• Security for cross domain reliable dependable automated systems

    ​​​​​​​​​​​Europe invests 50 million € in Secure and Safe Automated Systems

    69 partners working together to develop future technologies focused on security, safety and privacy across multiple application domains

    SECREDAS stands for "Product Security for Cross Domain Reliable Dependable Automated Systems. SECREDAS consortium - 69 partners from 16 European countries - has kicked-off the 50 MEuro ECSEL Joint Undertaking[1] research and innovation project, to build a reference architecture for Secure and Safe Automated systems compliant with the new GDPR Regulation. The focus will be on automotive, rail and personal healthcare, all of which demand high security and safety, covering technologies such as radar, lidar, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure and in-vehicle networks.​

    The project started on on May 1st, 2018 and the kick-off meeting took place on May 16-17  at NXP Semiconductors, coordinator of the project, and it will last for 3 years.  First results are expected to be demonstrated at the ITS European Congress on June 3-6, 2019 in Helmond/Eindhoven, The Netherlands (see https://2019.itsineurope.com/​).

    Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the ECSEL JU : "SECREDAS is one of the first ECSEL JU funded  projects which looks at security, safety and privacy across multiple application domains.  The new European GDPR-regulation provides the opportunity to develop future technologies able to answer to urgent safety, security and privacy concerns. The ECSEL JU programme demonstrates once again its flexibility to take up new challenges".

    Patrick Pype, SECREDAS Project Leader : "We are proud to have gathered together the key European stakeholders with expertise in their respective application domains as well as in the security & privacy area.  This will allow to make a giant leap forward in the trust of road users in autonomous transport modes and healthcare.  The consortium expects that 25% of all new road vehicles will be fitted with SECREDAS technology by 2030, representing a value of 10B€".

    The intertwining of safety, security & privacy of connected and automated systems is a concern in multiple application domains for many consumers in the European Union.  As an example, one in four potential buyers/users in Europe of automated driving is reluctant to do so, mainly due to a lack of trust into its security.  Hence industry and research communities need to work on an answer to ensure that these concerns are no longer roadblocks for further evolutions in the transport and personal healthcare sectors.

    The high-level goal of SECREDAS is to develop and validate multi-domain architecting methodologies, reference architectures, components and suitable integration and verification approaches for automated systems, as well as taking into account and influencing standardization, certification and qualification in different domains, combining high security and privacy protection while preserving functional-safety and operational performance.  With SECREDAS a first important step will be made into the direction of developing "trust"-building components and (sub)systems for, in particular, the European transportation and medical industry of tomorrow.

    The vision of SECREDAS is to take an important step forward by providing the means to enhance this trustworthiness. This will assist in making connected and automated vehicles a market reality, to ensure that European OEMs remain competitive and that they remain world leaders, together with embedded system and semiconductor suppliers.  In addition, SECREDAS addresses cross-domain cybersecurity, privacy and safety related technologies in the areas of automated systems in the personal healthcare & railway sectors, with strong support to cross-domain actions.

    For more information, please contact:

    ISSM – Invia Secure Semicondutor Meyreuil:
    Franck Morrier, Security Manager, Invia

    ECSEL JU:
    Alun Foster, Head of Plans and Dissemination of the ECSEL JU  (Communication related queries)
    Yves Gigase, Head of Programmes of the ECSEL JU (Technology related queries)


  • NEOTION and Invia join expertise in hardware-based security

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    Aubagne, France – March, 26th, 2018 – NEOTION, a leading provider of secure solutions for Pay-Tv industry and recently targeting the IoT market, announced that Invia, as an expert in delivering analog, digital and software IP to secure ICs, has been selected as part of the next NEOTION Secure chipset design generation.

    Combining more than 15 year experience in security-by-design to the maturity of Invia’s IPs (with more than 1 billion ICs deployed), NEOTION is reaching the state-of-the-art security levels for its next chipset generation. NEOTION chipset range is developed on key hardware-based solutions and specifically designed to ensure future-proof security for sensitive markets such as the historic Pay-Tv industry as well as new markets (IoT market for instance requires security by design as remaining one of the top concerns for customers).

    NEOTION has integrated Invia’s IP to provide its customers with robust hardware-level protection against tampering and emulation. Invia’s secure IP core is an on-chip, hardware-based security block that protects the secret data and computations against intrusive attacks. Providing advanced security protection into its ICs gives NEOTION chipset a strategic differentiator to counter piracy in the Pay-TV markets.

