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New Security Chip Promises to Protect Consumables

12 Nov, 2015

CHINA/USA - November 2015 -A new solution to aid in the authentic use and tracking of print consumables has been launched in Santa Clara, California.

Marvell has released their 88PA810 Trusted Authentication integrated circuit (IC) chips, designed for OEMs and others requiring secure product authentication and usage tracking to prevent counterfeit attacks.

The silicon solutions company claims the 88PA810 integrates state-of-the-art technologies to ensure customer product quality, longevity, and safety while protecting a customer's brand, reputation, and revenue.

Counterfeit products, including low-quality ink and toner cartridges, can be a serious problem for both producers and consumers.

According to Marvell, the 88PA810 IC chip features advanced anti-tampering alarms and extensive complex circuitry with active metal mesh coverings, internal clocks and regulators, and other security features to prevent attackers from tampering or using physical attack methods to disrupt or copy the chip or its related consumer product. 

The IC is designed to protect against numerous attack threats and encrypts off-chip data communications. The 88PA810 includes secure product authentication services using a unique hardware ID, a secure usage metering count-down counter that cannot be reset, and 3KB of one-time programmable (OTP) memory for OEMs to record product information and manufacturing metadata. Using a traditional inter-integrated circuit (I²C) interface, the 88PA810 connects with a host controller to run authentication and product management services. The 88PA810 also protects the entire supply chain through a multi-stage provisioning solution to eliminate potential risks. 

Mark Montierth, Vice President and General Manager at the Marvell Printer and Customer Solutions Business Unit, said, “In today's increasingly connected world, products such as IoT smart devices, mobile phones, medical devices, printers, and automotive components rely on advanced security mechanisms to verify system integrity. Superior security must be maintained also for products that allow component upgrades, after-market accessories or replaceable consumable items. The 88PA810 Trusted Authentication IC extends Marvell's leadership in authentication security, providing our customers a sophisticated, proven solution to secure their products and protect their customers.”

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