Launch of authentication devices enhances security of cost-sensitive applications

Microchip has introduced six new secure authentication ICs which protect host devices against the risk of counterfeiting, and help to safeguard product users and their data. Competitive costs make these products suitable even for use in disposable products.

Microchip has expanded its portfolio of secure authentication devices with the launch of six new products that meet the requirements of the Common Criteria Joint Interpretation Library (JIL) for High-rated secure key storage. The new devices also support certified algorithms that comply with the US Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS).

These Microchip secure authentication ICs enable manufacturers to implement trusted authentication to prevent counterfeiting, improve quality control and safeguard the user experience. In particular, designers of cost-sensitive applications that may have had limited or no secure authentication previously can now add this critical function after the launch of these cost-optimized security solutions.Ā 

The new ICs include five added to the CryptoAuthenticationā„¢ hardware-based secure storage products that keep secret keys hidden from unauthorized attackers:

  • ECC204 performs ECC-P256 signatures and hash-based message authentication code (HMAC)
  • ECC206 supports two-pin parasitic power, ECC-P256 signature and HMAC
  • SHA104 implements a client SHA256 MAC
  • SHA105 implements a host SHA256 CheckMAC
  • SHA106 supports two-pin parasitic power and a client SHA256 MAC

The sixth new product is a CryptoAutomotiveā„¢ device: the TA010 with ECC signature and HMAC is an AEC-Q100 Grade 1-qualified IC that enables OEMs to implement secure authentication into vehicle designs without requiring costly modifications.

The secure authentication ICs are supported by the Trust Platform Design Suite, a dedicated software tool used to onboard the ICs with Microchipā€™s secure key provisioning service. The scalable service enables cryptographic assets to be provisioned for projects of almost any size.

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