GuardKnox is at the forefront of the automotive paradigm shift to generate in-vehicle high-performance computing platforms for security.
The way we interact, drive our cars, and transport goods over the roads is on the verge of a fundamental change. In the future, the road experience for hundreds of millions of people and companies will advance, from direct handling, to simply entering a destination and letting the vehicle drive itself. The automotive industry is moving towards a service-oriented vehicle, where the passengers or drivers and their needs are the focal point, rather than the vehicle itself. This concept is founded on the ability to continuously and securely change vehicle capabilities, instantaneously, on-demand and over-the-air (OTA) from future OEM app stores.
Just as mobile phones have become ubiquitous handheld computers, so too are autonomous vehicles quickly becoming ubiquitous “computers-on-wheels”. Similar to mobile phones and computers of today, drivers will desire additional levels of connectivity, personalization and customization to meet their changing needs over the life cycle of their vehicle.
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OEM future app stores will allow over-the-air updates and service/application downloads for vehicles - from suspension and powertrain upgrades to infotainment and cockpit design. This in essence converts the driver of a vehicle to a subscriber of services while creating new markets and additional revenue streams for OEMs.
Arm technology assists GuardKnox in making the vehicle a secured land point for applications, services and on-board data processing and storage.
Dionis Teshler, the CTO and Co-Founder of GuardKnox Cyber Technologies, has joined the Arm Innovator Program as the Automotive Cyber Security specialist.
Teshler’s goal is to position GuardKnox at the forefront of the automotive paradigm shift to generate in-vehicle high-performance computing platforms for security, safety and added functionality. This enables scalable, flexible and secure software and hardware architecture to allow vehicles to meet the challenges of rapid change and capability deployment.
Additionally, high-performance platforms enable personalization, high-performance connectivity, mobility services and safe autonomous driving without needing resource intensive vehicular hardware architecture changes – creating new revenue generating streams for OEMs.
The GuardKnox team brings decades of experience providing similar cybersecurity solutions to the Israeli Air Force systems: Iron Dome, Arrow and Israeli F-16 and F-35 Fighter Jets.
The GuardKnox Secured Network Orchestrator (SNO ) product line is composed of:
In all GuardKnox SNO products, the flexible and scalable Arm technology is used in the hardware architecture in order to facilitate the GuardKnox patented technologies unique benefits:
GuardKnox SOA patented technology creates a secure environment which enables added services and applications by hosting downloads or upgrades on the SNO platform throughout the lifecycle of the vehicle. The safety critical domain is enabled by the Arm Cortex-R lockstep processing CPUs, which allows the safety critical domain to be certified to the highest level of safety – ASIL D.
The hardware which allows successful secure SOA is based off of the capabilities of the Armv8-A architecture coupled with Arm TrustZone and an integrated Memory Management Unit (MMU) – allowing full hardware virtualization support, hardware separation between partitions, access control and enforced memory and interface separation.
Communication verification is enabled in part by the Arm processor architecture, enabling 64bit processing with an extended scalable vector instruction set to optimize real-time communication verification performance. The Arm processor is coupled with GuardKnox’s programmable hardware data flow architecture to provide line rate speeds without latency delays, all whilst conducting full verification of all communication.
Read more on the patented methodology On GuardKnox's website.
The hardware scalability ‘leaves room’ for future unforeseen data requirements as the connected and autonomous industry develops and matures. Changes in vehicle functionality will not require costly and resource intensive changes to vehicular hardware architecture. SNO’s interoperability (SOA) enables mission-critical and non-mission critical operating systems and application to run simultaneously on one ECU without interference. The compartmentalization ensures that if one application is compromised, all others will be unaffected. The Arm TrustZone and hardware virtualization support in the Armv8-A architecture allows GuardKnox’s hypervisor enabled software stack to efficiently and securely operate without interference.
In the future, GuardKnox is looking to integrate the new Arm Cortex-A65AE architecture which is the first in allowing microprocessor cores based on the Cortex-A to operate in a real-time Lockstep environment. Until recently, multiple architectures were required on a single SoC to answer all the needs in an integrated unit (Cortex-A processors for GP application, Cortex-R for real-time and safety-critical and Cortex-M or other soft processors for non-safety real-time).
From GuardKnox’s perspective, there are a number of distinct benefits from integrating the A65AE into GuardKnox’s product line:
Integration of the new arm Cortex-A65AE will consolidate all application onto a single platform.
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