Green Hills Improves Security Solutions for Embedded Systems

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Embedded software provider Green Hills is integrating a powerful cryptographic engine and an Embedded Cryptographic Toolkit with INTEGRITY Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) to increase the system’s capability to run complex and more powerful security levels. Implementing the Freescale Semiconductor C29x cryptographic coprocessor family, the new solution enable designers to efficiently accommodate the exploding demand for secure processing in applications, in government and defense systems. The company is demonstrating the integration for the first time this week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

Compute-intensive math behind key transactions and secure network communications quickly saturates today’s general-purpose processors and even multicore systems-on-a-chip (SoC) with cryptographic acceleration. According to said Tareq Bustami, vice president of product management for Freescale’s Digital Networking business, the C29x security engine (SEC) offloads this processing with unparalleled performance. “As modern commerce and communications require higher levels of security, Freescale’s C29x crypto coprocessor family brings new scalability in both power and performance at a low cost” he added.

The Green Hills solution, comprised of its INTEGRITY real-time operating system (RTOS), Embedded Cryptographic Toolkit and advanced MULTI integrated development environment (IDE), is optimized to utilize the C29x security engines (SEC).

To implement the enhanced security level the company offers the Embedded Cryptographic Toolkit, providing a complete set of C- language cryptographic algorithms, random number generators, secret-key and public-key cryptography and secure networking protocols, validated to FIPS 140-2 level 1 and meeting the NSA Suite B Standard. The associated High Assurance Embedded Cryptographic Toolkit (HA-ECT) is a complete set of cryptographic algorithms, including AES encryption and Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) for key agreement and digital signatures.