RT-260 Root of Trust

Foundational security for SoCs, secure MCU devices and sensors

Designed to be integrated in secure MCUs (microcontrollers), the RT-260 Root of Trust (formerly VaultIP) is a FIPS 140-3 CMVP compliant hardware core that guards the most sensitive assets on chips and establishes the foundation for platform security.

Featuring a firmware-controlled architecture with dedicated secure memories, the RT-260 hardware Root of Trust provides a variety of  cryptographic accelerators including DPA protection for AES, RSA, and ECC. Ideal as a secure services and key manager for MCU (microcontroller) devices, the RT-260 Root of Trust offers the best balance of size and performance available on the market.

The RT-260 offers a series of key security use cases ‘out of the box’, including:

  • Secure Boot assist to host CPU(s) and protection of key material
  • Secure firmware upgrade management for Host CPU
  • Lifecycle management support
  • Secure Debug support
  • Secure device authentication and identity protection

The RT-260 provides a secure asset store:

  • Only the RT-260 can manage, use and access the assets
  • The O/S and applications cannot access key values
  • Applications request asset use by reference
  • Enforces policies for access and use of keys and cryptographic functions
  • Key generation, derivation, storage and transport
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Security in the ARM Ecosystem

Building security in an SoC aiming to meet the goals set by the ARM Platform Security Architecture (PSA) is a complex matter. This is compounded by the complexity of modern-day SoCs comprising multiple processors, security domains and security levels. The Rambus root of trust provides a solid foundation for the SoC security architecture ticking ‘all the boxes’ for reaching the security goals, while offering extensive support for effective integration into a complex TrustZone-based SoC infrastructure.

How the Root of Trust Works

The RT-260 Root of Trust is a silicon IP core developed to protect an SoC platform and its operation. It allows the SoC to boot securely and protects sensitive key material and assets. At its heart, its Secure Asset Store allows import, negotiation, and creation of secret and private key material. Safe use of key material is enforced through a flexible key use and access policy. Keys can be securely stored in off-chip NVM. Fully featured, its cryptographic data plane associated to its DMA offloads the main CPU while never exposing secret data to the OS or the applications. It is designed to provide secure, energy efficient and accelerated security functions.

Diagram of the RT-260 Root of Trust

Readily deployable, the RT-260 Root of Trust is offered in off-the-shelf configurations, allowing a choice tailored to the needs of your application. Configurations differ by cryptographic accelerators contained and 3rd-party certification and standard compliance.

The RT-260 is part of the broad Rambus Root of Trust portfolio, which ranges from small, lightweight cores designed to protect IoT endpoints all the way to fully programmable Root of Trust cores designed to protect the most sensitive government/defense chips and automotive deployments requiring ISO-26262 certifications.

Rambus can optionally offer dedicated FIPS 140-3 support packages to its licensees that provide FIPS 140-3 related certification documentation, FIPS test scripts, and dedicated FIPS support.

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