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Crypto security solution prevents firmware theft

Posted: 09 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:security chip? counterfeiting firmware? embedded system?

Atmel Corp. has launched its next generation CryptoCompanion (AT88SC018) plug-and-play embedded security chip.

CryptoCompanion provides designers an affordable option for cryptographic hardware security on systems that are currently prone to firmware theft and/or product counterfeiting. CryptoCompanion, when used in conjunction with Atmel's CryptoMemory chip, provides secure storage of the secrets necessary to authenticate consumable items or software IP. The combination of CryptoCompanion (host-side security) and CryptoMemory (client-side security) enables an embedded system security solution for less than a dollar in volume. An AVR-based demonstration kit, Aris+ (AT88SC-ADK2), is now available to show the capabilities of these two chips in an embedded environment.

CryptoCompanion provides host-side cryptographic security for embedded systems. Designers do not have to design or test the cryptographic algorithms. The companion chip implements the necessary algorithms and the entire protocol completely in hardware.

CryptoMemory for client-side security is the only family of EEPROMs with a 64bit embedded hardware encryption engine, four sets of non-readable, 64bit authentication keys and four sets of non-readable, 64bit session encryption keys providing a low-cost, truly secure means of preventing product counterfeiting and/or piracy.

The Aris+ AVR-based demonstration kit serves as an easy to use, comprehensive tool for development activities. The kit is suitable for low volume personalization of the CryptoCompanion and CryptoMemory chips for fast prototyping of embedded security solutions. The kit also introduces the new Atmel Crypto Evaluation Studio software environment, a flexible, robust, and easy to use GUI.

Until now, developers had to choose between high component costs or complicated development cycles in order to include hardware security in their embedded system designs. This combination of value and functionality sets a new benchmark for securing embedded systems.

The CryptoMemory/CryptoCompanion product line is the only one of its kind offering a wide range of memory densities and a turnkey hardware host solution. Combining the Crypto family of security chips with Atmel's extensive line of microprocessors presents options that allow users to build designs and sophisticated systems quickly.

Samples for the AT88SC018 are available now in SOIC packages. Prices start at $0.61. Samples for CryptoMemory are available now in a variety of memory densities and packages. Prices start at $0.66.

The Aris+ AT88SC-ADK2 demonstration kit is available now for $99.95.

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