SandGrain B.V. to participate in Aeneas Penta SunRISE project

SandGrain BV is very pleased to announce participation in and the approval for the Aeneas/Penta SunRISE project. In a strong European consortium SandGrain will develop a solution for Shared IoT Security, where the SandGrain chip will securely authenticate the end-nodes. The products will be tested in the context of a high value industrial asset and an energy grid solution.

Participants in the consortium are from Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, and include a.o. NXP (Leader), Philips Medical Systems, Engie, Royal Philips, FraunhoferIIS, IMEC-NL, Sirris, Technolution, and several top universities like TU Delft, TU/e, TU Munich and TU Ulm.

“This is an extremely important project for us..” according to CEO Eduard Hoeberichts, “..as it allows us to develop and implement the first SandGrain chips and ID management systems in a strong European consortium. It is our objective to implement high volume chip manufacturing in the existing infrastructure of Europe and other countries, thereby enabling the chip industry to add a new capability to offer authenticated end-node IC’s cost efficient and in high volumes. This fits very well with the overarching objective of Penta – i.e. global leadership in the micro- and nanoelectronics industry in key applications segments.”

Startup SandGrain provides unique chip authentication for IOT

SandGrain and TU Delft Enterprises are pleased to announce the formal start of business of SandGrain B.V.

SandGrain will focus on a totally new concept of hardware-based authentication of objects, that will allow asset tracking and a much higher level of security and robustness compared to today’s solutions. Founder and new CEO Eduard Hoeberichts, former ASML executive: “We strongly believe that our new company provides an unique solution for one of the main problems with the roll out of the Internet-of-Things: authentication of the IoT end node that is robust to hacking, copying or counterfeiting. This is a potentially very large market that is looking for new, cost effective and industrial scalable solutions.

Founder and new CTO Pieter Hooijmans, a former Philips and NXP executive, adds: “With the SandGrain technology we solve the fundamental problem related to today’s use of microcontroller-based solutions, which are intrinsically prone to hacking. Due to the hard coding of our ICs hacking is effectively useless”.

Founder Casper Juffermans, Chief Process Technology, also former NXP Director of CMOS Process Technology Development, is the link to the Delft University of Technology: “The development of our proprietary technology will make use of the Else Kooi-Lab of the TUD, thus tapping into the huge experience of this organization in the field of IC technology”.

The other two founders are Jeroen Doumen, with 10+ years’ experience as Technology Manager in security products for Irdeto, and Halbe Lunshof, a patent expert in this field based on many years in the semiconductor industry.

Paul Althuis – director of Delft Enterprises adds: “Cybersecurity in general and more specific cybersecurity innovation based on chip hardware is a strategic area for TU Delft and we are very pleased to be closely involved in this exciting new technology that combines lithography, CMOS manufacturing and cybersecurity and supports a secure and sustainable society.