Codasip in Bristol IoT security buy for RISC-V

Codasip in Bristol IoT security buy for RISC-V

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By Nick Flaherty

RISC-V core developer Codasip has acquired Bristol, UK-based Cerberus Security Labs.

Security has been a key issue for developers of systems based around the open standard RISC-V instruction set. Codasip already has a deal with Veridify on security, but the acquisition enables Codasip customers to quickly embed the Cerberus secure hardware elements and software into RISC-V processor designs.

The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is complete with immediate effect, with the Cerberus team joining as Codasip employees. Codasip has a design centre in the city.

Codasip’s processor IP is optimized using Codasip Studio with CodAL language and the plan is to quickly integrate Cerberus Labs’ embedded security IP to enable Codasip customers and RISC-V developers to easily integrate secure functionality.

“Codasip offers us a springboard to use our technology to solve real customer needs, in a growing market opportunity. RISC-V security needs to be taken more seriously, and Codasip Studio and the CodAL language offer exciting avenues to insert security features into hardware designs,” said Dr Carl Shaw, founder of Cerberus. “We are proud to have our team and achievements recognized and are delighted to be part of an innovative company experiencing such rapid growth in an exciting market.”

Cerberus Labs is a founding member of the IoT Security Foundation and has been actively involved with writing standards and promoting the need for security in IoT. It has developed both hardware IP and software for major OEMs in the consumer, automotive and semiconductor markets as well as participating in advanced academic research into cybersecurity for embedded systems. Prof. Elisabeth Oswald is a specialist technical advisor to Cerberus in advanced side channel attacks.

“Security is a key enabler for connected products, and it is a problem that many companies are struggling to address in a scalable way,” said Ron Black, CEO of Codasip. “Through this acquisition we will provide our customers with access to the Cerberus team’s extensive experience in security design and implementation, and we will be able to extend our offering to match our customers’ needs for ensuring their products meet both their security and business requirements.”

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