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Security platform aimed at Industry 4.0, IoT markets

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Avnet Memec-Silica? Industry 4.0? IoT? StarChip? Trusted Objects?

Avnet Memec-Silica, an Avnet Inc. company, StarChip, a fabless semiconductor supplier of secure MCUs, and Trusted Objects, a provider of secure firmware and security services, have joined forces to deploy an optimised security platform. The line-up includes a family of certified secure elements with tailored security protocols from sensor to enterprise server and unique personalisation services targeted at every customer for the Industry 4.0 and the IoT markets, noted the companies.

The initial solution relies on a low-cost, low-power secure 32bit MCU supplied by StarChip, with a dual certification from EMVCo (Europay Mastercard Visa) and Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level, delivered in a 3x3 DFN6 package and other standard packages making it an easy-to-integrate companion chip in any sensor, device, or gateway.

The StarChip secure microcontroller is programmed at Avnet Memec-Silica's secure warehouse with a firmware supplied by Trusted Objects, adding a set of functions and commands tailored for the exact requirements of the customer's final application and global security architecture. The programmed secure MCU thus becomes a secure element with the capability to perform cryptography primitives and complex functions comprising and not limited to AES, ECC encryption, decryption, signature, secure key renewal (Diffie-Hellman), on-board key generation, true random number generation, handling of certificates, and more while never exposing secret keys to the outside world.

Last but not least, this secure element is personalised with the support of Trusted Objects at Avnet Memec-Silica's secure warehouse with unique public keys, private keys, certificates and identifiers generated on-site by a dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) as per the security scheme required by each customer's application and global security architecture. Secure elements and, if needed, matching whitelists, are then securely made available to the customer or its manufacturing partner.

Example codes implementing various secure protocols, both at the embedded and server levels, will be provided and demonstrated with Avnet Memec-Silica's Visible Things IoT platform and made readily available to customers.

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