Open-Source and Security Standardization Join Forces for Embedded IoT Security

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By Michela Menting | 2Q 2020 | IN-5831


RISC-V International and GlobalPlatform Collaborate


RISC-V International is the open-standard organization developing the open source RISC-V ISA specification. On May 11, 2020, the organization announced a partnership with GlobalPlatform, the nonprofit industry association behind various security specifications, including Secure Elements (SE) and Trusted Execution Environments (TEE). The two entities are set to partner on the development of open standards for the hardware design of embedded components in connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, focused specifically on processors with TEEs.

Market Competition Intensifies


The collaboration is significant as it will provide a boost to RISC-V usage in the IoT, angling it as a serious competitor to ARM and its ARMv8-M Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), notably for its range of secure Cortex Microcontroller Units (MCUs)— M23, M33, M35P, and the latest M55 based on v8.1-M. Open-source alternatives can provide significant cost reduction on the licensing and royalty fee side, as well as flexibility in design…

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