Concerns about computer system security are why G+D Mobile Security has partnered, among others, with internet giant Google and UK-based hardware organization lowRISC to run a collaborative, open source secure chip design project.
The initiative, called OpenTitan, has been labeled the first open source silicon Root of Trust (RoT) project. The initiative builds on the success of Google’s own custom-built chip, Titan, which is also used in Android phones. First launched in November 2019, OpenTitan hopes to reach tape-out by the end of 2020.
By open sourcing the silicon design, the companies aim to make OpenTitan transparent, allowing anyone to inspect the design for security vulnerabilities and make proposals for improvements, where necessary.
“Our goal is to make a security chip transparent, meaning that it can be evaluated and viewed by everyone, and thus made equally trustworthy,” explains Claus Dietze, Senior Director Strategic Global Standardization at G+D.