Quantum security for memory chips

October 25, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Quantum security for memory chips
Macronix is to use the QuarkLink quantum security tool technology from Crypto Quantique for its ArmorFlash range

Macronix is to use quantum security technology from Crypto Quantique in London for its ArmorFlash non-volatile memory (NVM).

The QuarkLink IoT security management platform will enable Macronix to offer end-to-end security for provisioning, onboarding, and lifetime management of IoT devices that use its secure memory.

Macronix uses a Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) to create unique, immutable and unclonable identities for its ArmorFlash system as the root-of-trust in the non-volatile memory.

Using Crypto Quantique’s QuarkLink, the complexities of cryptography that underpin secure IoT communications are fully automated. A simple, intuitive user interface enables secure onboarding of thousands of IoT devices to their chosen cloud service provider within minutes. No cryptographic expertise is needed to understand the complexities of credential management when connecting to a cloud-based server. Also, there is no need to develop the complex embedded software that would be needed to manage cryptographic keys and certificates, which could take months of engineering resources.

The QuarkLink platform securely connects the ArmorFlash root-of-trust to applications and services running on in-house or cloud-based servers. The platform facilitates device provisioning, onboarding, and lifetime management, including firmware updates, certificate renewal and device revocation.

“With IoT security becoming a major concern for many of our customers, we wanted to offer designers a complete solution, from chip to cloud,” said F.L. Ni, Vice President of Marketing at Macronix. “Partnering with Crypto Quantique enables us to do just that, saving our customers time and expense when they want to create secure IoT networks quickly and at scale using our ArmorFlash memories.”

“Macronix was one of the first memory companies to address security within their devices and has created a robust secure element in ArmorFlash. It perfectly complements QuarkLink’s capabilities and supports our vision of democratising IoT security at scale by making it far easier to implement,” said Shahram Mossayebi, CEO of Crypto Quantique.

www.cryptoquantique.com; www.macronix.com

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