Codasip adds Veridify secure boot to RISC-V processors

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Codasip, a specialist in customisable RISC-V processor IP and processor design automation, has announced that quantum-resistant secure tools from Veridify Security are now available to support Codasip’s RISC-V processors with a secure-boot function.

Veridify’s secure algorithm validates firmware as it loads onto the Codasip processor to reassure RISC-V developers that embedded systems are secure.

The company’s secure boot functionality is based on an algorithm that runs faster than traditional encryption methods; only requiring a small code space and ultra-low power making it well-suited to Codasip’s family of low-power embedded processors. Using Veridify’s methods, Codasip customers can now easily verify the authenticity of the firmware.

Since Veridify’s methods are also quantum-resistant against all known threats, they also support customers implementing Codasip processors in long-life embedded applications such as remote monitoring systems, surveillance cameras and smart meters.

In addition, these tools can be used to enable additional security features like secure firmware updates, authentication, and data protection.

In 2021, Codasip and Veridify agreed to partner to bring this secure boot functionality to Codasip’s RISC-V processor IP. Following trials between the two companies, Codasip’s IP has now been proven on the Veridify platform and, as a consequence, customers and developers using Codasip processors can be reassured that they will be utilising a fully-compatible, widely-used and highly-trusted source of boot security for verifying firmware on its processors.

Zdenek Prikryl, CTO at Codasip commented, “Using Veridify with Codasip Cores provides our customers with an even greater reassurance that in choosing Codasip processors and tools, they are not only using the highest quality processor IP in the industry, but their embedded firmware is free of malware.”

Codasip delivers leading-edge RISC-V processor IP and high-level processor design tools, providing IC designers with all the advantages of the RISC-V open ISA, along with the unique ability to customize the processor IP. As a founding member of RISC-V International and a long-term supplier of LLVM and GNU-based processor solutions, Codasip is committed to open standards for embedded and application processors.