A chip, released by the semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics, has brought together the latest digital security techniques in a single chip to protect smart things and networks including those for utility infrastructure against cyber threats.
Focused on providing security for connected objects, the STSAFE-J100 gives the object an unalterable identity that can be authenticated; it also handles encrypted communications and provides secure storage. It is easily integrated in IoT (Internet of Things) devices like smart meters, data concentrators, and utility gateways. Customisable with market-specific applets, the STSAFE-J100 secure element combines CC EAL5+ certified hardware and a CC EAL5+ certified secure operating system.
"Today's online services and connection to remote objects need a high level of protection against ever evolving cyber threats. It is crucial to offer device makers state-of-the-art security for a minimum integration effort," said Laurent Degauque, Marketing Director, Secure Microcontroller Division at STMicroelectronics. "The flexible STSAFE-J100 solution raises the bar with extra performance and support for the latest encryption algorithms and security standards, including security profiles for the important German and French smart-metering markets."
STSAFE-J100 provides secure device-personalisation service. Personalising each device with its unique identity and cryptographic keys is a fundamental part of the secure-element philosophy to create hardware resistant to cloning or hacking.
The STSAFE-J100 occupies minimal real-estate on the main system board, in either a 5x5mm VFQFPN32, 6.0x4.9mm SO8N, or 4.2x4.0mm UDFN8 package.