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November 8, 2012updated 04 Apr 2017 4:12pm

EC approves smartphone and tablet security JV

The European Commission has cleared a joint venture between Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and British chip designer ARM to develop and market Trusted Execution Environments (TEE) for smartphones and tablets.

By Zak Garner-Purkis

The European Commission has cleared a joint venture between Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and British chip designer ARM to develop and market Trusted Execution Environments (TEE) for smartphones and tablets.

A TEE creates a separate secure operating system for consumer electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs that runs alongside the main operating system. Applications, such as mobile banking apps can use a TEE to provide an additional level of security services.

The Commission did raise concerns was that ARM in particular could develop a system that would shut out competitors of the joint venture from the market. Or design its IP in a way that would degrade the performance of alternative TEE solutions.

In response, ARM has agreed to provide the necessary hardware information to competitors which sufficiently satisfied the Commission.

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