Intel announced that Atmel and Microchip are collaborating with the company on security for the Internet of Things (IoT). Both companies are adopting Intel’s Enhanced Privacy ID (Intel EPID) identity technology to help improve interoperability in securing IoT solutions, said Intel. More than 1.1 billion Intel EPID certificates have been deployed.
Security remains one of the biggest challenges for an industry that is estimated to grow to 50 billion connected devices by 2020 worth in the trillions of dollars. Intel EPID provides a security baseline across the network to help devices and solutions to more securely connect with each other via the Intel IoT platform.
By incorporating Intel EPID within the general semiconductor industry, Intel said it aims to make this level of security available more broadly. “The solution uses a fixed, hardware-based identity built into the processor much like a person’s fingerprints. Additionally, the technology delivers device-based identity designed to provide anonymity, allowing devices to be verified as part of a group rather than by its individual private key,” said Intel.
Microchip plans to implement Intel EPID into its products, and recently demonstrated the Intel EPID Protocol running on Microchip’s IoT Security Platform. Microchip’s IoT products include low-power microcontrollers, Zigbee protocol stack, embedded Wi-Fi, embedded Bluetooth, and other wireless solutions.
"Microchip has long recognized the importance of security in IoT applications," said Ian Harris, vice president of Microchip's Computing Products Group, in a statement. "Collaborating with Intel to integrate its proven Intel EPID technology demonstrates Microchip's steadfast commitment to providing the very best IoT solutions, by working to enable designers with the safe and secure interoperation of their 'things' with Intel's devices, gateways and servers."
Atmel will support Intel EPID technology on all Atmel SmartConnect wireless solutions to improve secure cloud provisioning. The company also offers a portfolio of IoT solutions that combine Atmel | SMART MCUs along with its SmartConnect wireless technologies including Wi-Fi, 802.15.4 and Bluetooth, and Atmel secure products. This gives developers using Atmel wireless solutions the option to use the Intel EPID identification standard in their solutions.
"Implementing Intel EPID offers IoT designers a truly seamless edge-to-cloud Internet of Things platform with proven security options available with our broad Internet of Things portfolio," said Kaivan Karimi, vice president and general manager of Wireless Solutions, Atmel, in a statement. "With this new technology, Atmel's SmartConnect wireless and IoT solutions now support Intel EPID, a security technology that has been proven over the last 5 years."
Intel EPID is an ISO standard for identity and privacy and has been shipping in Intel platforms since 2011.