IoT products given security boost with new ARM / Samsung Foundary test chip and board

Posted on 15 May 2019 by Tim Brown

Yesterday at the Samsung Foundry Forum, Arm, in collaboration with Samsung Foundry, Cadence, and Sondrel, demonstrated its latest IoT test chip and development board, the Musca-S1.

The installed base of IIoT devices is forecast to triple from 23.14bn in 2018 to 75.44bn in 2025 - image courtesy of Depositphotos.Designed to offer more choice to designers of IoT products in terms of their system-on-chip (SoC) development options, ARM said the new chip would allow designers to more easily implement more secure IoT solutions and enable them to focus more on product differentiation and speed to market rather than security concerns.

“The promise of a world transformed by a trillion connected devices is not far in the future, but for IoT devices to scale we must continue to put a range of technology options in front of designers to test and evaluate,” said Gus Yeung, VP, GM and fellow, physical design group, Arm. “This collaboration has yielded a true end-to-end solution that ensures IoT designers can prototype their product designs from device-to-data security.”

Relative to previous Musca solutions, the Musca-S1 test chip board now includes testing and evaluation of new embedded Magneto Resistive Random Access Memory (eMRAM) technology for reliable, low-power and secure device development through secure memory implementation. eMRAM technology offers advantages over traditional embedded flash (eFlash) memory technology, as it can easily scale below 40nm process technology, giving SoC designers more flexibility to scale their memory needs based on the memory and power requirements of their IoT products.

“Musca-S1 is not just a design solution to secure internet connected devices and manage them at scale, but a simple and safe route to market based on a collaboration between semiconductor industry leaders,” said Graham Curren, CEO, Sondrel. “It addresses products from the simplest to the most intelligent edge node devices, and brings together the best combination of tools, technology, processes and people to set a new standard for robust IoT device design.”

The Musca-S1 test chip also features a combination of different on-chip power controls to allow for for testing and evaluation of new classes of highly energy-efficient, controlled IoT devices.

The new test chip and development board is on display at Samsung Foundry Forum North America in San Jose, CA as part of an air sensor IoT application demo, featuring the device and data management capabilities of the Arm Pelion IoT platform. 

The Musca-S1 will be available in limited quantities in Q3 2019, and is targeted for loan to customers in Q4 2019.