Renesas RX MCU Obtains CMVP Level 3 Certification under NIST FIPS 140-2 Security Standard

Semiconductor specialist Renesas Electronics Corporation said that its 32-bit RX65N microcontroller (MCU) has achieved Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) Level 3 certification under the FIPS 140-2 security standard by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

April 22, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Semiconductor specialist Renesas Electronics Corporation said that its 32-bit RX65N microcontroller (MCU) has achieved Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) Level 3 certification under the FIPS 140-2 security standard by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The CMVP is a joint effort between NIST and the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS).

The RX65N is the world’s first general-purpose MCU to obtain level 3 certification.

The FIPS 140 standard is an essential security requirement for applications used by government agencies, financial institutions, public facilities, and infrastructure, and it is becoming a de facto standard for security worldwide.

Level 3 is a high security level with tamper detection/response and identity-based authentication mechanisms for devices used to handle financial information such as hardware security modules (HSMs) and smart cards.

Using the certified RX65N MCU will make it easier for customers to develop devices with robust and trustworthy security functions, which will contribute to a reduction in the development workload and reduced overall security risks.

Commenting on the development, Sakae Ito, Vice President of IoT Platform Business Division, Renesas, said “as more IoT devices gain network connectivity, the danger of malicious threats such as data leaks, data tampering, and spoofing grows, making security more important than ever.” 

“The CMVP Level 3 certification of an RX MCU means that customers can build robust security into their products without the need for a dedicated security chip, and I am delighted that this will help speed up the development of secure IoT devices,” Sakae Ito added.

The company’s 32-bit RX65N is a general-purpose MCU with security, connectivity, and human-machine interface (HMI) functions suited for use in applications such as industrial and IoT devices.

The RX65N incorporated the Trusted Secure IP (TSIP) module, which was already CAVP certified. The TSIP, which comprises an encryption engine with AES, SHA, RSA, and ECC support, a true random number generator (TRNG), and an encrypted key management mechanism, implements robust security functions. 

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