ARM, Gemalto and G&D Launch Joint Venture to Try to Capitalize on Mobile Security
ARM, Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient today launched their joint venture, Trustonic, seeking to encourage broad deployment of technology that puts smart card-like security right on the main application processor of smartphones and other devices.
UK-based ARM, whose processor chip designs run in nearly every smartphone, along with smart card and security companies Gemalto and G&D, are investing tens of millions of dollars in the joint venture, believing the time is right for a new push to commercialize products that can secure videos and other content with digital rights management, and protect software and PIN codes on smartphones, tablets and other devices.
The companies, which announced plans for the joint venture in April, have had versions of the technology on the market for years. But they are opening up the platform to standards and adopting a uniform business model in hopes that more device makers and service providers will use it.
ARM owns 40% of the venture, while Gemalto and G&D each own 30%. The parties declined to release specific figures on funding or estimates of the value of the IP they are contributing.