    Sébastien DUSSUTOUR, Business Development at NEOTION said: “We’ve demonstrated since years that Security by design is key for NEOTION. Today, we confirm our longstanding collaboration with Invia to go a step ahead in offering secure edge technologies into our next chipset design generation.

    Vincent TELANDRO, Sales Director at Invia, added: “Expanding our successful partnership in the pay-TV domain to the new IoT markets is a great opportunity to demonstrate the scalability of Invia’s security solutions.

    About Invia

    Invia, a Gemalto company, assists companies in securing their products: we design secure ASICs; we conduct security audits; we deliver hardware and software security IPs. Invia’s portfolio includes mixed-signal building blocks and cryptographic libraries intended to protect system-on-chips against security threats - eavesdropping, probing, tampering, counterfeiting, cloning and reverse engineering - while minimizing the area and power overhead.

    Invia’s customers are system integrators addressing markets where security is a key requirement: pay-TV, military components, payment cards, smart grid, automotive and medical devices. Because security shall be addressed at each project stage, Invia’s expertise ranges from specification to certification through implementation and qualification.

    More information: www.invia.fr

    About NEOTION

    NEOTION is a French high-tech company providing innovative solutions for the international Digital Television market since 2000. NEOTION develops and distributes a wide range of DVB Conditional Access Modules (CAM) embedding the main Conditional Access Systems to PayTv operators across the globe.

    NEOTION is fully involved in delivering new and innovative solutions for the Pay-Tv industry according to the booming OTT adoption on the market during past years, offering in its portfolio secure OTT services on its CAM range combined with the appropriate HbbTV compliant TVs new generation or its headless OTT gateways for satellite fully based OTT Solution.

    For product information please contact bizdev@neotion.com and for Press, please contact, press@neotion.com

    More information: www.neotion.com​, and follow Neotion on Twitter @Neotion and on LinkedIn.​​​


  • Multismart - The first Multibit technology for secure applications

    ​​​​​Coupling its Magnetic Logic Unit technology with Multibit architecture, Crocus will double the memory density per unit area of a single chip, enabling twice as much data and applications for any given chip

    Grenoble, France - Crocus Technology, a leading provider of magnetically enhanced semiconductor technologies and products, today announces it will develop a Multibit Magnetic Logic Unit® (MLU) technology for secure transaction applications and the Internet of Things (IoT). This will be the first secure microcontroller designed with a Multibit MLU architecture. By expanding the density of memory with no trade-off in the size of the die, customers will gain two important advantages. One is greater flexibility to offer additional features and functions. The other is the benefit of a more compact product that will ease integration in complex devices.

    Today, secure elements are based on flash memory or EEPROM, which are single bit per cell memory only. Crocus will be the first in the smart card and secure element market to release a product integrating a multibit per cell memory. Multibit per cell memory exists in standalone NAND and NOR storage applications, which always need larger density.

    Crocus’ engineering teams at its security division based in Rousset, France, will develop this new enhanced capacity secure microcontroller through the Multismart project consortium. The Secured Communications Solutions (SCS) competitiveness cluster, which focuses on contactless, M2M and mobile services, digital security and identities, the French Government and regional authorities are all supporting this collaborative project.

    Multismart project partners include Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, LIRMM, a microelectronic design and security skills laboratory, IM2NP, a specialist in semiconductor memory design and characterization, and Invia, a semiconductor design house focused on embedded security.

    Gemalto plans to develop a new operating system to address Multibit’s distinctive performance features. LIRMM and IM2NP will test, qualify and characterize the end-product, a secure microcontroller featuring a secure element.

    Crocus targets NFC (Near Field Communication), secure transactions and IoT applications. It is strengthening its positioning in the secure element market that is expected to reach 900 million units by 2017 for NFC applications up from 245 million units in 2013, according to ABI Research.

    “Crocus is thrilled to join a major global player like Gemalto and leading research laboratories LIRMM and IM2NP on a future development that will deliver a highly advanced product to help customers accelerate the deployment of multiple applications for mobile transactions and IoT,” said Alain Faburel, VP of the security business unit at Crocus Technology. “We have yet to fully exploit the full potential of our Magnetic Logic Unit (MLU) technology. On top of existing MLU performance and security benefits, the Multibit technology brings even greater density. This means the ability to deploy more applications securely and provide our global security market customers with more available user data.”

    Crocus’ MLU is a nonvolatile magnetic technology offering significant advantages in performance, security and cost-effectiveness. MLU only requires the addition of three to four masking layers to standard CMOS, whilst bringing powerful benefits, including the unique ability to embed MLU-based secure memories and magnetic sensors into SoCs.


