Microsemi Announces New Security Features to Deliver Industry the Most Secure FPGAs

New SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and IGLOO2 FPGA Security Features Enhance Mainstream Application Protection at the Device, Design and System Levels

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Oct. 9, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —  Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the availability of its new ultra secure SmartFusion2® SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2® FPGAs that have more advanced security features at the device, design and system levels than any other leading FPGA manufacturer. The new data security features are now part of Microsemi's mainstream SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs and allow developers to leverage the device's lowest power consumption in its class, high reliability capabilities and best-in-class security technology to build highly differentiated products that help gain a significant time to market advantage.

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According to the Aberdeen group, by the year 2020 approximately 50 billion machines will be connected. Not only do these machines need to be secure, but they need to be secure at the device, design and system levels. For example, even a machine or system that meets Advance Encryption Standard (AES) could be vulnerable to side channel attacks. Microsemi's licensed, patented differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasure solution increases overall system security by protecting the keys that are stored in the system—protecting it against such attacks.

"Even at a time when security is constantly in the public eye, most of the FPGAs being used to develop mainstream applications do not necessarily offer the level of security needed to protect data and valuable application IP," said Shakeel Peera, senior director of product line marketing at Microsemi. "Microsemi's new FPGA security features provide that added layer of protection crucial for many of the new mainstream solutions being developed such as core routers, switches, small cells, remote radio heads, missile systems, factory automation, process control and secure communications."

Microsemi's newest generation of SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and IGLOO2 FPGA programmable devices are the industry's most secure, boasting the three key elements needed for a secure programmable devices—secure hardware, design security and data security. Built through a secure supply chain management system, Microsemi data security devices feature:

  • Licensed, patent-protected DPA resistance from Cryptographic Research Inc.
  • Active tamper detectors including an active mesh
  • Secure flash key storage
  • Unique key generation through Intrinsic ID's Physically Unclonable Function (PUF) Quiddikey®-Flex
  • Full NIST-certified crypto accelerators

According to a report by the Ponemon Institute, the cost of a data breach can be up to approximately $246 per compromised record which can have a significant effect on the long term viability of a business. This, along with the wide variety of mainstream applications now being developed with FPGAs that have limited security features, illustrates that addressing a multi-layered approach to security is more important than ever. Additionally, the use of hardware based security creates an even more secure system than software-only solutions, and forms the baseline for secure software systems. 

Learn how to use these advanced data security features in SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs on the SmartFusion2 Security Kit at www.microsemi.com/enhancedfpgadatasecurity. For questions, contact Email Contact.

About Microsemi's New SoC FPGA Security Features

  • Only FPGAs with a PUF
  • Only FPGAs with triple patented DPA countermeasure techniques based on Cryptographic Research Inc. licensed technology
  • Only FPGAs with full data security processing capability with hardware accelerators for AES, SHA, HMAC, elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) and nondeterministic random bit generator (NRBG)
  • Complete NIST certified state-of-the-art security in a programmable device
    • DRBG, AES256, SHA256, HMAC, ECC-CDH
  • Active tamper detectors
  • Zeroization

About Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs
Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are the only devices that address fundamental requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power in critical industrial, military, aviation, communications and medical applications. SmartFusion2 integrates an inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 megahertz (MHz) ARM® CortexTM-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM and industry-required high-performance communication interfaces all on a single chip. For more information visit: http://www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/soc-fpga/smartfusion2.

Microsemi's IGLOO2 FPGAs continue the company's focus on addressing the needs of today's cost-optimized FPGA market by providing a LUT-based fabric, 5G transceiver, high speed GPIO, block RAM, high-performance memory subsystem, and DSP blocks in a differentiated, cost and power optimized architecture. This next generation IGLOO2 architecture offers up to five times more logic density and three times more fabric performance than its predecessors and combines a non-volatile Flash-based fabric with the highest number of general purpose I/O, 5G SERDES interfaces and PCIe end points when compared to other products in its class. IGLOO2 FPGAs offer best-in-class feature integration coupled with the lowest power, highest reliability and most advanced security in the industry. For more information visit: http://www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/fpga/igloo2-fpga.

About Microsemi
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,400 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

Microsemi and the Microsemi logo are registered trademarks or service marks of Microsemi Corporation and/or its affiliates. Third-party trademarks and service marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth in this news release that are not entirely historical and factual in nature, including without limitation statements related to its new ultra secure SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs that have more advanced security features at the device, design and system levels than any other leading FPGA manufacturer, and its potential effects on future business, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as rapidly changing technology and product obsolescence, potential cost increases, variations in customer order preferences, weakness or competitive pricing environment of the marketplace, uncertain demand for and acceptance of the company's products, adverse circumstances in any of our end markets, results of in-process or planned development or marketing and promotional campaigns, difficulties foreseeing future demand, potential non-realization of expected orders or non-realization of backlog, product returns, product liability, and other potential unexpected business and economic conditions or adverse changes in current or expected industry conditions, difficulties and costs of protecting patents and other proprietary rights, inventory obsolescence and difficulties regarding customer qualification of products. In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in the company's most recent Form 10-K and all subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi's future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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