Mocana secures Freescale ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 platform

San Francisco, June 20, 2012 — Smart device security firm Mocana announced that its NanoCrypto device cryptographic engine is being used by Freescale Semiconductor to provide security for its new Kinetis wireless solutions for ZigBee Smart Energy Version 2.0.

Already a Mocana customer, Freescale chose the Mocana NanoCrypto software for its new SE 2.0 project because it provided the easiest integration with their existing ZigBee Smart Energy Profile stack for the newly announced Kinetis KW-20 wireless MCU.

The ZigBee Smart Energy Profile specification uses elliptic curve cryptography for the dynamic establishment of security keys between communicating nodes.

Freescale is using the elliptic curve cryptography library in Mocana NanoCrypto for its ZigBee Smart Energy 2 software stack, which runs on their Kinetis MCUs, including their new KW20 wireless MCU, to quickly generate the encryption keys used to secure communications between two ZigBee nodes.

According to analysts at Pike Research, the global market for smart energy devices and appliances is projected to reach $26.1 billion by 2019, and they anticipates that ZigBee will lead in wireless connections to smart appliances on home area networks.

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