In 2019, we wrote that Cypress PSoC 64 microcontrollers for Secure IoT applications was one of the first microcontrollers compliant with Arm’s Platform Security Architecture (PSA) designed to secure the Internet of Things.
Arrow has now launched the PSoC 64 IoT Security Workshop Development Kit, its first PSA Certified platform, which happens to be based on Cypress PSoC 64, and developed in collaboration with Infineon who purchased Cypress Semiconductor last year.
Designed to help developers quickly create PSA Certified solutions, the development kit includes the Infineon PSoC 64 Secure AWS IoT Pioneer Kit, Arrow PSoC 6 IoT Sensor Shield, Shield2Go kits, and AWS cloud enablement with certified functional APIs and integrated dashboard for monitoring and visualization.
There are three levels for PSA certification: level 1 for device manufacturers involves the evaluation of an IoT device to assess whether it adheres to security best practice, level 2 with a laboratory evaluation of a PSA Root of Trust (PSA-RoT) to provide evidence that it can protect against scalable software attacks, and the highest PSA level 3 designed for silicon vendors who want an independent 35-day evaluation of their PSA Root of Trust (PSA-RoT) implementation.
While PSoC 64 microcontroller itself is PSA Certified Level 2, Arrow’s PSoC 64 IoT Security Workshop Development Kit has only achieved PSA Certified level 1 at this time. Still, it complies with government standards for electronic security and helps ensure compliance with emerging IoT legislation, including NIST 8259A and EN 303 645. The kit was still evaluated by SGS Brightsight security evaluation laboratory to obtain its PSA Certified Level 1.
Developers wanting to quickly start projects can use the pre-tested and validated reference design with secure sensor-to-cloud connectivity. You can find more details on Arrow website, as scroll down to purchase the PSoC 64 IoT Security Workshop Development Kit for about $156. As one may have expected from the “Workshop” word in the name, the kit is also used in several on-demand webinars workshops organized by Arrow.
It’s not only chip and kit that are certified, but also software (operating systems & firmware), and there are now a total of 89 PSA Certified products with 51 chips, 21 system software, and 17 devices. Some of the PSA-certified Level 1 OS include FreeRTOS, RT-Thread, Arm Mbed, Foundries.io Linux microPlatform, the Zephyr Project, and more. You’ll find the full list on the PSA certified website.
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