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By Rich Handley

Swissbit Offers Embedded IoT Security Products

Swissbit has announced a range of storage products for industrial applications. The company's Embedded IoT business division specializes in hardware-based security solutions for the protection of data and devices for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Swissbit develops and produces integrated and hardware-based solutions for machine-to-machine (M2M) authentication, cryptography and data protection and data storage, using Flash-memory technology.

Custom and bespoke solutions are also being offered, the company reports. In response to legislative enforcements in a growing number of countries, Swissbit built its Technical Security Equipment (TSE) system for tamper-proof recording of cash register data. Secure boot installations of edge gateways and the encryption of data and video recordings—for example, in body cameras or drones—are suitable applications for the modules, the company reports, which can be plugged into standard memory interfaces. The firm has also announced its industrial SSD family of X-75 and X-73 3D NAND products.

"Driven by increasing digitalization and the growing number of devices in the Internet of Things (IoT), we are experiencing great demand for secure memory products as well as for the security solutions offered by our new Embedded IoT division," said Silvio Muschter, Swissbit's CEO, in a prepared statement. "The most valuable asset here is data—at Swissbit we see it as our key responsibility to store and protect this data reliably."

"For over 20 years, we have been a trustworthy partner for the development and production of real industrial memory solutions," Muschter added in the prepared statement. "By combining our technical expertise in cyber security and in highly integrated 3D packaging, we are able to offer innovative and durable IoT solutions. That in turn helps our customers to provide reliable, more cost-effective and faster systems for the protection of data and devices."

TSE is intended to meet current legislative requirements to retrofit all cash register systems in Germany. For fiscal compliance, customized security firmware and dedicated chips are integrated in USB sticks, SD cards and micro-SD cards that can be used in both individual point-of-sale devices and local networks of cash register systems. Furthermore, the company adds, the use of standard form factors and interfaces of common Flash-memory media makes the solution suitable for manufacturers of embedded IoT technologies.

Through a combination of a Secure Element and cryptographic features, the security module can perform TPM and encryption tasks. This ensures the secure authentication of M2M communication participants, as well as data encryption in networked devices, machinery and manufacturing plants. Modules with standard memory interfaces allow users to retrofit and protect devices and machinery already in operation.

Swissbit's micro-SD Memory Card PS-45u DP is designed to allow the encryption of system data and video recordings of dash cameras and drones. PS-45u DP offers an integrated data-protection feature with AES 256 encryption and access protection. Using secure booting of an edge gateway, the system can boot in a designated device with authentication using a PIN, a USB dongle or a network server.

Regarding storage solutions, Swissbit offers 3D NAND-based memory products in its X-73 and X-75 product families. The X-75 SATA-6Gb/s-SSDs, developed for industrial temperature ranges of -40 degrees to +85 degrees Celsius, are available as 2.5-inch SSD and as M.2 2280 and 2242 versions, as well as mSATA and SlimSATA. The X-75 SSDs are built to offer high performance and durability, the company reports. The SSD's controller supports 165-bit LDPC error correction. The X-75 is intended for such applications as automation, medical technology, industrial PCs, data loggers and boot media of NetCom systems.

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