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Trust Platform Design Suite enhanced to accelerate embedded security

Microchip has announced a series of enhancements to its Trust Platform Design Suite (TPDS) - its dedicated software platform for device configuration and onboarding to Microchip secure provisioning services for embedded security.

First unveiled in 2019, this latest version - TPDS version 2 (v2) - now enables Microchip partners to add use cases to its security solutions onboarding ecosystem, expanding developers’ options for implementing best-in-class security. It now also includes support for additional security solutions such as the TA100, the first cryptographic companion device for the automotive market.

While it can take an experienced firmware engineer months to specify an application’s threat model and develop a security use case that encompasses all necessary measures related to secure authentication, secure boot, IP protection, and more, the TPDS software simplifies this process by providing pre-defined use cases addressing the most common market requirements.

It is available with two of the three Trust Platform flows – Trust&GO and TrustFLEX - that enable new secure projects to be prototyped in a matter of minutes with TPDS v2, while giving customers options based on the size of their deployment, use case requirements, and how much customisation they need:

  • Trust&GO - Devices are pre-defined and pre-provisioned, off-the-shelf, for secure cloud authentication in both TLS-based and LoRaWAN-based networks, with a Minimum Orderable Quantity (MOQ) of just ten units.
  • TrustFLEX - Customers can use this program’s pre-configured devices either with default generic certificates or their own credentials (Custom PKI), while benefitting from an even broader range of predefined uses cases than are available with the Trust&GO program.

With its fully integrated onboarding flow, the TPDS v2 software allows a customer to select a security solution, validate its use case, prototype it, and then start the process of secure provisioning, all in a few simple steps.

“Our TPDS v2 software makes it easy for developers to comply with existing standards and upcoming regulations for embedded system security by making security best practices an integral piece of an intuitive and streamlined process,” said Nuri Dagdeviren, VP of Microchip’s secure products business unit. “TPDS will also support onboarding and provisioning services for Microchip security solutions beyond secure elements.”

One of the biggest advantages of TPDS v2 is that it enables third-party partners to add their own use cases to improve customer options for secure element onboarding and security features.

The Trust Platform Design Suite v2 allow users to:

  1. Onboard with security through training videos and interactive application notes spanning a variety of use cases.
  2. Develop their applications based on the selected use cases, finalize the security solution configuration, and perform the secret key exchange.
  3. Procure verification samples and start production.

Neil Tyler

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