Micron touts NOR Flash memory solution

Vendor says latest offering to accelerate and authenticate intelligence at the edge

Micron says new memory solution to accelerate and authenticate intelligence at the edge.
Micron says new memory solution to accelerate and authenticate intelligence at the edge.

Micron Technology Inc, a provider of innovative memory and storage solutions, has introduced its new MT25Q NOR flash enabled with Authenta technology, providing content and command authentication to protect device functionality at the silicon level.

According to the vendor the latest offering provides additional defences to add enhanced trustworthiness for IoT devices, seamlessly expanding security to otherwise unsecured intelligent devices.

Micron said high firmware integrity down to the lowest level of boot is critical today for connected devices used in a range of industries such as automotive, enterprise, industrial control and connected home. In addition to device security, Authenta technology allows new services such as secure over-the-air updates and additional services from edge silicon to cloud services.

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As more devices, cars, homes and "things" are transformed by ubiquitous connectivity, the threat of cyber attacks continues to grow — especially with the rise of "always-on" internet connections. The new Authenta NOR flash trusted memory solution introduces a unique level of hardware-based security that not only enhances the integrity of the connected device itself, but also extends protection to the software that runs on the device, starting with the boot process. Moreover, Authenta NOR flash can easily replace the standard serial NOR flash used pervasively in the industry, enabling a unified approach to managing device health, functionality and updatability.

Kris Baxter, marketing vice president, Embedded Business Unit, Micro, said: "As manufacturers and enterprises increasingly accelerate the movement of intelligence to the edge of networks, cybersecurity concerns loom large, threatening profits and reputations. With trust features embedded directly into the memory component, Authenta NOR flash provides a strong cryptographic fingerprint to authenticate devices, lock down code and further secure critical data — all while reducing costs and quickening time to market."

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