Microchip releases first 32-bit MCUs to feature robust, chip-level security and Arm TrustZone® technology

June 18, 2018 | 12:05
Image: Microchip
Image: Microchip
Key Facts:
  • Combines industry’s best-in-class low power consumption and water-tolerant, noise-immune capacitive touch
  • Arm TrustZone enables hardware isolation between certified libraries, IP and application code
  • Robust security enabled by chip-level tamper resistance, secure boot and secure key storage
  • Eco-system of trusted partners offers a security solution framework and secure provisioning



Microchip announces the new SAM L10 and SAM L11 families of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) which address the growing need for security in Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints by protecting against the increasing the risk of exposing intellectual property (IP) and sensitive information.
 
The new MCU families are based on the Arm® Cortex®-M23 core, with the SAM L11 featuring Arm TrustZone® for Armv8-M, a programmable environment that provides hardware isolation between certified libraries, IP and application code. Microchip enables robust security by including chip-level tamper resistance, secure boot and secure key storage which, when combined with TrustZone technology, protects customer applications from both remote and physical attacks.
 
Both MCU families offer the industry’s lowest power consumption, as well as capacitive touch capability with best-in-class water tolerance and noise immunity. When benchmarked for power consumption, the SAM L10 received a ULPMark score of 405, which is over 200 percent better performance than the nearest competitor certified by the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC®). Microchip uses proprietary picoPower® technology to provide industry-leading low power consumption in active and all sleep modes.
 
In addition to TrustZone technology, the SAM L11 security features include an on-board cryptographic module supporting Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Galois Counter Mode (GCM) and Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA). The secure boot and secure key storage with tamper detection capabilities establish a hardware root of trust. It also offers secure bootloader for secure firmware upgrades.

 
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