Microchip integrates Trustonic platform

25/06/18

Trustonic has announced that its new security platform for constrained chipsets is being integrated by Microchip to bring trust and security to the IoT ecosystem and supply chain.

Product variants of Microchip’s SAM L11 microcontrollers (MCUs) contain Trustonic’s Kinibi-M security platform and are based on the Arm Cortex -M23 core featuring Arm TrustZone for Armv8-M, a programmable environment that provides hardware isolation between certified libraries, IP and application code. SAM L11 MCUs also include proprietary chip-level tamper resistance, secure boot and secure key storage.

Trustonic says its Kinibi-M software is a new modular, hardware-secured Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), a secure operating system (OS) that has been specially designed for size-constrained IoT chipsets. The company says “It is designed to ease development and leverage Trustonic’s implementation resources, saving developers from having to develop expertise in-house. In order to trust data coming from an IoT device, you first need to be able to trust the device itself. To achieve this, Trustonic embeds a unique and distinct identity for every device during silicon manufacture.”

 

The company claims that Kinibi-M technology enables device makers to:

·     Record and attest to manufacturing steps, preventing opportunities for fraud & counterfeiting in the supply chain

·     Protect software and IP on devices throughout their entire lifecycle

·     Ensure that updates, personalisation and secrets can be securely delivered

·     Enable devices to identify themselves in the field – for example to enable automatic cloud enrolment.

 

Trustonic’s solution is supplemented by its Digital Holograms technology, which enables manufacturers to prove that devices connecting to their systems are legitimate and have been through the correct and audited manufacturing stages. Additionally, Trustonic says that Kinibi-M offers device provenance; supply chain protection; software isolation and IP protection.

“IoT end points often require low power and high security,” said Rod Drake, vice president of Microchip’s MCU32 business unit. “However, the growth of IoT nodes is happening so fast that security is not always adequately addressed. The features of the SAM L11 are exactly what customers need to plan for security early in the design cycle and throughout the remainder of the device’s life.”

Ben Cade, CEO of Trustonic, commented: “Trustonic’s mission is to provide the best security and to remove the cost and complexity that often accompanies strong security. Our technology is already embedded in more than 1.5 billion mobile devices, and we’ve now applied our expertise to simplifying the process for developing and deploying secure IoT devices. We are enabling Microchip SAM L11 microcontrollers to have a secured trusted identity when they leave the factory, so that subsequent events, additions and developments are built on a truly secure foundation that can be leveraged through the device’s entire lifecycle.  We are committed to ensuring that connected devices have the best possible security protections, and we’re delighted to be working with Microchip to deliver revolutionary IoT security to the market.”

 

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