  • French consortium announces development of a clockless smartcard

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​Grenoble, France, April 2013

    Tiempo, expert in the design of secured clockless chips, has initiated the collaborative project “​ASMART” with several added value partners to develop an innovative smartcard chip prototype. This chip will combine Tiempo secured clockless platform with CEA-Leti innovative contactless interface and Invia best-in-class security sensors. It also embeds a secured operating system developed by Gemalto, world leader in Digital Security, in order to effectively demonstrate the benefits of Tiempo unique asynchronous technology for secured contactless applications. Further on, the chip will be characterized by Presto Engineering and manufactured on the new 110 nm eFlash process developed by LFoundry Rousset.

    Tiempo asynchronous circuits offer unmatched benefits for secure transactions, such as very high hardware resistance to side channel and perturbation attacks as well as a natural adaptability to the energy-constrained context of contactless smartcards, always delivering maximum processing speed under limited and variable power budget.

    With the fast growth of contactless payment, transit and ID markets, the next generation of smartcard products faces the difficult compromise between improved security and faster transaction. The properties of Tiempo asynchronous logic shall allow achieving fast and secure contactless transactions, even under low or variable magnetic field intensity.

    “Tiempo has already demonstrated the speed/power performance of its asynchronous platforms, as well as its high robustness to hardware attacks as proven by external labs. We are very excited to collaborate now with our partners CEA-Leti and Invia for this full chip design, with Gemalto for the software and with LFoundry and Presto Engineering for the manufacturing and characterization process.” says Serge Maginot, CEO of Tiempo. “This new type of smartcard chips will enable end-users​​ to experience more secured and faster payment transactions for any kind of situation”.

    “CEA-Leti is proud to use his strong background in the RFID area and low power design to provide a contactless interface solution specifically optimized to use the low voltage operation capability of Tiempo’s asynchronous logic”, says Michel Durr, Analog & RF IC Design Program Manager, CEA-Leti.

    “LFoundry is very happy to actively contribute, with its newly developed 110 nm eFlash process, to this innovative project on high-performance and high-security smartcard chips”, says Jean-Pierre Delesse, Chief Marketing Officer, LFoundry Rousset. “The project objectives are fully aligned with LFoundry development roadmap, which includes technology innovation in a security-certified manufacturing environment and competitiveness”.

    “Presto Engineering is strongly committed to bridging the gap between an innovative prototype and a production ready chip for an asynchronous contactless solution. Industrial test challenges associated with such disruptive innovation demand creativity and expertise in order to be cost effective”, says Cedric Mayor, Director of R&D, Presto Engineering. “We are very excited to support a great market opportunity by delivering the foundation of its industrial test solution”.

    Preliminary silicon prototypes are scheduled for Q2 2013 and the first complete samples for Q4 2013. These prototypes will be followed by a campaign of proper certifications.

    The “ASMART” project is co-funded by the “Fonds Unique Interministériel” (FUI) and the “Fonds Européen de Développement Régional” (FEDER) and has been co-labeled by the two regional Excellence Clusters “Minalogic” and “SCS”.​​


  • Cryptography Research and Invia sign developer agreement

    ​​​​​​​​​​​A​greement enhances ASIC and FPGA security for subscriber identification modules, smart cards, PayTV, Secure ID, digital rights management, as well as military and defense applications

    San Francisco & Meyreuil, France -- (Business Wire​) -- Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), a division of Rambus (NASDAQ:RMBS), and INVIA SAS (INVIA) today announced they have entered into an agreement enabling INVIA to develop products incorporating Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures for use by licensees of CRI's DPA patents. INVIA provides security-related semiconductor design IP and embedded software to ASIC and FPGA designers.

    "As part of our focus on delivering high-quality, tamper-resistant security blocks to our ASIC and FPGA customers, we are pleased to join the Cryptography Research DPA countermeasures developer ecosystem," said Robert Leydier, INVIA's president. "Working with CRI further strengthens the protection from major security threats we offer our semiconductor customers."

    DPA is a form of attack that involves monitoring the fluctuating electrical power consumption of a target device and then using advanced statistical methods to derive cryptographic keys and other secrets. Strong countermeasures to DPA help protect tamper-resistant products used in applications such as military and aerospace products, smartphones and other mobile applications, banking, pay television, mass transit, secure ID, secure storage, automobiles and consumer electronics.

