Trust for the Embedded Industry
Secure Thingz and Intrinsic ID have recently announced a partnership. By working together, the companies provide strong integration of Intrinsic ID’s PUF technology within Secure Thingz development and provisioning solutions.
“Physical unclonable functions are vital components in many modern devices, with leading vendors integrating them into their microcontroller offerings for IoT security,” stated Haydn Povey, CEO, Secure Thingz. “Together with Intrinsic ID, we will enable this critical capability to be integrated into a wide array of embedded systems to deliver protection of provisioned data, together with the creation of root keys.”
Intrinsic ID Signs Agreement with Jupiter Semi for China Representation
Intrinsic ID has announced it has entered into a sales representative agreement with Jupiter Semi. Under the terms of the agreement, Jupiter Semi will represent Intrinsic ID in China.
“As we expand our global footprint, it is of critical importance to strengthen our sales and support capabilities in China. We expect Jupiter Semi will be an excellent partner for Intrinsic ID in China,” said Pim Tuyls, CEO at Intrinsic ID. “We look forward to working with Jupiter Semi as we keep expanding our presence in the Chinese market and work with the country’s technology leaders.”
Webinar on Demand
The Role of PUFs in a Trusted Supply Chain
Trusted supply chain provenance and traceability is becoming increasingly important for the quality, reliability, and security of electronic products. It can help reduce costs for tracking and fixing field issues, minimize liability risks and enable higher value in connected IoT applications. In addition, there are significant efficiencies and cost reductions that could be enabled in the procurement process for many integrators. In the recent PUF Cafe Episode from February 23, Tom Katsioulas (Board Chair of the GSA Trusted IoT Ecosystem Security solutions) explained what the roles of trusted identities and PUF technology are in a trusted supply chain. You can now watch this webinar on demand here.
GSA White Paper
Preventing a $500 Attack Destroying Your IoT Devices
On behalf of the Global Semiconductor Alliance, a group of partners has written a white paper on how to protect IoT devices from low-cost attacks. Intrinsic ID is a proud contributor to this paper, along with its partners NXP, Silicon Labs, ARM, Infineon, and Rambus.
“Security threats certainly have already deeply impacted the industry. Some companies have lost stock market value and struggled for months to deliver a solution to their customers and try to recover the damage caused to their brand image. Many of these incidents highlight that we are increasingly reliant on a few, dominant system building blocks, which have not been thoroughly security vetted yet. This paper describes common concepts and usage paradigms of security subsystems that are integrated into and are part of a larger microcontroller or system-on-chip (SoC) controller, which in turn is at the heart of an IoT device.”
Webinar on Demand
How to add a NIST-Certified Random Number Generator to any IoT device?
Researchers from Bishop Fox recently showed that random number generators used in billions of IoT devices fail to provide sufficient entropy. Insufficient entropy causes predictable instead of random numbers, which severely compromises the foundation of many cryptographic algorithms. Secret keys will lose their strength, leading to broken encryption. So a new approach for generating random numbers is needed.
This webinar shows how entropy can be extracted from unpredictable SRAM behavior. Using this method only requires a software installation, meaning the security systems of billions of devices can be patched without any hardware changes, even in devices that have already been deployed.
OpenTitan QuiddiKey Integration
This is a new application note by Intrinsic ID that walks the reader through the integration of QuiddiKey in the OpenTitan open-source silicon root of trust. The integration flow explained in this document is illustrated step by step to create the final result, which will be an integrated design that can be simulated using the open-source Verilator simulation tool. This application note shows the feasibility of integrating QuiddiKey with OpenTitan, and the recommended way of doing it.
PUF Cafe News
On our PUF Cafe platform we have recently started collecting all news related to PUF technology. This news overview is now available in video format along with all links to the presented news via the new series PUF Cafe News. With a finger on the pulse of the latest PUF technology developments this series shows the great progress PUF technology has made and just how broad the market adoption of it really is.
On the PUF Cafe platform you can now find the news overviews of November/December 2021 and January/February 2022.