Electronic Component Solutions

End-to-end LoRa solution provides secure key provisioning

The solution brings hardware-based security to the LoRa ecosystem, combining the MCU- and radio-agnostic ATECC608A-MAHTN-T CryptoAuthentication device with The Things Industries’ managed join servers and Microchip’s secure provisioning service. The joint solution significantly simplifies provisioning LoRaWAN devices and addresses the inherent logistical challenges that come with managing LoRaWAN authentication keys from inception and throughout the life of a device.

Traditionally, network and application server keys are unprotected in the edge node, and unmonitored, as LoRaWAN devices pass through various supply chain steps and are installed in the field. The Common Criteria Joint Interpretation Library (JIL) “high”-rated ATECC608A comes pre-configured with secure key storage, keeping a device’s LoRaWAN secret keys isolated from the system so that sensitive keys are never exposed throughout the supply chain nor when the device is deployed.

  • Cryptographic Co-Processor with Secure Hardware-Based Key Storage:
    – Protected storage for up to 16 keys, certificates or data
  • Hardware Support for Asymmetric Sign, Verify, Key Agreement:
    – ECDSA: FIPS186-3 Elliptic Curve Digital Signature
    – ECDH: FIPS SP800-56A Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman
    – NIST Standard P256 Elliptic Curve Support
  • Hardware Support for Symmetric Algorithms:
    – SHA-256 & HMAC Hash including off-chip context save/restore
    – AES-128: Encrypt/Decrypt, Galois Field Multiply for GCM
  • Networking Key Management Support:
    – Turnkey PRF/HKDF calculation for TLS 1.2 & 1.3
    – Ephemeral key generation and key agreement in SRAM
    – Small message encryption with keys entirely protected
  • Secure Boot Support:
    – Full ECDSA code signature validation, optional stored digest/signature
    – Optional communication key disablement prior to secure boot
    – Encryption/Authentication for messages to prevent on-board attacks
  • Internal High-Quality NIST SP 800-90A/B/C Random Number Generator (RNG)
  • Two High-Endurance Monotonic Counters
  • Unique 72-Bit Serial Number
  • Two Interface Options Available:
    – High-speed Single Pin Interface with One GPIO Pin
    – 1 MHz Standard I2C Interface
  • 1.8V to 5.5V IO Levels, 2.0V to 5.5V Supply Voltage
  • <150 nA Sleep Current
  • 8-pad UDFN and 8-lead SOIC
  • Die-on-Tape and Reel for Qualified Customers (Contact Microchip Sales)


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