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NXP is keen to develop systems to protect connected cars from cyber attacks (Photo: NXP)

NXP will test test Trillium's SecureCAR cybersecurity software in its next-generation microcontroller platform, as the chipmaker steps up its efforts to build embedded technology that can withstand cyber attacks.

NXP said Trillium's software complements its own hardware and expands its position in automotive cybersecurity.

For Trillium, a Japanese software company founded in 2014, the joint test helps it in developing products that include lightweight encryption, authentication, cryptographic key management, and secure over-the-air (OTA) software update technology.

Cybersecurity is one of the big issued faced by carmakers as they develop full connectivity for their vehicles. Eagerly awaited OTA software updates are also delayed by fears that they would open up cars to unauthorized access.

“The connected car is the key to progress in safety, entertainment, and environmental performance," Trillium CEO David Uze said in a statement. "But until cybersecurity can be guaranteed with certainty, progress will stop in its tracks.”

In late October, semiconductor group Qualcomm announced it plans to acquire NXP in a 47 billion dlr transaction that, once it is finalized, will result in the formation of a 30 billion dlr technology group with a particularly strong position in automotive embedded systems.