Agile Analog and Silex Insight agree advanced security partnership

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Agile Analog, a supplier of configurable process node-agnostic analogue IP building blocks, has agreed a partnership arrangement with Belgium-based Silex Insight.

Under the terms of the arrangement they will jointly market combined analogue and digital IP solutions offering enhanced security solutions for customers’ ASIC and SoC developments.

Agile Analog’s COMPOSA system generates configurable analogue IP that can in a matter of weeks be optimised to a customer’s specification, for any foundry and node. In addition to data conversion, power management and sensing, it also provides security and protection against side-channel attacks (SCA) and tampering through an array of configurable sensors that detect temperature shocks; supply voltage changes/glitches; and clock manipulation.

Silex Insight offers digital security IP cores that are scalable and flexible with features that include secure boot, system integrity by ensuring execution of authenticated software, device authentication, cryptographic acceleration, and the generation and storage of secure keys and secret information.

By combining their respective offerings Agile Analog and Silex Insight will be able to deliver advanced security and protection.

The agreement sees both companies working to provide integrated analogue and digital solutions for customers building ASICs or SoCs and will help to accelerate the development process while achieving better designs.

Agile’s Chief Commercial Officer, John Hartley, said, “Resource and time constraints mean that chip manufacturers are continually looking for new ways to reduce development bottlenecks and focus on the most crucial elements of a design. By procuring an integrated solution from a combined unit, they can offload complete functional blocks to proven domain experts, and free their developers to focus on their area of core competence.’

Agile Analog and Silex Insight said that they have already delivered combined solutions to several customers, and more are said to be in the pipeline.