New JV to Create Trusted Environment for Mobile Devices 

Dec. 20, 2012

ARM, the U.K.-based chipmaker that dominates in the smartphone and tablet market, this week teamed with security software makers Gemalto of the Netherlands and German firm Giesecke & Devrient to form a joint venture that is proposing a security standard separate from the operating system that can be built into the mobile devices by manufacturers. The new company, branded Trustonic, said offering a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) within the mobile device separate from the operating system provides the device immunity from malware that targets the OS.

“Trustonic builds upon decades of experience between ARM, Gemalto and G&D in developing secure technology for connected devices,” said Ben Cade, the former ARM executive named CEO of Trustonic. “The launch of Trustonic marks a turning point in our connected world. It will enable us to trust our smart connected devices to protect us as they deliver essential services and innovative user experiences.”

ARM owns 40 percent of the new JV while G&D and Gemalto each control 30 percent.