Andes signs Crypto Quantique for RISC-V quantum security

Andes signs Crypto Quantique for RISC-V quantum security

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By Nick Flaherty

London-based startup Crypto Quantique has signed a global deal with Andes Technology to use its quantum security IP in RISC-V processor designs

Crypto Quantique also joined AndeSentry security framework, which provides a variety of security solutions for Andes RISC-V processors, countering threats ranging from cyber-attacks to physical attacks.

Andes in Taiwan will use Crypto Quantique’s quantum-driven semiconductor root-of-trust IP, called QDID, and the company’s chip-to-cloud IoT device security management platform, QuarkLink, for industrial-grade cybersecurity is system-on-chip designs. It also provides security IP from Rambus for customers.  

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QDID measures quantum effects occurring in the fabric of silicon wafers to produce unique, unforgeable identities and cryptographic keys on-demand inside microcontrollers and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). The identities and keys create roots-of-trust for the chips used in IoT devices and edge nodes. QDID is a physical unclonable function (PUF) that eliminates key injection and the requirement to store keys in device memories. It fits in the security framework embraced by the RISC-V architecture.

QuarkLink is an end-to-end IoT security software technology that works with QDID or other roots-of-trust to provide secure provisioning, automated onboarding to on-premises or cloud platforms, security monitoring, and certificate and key renewal or revocation.

“The traction that RISC-V has achieved in recent years, much of it driven by Andes Technology, has firmly established the instruction set as a leading contender for high performance, low power processors of the kind found in IoT devices,” said Dr. Shahram Mossayebi, CEO of Crypto Quantique (above). “We see this partnership as a perfect fit of two companies that anticipate and respond to our industry’s technical challenges with silicon innovation. RISC-V processors improve the performance of IoT devices while reducing power consumption and cost. QDID does the same for the security of the chips that drive these devices, and the networks in which they’re deployed.”

 “Leading-edge processors need leading-edge security in a world that faces a growing plague of cyberattacks. Device security is part of that and an essential element in every chip design,” said KY Hsieh, Senior Technical Marketing Manager of Andes Technology. “Crypto Quantique’s IoT security products would help our goal of offering customers best-in-class technologies to give them a competitive edge on cyberattack protection. We are excited that Crypto Quantique becomes a part of the AndeSentry collaborative security framework, which offers a rich set of security solutions for the RISC-V ecosystem.”;

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