August 3, 2011:- Microsemi introduced Intrinsic-ID’s Quiddikey security intellectual property (IP) on its flash-based devices and FPGA development boards including the SmartFusion® customizable system-on-chip (cSoC), as well as ProASIC, IGLOO and Fusion FPGAs. Intrinsic-ID’s security Quiddikey IP includes the company’s patented physical unclonable function (PUF) technology, enabling an added level of security in secure government applications as well as in commercial markets including the financial, energy, automotive and mobile industries.

Intrinsic-ID is recognized as a worldwide leader in security solutions, delivering semiconductor IP and embedded software products based on Hardware Intrinsic Security. Their solutions revolve around patented Physically Unclonable Function (PUF) technology, where a secret key is extracted like a silicon biometric or fingerprint from silicon hardware directly and only when required. Attackers have nothing to find because no key is stored nor present in the power down state.

Security solutions for embedded applications 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, as opposed to other solutions that require loading an externally generated key in on-chip non-volatile or battery-backed memory.

This unique approach works like an electronic fingerprint, allowing the device to generate a secret key only when required. As a result, tampering and cloning are made extremely difficult. Attackers have nothing to find because no key is stored and the key is not present in the power down state.