Microsemi Corporation (Aliso Viejo, CA) unveiled its new FPGA-based Secure Boot Reference Design for embedded microprocessors. This new reference design uses the advanced security features in its mainstream SmartFusion 2 SoC FPGAs to securely boot any application processor in an embedded system and ensures that processor code can be trusted during execution. This allows applications running on the securely booted processor to extend that trust to their system and to other connected systems. Features include:

• A secure boot process.
• SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA.
• On-chip oscillators, accelerators for cryptographic services, secure key storage, a random number generator, and on-chip boot code storage.
• Secure embedded flash memory (eNVM) and at-speed serial peripheral interface (SPI) flash memory emulation.
• Differential power analysis (DPA) resistant anti-tamper measures.

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