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MStar licenses Cryptography

September 7, 2011

Cryptography Research (CRI), a division of Rambus and MStar Semiconductor, a leader in silicon solutions for the consumer and communication markets, has announced that MStar will license CRI’s CryptoFirewall security technology for integration into its multimedia system-on-a-chip (SoC) set-top box chips. The advanced security core will help MStar’s customers provide robust hardware security in their set-top box solutions.

“Integrating strong security is crucial in our effort to provide an all-in-one system-on-a-chip solution for the next generation of set-top boxes,” said Philippe Notton, DTV marketing director of MStar. “The CryptoFirewall has an impressive track record, and will help our next generation set-top box chips meet requirements for protecting against piracy and other security challenges in the pay TV space.”

The CryptoFirewall core is an on-chip, hardware-based security block that protects cryptographic keys and computations from attack. Successfully deployed in over 100 million devices, CryptoFirewall has helped eliminate signal theft in some of the world’s highest-threat environments. The CryptoFirewall core can prevent the theft of pay TV broadcast signals, simplify compliance with content owners anti-piracy requirements, and streamline product development.

“MStar has a proven history of delivering end-to-end semiconductor solutions for pay TV and various other consumer applications such as TV and mobile phones,” said Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist for Cryptography Research.

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