STMicroelectronics unveils its IoT, payment and cybersecurity offerings
The company’s latest products include the STM32MP1 ecosystem extensions, as well as its STPay-Mobile platform and low-power STM32U5 microcontrollers.
March 05, 2021STMicroelectronics has announced several products in recent weeks, including extensions to the ecosystem that supports development with sound STM32MP1 Dual-core microprocessors, with new software packages and support for open source security initiatives. By providing code for security mechanisms such as the Open Portable Trusted Execution Environment (OP-TEE) and the Trusted Firmware-A (TF-A) project, ST says it is helping STM32MP1 developers meet the need. verification of confidentiality, integrity, availability and authenticity. in their applications. ST has also expanded its list of approved partners in on-board security with Sequitur Laboratories.
Sequitur Labs’ EmSPARK Security Suite for STM32MP1 streamlines firmware development by implementing protection techniques, the company reports, such as secure boot and device authentication. “We are proud to partner with STMicroelectronics to provide EmSPARK Security Suite to meet the protection requirements of critical, STM32MP1 compliant devices,” said Philip Attfield, CEO of Sequitur Labs, in a prepared statement. “The combination of EmSPARK and STM32MP1 secures our customers’ IoT applications and data.”
EmSPARK Security Suite works with ArmsThe company’s TrustZone architecture, according to the company, facilitates secure provisioning to simplify the deployment of connected devices. The system is designed for applications such as industrial control, building automation, smart home equipment, machine vision, automotive communication, and medical devices. These resources join the STM32MP1 ecosystem alongside the solutions Prove and run, TimeSys and Witekio designed to meet the challenges of security software development.
Prove & Run enables STM32MP1 customers to build security into their design by providing custom security engineering services (secure boot, secure firmware and OP-TEE), as well as solutions leveraging the ProvenCore secure operating system . TimeSys Vigiles Vulnerability Management Suite, integrated with OpenSTLinux, continuously monitors vulnerabilities that open devices to cyber attacks; Vigiles also provides remediation information for device lifecycle management. Witekio’s open source live solution FullMetalUpdate enables IoT platform operators to manage OTA updates.
ST revealed details of software extension packages designed for STM32MP1, designed to help customers take advantage of artificial intelligence in computer vision projects and accelerate the development of predictive maintenance applications. These include X-LINUX-AI, an OpenSTLinux extension package that targets AI for STM32MP1 microprocessors. The package contains Linux AI frameworks and sample applications to help users implement computer vision use cases with STM32 evaluation boards and discovery kits.
To accelerate the development of predictive maintenance applications, the X-LINUX-PREDMNT expansion package implements edge gateway functionality between sensors and cloud services, the company reports. The pack contains functions to send processed sensor data to the IoT cloud, visualize the data on the dashboard, and analyze this information to detect conditions that may indicate the need for maintenance intervention. X-LINUX-PREDMNT includes Amazonthe AWS IoT Greengrass Edge Computing service.
Additionally, STMicroelectronics launched its STPay-Mobile platform to simplify the virtualization of transit ticketing and security-critical payment cards on smartphones and portable devices. STPay-Mobile, the company reports, is intended to help mobile device manufacturers take advantage of the capabilities of ST’s ST54 on-chip secure system to manage contactless transactions and protect sensitive information, such as data and information. authentication.
ST announced details of a new transit ticketing solution that leverages the OnBoard platform created by Snowball technology. This platform, together with STPay-Mobile’s management services on the secure ST54 SoC, enables smartphones and portable devices to host virtual tickets which ST believes can be easily created by transport agencies and is convenient. for travelers to buy and use.
“The ST54 family of products and new STPay-Mobile services, combined with Snowball’s platform, OnBoard, partner with smart device manufacturers and transit agencies to enable virtual ticketing for the broadest range of globally supported contactless card standards, ”said Ciaran Fisher, Snowball CEO and co-founder of Technology, in a separate prepared statement. “Snowball and ST are aligned with their vision to create products and services that support smart, secure and connected lifestyles. Together, ST’s secure, high-performance semiconductors and our innovative OnBoard platform are fueling the development of smart cities in the 21st century. “
“We are deploying STPay-Mobile services to help smartphone OEMs take advantage of the enhanced security and efficient NFC support provided by ST54 SoCs to create next-generation products that will fuel the future of ticketing and virtualization. payments, ”adds Marie-France Li -Saï Florentin, vice-president of ST’s Microcontrollers and Digital ICs group, in the press release. “Connecting STPay-Mobile services with Snowball’s OnBoard platform has created an incredibly scalable and flexible solution that allows transit agencies to introduce virtual cards to their networks without modifying existing systems and infrastructure. . “
The OnBoard platform has been deployed to date by 50 transport agencies in more than 125 cities around the world, including all major cities in China. The platform is compatible with more than 330 models of smartphones and portable devices, reports ST. STPay-Mobile ticketing services for the ST54 are intended to help mobile device manufacturers manage the various transport infrastructures deployed around the world and to evolve solutions on a global scale. Services are open to any transport card system, according to the company, including open standards such as Calypso, ITSO, and OSPT, as well as proprietary standards such as MIFARE Classic. , MIFARE DESFire and MIFARE Plus.
The STPay-Mobile payment services framework will soon complete certification to Mastercard and Visa specifications. The services feature a certified and validated contactless payment solution for OEMs, integrated with the Mastercard Digital Enablement Service and Visa Token Service tokenization platforms. The ST54J SoC combines contactless and Secure Element front-end circuits on a single chip, creating a compact solution for secure transactions on mobile devices.
Finally, STMicroelectronic announced a new generation of its STM32U5 series of microcontrollers, designed to meet demanding power and performance requirements for intelligent applications, including wearable devices, personal medical devices, home automation and industrial sensors. STM32 microcontrollers, using Arm’s Cortex-M processors, are embedded in billions of home appliances, the company reports, as well as in industrial controls, computing peripherals, communications devices and equipment designed to handle cities and smart infrastructure.
The STM32U5 series combines Arm’s Cortex-M33 core with ST’s exclusive power saving features and on-chip IP that reduce power demand while improving performance, according to the company. The product line adds cybersecurity functionality with hardware protection targeting PSA and Assurance Level 3 Security Evaluation Standard for IoT Platforms (SESIP), as well as graphics accelerators for rich user experiences.
“ST has nearly doubled its share of global microcontroller sales over the past five years, shipping more than two billion ultra-low power STM32 devices to date. Thanks to our expertise and our focus on low power consumption, we are particularly strong in the ultra-low-power category with around 25% of this market ”, said Ricardo de Sa Earp, vice president from ST’s Microcontrollers business group, in a separate press release. “We expect our STM32U5 microcontrollers to be even more popular, enabling our customers to create new intelligent consumer and industrial products with superior energy rating, performance and cyber protection.
ST’s STM32U5 IoT Discovery Kit (B-U585I-IOT02A) combines the MCU with a Wi-Fi module, Bluetooth module, and various sensors. Microsoft chose this kit as a reference card for its new Azure Certified Device program. “The STM32U5 provides an excellent platform for delivering Azure IoT services through Azure RTOS by leveraging the advanced features of the STM32U5 microcontroller,” added Sam George, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Azure IoT, in the prepared statement . The kit should be available to order later this year, the company says.