Broadcom Chip Offers Security for Internet of Things
The new BCM20737 SoC includes Bluetooth capabilities, encryption and decryption, and support for Apple's iBeacon technology.Broadcom officials are focusing on security with the latest addition to its family of chips aimed at wearable devices and the Internet of things. The company on May 21 introduced the BCM20737 system-on-a-chip (SoC) that will leverage Bluetooth, RSA encryption and decryption capabilities, and Apple's iBeacon device detection technology to increase on-chip security and privacy capabilities for devices such as smartphones, tablets, home appliances, health care products and wearable computing devices. The new chip will be part of Broadcom's larger Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform, which the company introduced in August 2013. It is sampling now with evaluation boards and software development kits, according to company officials. Broadcom's newest WICED SoC comes as more attention is being paid to security around the Internet of things. The IoT refers to the growing number of systems and devices—from automobiles and manufacturing systems to wearable devices, appliances, surveillance cameras, medical systems and televisions—that are being infused with intelligence and connected to the Internet. These systems will increasingly generate and share enormous amounts of data, and offer the promise of improved lifestyles and corporate efficiencies.
However, more connected devices and more data flowing over networks means increased security concerns. During a recent summit focusing on security and the IoT, industry experts warned against letting the enthusiasm over the potential benefits from the Internet of things overshadow the security challenges it raises.