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Securing the Internet of Things with a unique microchip fingerprinting technology

Securing the Internet of Things with a unique microchip fingerprinting technology


Intrinsic ID is a Dutch SME, a spin-off from Philips Research, a world leader in security solutions for chips, with 25+ patents. Intrinsic ID has created a technology to uniquely identify & authenticate chips based on the inherent characteristics of their memory component (SRAM). This technology called Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) is a digital equivalent of a fingerprint.
Intrinsic ID is working on INSTET—a fully-fledged security solution on top of PUF that will protect low-end chips that are omnipresent in IoT devices everywhere by making them physically & cryptographically secure and very resilient to advanced attacks. INSTET will work as a Root of Trust—a set of core software components that are always trusted by the chip, and provide a trust foundation for the IoT device & distributed IoT systems.
INSTET addresses the core problem of semiconductor vendors and OEMs—lack of security. INSTET can be deployed on almost any chip, including the ones that are already in the field, without costly redesigns or additional hardware, generating savings of up to 90% per chip.
Intrinsic ID has successfully completed an SME Instrument Phase 1 feasibility study & validated business opportunities in wearables, medical electronics & critical infrastructure verticals.
In this 2-year Phase 2 project Intrinsic ID will complete industrialization of INSTET, validate it in 3 trial cases & start commercialization. The total requested EC contribution is €1,75m. Intrinsic ID is the sole benefactor & the party responsible for implementation of this Phase 2 project.
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5656 Ae Eindhoven


Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 747 453,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 811509


Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    31 May 2020

Funded under:




  • Overall budget:

    € 2 496 362,50

  • EU contribution

    € 1 747 453,75

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