Microchip’s ATECC608A secure element and Partner Program aid in security

January 18, 2018 Rich Nass

Security, security, security. We hear about the need for it in just about every discussion with developers. Does it get implemented? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. But in most cases, it’s not the fault of the supplier that the security features are not enabled. The hooks are there. Getting the engineering team to take advantage might not be the slam dunk you would expect.

An example of a vendor making it relatively easy for the designer in terms of security is Microchip with its Crypto Authentication Device, a secure element that allows developers to add hardware-based security to their designs. The ATECC608A provides a high level of security that can be used in nearly any type of design. Primary features include a Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS)-compliant Random Number Generator (RNG) that generates unique keys that comply with the latest requirements from NIST; boot validation capabilities for small systems; and trusted authentication for LoRa nodes.

Microchip has also established a Security Design Partner Program for connecting developers with third-party partners that can enhance and expedite secure designs. These industry-leading companies provide complementary cloud-driven security models and infrastructure.

The ATECC608A is available for $0.56 each in 10,000-unit quantities. The ATCryptoAuth-XPRO-B add-on development board is available for $10.

About the Author

Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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