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Date: 29-02-16

ST's new microcontrollers cyber secure car systems

STMicroelectronics has launched new automotive microcontroller chips with security authentication similar to what you see in SIM cards of mobile phones.

The new microcontroller chips ST32G512A and ST33G1M2A supports AEC-Q100 automotive standard. Additional security implemented by unalterable hardware in the ST33G1M2A allows use as an embedded Secure Element that provides a root of trust for preventing attacks on vehicle Engine Control Units (ECUs) and gateways. The ST33 family is already proven in applications such as NFC SIM and NFC embedded Secure Element.

ABI Research says more than half of in-vehicle cellular connections will be via permanently soldered embedded subscriber modules, or eUICCs, like ST’s ST32G512A andST33G1M2A secure MCUs. “A market leader in secure microcontrollers, ST is ideally positioned to provide the tamper-proof authentication needed to establish consumer confidence in connected vehicles and associated services,” saidDominique Bonte, Managing Director and Vice President, B2B, ABI Research. “Robust security will be critical for autonomous and driverless vehicles, which will enable smart-mobility paradigms like car sharing and more generally transportation as a service, while lowering emissions and reducing congestion.”

Marie-France Florentin, Group Vice President and General Manager, Secure Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics,added, “Connected-car technologies have tremendous potential to enhance quality of life and safety for drivers and their passengers. We are committed to providing the best security to protect users and support development of even more innovative concepts and services.”

In addition to connected-car applications, ST’s new secure MCUsare suitable for a variety of M2M communications in harsh environments, such as industrial networking and asset monitoring. Engineers can port software already qualified on compatible previous-generation devices (ST32/ST33), to streamline development and reduce time to market.

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