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Date: 03/06/2022

QuickLogic FPGA can be secured using Intrinsic PUF and QuiddiKey

QuickLogic partnered with Intrinsic ID to help its customers to add security functions in QuickLogic FPGA products. The security functions/options include key generation based on SRAM PUF, bitstream encryption, key wrapping, authentication tags, key verification, and data encryption/decryption for storage within the device or for board or system-level communications. This partnership has created a seamless integration of the solutions of both companies, allowing QuickLogic’s eFPGA customers to add security functionality without any further integration effort.

Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs) are unique digital fingerprint for each individual specific device that can be used to generate a device-specific encryption key. PUF can be standard SRAM cells or FPGA logic cells specifically configured for PUF purposes.

Another security function called QuiddiKey from Intrinsic ID allows creation and storage of an unlimited number of secure keys, and reduces hardware overhead. QuiddiKey encrypts secret keys and data, deriving wrapping keys to protect other functions, adding authentication tags, and verifying authentication tags and decrypting the associated contents. QuiddiKey also enables the wrapping of keys used for bitstream encryption with device unique keys, allowing device owners to protect the device and valuable IP so a trusted supply chain is guaranteed. In short, QuiddiKey is like as centralized key management solution suporting the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology nodes.

“QuickLogic’s Australis eFPGA generator and eFPGA technology give SoC developers a quick and easy way to embed programmable technology into their devices,” said Pim Tuyls, CEO at Intrinsic ID. “Our partnership with QuickLogic adds a level of security to these programmable logic architectures enabling customers to further enhance their platforms with high security for protecting their critical IP, communications, and supply chains.”

“The collaboration between Intrinsic ID and QuickLogic has resulted in multiple solutions for SoC customers who wish to secure critical IP, entire designs, or even system-level communications,” said Mao Wang, senior marketing director at QuickLogic. “This security complements the flexibility inherent in eFPGA-based SoCs and is an excellent fit for a wide variety of industrial IoT and other applications including aerospace and defense.”

QuickLogic’s eFPGA technology is available now for a wide range of popular foundries and process nodes.

Author: Srinivasa Reddy N
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