Dallas, Tex. -- Prompted by increased cell phone security concerns among consumers, service providers and wireless OEMs, Texas Instruments, based here, and ARM Ltd. (Cambridge, England) have said they will collaborate on a security solution that will include ARM TrustZone technology in an effort to solve this developing dilemma.
Utilizing technologies from both companies, TI will implement the ARM TrustZone technology on its OMAP (DSP/ARM core) platform and family of TCS chipsets by using the recently licensed ARM1176JZF-S core. Through this development, e-commerce transactions, downloadable applications, games and media content are protected from unwanted, outside attacks.
ARM's TrustZone technology complements TI's wireless system solutions technology to support wireless network protection from malicious attack and to help secure e-commerce transactions, downloadable applications, games and media content. TrustZone technology also enables protection of code and data across the entire memory architecture. The ARM1176JZ-S and ARM1176JZF-S CPUs are the first ARM cores to incorporate the TrustZone technology, enhancing security in portable consumer devices using open operating system applications, such as smart phones, PDAs and other wireless devices.
As phone theft has become a growing problem, securing information stored and protecting a phone's identity has become even more critical. Software security vulnerability can result in profitable theft of reprogrammable phones, illegal upgrades and network switching, and network vulnerability. "TI was the first to include hardware security features in the latest generation of GSM/GPRS chipsets," said Paul Werp, marketing director for Ti's Cellular Systems. "ARM TrustZone technology is a step in TIs integrated processor security strategy as we continue to address increasing security threats faced by phone manufacturers, mobile operators and content providers."
"As we enter a constantly connected world, the requirement for a secure environment for personal and professional information becomes more critical," said Mike Inglis, executive vice president, marketing, ARM. "As a company innovating new wireless platform technologies, TI has recognized that a true, secure environment must begin at the microprocessor core."
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