Nexell Licenses Intrinsic ID Hardware Root of Trust for AI Application Processor

BroadKey brings immutable and unclonable device identity and authentication through SRAM PUF to industry-leading SoC

SEOUL, South Korea, and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 19, 2018 –  Nexell, a developer of systems on chip (SoC), semiconductor IP, and application processors, and  Intrinsic ID, the world’s leading provider of digital authentication technology for  Internet of Things security, today announced Nexell has licensed BroadKey for its push into the medical device and automotive sectors.

“Since 2017 we have been working with Intrinsic ID with a mutual Internet of Things OEM customer in South Korea, which has evolved to direct commercial licensing relationship,” said Tae Won Kang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Nexell. “We are very confident that the unclonable identity provided by BroadKey will enable further shipment of our SoCs into the medical device and automotive markets.”

Nexell has developed an SoC based on a 32-bit ISA designed at the 28-nm low-power process. Shipping at scale, it is uniquely positioned for leveraging the global appetite for high-performance, low-power processing in the IoT. The platform has been field hardened by a global Tier 1 consumer electronics OEM.

BroadKey is based on Intrinsic ID’s SRAM Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) technology, and allows semiconductor and OEM manufacturers to deliver IoT security via a unique fingerprint identity without the need for separate security-dedicated silicon. A root key generated by BroadKey delivers a high bar of security since it is never stored and anchors to the device all other keys and security operations.

“This announcement with Nexell builds on the momentum we have built with leading microcontroller partners in securing the IoT,” said Pim Tuyls, Intrinsic ID’s chief executive officer. “As the IoT market grows at an exponential rate we are pleased to see our unclonable identity being used in the segments such as medical devices and automotive.”

About Nexell

Nexell is a fabless SoC and SoC design service company that has introduced its Application Processor (AP) SoC to the automotive infotainment and IoT application markets. It also has successfully developed and delivered multiple custom-designed ASIC SoC services to customers with the latest Linux, Android OS BSP and evaluation hardware PCB. Nexell provides partners and customers its market-proven, configurable SoC platforms, which have embedded Nexell’s own GPU (Graphic Processor Unit). Nexell’s platforms also include various IPs, such as the latest CPU, multimedia codec, memory controllers and related software development environments such as evaluation boards and device drivers for multiple operating systems, providing the best price-performance competitiveness and time-to-market opportunities.

About Intrinsic ID

Intrinsic ID is the world’s leading digital authentication company, providing the Internet of Things with hardware-based root-of-trust security via unclonable identities for any IoT-connected device. Based on Intrinsic ID’s patented  SRAM PUF technology, the company’s security solutions can be implemented in hardware or software. Intrinsic ID security, which can be deployed at any stage of a product’s lifecycle, is used to validate payment systems, secure connectivity, authenticate sensors, and protect sensitive government and military systems. Intrinsic ID technology has been deployed in more than 100 million devices. Award recognition includes the Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award and the EU Innovation Radar Prize. Intrinsic ID security has been proven in millions of devices certified by Common Criteria, EMVCo, Visa and multiple governments. Intrinsic ID’s mission: “Authenticate Everything.” Visit Intrinsic ID online at

Intrinsic ID, the Intrinsic ID logo, BroadKey and “Authenticate Everything” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intrinsic ID, Inc., and are protected by trademark laws of the United States and other jurisdictions. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


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