New chip promises iPhone encryption
Anika Torruella - IHS Jane's International Defence Review
17 September 2013
US-based KoolSpan has developed what it claims as the first
hardware-based encryption system for Apple's iPhone, opening the door to
increased adoption of the system for military users.
The new chip is a self-contained, hardware-anchored, secure,
military-grade, FIPS 140-2-compliant encryption chip capable of
providing 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption for
voice, data, and short message service (SMS) transmissions.
The 32-bit crypto ARM co-processor 'TrustChip' is designed around an
industry standard plug-in microSD chip with up to 2 GB of memory. The
chip fits into an iCaisse4X protective adapter sleeve known as
'TrustSleeve' built by DeviceFidelity, which also contains an ancillary
1200 mAh battery pack that provides between 12 to 13.5 hours (voice and
internet) of battery life in addition to the integral power source.
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