IAR IP retrofits security in embedded designs

IAR IP retrofits security in embedded designs

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By Nick Flaherty

IAR has launched IP that enables developers to retrofit embedded security to firmware even at a late stage of the product life cycle.

This addresses one of the leading issues with designs for embedded security. As security legislation and security requirements are becoming stricter, embedded developers need the flexibility to add security features to their product’s firmware application at any time of the product life cycle.

Designers using microcontroller-based systems do not have to revert their software development process. Still, they can easily integrate embedded security in their firmware applications, even at a late stage.

IAR Embedded Secure IP allows software managers, engineers and project managers to rapidly upgrade existing products with unique and flexible security at any point in the design, up to production and manufacturing. Developers can then choose from deploying the secured software themselves or initiate volume production with one of IAR´s approved partners, such as Hi-Lo Systems or EPS Global.

The IP uses data obfuscation to protect sensitive data and program encryption from concealing the executable application. It also implements the latest standards for operational data protection with digital signatures and device keys and allows for dynamic and customer-specific key creation, injection, and provisioning. Using unique device identities or features provides cloning protection and safeguards the customer IP.

IAR Embedded Secure IP encrypts developers’ code and applications and transmits protected customer intellectual properties into the unique certificated device. IAR ‘anti-cloning’ generates unique identification for software applications and device hardware, which prevents counterfeits and over-production in manufacturing. Active IP protection ensures the security of customer intellectual properties such as applications, libraries, and other assets by providing encryption that guarantees safe device access.

The IP is compatible with any 3rd party libraries and 3rd party secure boot management mechanisms and IAR provides simplified code tools to easily integrate security functions even in small, low-cost devices with small memory footprints.

“IAR Embedded Secure IP makes it effortless to incorporate security into products at any stage of their lifecycle,” said Ada Lu, Product Marketing Senior Manager for Embedded Security Solutions at IAR. “With our tools for implementing late-stage security, customers stay flexible in their development processes and are prepared for future security requirements.”


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