Microchip simplifies the development of smart, connected and secure solutions with a hardware cryptography-enabled microcontroller

12 APRIL 2017

MC1373---CEC1702_Secure-boot-hiMicrochip announces the CEC1702 hardware cryptography-enabled microcontroller which addresses the increasing need for security measures, such as secure boot, driven by the continual growth of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The CEC1702 is a full-featured ARM® Cortex®-M4-based microcontroller with a complete hardware cryptography-enabled solution in a single package. This low-power but powerful, programmable 32-bit microcontroller offers easy-to-use encryption, authentication, private and public key capabilities and allows customer programming flexibility to minimise customer risk. The CEC1702 also provides significant performance improvements when compared to firmware-based solutions. The device’s hardware cryptographic cipher suite reduces compute time by orders of magnitude over software solutions by providing, for example, a 20-50x performance MC1373---CEC1702_System-critical-commands-hiimprovement for PKE acceleration as well as 100x improvement for encryption/decryption. This robust hardware-based feature set results in applications that can run security measures quickly, effectively and with significantly lower cost and power consumption.

Whether it is being used as a security coprocessor or a standalone microcontroller, the CEC1702 delivers a multi-dimensional defence against attacks, including:

  • Pre-boot authentication of system firmware: Providing an immutable identity and a root of trust to ensure that the firmware is untouched and has not been corrupted
  • Firmware update authentication: Verifying that the firmware update has not been corrupted and is from a trusted source
  • Authentication of system-critical commands:  Attesting that any system-critical command is from a known source with authorisation to make the given change, preventing potentially devastating actions
  • Protection of secrets with encryption: Safeguarding code and data to prevent theft or malicious activities

Microchip simplifies the addition of authentication and encryption to connected designs by offering a full development suite including hardware and software tools as well as peripheral libraries and crypto

Application Programme Interfaces (APIs) to accelerate design cycles.

The CEC1702Q-B1- SX is in production volume.

For more information, visit Microchip’s Web site at: http://www.microchip.com/promo/CEC1702

Microchip Technology
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