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Cypress ships secure IoT MCU with AWS integration

Steve Rogerson
August 5, 2020

Californian electronics company Cypress, recently taken over by Infineon Technologies, is shipping a secure IoT device management device with Amazon Web Services (AWS) integration.
The PSoC 64 standard secure AWS MCU includes pre-validated security firmware to help reduce design risks, slash R&D costs and accelerate time to market.
Building on the previously announced PSoC 64 secure boot MCU family, the device incorporates open-sourced Trusted Firmware-M embedded security, is PSA platform security architecture certified at level one, and is Free RTOS qualified for secure device management with AWS IoT Core.
"It is critical that IoT devices can be trusted when connecting at any scale," said Richard Barry, Free RTOS founder and senior principal at Amazon Web Services. "With the PSoC 64 standard secure AWS MCU, Cypress integrates Trusted Firmware-M with Free RTOS security and connectivity libraries. Combined with AWS IoT Core, this enables secure connectivity and cloud application interactions for devices on a large scale."
The MCU is part of the company's IoT-AdvantEdge sets of building blocks that enable IoT products to get to market faster and more cost effectively. IoT-AdvantEdge simplifies the design experience by delivering connectivity combined with security and local processing in an integrated product. This helps reduce or eliminate design risks so developers can bring their secure, connected products to market faster and cheaper, and with fewer headaches.
"End-user privacy requires secure device management," said Vikram Gupta, senior vice president at Cypress. "As the newest component of our IoT-AdvantEdge, the PSoC 64 standard secure AWS MCU eliminates design risks, and directly addresses the cost-of-ownership issues that development teams face when building their secure device management service."
ISO-certified secure provisioning services are offered by Arrow Electronics, enabling OEMs to deploy IoT applications securely at scale.
"Arrow's technical collaboration with Cypress to provide certified secure programming and provisioning services for PSoC 64 secure MCUs enables customers to realise the full advantages of secure IP protection," said Aiden Mitchell, vice president at Arrow. "Cypress designed the PSoC 64 secure MCUs to be available off the shelf to reduce inventory costs. We followed its lead by crafting our secure provisioning service around a standard MCU programming flow. This uniquely enables us to offer a cost-efficient supply chain for the PSoC 64 secure MCU line."
The MCUs have reached production status and are available for immediate design-in.
The PSoC 64 standard secure AWS wifi and Bluetooth Pioneer kit (CY8CKIT-064S0S2-4343W) is available to order today. It includes a PSoC 64 standard secure AWS MCU with 2Mbyte of flash and 1Mbyte of SRAM and a Murata 1DX wifi and Bluetooth module (IEEE 802.11n with Bluetooth 5.0). This kit is supported with Free RTOS and the Cypress ModusToolbox software environment.
In addition, the PSoC 64 secure boot wifi and Bluetooth Pioneer kit (CY8CKIT-064B0S2-4343W) is also available for order today. It has a PSoC 64 secure boot MCU with 2Mbyte of flash and 1Mbyte of SRAM along with a Murata 1DX wifi and Bluetooth module. This kit is supported in Cypress' ModusToolbox software environment and Arm MBedT OS development tools.
"PSA Certified was founded to improve the security and trust of IoT devices and their data," said Andy Rose, chief system architect and fellow at Arm, a founding member of PSA Certified. "Cypress is showing its commitment to IoT security by ensuring its PSoC 64 secure MCUs meet the PSA Certified guidelines, offering an important baseline of security that customers require."
The PSoC 64 secure MCU line is built on the PSoC 6 architecture. Manufactured using 40nm process technology and incorporating low-power management features, the line can extend battery life up to a full week for wearables. PSoC 64 incorporates a dual-core architecture, with an Arm Cortex-M4 core for the device's application and an Arm Cortex-M0+ core as a security coprocessor. The security coprocessor ships with a pre-configured root-of-trust with trusted services, isolated from the Cortex-M4 core. The PSoC 64 secure MCU is a PSA-compliant device. It has the latest generation of Cypress' CapSense capacitive-sensing technology, said to enable sleek touch- and gesture-based interfaces that are robust and reliable.