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NXP Release New Certified EdgeLock Secure Authenticator


The new A5000 secure authenticator provides the necessary authentication to establish trust within an IoT ecosystem and networks


NXP Semiconductors has expanded its EdgeLock secure authenticator family, with the addition of the new EdgeLock A5000 secure authenticator. The new EdgeLock A5000 is a scalable solution for authentication applications where security is crucial throughout the lifetime of the product, including IoT, smart city infrastructure and connected industrial equipment.

Click for Larger Image - NXP Release New Certified EdgeLock Secure Authenticator Authentication is essential within an IoT ecosystems, inclduing verifying device identities during secure communication, assessing whether data comes from trustworthy sources, checking authenticity of product sub-components to ensure overall systems integrity, product safety and performances, or verifying the authenticity of a product or component within the system. The NXP EdgeLock A5000 secure authenticator is optimized for authentication implementations throughout the lifetime of the product, helping to reduce the amount of time spent on R&D efforts, simplifying manufacturing and supply chain logistics together with complying to the high-level security required and the ecosystem standards.

Complementing NXP’s EdgeLock secure element family, which addresses more complex ecosystems that require multi-tenant security, updatability and crypto agility, the EdgeLock secure authenticator family is designed to meet the ever increasing demand for security in authentication applications. The NXP EdgeLock A5000 secure authenticator provides a highly secure, Common Criteria EAL6+ AVA_VAN.5 (up to the OS) certified solution to enable authentication mechanisms. The EdgeLock A5000 is also designed to work together with a microcontroller or microprocessor as a turnkey authentication plug-in.

The EdgeLock A5000 is provided with dedicated application guidelines and software examples for individual use cases, such as device authentication, cloud onboarding, inclusion in the Matter smart home ecosystem, smart metering, gaming, electric vehicle charging, Qi 1.3 wireless charging authentication and others. This allows hardware developers to focus on the application development they need, while also providing designers with a secure solution that can be easily scaled for different products within their ecosystem.

“Authentication is pivotal to establish trust in secure devices within IoT ecosystems, but at the same time, implementing it is a challenging endeavor. The EdgeLock A5000 makes the development of secure devices easy and scalable, allowing developers to focus on differentiating their IoT solution.” advised Christian Lackner, Senior Director of IoT security and smart products authentication at NXP.

Features of the EdgeLock® A5000 Plug & Trust Secure Authenticator

  • Advanced Security
    • Certified Common Criteria (CC) EAL 6+ based HW with dedicated authentication software
    • Secured flash user memory up to 8 kB
    • Secure binding with host MCU/MPU, and bus encryption
    • Secure credential injection with end-to-end encryption
    • Advanced access control policies to credentials and data stored on chip
    • EdgeLock 2GO enabled for flexible credential customization and over-the-air key management
  • Cryptographic Algorithms
    • Supports compliance to many authentication security standards like DLMS/COSEM, Qi 1.3 and ISO15118
    • PKI cryptography based on ECC NIST P-256 and P-384
    • ECDSA, ECDH/ECDHE
    • AES and 3DES encryption and decryption
    • HMAC, CMAC, GMAC, SHA-256/384
    • HKDF, PRF (TLS-PSK)
  • Communication
    • I²C target (up to fast speed mode, 1 Mbit/s)
  • Package
    • Small and very thin HXQFN20 package particularly suited for space limited applications

For more information on the EdgeLock® A5000 Plug & Trust Secure Authenticator, visit the NXP website at NXP EdgeLock A5000 product page

The NXP website address is www.nxp.com.
[Reprinted with kind permission from NXP - Release Date, 30th March, 2022]