Single-chip security solutions offer simple implementation

29th January 2019
Posted By : Alex Lynn
Single-chip security solutions offer simple implementation

Designers of Internet of Things (IoT) devices can now access the highly integrated MAX36010 and MAX36011 single-chip security supervisors from Maxim Integrated Products. These security solutions make it easier for designers to implement robust tamper detection, cryptography and secure storage while safeguarding sensitive information via logical and physical protections, without having to be security experts themselves.

The MAX36010 and MAX36011 both offer strong security that can be integrated into a design at any stage of its development. Additionally, if these parts are integrated later in the design cycle, there is no need to change the platform to accommodate them, thereby simplifying the implementation process. 

Compared to competitive solutions, the devices, due to their high level of integration, facilitate a 60% faster design cycle, while also lowering bill of materials (BOM) costs by 20%. To ensure a higher level of security, these supervisors generate keys via a true random number generator (TRNG). The keys are then stored in battery-backed RAM along with certificates and other sensitive data. This data is erased when tampering is detected, a capability that meets the requirements of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2 at its highest security levels (Levels 3 and 4).

The MAX36010 and MAX36011 both support symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic functions such as Data Encryption Standard (3DES), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Rivest–Shamir–Adleman (RSA) and Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA). These secure cryptographic engines are designed and compliant to the requirements of Payment Card Industry (PCI) and FIPS140-2 certifications. The MAX36010 supports symmetric key generation for AES and 3DES, whereas the MAX36011 supports both symmetric and asymmetric key generations for AES, 3DES, RSA and ECDSA.

“IoT devices have now become commonplace in consumer households, which store personal and sensitive data related to the user’s day-to-day activities. While IoT designers have security top of mind, they are not always experts in this area,” said Stella Or, Product Definer for the Micros, Security & Software Group at Maxim Integrated. “Many of Maxim’s customers find that the MAX36010 and MAX36011 are both very easy to integrate in their design and most importantly, fulfil their security requirements, especially customers looking to design devices that meet the highest level of security and offer FIPS140-2 certification.”

Julian Watson, senior principal analyst IoT Connectivity at IHS Markit, stated: “The exponential growth of IoT devices will continue on its upward trend and is predicted to jump an average of 12 percent per year from 27.8 billion units in 2017 to over 135 billion units in 2030. More IoT devices in the market mean that more of consumers’ personal data is at risk and designers of these devices need to be responsible for ensuring that the IoT ecosystem is genuinely safe and secure for users.”

Pricing available upon request; also available from authorised distributors. The MAX36010EVKIT# evaluation kit is also available.


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