SecurCore SC000

The ARM SecurCore SC000 processor is designed specifically for the highest-volume smartcard and embedded security applications. 

Overview

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.


Key benefits

  • 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.

Characteristics

Performance efficiency: 2.33 CoreMark/MHz* and 0.87/1.02/1.27 DMIPS/MHz**

   180ULL
(7-track, min 1.8v, 25°C)
 90LP
(7-track, min 1.2v, 25°C)
 40LP
(9-track, min 1.1v, 25°C)
 Dynamic Power
74 µW/MHz 11.2 µW/MHz 4.6µW/MHz
 Floorplanned area
0.125 mm2
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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Applications

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.

 

Smart cards

Electronic ticketing

 

Advanced payment systems

 

Transportation


Related IP

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:

Compatible IP
Tools
Software

Cortex-M System Design Kit (Complimentary System IP for MCU designs)

ARM AMBA DMA Designer

ARM DMA Controllers (Direct Memory Access Controllers)

ARM DS-5 Development Studio

ARM Keil® MDK software development tool

Cortex-M Prototyping System

Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard


Support

ARM training courses and Active Assist on-site system-design advisory services enable licensees to efficiently integrate the SC000 processor into their design to realize maximum system performance with lowest risk and fastest time-to-market.

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