Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs, which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 120,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets.
Microchip and Crypto Quantique
Crypto Quantique is a security design partner of Microchip. QuarkLink IoT platform that handles onboarding and device management for IoT devices is now integrated into the Microchip Trust Platform Suite tool.
Adopting QuarkLink means that customers own their Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and can create a zero-trust security environment for their IoT networks. This is an important facet of best practice, as defined by the leading standards organizations.
Integrating QuarkLink into the Trust Platform Design Suite tool enables thousands of IoT devices to be provisioned and onboarded to one or more servers quickly and easily through the QuarkLink user interface. No specialist cryptographic knowledge is needed to build a secure, scalable IoT infrastructure or to manage IoT devices throughout their lifecycle.
The Microchip ATECC608B TrustFLEX is part of the Trust Platform and is an MCU processor agnostic secure element with hardware-based cryptographic accelerators and key storage. The TrustFLEX secure element is supplied with a pre-defined configuration that supports the most common IoT authentication use cases. When either the device’s pre-provisioned generic thumbprint certificate or the OEM Day Zero certificate is used for authentication, either chain of trust can now be managed by the QuarkLink certificate for TLS-based authentication. This enables onboarding to a wider range of cloud-based or on-premises application servers. The cloud platforms supported are AWS, Azure, and Mosquito.
Over-The-Air (OTA) capabilities of connected products ensure longevity and security of the device as it allows new features to be added and security vulnerabilities to be closed remotely. QuarkLink’s roadmap includes the capability to encrypt and sign firmware that can be delivered to the connected device OTA. QuarkLink’s easy-to-use GUI will allow customers to take full advantage of the OTA function in the knowledge that it has been implemented using the latest security technology.