StarChip partners with Cortus for payment and ID chips
To develop its Secure Core, StarChip selected the APS3s from Cortus. The APS3s is a full 32-bit general purpose CPU specifically designed to meet the requirements of embedded systems.The APS family are modern RISC processors with Harvard architecture. They feature leading code density and high power efficiency yet also very high performance.
In addition, StarChip and Cortus have signed an agreement allowing StarChip to augment the design of the APS3s to implement embedded security mechanisms. This is the starting point for StarChip to implement its innovative strategy GAIA: a vision of self healing security architecture on silicon. As a result the StarChip Secure Core will embed all the necessary technology to counter both Side-Channel attacks and Fault Injection attacks allowing to develop applications requiring high levels of security. StarChip says the ARX CPU development is the key to having unsecured software algorithms running in a fully secure way on a CPU without adding costly software counter-measures.
Headquartered in Montpellier, France, Cortus specializes in 32-bit processor IP and the surrounding IP and tools Cortus family of processor IP has been used in a wide variety of products ranging from Pay TV access cards to Cameras and Mobile Phones.