Avnet Memec-Silica partners with StarChip and Trusted Objects to secure IoT

April 05, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Distributor Avnet Memec – Silica has partnered with fabless semiconductor supplier StarChip and secure firmware provider Trusted Objects to deploy an optimized security platform, encompassing a family of certified secure elements with tailored security protocols from sensor to enterprise server.

The initial solution relies on a low-cost, low-power secure 32-bit MCU supplied by StarChip, with a dual certification from EMVCo (Europay Mastercard Visa) and Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level, delivered in a 3x3mm 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 microcontroller 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 personalized 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 HSM (Hardware Security Module) 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 our customers.

Philippe Fremont, vice-president of Technical Marketing EMEA with Avnet Memec-Silica comments: “Whereas connecting objects, devices and machines to enterprise IS/IT enables a breadth of new services in the consumer and industrial IoT, we believe it should not jeopardize the global security of such systems. This is the reason why Avnet Memec-Silica together with our partners are proud to introduce this highly flexible innovative certified security platform able to handle end-to-end security inside and