prpl Foundation reveals secure SoC service for IoT

The prpl Foundation has come up with a proof of concept System on a Chip (SoC) that uses hardware virtualisation.

According to prpl, the MIPS-based Baikal-T1 SoC secure and groundbreaking technology will be used to create scenarios where applications and operating systems can work independently from one another in separate domains.

The technology is intended to open opportunities for operator and service providers to provision new services and applications to their clientele such as home gateways and other devices to enable add-on services. It is also designed to provide a foundation for security in IoT and other connected embedded devices.

“The IoT and the emergence of new categories of connected devices hold a great deal of promise for everything from agriculture to health and wellness to the connected home, smart cities and beyond,” said Art Swift, president, prpl Foundation. “While it is easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of the possibilities, we must not forget the potential consequences of poor security practices in device development.”

Further details of the concept can be found in prpl's recent document Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Embedded Computing. The technology is being demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 22-25 February 2016.