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Atmel rolls security apps development kit

Posted: 14 May 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:development kit  counterfeit-proofing 

Atmel Corp. has unveiled its Aris++ development kit with Crypto Evaluation Studio tool suite for the design and evaluation of counterfeit-proofing embedded applications that are protected by hardware-based encryption and mutual authentication.

It includes a stand-alone application development board with Atmel's 8Kbit CryptoMemory IC, a CryptoCompanion chip for plug-and-play host-side configuration, and an AT90USB1287 AVR flash MCU for application development. The board has an LCD display, joy stick, push buttons and LEDs. JTAG, USB and serial ports provide extensive debug, connectivity and power options.

Intuitive solution
The Embedded Crypto Evaluation Studio in Aris++ provides a menu-driven, graphical user interface for CryptoMemory configuration and testing. Aris++ includes development libraries that implement all host cryptographic operations required for secure communication on a variety of different MCU platforms.

The Aris++ Embedded Crypto Solutions CD also provides comprehensive information pertaining to CryptoMemory and CryptoCompanion ICs, including datasheets, white papers, application examples and much more. Applications developed with Aris++ may be ported to any MCU platform.

Increasingly, hackers are illegally using embedded system IP to create and market product clones. This is a common problem in GPS navigators, cell phones, STBs and game consoles, to name a few. One of the most effective means of protecting embedded systems that are prone to counterfeiting, firmware theft and the violation of licensing agreements is through the implementation of cryptographic hardware security, such as that provided by CryptoMemory.

The libraries that come with the Aris++ kit contain all the required cryptographic functions in a ready-to-use form. Embedded Crypto Evaluation Studio walks engineers through the security-configuration process via check boxes and walk-through menus. No coding is required.

The complete embedded application and its security features can be fully demonstrated, evaluated, and tested using the LCD screen, joy stick, buttons and LEDs on the Aris++ development board, without loading any software on a PC. With the JTAG port, engineers can easily detect syntactic and semantic errors in their software and have greater visibility into the workings of their applications. Aris++ is fully compatible with Atmel's low cost JTAG-ICE MkII debug platform.

CryptoCompanion is a single-chip host solution that implements algorithms and securely stores and manages the host secrets required for secure communications. The companion chip implements these algorithms and the entire protocol completely in hardware so the system designer does not have to design or test the security layer of his application software. It integrates hardware cryptographic engines, a cryptographic quality hardware random number generator, and securely manages up to 16 host keys. The CryptoCompanion executes all host-side operations including dual authentication, data encryption, firmware integrity verification, and generation of MAC for secure communication.

Aris++ kits are available now through Atmel's normal sales channels. The kits sell for Rs.4,030.37 ($99.95) each.

CryptoMemory ICs are available in standard 8-pin SOIC and PDIP plastic packages, and smartcard modules. Prices start at 30 cents in quantities of 10,000 units. CryptoCompanion chips are available in 8-pin SOIC packages and are priced at 30 cents in quantities of 10,000 units.

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