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Andes, eMemory unveil novel IC security solutions

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Andes Technology? eMemory Technology? IoT? security? processor?

Andes Technology Corp., which claims to be the first developer of original 32bit microprocessor IP and system IC design in Asia, has joined forces with eMemory Technology, a provider of logic non-volatile memory (Logic NVM) and silicon intellectual property (silicon IP), to deliver innovative IC security solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) security applications market. The Andes Core S801 secure 32bit processor promises to boost the safety of data transfer and storage in embedded applications.

Applying Andes Core S801 in SoC designs along with eMemory's one-time programmable (OTP) silicon IPs for security key storage in IoT products, the data security can be greatly enhanced at the minimum cost, the companies noted. They also said the security MCU solutions hit the perfect balance between information security and product cost, which can greatly benefit customers to exploit the boundless business opportunities offered by IoT.

Targeting the market potential, Andes launched the Andes Core S8 series products that are equipped with compact 3-stage pipeline and protected command set for diverse password and anti-tampering applications. Apart from comprehensive protocols for access control, the Andes Core S801 also features an energy-saving core and a secure memory protection unit (Secure MPU), offering hardware protection for program codes and data to prevent side-channel attacks.

The Andes Core S801 is fully conforming to the latest SoC designs. It can facilitate customers' product development and certification approval process, as well as reduce time-to-market, allowing it to be used in lightweight, compact-size and low-power consumption designs. Andes Core S801 can be widely applied in various applications to provide security mechanism and added-value such as NFC, smart cards, bank cards, health cards, e-passports, smart meters, sensor hubs, smart locks, smart home and wearables.

Unlike conventional ICs with metal-fuse or poly-fuse based architectures, eMemory's Logic NVM IPs use floating-gate and anti-fuse structures to prevent reverse-engineering, hence effectively protect data from detection and interpolation to enhance information security, the company indicated. The advanced security level of eMemory's NeoFuse silicon IP has been recognised by the Conditional Access (CA) certification. Moreover, eMemory OTP silicon IPs offer 125C/10 years industry-grade high-temperature data retention ability, which are geared for products with strict operational conditions and performance demands.

eMemory's Logic NVM IPs are fully compatible with generic CMOS processes without additional mask layers. They have been extensively deployed in 0.5um~16nm process platforms at worldwide foundries, which offer customers not only a wide range of platform choices for product planning and validation, but also high flexibility of production capacity to maximise manufacturing competitiveness, added the companies.

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