nRF5 SDK v15.3.0
nrf_cc310 and ARM TrustZone CryptoCell
This information applies to the nRF52840 SoC only.

ARM TrustZone CryptoCell is a hardware accelerator that is available in the nRF52840 SoC. It adds hardware support for a range of security features, including advanced features that are not covered by the Cryptography library - nrf_crypto. See the nRF52840 Product Specification for detailed information about CryptoCell.

Hardware-accelerated security operations are usually faster and consume less power than the software backend that is used by the Cryptography library - nrf_crypto. However, the CryptoCell library requires hardware support and is therefore available only on the nRF52840 SoC.

The CryptoCell library supports the following cryptographic routines:

Using the CryptoCell library

To use CryptoCell functionality, link in the runtime library nrf_cc310. The library is available in the external\nrf_cc310\lib folder. See the CryptoCell API for an overview of available functionality in the runtime library.

In nRF5 SDK, the CC310 functionality is most commonly used through the nrf_crypto APIs. See Cryptography library - nrf_crypto.
The ARM CryptoCell 310 HW and acompanying nrf_cc310 library has a single user requirement, i.e. it can't facilitate multiple calls that requires HW access at the same time. The Cryptography library APIs protects against mutiple simultaneous calls by using a mutex for all operations that require nrf_cc310 library access. If the mutex has been acquired due to an ongoing crypto operation, the Cryptography library APIs accessing hte library will report busy until the first operation is finished.

Supported IDEs

IDE Library file name
GCC and IAR 8.x <arch>/hard-float/libnrf_cc310_<version>.a
IAR 7.80.x <arch>/hard-float/short_vchar/libnrf_cc310_<version>.a
Keil <arch>/hard-float/short_wchar/nrf_cc310_<version>.lib

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