prpl Perspectives January 2017
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2016 Year in Review

Happy New Year from the prpl Foundation! 2016 was a great year for prpl, an open-source, non-profit foundation focused on data center-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures, and for the markets we serve.

We're kicking off this issue of our new quarterly newsletter with a look back at prpl's activities over the past year. Clearly there is a lot here; we hope this gives you an idea of the many important initiatives in which prpl is involved. Below are the top 2016 announcements, articles, interviews and videos. I'd like to draw particular attention to the new strategic alliances we formed late last year with CABA - an international smart building association - and with the IoTSF - a UK based security initiative. We expect these alliances to provide big benefits to our respective members.  See the new member section below.  Enjoy!

Also, please see us at the embedded world conference, March 14-16, 2017 at the Exhibition Centre in Nürnberg, Germany. To set up a meeting with prpl executives at embedded world, please contact us

Best regards,
Art Swift, President, prpl Foundation

Welcome to our New Members!

We welcome new prpl members Altran, Inteno, Microsemi (formerly PMC), ADB, SoftatHome, Intercede, Intrinsic-ID, 5GIC, Synopsys (formerly Elliptic) and Baikal, as well as our new partners CABA and IoTSF.

Want to know more about membership in the prpl Foundation? 

News Releases

Alliance between prpl Foundation and IoTSF puts ‘security by design’ at the heart of embedded computing 12/8/2016
prpl Foundation collaborating with FCC Working Group 11/28/2016
prpl Foundation and CABA create important alliance to advance smart home security 11/28/2016
prpl Foundation creates IoT Trust Continuum chaired by Intercede 10/25/2016
prpl Foundation Adds Carrier Interest Group to Shape the Future of Smart Home Technology 7/18/2016
IoT Innovation in the Spotlight as prpl Foundation Continues to Grow 7/7/2016
prpl Foundation Reveals Vision for a Secure Internet of Things 1/7/2016



In 2016, prpl representatives took part in many events, sharing our vision for the future. Coming soon. you can see the prpl Foundation @ Embedded World, Nuremberg March 14th, 2017..

  • Art Swift will speak on the panel: “United We Stand; Addressing the Bigger Challenges of IoT Security with Collaboration."
Many prpl members will be at the show; so please contact us for more information, or to set up a meeting!

prpl Foundation Blogs

Open source and virtualization provide a powerful combination for wireless routers 6/14/2016
prpl Security Group & Imperas Address IoT Security Challenges via Multi-Domain Virtualization 5/18/2016
Open, Hardware-Based IoT Security Can Be a Win/Win for Innovation & Regulation 3/9/2016

Why Inadequate IoT Security Is Setting Regulators on Collision Course with Consumers and the Entire Open Source Movement 2/11/2016

 Feature Articles: prpl in the News

Interview: Cesare Garlati, Chief Security Strategist, Prpl Foundation Infosecurity Magazine, 1/3/2017.
Read more.
Share Radio interviews Cesare Garlati, chief security strategist for the prpl Foundation prpl on smart home security, The Share Radio Evening Show, Dec 13. 2106. Is the smart home a thing of the future?
Listen here.
Keeping the FCC and Open Source Happy: Prpl: Routers Can Be Secure and Open EE Journal, 7/25/2016.
Read more.

prpl Foundation Unveils the First Open Source Hypervisor for the Internet of Things 7/12/2016.
Read more.
Inadequate IoT Security Puts Regulators on Collision Course with Consumers & Entire Open Source Movement in EBN Online, 3/2/2016.
Read more.
Preventing the weaponisation of IoT Software Testing News, 3/2/2016.
Read more.
How Open, Hardware-Based IoT Security Can Be a Win-Win for Innovation and Regulation in IEEE Computing Now, 2/25/2016.
Read more.
prpl Foundation reveals secure SoC service for IoT SC Magazine UK, 2/22/2016.
Read more.
Smart cities can deliver better public service, but need secure internet of things (IoT) The Next Silicon Valley, 2/14/2016.
Read more.
How virtualization, modern silicon, and open source are conspiring to secure the Internet of Things IoT Design, 1/28/2016.
Read more.
Your boss yells 'build a secure IoT gadget' and you don't know where to start. Take a look at this The Register, 1/7/2016.
Read more.

prpl Projects

Generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer.
Learn more.

Enabling carrier-grade features to complement OpenWrt.
Learn more.

Virtualization & Security
To enable multi-tenant, secure, software environments in datacenter,
networking & storage, home, mobile and embedded.
Learn more.
Carrier Interest Group
Ensuring the technical needs of major international carriers are represented and communicated to the wider prpl community.
Learn more
Trust Continuum: Providing the guidance, APIs and framework for end-to-end trust.
Learn more

Videos and Podcasts

See the prpl Foundation Youtube channel!
Featuring a wide variety of technical and business videos.

Click here to view!

Art Swift, President | prpl Foundation  

The New Frontier in Information Security: Hardware Based Security

Simon Davidmann at Imagination Summit


Introduction to OpenWrt by Steven Barth - OpenWrt Summit  


Reports and White Papers

Smart Home Security Report

Research Findings from a prpl Foundation Study, September 2016.
Smart device adoption has reached a tipping point - the smart home is already here! But, the smart home is woefully insecure due to users’ failure to follow best practices. Smart home users do prefer security to usability, and are prepared to take more responsibility.
Download the report here.
Prpl Security Framework Application Note 

This technical note describes how to build and run a secure application according to the principles set forth by the prpl Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Embedded Computing. It demonstrates a real world implementation of the multi-domain security provided by the prplSecurity™ framework including: the prplHypervisor™, prplSecureInterVM™ communications, and prplPUF™ APIs.     
Download the report here.
Security Guidance Note 

Security is a core requirement for manufacturers, developers, service providers and other stakeholders who produce and use connected devices. Most of these – especially those used on the “Internet of Things” – rely on a complex web of embedded systems. Securing these is a major challenge, and failure to do so can result in significant harm to individuals, businesses and to nations. Guidance in this report provided by prpl Foundation will help stakeholders address the challenges to securing embedded devices.
Download the report here. is an online community by and for open source developers and users, highlighting the open source work of prpl Foundation and its members, to encourage collaboration across the community. Current subgroups include:
  • prplSecurity™ – Links and resources from the prpl security engineering group
  • Android MIPS – Tips and builds for Android integration with MIPS
  • Linux MIPS – Tips, resources and a link to the Linux MIPS website
  • prplWrt– Tips, resources and links to the prpl engineering group (PEG) supporting OpenWrt
  • OVP – Forums, resources and links to the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) website
  • QEMU – Links and resources for developers needing Quick Emulator and virtualizer technology
See projects and application notes on

Technology You Can Use!
Open Source Software Supported by the prpl Foundation

Free  open source code is available for the following programs:
  • prplHypervisor: First of its kind hypervisor for enabling security through separation. Click here.
  • System Configuration Abstraction Layer (SCAL): A pluggable abstraction API for accessing data models on OpenWrt/LEDE. Click here.
  • prplPUF API: A standard API for Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs). Click here.
  • BoardFarm: A framework to automate testing of OpenWrt routers and other devices. Click here.

Our Members

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