Microchip Technology has rolled out industry’s first microcontroller (MCU) to combine a secure subsystem and Arm TrustZone technology in a single package.
The PIC32CM LS60, which integrates Microchip’s Trust Platform secure subsystem, makes it easier to develop end products using one microcontroller rather than two or more semiconductor chips.
“With its integration of Arm TrustZone technology and Microchip’s secure subsystem in one package, the PIC32CM LS60 is an offering that the market hasn’t seen before,” said Rod Drake Vice President of Microchip Technology’s 32-bit MCU business unit. “We believe this MCU’s security, ease of use and low power operation will be a powerful shift in implementing advanced security technology in IoT applications.”
Now, designers can go to one trusted source to find a 32-bit MCU that is designed to protect products and the end-user from remote or physical attacks on their smart home devices, smartphone or tablet accessories, portable medical devices, wearables, connected appliances and industrial robots.
The PIC32CM LS60, with its combination of easy-to-use Arm TrustZone technology and the Common Criteria Joint Interpretation Library (JIL) “high” rated Trust Platform secure subsystem, enables developers to implement industry-proven security practices and countermeasures to protect against a wide class of known remote and physical attacks.
The PIC32CM LS60 integrates an enhanced peripheral touch controller with the Driven Shield Plus feature that prevents false touches due to moisture and provides high immunity to noise to enable exceptional touch interfaces.
The PIC32CM LS60 is compatible with the MPLAB Data Visualizer and Power Debugger tools that can be used to monitor, analyze, and fine-tune power consumption numbers in real-time. This makes it easier for customers to develop low-power applications and release extended battery-life products to market faster.
Microchip offers the following development tools and services to support the PIC32CM LS60 and its variants: Trust Platform Provisioning Service, Trust Platform Design Suite (TPDS), MPLAB Harmony v3 platform with MPLAB Code Configurator for Arm TrustZone, Touch Library, Touch Configurator, MPLAB Data Visualizer, Power Debugger, PIC32CM LE00 Curiosity Pro Evaluation Kit, PIC32CM LS00 Curiosity Pro Evaluation Kit, PIC32CM LS60 Curiosity Pro Evaluation Kit, PIC32CM LE00 Ultra-Low-Power, Water-Tolerant Touch Reference Design, MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and its ecosystem of debuggers, programmers and compilers.
In addition to the PIC32CM LS60 secure variant, a PIC32CM LE00 general-purpose variant and a PIC32CM LS00 Arm TrustZone technology variant (without a secure subsystem) are also available.