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In-Q-Tel invests in Analog Devices

Agile Analog, a supplier of highly configurable process node-agnostic analogue IP building blocks, has announced new investment from In-Q-Tel, a US-based non-profit strategic investor.

In-Q-Tel invests in companies which look to strengthen security and Agile Analog’s physical security products have been developed to play a crucial role in the prevention of hardware attacks which are intended to spoof targets, bypass password protection, clone system IP, or disable target devices.

With more devices requiring increasingly sophisticated security protection, as connections to cloud computing or other internet services create a much larger attack surface, so Agile Analog’s analogue security IP is enabling chip manufacturers to build in much stronger protection at the hardware level.

Analog Device's COMPOSA technology is a highly configurable glitch detection IP which is optimised for each application, foundry, and node. Additional security monitoring and security system IP blocks under development will be available by the first half of 2022.

In-Q-Tel’s investment will enable Agile Analog to scale up its recruitment of engineering staff and accelerate the pace of security product development.

Commenting on the new investment Tim Ramsdale, CEO of Agile Analog, said, ‘Investment from the US government-backed In-Q-Tel is a powerful endorsement of Agile Analog’s disruptive approach to the provision of analogue IP, including glitch detectors and other forms of analogue security IP. It proves the value of Agile Analog’s innovations, and particularly the COMPOSA technology for automating the production of configurable IP optimised for the customer’s application, foundry and node.

"Agile Analog will also benefit from In-Q-Tel’s partnerships and knowledge in the security field, helping us to engage with those that need robust hardware protection of connected devices."

Neil Tyler

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