Western Digital Collaborates With lowRISC and Google to Increase Security Transparency in Data-Centric Platforms
OpenTitan Open-Source Project Aims to Deliver Silicon ‘Root of Trust’ Chips for Integration from the Data Center to the Edge
The OpenTitan project was established with the belief that the ability to understand, inspect and verify a device from the chip to the application is critical in data security. As it’s open, adopters of the new OpenTitan framework can now review, audit and contribute to OpenTitan’s register-transfer level (RTL) reference design, firmware and integration guidelines. This transparency will help to create more secure RoT solutions and enable continued innovation.
“As the volume and value of data continues to grow exponentially, so does the need to keep that data safe and secure,” said Dr.
As part of the company’s ongoing participation in the OpenTitan project,
OpenTitan Helps to Make RoT Chips More Transparent, Trustworthy and Secure
A RoT is a function or element in a computing module that is always trusted by the computer's operating system. It serves as the foundational trusted element in a linked chain, in which each element is secured by a prior trusted element. In this way, a RoT can ensure the overall security for multiple constituent elements in a larger complex system. Key benefits of the OpenTitan RoT include:
- Transparency: Adopters can inspect and contribute to OpenTitan’s design, firmware, and documentation, helping to build more transparent, trustworthy hardware RoT chips that benefit everyone.
- High quality: OpenTitan’s goal is to build and maintain a high-quality and logically secure RTL design, firmware, and documentation. The project is staffed by expert engineers focused on rigorous design validation and technical documentation, all based on key learnings from designing Google’s Titan chips.
- Flexible: Adopters can increase their total addressable market and reduce costs by using a single platform-agnostic hardware RoT design that can be integrated in data center servers, peripherals, and any other hardware platforms.
“Customers are asked to put faith in proprietary hardware RoT chips for their mission-critical systems without the ability to fully understand, inspect and, therefore, trust them,” said
OpenTitan is managed by lowRISC, an independent not-for-profit engineering organization that uses collaborative engineering to develop and maintain open-source silicon designs and tools.
“At lowRISC, our mission is to establish a vibrant ecosystem around open silicon designs and to help lower the barrier to producing custom chips,” said
- To learn more about Western Digital’s participation in OpenTitan and the benefits for data-centric devices, visit Dr. New’s blog here: https://blog.westerndigital.com/opentitan-safer-more-transparent-data-infrastructure/
- For further details on OpenTitan, visit the Google Security Blog: https://blog.westerndigital.com/opentitan-safer-more-transparent-data-infrastructure/
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