Trillium and NXP Partner To Boost Automotive Cybersecurity

Munich, Germany: Trillium Incorporated and NXP Semiconductors are partnering for the joint development of upcoming next-generation automotive cybersecurity applications.

Announced at escar Europe’s opening in Munich, the initiative would involve non-invasive in-vehicle testing of Trillium’s SecureCar software on NXP’s S32k microcontroller (MCU) platform.

The initial stages will focus on optimising SecureCar performance on the MCUs, while follow-up efforts aim to include Smart Secure Transceivers and implement the solution in a production vehicle with a major Japanese OEM.

“The connected car is the key to progress in safety, entertainment, and environmental performance. But until cybersecurity can be guaranteed with certainty, progress will stop in its tracks,” said David Uze, president and chief executive officer of Trillium.

SecureCar software will offer authentication, encryption, dynamic key lock pairing (or symmetric session key exchange management) and asymmetric master key generation for securely protecting vehicle network payloads.

The S32K MCU provides security features such as a true random number generator and secure flash for key storage, and combining the two will enable real-time secure applications by reducing the security burden on automotive networks, resulting in an optimised approach that requires up to three times lower bandwidth than standard approaches.

APMEN News, Nov 2016

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