Infineon AUDO MAX SHE Enhances In-Vehicle Security and Tamper-Proofs Electronic Control Units

Nov 21, 2011 | Market News

Neubiberg, Germany – November 21, 2011 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) now offers 32-bit microcontrollers of the AUDO MAX family with integrated security hardware. The new AUDO MAX SHE microcontrollers extend the tamper-proofing of electronic control units (ECU) and protect against tuning, for example. AUDO MAX SHE enables automotive manufacturers to ensure the integrity of their ECUs and to guard better against exposure to liability claims. Today three products of the AUDO MAX family come with SHE (Secure Hardware Extension) functionality.

By introducing AUDO MAX SHE, Infineon has a head start over other semiconductor manufacturers in meeting a wish for improved tamper-proofing and anti-theft protection of automotive control units expressed by the “HIS” (Manufacturers’ Software Initiative) Working Group on Security. Members of this working group are Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen. Security solutions have so far been confined to software level or were coupled with additional external hardware, meaning they were easily circumvented. Infineon offers more than this basic software protection because AUDO MAX SHE monolithically integrates a secure keystore which cannot be read without access authorization. Infineon’s integrated solution has the advantage over the version using external security chips that the communication does not run via interceptable external bus systems.

In addition, SHE has a cryptographic module which encrypts access codes with up to 128 bits. SHE is complemented by an array of hardware functions which, for example, prevent the application code from being illegitimately read and altered, or identify ECUs in the system network. These are important functions for tamper-proofing control units and protecting them against theft. Even if such an ECU were to be fitted in another identical vehicle, its engine performance characteristics could not be changed: the cryptographic individual key of an ECU has to match all the cryptographic keys within the ECU network of a vehicle. And that key is safely stored in the SHE.

Infineon’s AUDO MAX SHE brings security from the software level to the hardware. Thus, for example, the keystore cannot be read by the diagnostic software and therefore the secret keys are protected particularly well from software attacks. Furthermore, AUDO MAX SHE guards very effectively against any tampering even during boot-up: the secure boot feature ensures that only the original software is loaded during the boot process.

“Our AUDO MAX is a 32-bit microcontroller for powertrain and chassis applications providing very high performance and real-time capabilities. It ranks among the best currently on the market,” said Peter Schaefer, Vice President and General Manager, Microcontrollers, Automotive Division of Infineon Technologies AG. “By incorporating SHE, the AUDO MAX microcontroller provides security in every respect: functional reliability, data integrity and tamper-proofing.”


The AUDO MAX microcontroller family incorporating SHE currently comprises three products, each with 4 MB flash memory but differing in terms of clock frequency and package: TC1798 (300MHz, BGA-516), TC1793 (270MHz, BGA-416) and TC1791 (240MHz, BGA-292). All are available in sample quantities. Volume production has begun for the TC1793 and is set to begin for the TC1798 and TC1791 from Q1/2012. Infineon’s future 65nm eFlash microcontrollers will offer and significantly extend the SHE functionality with a Hardware Security Module (HSM).

Further information

You will find further information on the AUDO MAX microcontroller family and on Infineon’s microcontrollers and electronic products for automotive applications at,

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility, and security. In the 2011 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of Euro 4.0 billion with close to 26,000 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY). Further information is available at

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