Secure Boot on the iMX6 – Part 2

2018-10-09T10:35:09+00:00

With embedded systems security such a hot topic right now, we’re looking at the secure boot on the iMX6, one of electronics’ most popular processors. Part one was really an introduction to the secure boot process, examining it in detail. Here, in the second instalment of our 3-part series, we cover managing the hardware, the pitfalls of the secure boot process, and authentication.   Secure Boot – Leveraging the Hardware It’s a suite of hardware - you have secure storage, you have one-time storage, you have hardware-accelerated cryptography. Security algorithms can be hardware-accelerated which combine to make a speedy and secure boot process. Part of it is the one-time fuses - these are specifically fuses.  Once they're blown, they cannot be unblown.  And there are fuses which you can [...]

Secure Boot on the iMX6 – Part 22018-10-09T10:35:09+00:00

Secure Boot on the iMX6 – Part 1

2018-10-09T10:30:58+00:00

With the proliferation of IoT – spanning just about everything from smart cities to wireless jewellery – the need to prioritise security in secure embedded systems has never been greater. The secure boot process is one of the foundation stones of software development best practice. It’s a complex, necessary part of your application’s anti-malware fortress. In this 3-part series, we’re taking an in-depth look at the secure boot protocol, and will also tell you our top tips for executing secure boot on one of the most popular processors in electronics – the i.MX6. Secure Boot - What It Is, Where You’d Use It What is Secure Boot? Secure boot is a process where your OS [Operating System] boot images and code are required to be authenticated against the hardware [...]

Secure Boot on the iMX6 – Part 12018-10-09T10:30:58+00:00

BSP Porting: Your 5 Key Steps to Development Success

2018-10-09T10:55:45+00:00

Take BSP Porting from Stress to Success When selecting the hardware which will make up the core of your next product, there are many choices. Once this has been decided, BSP porting must be completed to ensure the software elements fit the new hardware. Among the key decisions you need to make are which CPU to go for and which operating system to use on it. The market has moved from silicon vendors selling just components; the start-up software they offer is now just as important as the hardware. BSP Porting: Which CPU?? At first glance, the array of embedded CPU options from silicon vendors, module providers and single board computers may appear daunting. “There are so many out there - which one’s the right one?” is a query [...]

BSP Porting: Your 5 Key Steps to Development Success2018-10-09T10:55:45+00:00

Intel : 47 Years of Pioneering Processor Progress

2018-10-09T12:21:52+00:00

PC Revolution Architects It’s 47 years since the launch of silicon chip giant Intel – sparking the 1970s personal computer revolution with the world’s first microprocessor. Left to right – Andy Grove, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, 1978   Image credit: Intel Free Press The semiconductor pioneer has dominated first the RAM, and then the CPU market for decades. But now some industry analysts claim a general slump in PC and laptop demand could seriously challenge Intel’s vice-like grip of the market. Industry watchers say recent news that an IBM-led partnership has created the first 7 nm (nanometer) node test chips with functioning transistors, is a further indicator of possible change at the apex of the semiconductor sector. IBM 7 nm node test chips Let's put that 7 nm into [...]

Intel : 47 Years of Pioneering Processor Progress2018-10-09T12:21:52+00:00