At a time when hackers develop sophisticated tools to perpetrate nation state cyber attacks, Google along with its partners has announced a new project to build open source ultra secure chips called “OpenTitan” the first-ever open source silicon root of trust (RoT) project will help deliver high quality chip design for use in data center servers, storage, smartphones and more.
Open sourcing the silicon design makes it more transparent, trustworthy and ultimately, secure.
The silicon RoT technology can be used in server motherboards, network cards, client devices (like laptops, phones) consumer routers and IoT devices.
For example, Google has relied on a custom made RoT chip, Titan to help ensure that machines in Google’s data centres boot from a known trustworthy state with verified code.
The OpenTitan project is managed by the low RISC an independent not-for-profit company and is supported by a coalition partners, including ETH Zurich, G+D Mobile Security, Google, Nuvoton Technology and Western Digital.
OpenTitan will be helpful for chip manufacturers, platform providers and security conscious enterprise organisations that want to enhance their infrastructure with silicon based security, said Google.