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Oct.26,2016

 

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Atmark Techno, Inc.
NXP Semiconductors Japan Ltd.

DNP, Atmark and NXP Jointly Develop Secure Boot Function in Integration Package Targeting IoT Service Operators and IoT Device Makers

 

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP), Atmark Techno, Inc. (Atmark Techno) and NXP Semiconductors Japan Ltd. (NXP) have jointly developed an integration package to simplify the development of high security Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Marketing activities are set to be launched early 2017. The partners already boast an established track record in areas including hardware, such as CPUs and secure chips, and software, including operating systems. As a result of this latest round of cooperation, it has been made possible to take such elements, and bundle them together in a single package with peripheral information, such as circuit diagrams. Also included is a Secure Boot function that verifies whether software installed is genuine when activating IoT devices.

[Background]

Business models are changing in line with the growth of the IoT-related market. These include areas such as the increasing sophistication of IoT-driven services and technology, such as automatic drive automobiles, the remote control of IoT devices, advanced paid-functions for operating IoT devices on a remote basis, and those that conduct usage-based billing. At the same time, however, concerns exist for direct attacks on IoT devices, including unauthorized tampering and the production of counterfeit goods. As a result, we are seeing increased needs to boost the security of IoT devices, themselves.

In particular, the Japanese government National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) is proposing the concept of Security by Design, a security measure that operates from the planning, design and development stage, aiming for the establishment of a more secure environment. In reality, however, boosting IoT device security requires high level design and development skills in order to properly mount devices with high security software and hardware, which has led to demands for such a service.

In this latest development, DNP, Atmark Techno and NXP have jointly developed and will propose an integration package facilitating the mounting of high-security Secure Boot function on newly created IoT devices in a simple fashion,

[Product Summary and Features]

The newly developed package is comprised of a Secure Application Module (SAM), which is a secure chip developed by DNP, a circuit diagram and various set up tools developed by Atmark Techno for the mounting of IoT device software, SAM* and CPUs, along with the NXP-made ARM CPU core.

*SAM is a secure IC chip based module mounted with applications such as data encryption, authentication, and those for the protection of critical confidential information.

Image of integration package applications for various IoT devices

Image of secure boot functions using SAM

The newly developed package includes the following features:

1.  Secure boot function-based tampering prevention

Prevents tampering, by verifying boot loader (the program that reads and activates the OS) and operating system digital signatures using SAM and CPU data when activating IoT devices, and by not activating devices in the presence of operating systems that lack valid digital signatures.

2.  Prevents production of counterfeit IoT devices

Stores unique data, such as private keys necessary for the Secure Boot function, and prevents unauthorized copies of critical data by making analysis of SAM internal structures and stored data difficult.

3.  Reduces burden of mounting Secure Boot function on IoT devices

There is no need for IoT device makers to conduct the integration of the Secure Boot function with devices on an in-house basis from zero. It is possible to develop secure IoT devices in a simple manner merely by designing in line with the circuit diagram and embedding operability confirmed software into an IoT device.

4.  Utilizes NXP i.MX 7Dual Application Processor

Utilizes NXP i.MX 7Dual application processor as a CPU based on dual ARM® Cortex®-A7 core. This CPU boasts industry leading power consumption, and has developed an extensive track record in a variety of IoT devices, including eReaders, wearable devices, and handy terminals along with such mobile equipment as tablet terminals.

5.  Planned provision of remote update services for critical data, such as encryption keys stored in SAM

As a result of DNP's secure platforms which utilizes IC card technology for IoT, it is possible to achieve a safer IoT environment via the periodic remote updating of encryption keys and digital certificates used in secure communications between IoT devices and servers and the encrypted functions usable in IoT devices and applications.

By using devices developed in line with this package, IoT service operators can provide not only IoT services, but will also be able to protect the rights to such services, and as a result will be capable of providing more trustworthy, high-level services to clients.

[Looking Ahead]

The three partners will jointly develop products and services used in the establishment of a more secure IoT environment, and will market the new package to IoT device makers, aiming for sales of 1.0 billion yen in fiscal year 2020.

[IoT-Related Developments at the Partners]

DNP has positioned Knowledge and Communication, Food and Healthcare, Lifestyle and Mobility, and the Environment and Energy as business growth areas, and is promoting the development of new products, services and systems that people will take for granted in the future. In particular, with the expected penetration of an IoT Society, DNP is presently engaged in the application of security technology, represented by IC cards, and information processing technology driven by IT achievements in a variety of industries, to develop a new IoT value "IoST: Internet of Secure Things".

Atmark Techno is promoting the provision of an IoT platform that bundles together essential functions and services for IoT, mainly via Armadillo technology-based gateways. Armadillo is a platform for integration equipment. The company is forging ahead with responses to services and cloud platforms provided by other partners, and will propose technologies covering a broad area, from sensor connections to cloud tie ups, while also supporting the realization of the IoT society.

NXP Semiconductors enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, we are driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets.

 
* Product prices, specification and service contents mentioned in this news release are current as of the date of publication. They may be changed at any time without notice.