ARMv8 boost for Tegrion security controller

ARMv8 boost for Tegrion security controller

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By Nick Flaherty

Infineon Technologies has developed its highest performance 28nm security controllers family with a new architecture and dual controller cores.

The Tegrion security controller family integrates the new Integrity Guard 32 security architecture and an advanced ARM v8-M instruction set for enhanced device performance. This provides easier implementation, faster design-in and time-to-market while supporting long product lifecycles in applications from smart home, smart mobility and smart industry to payment, identity and lifestyle. Infineon is also planning version for eSIMs for mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Integrity Guard 32 hardware security architecture simplifies application development with design-for-security conditions that are critical to connected applications. This is based on a holistic approach that integrates the system’s processing core, on-chip memories, buses, caches, crypto accelerators and peripheral interfaces into a comprehensive security architecture.

Highly effective error detection/correction codes and a self-checking dual-CPU core protect the system. Power-efficient crypto accelerators enable fast data encryption and digital signatures and other crypto operations while protecting the system from side-channel, fault induction and physical attacks.

The first member of the family, the SLC26P, includes EMVCo certification for payment markets and has ramped up to volume production in a Secora Pay payment system. Based on the new Mastercard 2023 performance guideline with 144-byte keys, a payment card with the SECORA Pay security solution enables contactless transactions within 155 ms – almost halving the expected transaction time of 300 ms.

“By investing in and launching the Tegrion security controller family, Infineon is demonstrating its long-term commitment to the security market. It is the most powerful security controller family the company has ever launched,” said Ioannis Kabitoglou, Senior Vice President & General Manager Digital Security & Identity at Infineon.

“Based on the positive customer feedback, we are confident that the security controller family will meet current and future security application requirements. And, as a matter of fact, our customers will be able to develop their operating systems much faster.”

The first Tegrion security controller family, the SLC26P for payment applications, is available now and the portfolio is being continuously expanded. By the end of the year, Infineon plans to address the areas of government identification, transport ticketing as well as eSIM and Secure Element, bringing the benefits of advanced 28 nm technology to more applications.


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