Verayo has launched security solutions based on “unclonable” silicon chips. According to company sources, Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF) is the core technology that makes these silicon chips unclonable.
Similar to a biometrics technology for silicon chips, PUF extracts a type of electronic DNA or fingerprint unique to each silicon chip, and uses it for authentication and security applications. PUF technology was invented and first implemented at MIT by Professor Srini Devadas and his team. Verayo owns the worldwide exclusive license to develop and market PUF-based silicon chips.
Professor Devadas is the co-founder and CTO of Verayo and explains that PUF technology exploits the physical characteristics of the silicon and IC manufacturing process variations to uniquely characterize each and every silicon chip. This provides a secure, low-cost mechanism to authenticate silicon chips.
The company is launching two broad categories of security solutions based on PUF technology: authentication and secret key generation. Tapping the electronic DNA of silicon chips, Verayo’s authentication solutions authenticate them, and can be easily integrated into a number of silicon chips. Companies can use these solutions to provide strong and robust authentication of electronic equipment, luxury brand products, pharmaceuticals, secure IDs, passports and documents.
Verayo further explains that traditional security solutions need storing of keys on the silicon and their key generation solution eliminates the need for stored keys. The solution uses unique electronic DNA or fingerprint of the silicon chips to dynamically generate a virtually unlimited number of secret keys. Verayo’s key generation solution thus significantly enhances the security and flexibility of secure systems used for financial transactions, service provisioning and trusted computing.
By bringing this one-of-a-kind technology to the market, Verayo is confident that they will change the landscape for authentication and security. Anant Agrawal, CEO of Verayo, is confident that their RFID products will define the new barriers for counterfeiters, and the key generation products will bring unprecedented security, trust and flexibility in the world of trusted computing.
Founded in Silicon Valley in 2005, Verayo is focused on building security and authentication solutions based on Silicon Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF) technology.
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