ARM is teaming up with two European security vendors to create security solutions for mobile devices, echoing what Intel is doing with its McAfee business.
Holdings, whose chip designs power almost all smartphones and tablets on the
market, is teaming up with two European security companies to create a joint
venture to create a common security standard for such mobile devices.
officials announced April 3 that they are teaming up with Gemalto and Giesecke
& Devrient to create a standard for everything from smartphones and tablets
to games consoles and smart televisions. The goal is to bring security closer
to the hardware, making the devices more secure and fueling greater innovation
around products and services, according to ARM.
partnership with Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient mirrors what Intel is
looking to do through its $7.68 billion acquisition of security
software maker McAfee last year. In announcing the McAfee deal, Intel
officials said that traditional security software approaches could not
adequately address the billions of new network-connected devicesincluding PCs,
mobile devices, TVs, cars, appliances and medical devicesthat were coming onto
the market. They argued that such devices needed to bring security closer to
the hardware to make it more reliable.
addition, security increasingly was becoming a key issue among computer users,
right up there with energy-efficient performance and connectivity, Intel
Warren East echoed those sentiments.
integration of the hardware, software and services necessary for system-wide
security has been slow, East said in a statement. "I am confident that
this new joint venture will accelerate the adoption of a common security
standard, enabling a vibrant ecosystem of secure service providers to emerge.
This will be a significant step in terms of improved consumer trust in secure
transactions on connected devices."
from the joint venture will be based on solutions from the three companies and
will give manufacturers technology they can use to better secure their devices,
according to ARM officials. Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient, both of which
have been ARM partners, offer security solutions to governments as well as the
financial and mobile industries, the companies said. All three will bring
technologies, people, equipment and money to the project, with ARM owning 40
percent of it and the other two companies owning 30 percent each.
vice president and general manager of ARMs Secure Services Division, will be
the CEO of the joint venture. The initiative is subject to regulatory approval,
according to the companies.