Microchip Simplifies Hardware-Based IoT Security with the Industry’s First Pre-Provisioned Solutions for Deployments of Any Size

September 30, 2019 | 10:30
Microchip Simplifies Hardware-Based IoT Security with the Industry’s First Pre-Provisioned Solutions for Deployments of Any Size
Microchip Simplifies Hardware-Based IoT Security with the Industry’s First Pre-Provisioned Solutions for Deployments of Any Size
With a minimum orderable quantity of 10 units, Microchip’s Trust Platform provides hardware-based secure key storage for low-, mid- and high-volume deployments

As the number and types of connected devices proliferates, market fragmentation and security vulnerabilities in the Internet of Things (IoT) have created significant challenges for developers. Hardware-based security is the only way to protect secret keys from physical attacks and remote extraction, but extensive security expertise, development time and costs are required to configure and provision each device. With companies producing anywhere from hundreds to millions of connected devices per year across the globe, scalability of architecture can be a major barrier to deployments. Manufacturers typically have only been able to support configuring and provisioning for high-volume orders, leaving companies with low- to mid-sized deployments with low performing options. To address this need in the mass market, Microchip Technology Inc. today introduced the industry’s first pre-provisioned solution that provides secure key storage for low-, mid- and high-volume device deployments using the ATECC608A secure element. Microchip’s Trust Platform for its CryptoAuthentication family enables companies of all sizes to easily implement secure authentication.
 
Microchip’s Trust Platform consists of a three-tier offering, providing out-of-the-box pre-provisioned, pre-configured or fully customizable secure elements, allowing developers to choose the platform best suited for their individual design. As the first solution to provide ready-to-go secure authentication for the mass market, the first tier – Trust&GO – provides zero-touch pre-provisioned secure elements with a Minimum Orderable Quantity (MOQ) as low as 10 units. Device credentials are pre-programmed, shipped and locked inside the ATECC608A for automated cloud or LoRaWAN™ authentication onboarding. In parallel, corresponding certificates and public keys are delivered in a “manifest” file, which is downloadable via Microchip’s purchasing e-commerce store and select distribution partners. 
 
In addition to saving up to several months of development time, the solution significantly simplifies provisioning logistics, making it easy for mass market customers to secure and manage edge devices without the overhead cost of third-party provisioning services or certificate authorities.
 
With the ability to authenticate to any public or private cloud infrastructure, Microchip’s Trust Platform is also flexible and customizable. For customers who want more customization, the program includes the TrustFLEX and TrustCUSTOM platforms.
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