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Infineon, ARM forge license deal on security apps

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Infineon ARM license? security application? microcontroller?

Infineon Technologies AG and ARM have entered a long-term strategic collaboration in the field of security microcontrollers for chip card and security applications. Infineon will receive an ARMv6M and ARMv7M architecture license. Having its own specialized ARM architecture-compliant CPU cores will enable Infineon to address the current and future needs of the security markets in terms of hardware-based security.

Infineon is the only ARM partner to have an ARM architecture license specifically for security applications. Under this agreement, Infineon is able to integrate its security measures into the heart of the CPU core implementation, while maintaining compatibility with the standard ARM processor instruction set. This approach enables code reuse and access to the wide ARM development ecosystem. Infineon aims to have the first products in volume production by 2H 11, initially targeting the multimedia SIM cards market. In addition, Infineon will combine the ARM architecture and its "Integrity Guard" hardware security technology, designed for use in highly demanding chip card-based and security applications, in future products for high-end security segments.

"With this strategic cooperation, Infineon consequently follows its strategy to base its security products on its own cores. We will create proprietary security cores which combine our state-of-the-art security features along with the specific benefits of the ARM architecture, offering high performance, low power and the ARM ecosystem," said Helmut Gassel, president of the chip card and security division at Infineon. "In the forefront of hardware-based security developments, Infineon will continue to drive innovation, resulting in superior security products for the benefit of our customers."

"Our agreement with Infineon is a clear demonstration of collaborative differentiation further extending the applicability of the ARM architecture to the most demanding security applications," said Mike Inglis, executive VP and general manager, processor division, ARM. "We continue to enjoy considerable success in the smartcard market with our SecurCore processors and our collaboration with Infineon is an element of our ongoing strategy to enable developers in the embedded security market to be able to utilize the ARM architecture in their future designs."

ARM and Infineon have had almost a decade of cooperation, mainly in wireless communication applications.

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