In 2019, Microchip Technology released its Trust Platform for its CryptoAuthentication™ family, bringing the industry’s first pre-provisioned solutions for hardware-based secure elements to companies of all sizes that want an easy way to implement secure authentication. Today, the company is further enhancing this service with the latest enhancements to its Trust Platform Design Suite (TPDS) — its dedicated software platform for device configuration and onboarding to Microchip secure provisioning services for embedded security.
TPDS version 2 (v2) software now enables Microchip partners to add use cases to its rich security solutions onboarding ecosystem, further expanding developers’ already broad options for implementing best-in-class security. It also now includes support for additional security solutions such as the TA100, the first cryptographic companion device for the automotive market.
It can take an experienced firmware engineer months to specify an application’s threat model and develop a security use case that encompasses all necessary measures related to secure authentication, secure boot, IP protection, and more. The two main challenges are configuring the device’s security boundaries and provisioning secrets including private keys as well as symmetric secrets and other forms of secret data.
The TPDS software simplifies this process by providing pre-defined use cases addressing the most common market requirements. It is available with two of the three Trust Platform flows – Trust&GO and TrustFLEX. These programs enable new secure projects to be prototyped in a matter of minutes with TPDS v2, while giving customers options based on the size of their deployment, use case requirements, and how much customization they need:
- Trust&GO — Devices are pre-defined and pre-provisioned, off-the-shelf, for secure cloud authentication in both TLS-based and LoRaWAN-based networks, with a Minimum Orderable Quantity (MOQ) of just ten units.
- TrustFLEX — Customers can use this program’s pre-configured devices either with default generic certificates or their own credentials (Custom PKI), while benefitting from an even broader range of predefined uses cases than are available with the Trust&GO program.
To address the most demanding use cases, Microchip’s TrustCUSTOM family gives customers the freedom to fully define the secure authentication configuration and fully customize secure key storage.
With its fully integrated onboarding flow, the TPDS v2 software allows a customer to select a security solution, validate its use case, prototype it, and then start the process of secure provisioning, all in a few simple steps.