Trustonic Announces First Customer for New Kinibi-M Microcontroller Platform

By Ken Briodagh June 27, 2018

With the vast potential value that IoT brings, also comes a growing concern that those billions of devices and the data they process remain under-protected, posing a serious security threat. Trustonic recently announced that it is enabling microcontroller (MCU) supplier Microchip Technology, to provide their customers with a secure platform and strong device identity pre-embedded into their MCUs, providing enhanced security capabilities that can be leveraged across the value chain and IoT ecosystem. Product variants of Microchip’s newly-launched SAM L11 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.

“IoT end points often require low power and high security,” said Rod Drake, VP, MCU32 business unit, Microchip. “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.”

Trustonic’s 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. 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. 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, personalization 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 Digital Hologram technology, which is designed to enable manufacturers to prove that devices connecting to their systems are legitimate and have been through the correct and audited manufacturing stages.

“Trustonic’s mission is to provide the best security and to remove the cost and complexity that often accompanies strong security,” said Ben Cade, CEO, Trustonic. “Our technology is already embedded in over 1.5 billion mobile devices, and we’ve now applied our expertise to simplifying the process for developing and deploying secure IoT. 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.”

Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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