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Microchip and Intel Collaborate on Enhanced IoT Privacy and Security

19 August 2015

Microchip Technology and Intel are putting their heads together to implement Intel® Enhanced Privacy ID (Intel® EPID) technology into Microchip products. Intel EPID is a sophisticated device-authentication approach that delivers security and privacy for the Internet of Things (IoT).

“Microchip has long recognized the importance of security in IoT applications,” says Ian Harris, vice president of Microchip’s Computing Products Group. The Intel EPID Protocol is being demonstrated at the Intel Developer's Forum, running on Microchip's IoT Security Platform. The Intel EPID Protocol is being demonstrated at the Intel Developer's Forum, running on Microchip's IoT Security Platform. “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.”

“By utilizing Intel EPID technology, Microchip’s customers can maintain end-to-end security and privacy in their IoT products and services, which helps them to protect data from device to cloud, minimizes unauthorized access of endpoints and gateways and will promote a common security framework for IoT platforms,” says Lorie Wigle, general manager of IoT Security at Intel.

As the number of IoT devices connecting increases, safe and secure communications is critical to the protection of both data and identities. The Intel EPID provides authentication, allowing a service provider to verify that an end user belongs to a group authorized to access the service. It also helps protect end-user privacy, enabling them to receive the service without revealing their identity.

Microchip brings microcontroller, mixed-signal and analog semiconductors along with cost-effective, low-power solution expertise to electronic designers. By implementing the Intel EPID standard with other security features, it is helping to deploy these devices across the Internet with privacy and security for both the end user and service provider.

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