UK-based chip designer ARM has acquired Netherlands-based security software firm Offspark to further credibility of its newly designed mbed OS for developing more secured Internet of Things products. Also Read - Computex 2021: When and how to watch, what to expectAlso Read - Samsung working on a new Exynos SoC paired with AMD GPU to power its laptops
This is a significant business move, as ARM plans to reinvent OffSpark’s PolarSSL techonology that is deployed in many smartphones, communication devices and sensor modules, and add the security and cryptography to its new mbed operating system meant for building IoT products. The new rebranded OS will be called ARM mbed TLS, and form the core of the ARM mbed communication security and software cryptography strategy. Also Read - MediaTek teases another premium chipset manufactured on the 6nm Process
“We have always said that security must be the foundation of any IoT system and the acquisition of Offspark is evidence of us making that happen,” said Krisztian Flautner, general manager of IoT business for ARM. “PolarSSL technology is already deployed by the leading IoT players. The fact that those same companies also utilize ARM Cortex processor and software technologies means we are now able to provide a complete bedrock solution for the industry to innovate from.”
The financial details of this acquisition were not disclosed, but it marks the rise of an extremely secure platform to design IoT products and design. ARM mbed TLS will remain open source for commercial use. Security is the most fundamental aspect in ensuring people trust IoT technology and that is only possible with a truly tailored solution. Together, ARM and Offspark can provide security to the edge of any system and we look forward to working with our partners to help them deliver some exciting new projects, Paul Bakker, CEO, Offspark said in a statement.
OffSpark also said that they will continue to support its existing customer base, while also build an established ecosystem with ARM’s help to expand PolarSSL technology to new partners. Recently, ARM also announced a new chip Cortex A72, which features more processing power, higher power efficiency and improved graphics. The Cortex A72 will provide chipmakers with the ability to build processors with 50 times more power than top-tier smartphones had five years ago. The company said that the Cortex A72 will be seen in smartphones next year.