CAMBRIDGE, UK AND SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE - July 14, 2004 - ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] and Trusted Logic today announced an agreement to develop ARM® TrustZone™ technology-optimized security software. This software will provide consumers with a more secure environment for electronic transactions such as mobile banking, e-commerce and digital rights management using ARM Powered® mobile phones, payment terminals, set-top boxes and other consumer devices.
This new security software coupled with the ARM TrustZone technology will also protect against common hardware attacks and frauds such as mobile phone security codes being overwritten. If these codes are overwritten it means operators lose revenue and ultimately increases the cost to mobile phone users.
"Security is the mobile industry's next frontier. Making products such as mobile handsets more secure is a pre-requisite to launching a widescale service platform to the user community at large," said Dominique Bolignano, president and CEO, Trusted Logic. "By concentrating security functions into a single, specialized software component, our TrustZone technology-optimized solution will provide operators and handset vendors with portable, interoperable and certifiable security."
The new software will complement the TrustZone microprocessor technology, offering a secure environment and a common framework for less fragmented secure software development. Common security building blocks and a consistent framework across a number of platforms and applications reduce the OEMs time-to-market, development and integration costs when embedding security into devices.
"The addition of this TrustZone technology-optimized software to our current microprocessor offerings, means that we can offer OEMs a suite of flexible security options that protects device integrity and personal information -giving consumers and manufacturers peace of mind," said Mary Inglis, director, OS & Alliances, ARM. "We are launching this new solution on the back of great take-up of the ARM architecture for security-sensitive applications such as 32-bit smart cards, where we have shipped more than 15 million units; and point-of-sale terminals, where we are the leading microprocessor solution."
Through this agreement, ARM will also offer Trusted Logic's current Security Module, which is compatible with all ARM cores and provides a smooth upgrade path to TrustZone technology-enabled cores. This will enable ARM Partners to implement a more secure software framework across their current ARM core-based solutions.
Third Party Comments
"With new devices on the market designed to support playback of protected audio/video content, having a security infrastructure across multiple open operating environments is critical to reducing time to market for device manufacturers," said Erin Cullen, lead product manager in the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft Corp. "TrustZone's support for the Windows Media DRM 10 platform in their hardware and new technology-optimized software is a positive step toward this goal."
"TI was the first in the industry to include hardware security features in the latest generation of GSM/GPRS chipsets and continues to lead in addressing the need for a trusted computing environment in portable wireless devices," said Paul Werp, marketing director for TI's Cellular Systems. "Securing handsets becomes especially critical as new applications emerge. ARM TrustZone technology complements TI's wireless system solutions technology to support wireless network protection from malicious attack and to help secure e-commerce transactions, downloadable applications, games and media content."
"Orange Research & Innovation welcomes this partnership between ARM and Trusted Logic. Thanks to this opportunity, operators could take advantage of the best of ARM TrustZone technology and Trusted Logic security software in order to develop attractive services requiring more security and interoperability," said Laurent Coureau, SIM & Security Program Manager, Orange Research & Innovation.
"Providing a common security infrastructure across multiple platforms is key to the deployment of exciting new services to customers. TrustZone provides a major step toward this future," said Simon Watt, senior director of technology, Universal Music International.
Pricing and Availability
The new TrustZone technology-optimized software will be available in Q1 2005; Trusted Logic's Security Module will be available in Q3 2004. Both products are available for licensing exclusively from ARM now.
About Trusted Logic
Since 1999, Trusted Logic has brought secure open technology based solutions to the embedded systems industry. Corner stone of its product offering, Trusted Logic provides Trusted Foundations™, complete solutions with first class security for both smart cards and trusted devices including open technology platforms, accompanying tools and security services. Thanks to its innovation strategy, Trusted Logic has been providing several "firsts" in the industry (first on-card verifier, first on-card debugger, etc.). For more information about Trusted Logic, visit http://www.trusted-logic.com.
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, peripherals, software and tools, combined with the company's broad Partner community, provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.
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