Winbond and Karamba Security introduce out-of-the-box security solution

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Winbond Electronics, a supplier of semiconductor memory solutions, and Karamba Security, a specialist in embedded security, have announced secure flash memory chips with integrated runtime integrity for automotive ECUs and IoT devices.

Winbond’s W77Q includes hardware root-of-trust and secure, encrypted, data-storage and data-transfer capabilities. Embedded with Karamba Security’s XGuard software, customers will be able to benefit from pre-packaged, verified-destination, and runtime integrity checks of all binaries before being loaded to memory.

Karamba Security’s XGuard enables customers to ensure that binaries’ integrity is verified during runtime.

The combined solution offers deterministic integrity checks, from development throughout the supply chain, starting from the silicon Fab, through deployment in the customers’ manufacturing plant, to runtime, without requiring customers to change their development or manufacturing processes.

Additionally, due to Winbond's W77Q secure channel, Karamba’s XGuard whitelist verification, and CFI validation, users will benefit from an out-of-the-box secured OTA updates, without requiring to invest resources in OTA secure channels.

The W77Q series products are supplied in industry-standard packages and pin-outs, and feature a standard single/dual/quad/QPI serial peripheral interface (SPI). This means that they can be used as a simple drop-in replacement for non-secure SPI NOR Flash devices.

“Given to the rapid growth of security demand in IoT world, Security by Design is essential to address the security concerns in diverse IoT landscapes, value chain, and ecosystems,” said Hung-Wei Chen, Marketing Director at Winbond. “Winbond endeavours to provide a certified and scalable secure memory subsystem and looks forward to working with industry partners for a secure and flexible solution to serve various embedded applications, such as automotive ECUs and industrial IoT.”