Nexell Licenses Intrinsic ID Hardware Root of Trust for AI Application Processor

Nexell, a developer of systems on chip (SoC), semiconductor IP, and application processors, and Intrinsic ID, the world’s leading provider of digital authentication technology for Internet of Things security, today announced Nexell has licensed BroadKey for its push into the medical device and automotive sectors.

“Since 2017 we have been working with Intrinsic ID with a mutual Internet of Things OEM customer in South Korea, which has evolved to direct commercial licensing relationship,” said Tae Won Kang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Nexell. “We are very confident that the unclonable identity provided by BroadKey will enable further shipment of our SoCs into the medical device and automotive markets.”

Nexell has developed an SoC based on a 32-bit ISA designed at the 28-nm low-power process. Shipping at scale, it is uniquely positioned for leveraging the global appetite for high-performance, low-power processing in the IoT. The platform has been field hardened by a global Tier 1 consumer electronics OEM.

BroadKey is based on Intrinsic ID’s SRAM Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) technology, and allows semiconductor and OEM manufacturers to deliver IoT security via a unique fingerprint identity without the need for separate security-dedicated silicon. A root key generated by BroadKey delivers a high bar of security since it is never stored and anchors to the device all other keys and security operations.

“This announcement with Nexell builds on the momentum we have built with leading microcontroller partners in securing the IoT,” said Pim Tuyls, Intrinsic ID’s chief executive officer. “As the IoT market grows at an exponential rate we are pleased to see our unclonable identity being used in the segments such as medical devices and automotive.”