The SC000 combines the low power and low area from the Cortex-M0 processor with the proven security features of Arm SecurCore processors. The SC000 is currently the most widely licensed 32-bit processor for smartcards worldwide. The programmers’ model is the same as the Cortex-M0. Therefore, the Cortex-M0 documentation listed below can be used for software development. However, explanation of anti-tampering features requires a SecurCore NDA.
- Low power, low area.
- Upward compatible with SC300 processor for straightforward software reuse.
- Fast time to market. Based on the same architecture as Cortex-M0, software development is straightforward.
- Ecosystem. Developers also benefit from the Arm partnership extensive ecosystem of embedded tools, software, and knowledgebase.
Performance efficiency: 2.33 CoreMark/MHz* and 0.87/1.02/1.27 DMIPS/MHz**
(7-track, min 1.8v, 25°C)
(7-track, min 1.2v, 25°C)
(9-track, min 1.1v, 25°C)
| Dynamic Power
||74 µW/MHz||11.2 µW/MHz||4.6µW/MHz|
| Floorplanned area
||0.034 mm2||0.008 mm2|
** The first result abides by all of the ‘ground rules’ laid out in the Dhrystone documentation. The second result permits inlining of functions, not just the permitted C string libraries. The third result also permits simultaneous (multi-file) compilation. All are with the original (K&R) v2.1 of Dhrystone.
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The SC000 embeds countermeasures against side channel attacks and fault injections. Its ultra-low power footprint makes it an ideal choice for a range of contact, contactless and NFC applications.
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The SC000 processor can be incorporated into a SoC using a wide range of Arm technology including System IP and Physical IP. It is fully supported by Arm development tools. Related IP includes:
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