Semiconductors and Components

ARM Makes IoT Security Acquisition

10 February 2015

Intellectual property house ARM has acquired Netherlands-based Offspark in a deal that will yield Internet of Things (IoT) security software for ARM’s mbed platform.

Offspark’s PolarSSL technology has been deployed in a variety of devices including sensor modules, communication modules and smartphones, ARM said. The acquisition of IoT security software will be added to ARM’s mbed platform and help companies build IoT products with heightened security.

As a result of the acquisition, ARM will rebrand its division as ARM mbed TLS. ARM said the PolarSSL IP will form the core of ARM’s mbed communication security and software cryptography strategy but will remain open source and made available for commercial use.

Krisztian Flautner, GM of IoT at ARM, said in a statement that security is “the foundation of any IoT system” and the PolarSSL technology is already being deployed by IoT companies some of who use ARM Cortex processors and software meaning ARM is now able “to provide a complete bedrock solution for the industry to innovate from.”

ARM said it will offer the mbed TLS for standalone use or as part of the mbed OS for embedded devices as well as future expansion to the non-embedded area. The mbed OS under an Apache 2.0 picense will be available toward the end of 2015.

In October of last year, ARM announced it would be offering its IoT OS for free in order to promote its cores designed for the Internet of Things.

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