Home > Press > Veratag Signs Exclusive License Agreement with Cornell University for MEMS-Based Security Protocol
Veratag announced today a definitive agreement with Cornell Research Foundation, Inc to license the intellectual property surrounding the use of MEMS resonators for unique identification in radio frequency identification (RFID) and electronic lock and key systems. Like snowflakes, each MEMS resonator, called a MEMflake™, is unique, and produces a unique analog signal that is essentially irreproducible either by cloning or imitating the signal. These unclonable MEMflakes, therefore, provide a high level of security which is simple to use and cost effective.
Veratag Signs Exclusive License Agreement with Cornell University for MEMS-Based Security Protocol
ALBANY, NY | Posted on October 3rd, 2007
MEMflakes combine two characteristics of MEMS resonators to ensure effective security. First, the natural production variation associated with the manufacture of MEMS devices means that identically manufactured resonators will produce slightly different analog signals. With sufficiently complex resonators, those signals have enough information in them to uniquely identify an almost unlimited number of unique devices. Because of the random nature of MEMflake production, the odds of cloning a particular MEMflake are less than 1 in a trillion trillion (i.e. 1 followed by 24 zeros). Secondly, MEMS resonator signals are fairly unique in terms of the sharpness, or quality, of their frequency peaks in high frequency ranges. They are so unique that duplicating some of the characteristics of MEMS resonators can realistically only be done using other MEMS resonators. In addition, MEMS resonators can be interrogated in a manner which can prove that they are, in fact, mechanical resonators and not other types of electronics trying to imitate that behavior. The combination of these two characteristics provides a high level of security via a unique unclonable signature.
With the addition of an antenna, MEMflakes can be used for RFID applications. In an RFID implementation, MEMflakes possess a number of advantageous features: a low energy requirement means MEMflakes can be put on passive tags; compatibility with other chip designs so other functionality can be paired with a MEMflake; fast read times for high throughput applications; a simplified backend that does not require a secure database, secure keys, or secure communications; and a small footprint allowing integration with existing RFID chip designs without significant additional costs.
"The combination of uniqueness and irreproducibility make MEMflakes truly special," said John Schnieter, CEO of Veratag. "But, the best part is that MEMflakes used in RFID implementations meet the various criteria necessary for a successful technology. We believe the RFID community is waiting for a simple, cost effective means to securely identify a given tag, and MEMflakes provide that."
"Veratag will initially focus on marketing our products for unique identification for applications such as access cards, smart cards, identity cards and passports, as well as anti-counterfeiting for pharmaceutical and other high end goods," he added.
"We are very pleased to see a team come together around this promising technology, one that has the experience and expertise to drive it into the marketplace," said Alan Paau, Vice Provost for Technology Transfer and Economic Development at Cornell University. "We look forward to working with this strong management team as they commercialize another exciting nanotechnology resulting from Cornell research."
Veratag’s mission is to change the cost-benefit equation for security by essentially creating electronic fingerprints which can be put onto chips and other electronics and used for identification and authentication in radio frequency identification (RFID) and electronic lock and key implementations. The basis of Veratag’s product offering is a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) resonator, called a MEMflake, which produces unique analog signals that can be read by contact or contactless readers. Each MEMflake is unique, essentially unclonable, and its signal is irreproducible using other means.
About Cornell Research Foundation
Cornell Research Foundation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cornell University formed for the sole purpose of managing intellectual property that arises from research activities at the university to benefit the public and to advance the university’s land grant missions.
For more information, please click here
Ted Eveleth, 518-331-1133
Copyright © Business Wire 2007
If you have a comment, please Contact
Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
Leti Announces MEMS Research Collaboration with OMRON November 28th, 2013
Columbia engineers make world's smallest FM radio transmitter: Team demonstrates new application of graphene using positive feedback November 18th, 2013
Revisiting quantum effects in MEMS: New calculations shows that the influence of quantum effects on the operating conditions of nanodevices has, until now, been overestimated November 15th, 2013
MEMS Industry Group's Annual Executive Conference Shows Why MEMS Is Growing 2x Faster Than Semiconductors: MEMS Executive Congress US 2013 Sets Attendance Record, Honors 'MEMS Innovation' Award Winners, Crowns MEMS Technology Showcase Favorites November 14th, 2013
Leti Presentation at IEDM 2013 Will Report Phase-Change Memory Developments for Microcontroller Embedded Applications December 7th, 2013
Leti Announces Update of UTSOI Model that Allows Designers To Improve Trade-Off between Performance and Power Use December 7th, 2013
Steve Janack to Join Behan Communications and Lead Firm’s New Innovation Practice Group December 7th, 2013
Optical Quality Improvement of Electrical Circuits’ Electrode Zinc Oxide Nanowires December 7th, 2013
Liquipel Moisture-Protection Technology Now Available for JAMBOX® and MINI JAMBOX™ by Jawbone®: Jawbone's Iconic Bluetooth Speakers are Now Available WaterSafe™ for Protection Against Splashes and Wet Weather November 27th, 2013
Nanoparticles to probe mystery sperm defects behind infertility November 15th, 2013
New hologram technology created with tiny nanoantennas November 15th, 2013
Minus K Launches Vibration Isolator Giveaway to U.S. Colleges and Universities November 12th, 2013
Leti and Partners in SOCRATE Project Focusing on Miniature Antennas with Super-Directivity Radiation Properties: Improving Directivity of Small Antennas Would Enhance Spectral Efficiency, Reduce Environmental Impact and Increase Functionality July 15th, 2013
IDTechEx launches online Market Intelligence Portal May 23rd, 2013
Mincom Capital Inc. and Group Nanoxplore Inc. Sign Letter of Intent for a Qualifying Transaction April 10th, 2013
SouthWest NanoTechnologies Featuring Carbon Nanotube Inks at 2013 Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference (FlexTech) (Booth 48) January 30th, 2013