DeepCover® embedded security solutions cloak sensitive data under multiple layers of advanced physical security to provide the most secure key storage possible.
The DeepCover Secure Authenticator (DS28E25) combines secure challenge-and-response authentication functionality based on the FIPS 180-3-specified Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-256) with 4Kb of user-programmable EEPROM. Additional secure memory holds a secret/key for SHA-256 operations. Each device has its own guaranteed unique 64-bit ROM identification number (ROM ID) that is factory programmed into the chip. The SHA-256 message authentication code (MAC), which the DS28E25 generates, is computed from data in the user memory, the SHA-256 secret, a host controller random challenge, and the 64-bit ROM ID. A secure and low-cost factory-programming service is available to pre-program device data including the SHA-256 secret. The DS28E25 communicates over Maxim's single-contact 1-Wire® bus.