    "DPA countermeasures are a crucial component of secure systems," said Pankaj Rohatgi, technical director, Hardware Security Solutions at Cryptography Research. "INVIA has developed DPA-resistant hardware cores tailored to address the anti-tamper needs of our licensees, and we are pleased to have INVIA join our DPA countermeasures ecosystem."

    Cryptography Research has been awarded a portfolio of over 55 patents covering countermeasures to DPA attacks, with additional patent applications pending worldwide. For additional information about CRI or the DPA Workstation™ platform visit www.cryptography.com.

    About ​Cryptography Research, Inc

    Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), a division of Rambus Inc., is a leader in semiconductor security research and development. Established by internationally renowned cryptographer Paul Kocher, CRI develops and licenses innovative technologies in areas including tamper resistance, content protection, anti-counterfeiting, network security, and financial services. Over five billion security products are made each year under license from CRI. Security systems designed by CRI scientists and engineers protect hundreds of billions of dollars in commerce annually. Additional information is available at www.cryptography.com.

    About Rambus Inc

    Rambus is one of the world's premier technology licensing companies. Founded in 1990, the Company specializes in the invention and design of architectures focused on enriching the end-user experience of electronic systems. Rambus' patented innovations and breakthrough technologies help industry-leading companies bring superior products to market. Rambus licenses both its world-class patent portfolio, as well as its family of leadership and industry-standard solutions. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Rambus has regional offices in North Carolina, Ohio, India, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Additional information is available at www.rambus.com.

    About INVIA

    INVIA is a privately held company founded in 2006 by smart card industry veterans. INVIA provides security related design IP to ASIC & FPGA designers. INVIA products protect silicon designs against tampering, reverse engineering, cloning and other major security threats. INVIA also provides embedded software cryptography for ARM Cortex and SPARC processors. INVIA's IPs are used in millions of field-proven devices. Our R&D's experience in secure hardware and software exceeds 150 men years and is protected by a patent portfolio.
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  • Microsemi and Invia deliver DPA-resistant cryptographic on FPGA

    ​​​​​​​​​​​Aliso Viejo, California, December​ 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the immediate availability of INVIA's differential power analysis (DPA)-resistant products on Microsemi's flash-based FPGA devices and SmartFusion®, the industry's only customizable system-on-chip (cSoC) solution which integrates an FPGA  with analog functions and a hard ARM microcontroller core. DPA is a technique used by hackers to extract secret keys and compromise the security of semiconductors and tamper-resistant devices by analyzing their power consumption. Microsemi is the only major provider of cSoCs and FPGAs to hold a patent license from Cryptography Research, Inc (CRI) for DPA-countermeasures, and to offer INVIA's software libraries for AES, RSA and ECC cryptographic algorithms.

    ​"Our collaboration with INVIA provides our customers with leading-edge solutions that guard against the increasingly serious threat of DPA security breaches in government, industrial, financial and other high-profile applications," said Esam Elashmawi, vice president and general manager at Microsemi. "Combined with our ability to pass through Microsemi's CRI license to customers for many products, this allows them to employ DPA countermeasures quickly and efficiently—truly maximizing our relationships for the benefit of our customer base."

    INVIA's DPA- and fault-resistant cryptographic library runs on Microsemi's SmartFusion single-chip cSoC, which features a Cortex™-M3 MCU, a full-fledged FPGA and analog circuits all on a single-chip. Available immediately are INVIA's DPA-resistant implementations of the popular AES private key, RSA public key algorithms and ECC public key algorithm.

    "We're pleased that through our partnership with Microsemi, we're able to deliver customers crypto-algorithms designed to resist the most advanced side-channel and fault-injection attacks," said Martin Gallezot, marketing and sales director of INVIA. "Software with this level of security used to be available only on smart card-like devices. It is now available on SmartFusion devices."

    For more information on Microsemi's SoC products visit: www.microsemi.com/soc.

    About Microsemi

    Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor solutions for: aerospace, defense and security; enterprise and communications; and medical, alternative energy and industrial markets. Products include high-performance, high-reliability analog and RF devices, mixed-signal and RF ICs, ultra low-power radios, customizable SoCs, FPGAs and complete subsystems. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,000 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

    About INVIA

    INVIA is a privately held company founded in 2006 by smart card industry veterans. INVIA provides security related design IP to ASIC & FPGA designers. INVIA products protect silicon designs against tampering, reverse engineering, cloning and other major security threats. INVIA also provides embedded software cryptography for ARM Cortex and SPARC processors. INVIA's IPs are used in millions of field-proven devices. Our R&D's experience in secure hardware and software exceeds 150 men years and is protected by a patent portfolio.