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Intrinsic ID Wiki

Published by Daniel Nenni on 02-03-2021 at 5:34 am
Last updated on 02-03-2021 at 5:36 am

Corporate Overview

Intrinsic ID is the world’s leading provider of security IP for embedded systems based on physical unclonable function or PUF technology. The technology provides an additional level of hardware security utilizing the inherent uniqueness in each and every silicon chip. The IP can be delivered in hardware or software and can be applied easily to almost any chip – from tiny microcontrollers to high-performance FPGAs – and at any stage of a product’s lifecycle. It is used as a hardware root of trust to validate payment systems, secure connectivity, authenticate sensors, and protect sensitive government and military data and systems. Intrinsic ID security has been deployed and proven in millions of devices certified by EMVCo, Visa, CC EAL6+, PSA, IoXt, and governments across the globe.

Our Mission

Our mission is to make it easy to secure any smart device and make the connected world safer. Our PUF IP enables chip designers to build secure key vaults or provision their chips with an unclonable identity in the most secure, seamless, cost-effective manner.

Our Philosophy

We commit ourselves to developing security solutions that adhere to the highest quality standards and that are easy to integrate. When working with our customers, we always aim to bring the best security solution for the specific use-case. We strive to be innovative and pride ourselves on always delivering on promises made.

Awards

Award recognition for Intrinsic ID security includes the Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Award, the IoT Breakthrough Award, IoT Security Excellence Award, the Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award and the EU Innovation Radar Prize.

Products

Intrinsic ID’s products are based on Physical Unclonable Functions or PUF. Our secure and robust PUF technology leverages a unique ID intrinsically present in the silicon seamlessly enabling the highest level of security in the most cost-effective way.

Intrinsic ID QuiddiKey is a hardware IP solution that enables device manufacturers and designers to secure their products with internally generated, device-unique cryptographic keys without the need for adding costly, security-dedicated silicon. QuiddiKey uses the inherently random start-up values of SRAM as a physical unclonable function (PUF), which generates the entropy required for a strong hardware root of trust. QuiddiKey IP can be applied easily to almost any chip – from tiny microcontrollers (MCUs) to high-performance systems-on-chip (SoCs). SRAM is a standard component available upon initial release of any process technology; because it uses SRAM as a PUF source, Quiddikey IP can be used with any foundry and process-node technology. QuiddiKey has been deployed and proven in hundreds of millions of devices certified by EMVCo, Visa, CC EAL6+, PSA, IoXt, and governments across the globe.

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FPGAs are widely used in mission-critical environments with specific processing needs. Motivations for copying or altering sensitive data or valuable IP are abundant. Especially in aerospace and defense, attacks can result in loss of IP, leakage of top-secret information and compromised national security. A way for designers to secure their FPGAs, its sensitive data and communications, is the use of cryptography. Authenticity, integrity and confidentiality can be guaranteed by using strong cryptographic keys, rooted in the hardware of the FPGA.

Apollo combines a Butterfly Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) with Intrinsic ID’s helper data algorithms. Butterfly shaped circuits are configured on the fabric of the FPGA to intrinsically generate the entropy needed for a strong hardware root of trust. Keys derived from Apollo are volatile and derived only when required providing a significant high security assurance. Since Apollo is part of the FPGA configuration file it is a “soft PUF” implementation and security functionality can be retrofitted on deployed devices, enabling remote “brownfield” installation of a hardware root of trust.

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The accelerating expansion of the Internet of Things brings with it a comparably expanding threat model. The growing number of endpoints require strong identities as the foundation of trust to establish and scale robust security. BK is a secure root key generation and management software solution for IoT security that allows device manufacturers to secure their products with an internally generated, unique identity without the need for adding a costly, security-dedicated silicon. Since BK is a software implementation of SRAM PUF, it is the only hardware entropy source option for securing IoT products that does not need to be loaded at silicon fabrication.

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Citadel Infrastructure Tools is a suite of software products which accelerate SRAM PUF deployment of unclonable device identities for securing IoT applications, particularly those targeting wide-scale deployment. They can be used by semiconductor vendors and OEMs to provision their devices, and by OEMs and application developers to create applications that are using SRAM PUF-based security. Available are tools for provisioning and for crypto applications which, along with BK™ and QuiddiKey® key-management products, form the basis of secure device lifecycle management.

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