ViXS Announces Advanced Embedded Security Architecture

Sep 08, 2011, 08:00 ET from ViXS Systems Inc.

ViXS' XCode® 4210 Processor System-on-Chip Fully Integrates the Cryptography Research CryptoFirewall™ Security and Demonstrates the SypherMedia International Kernel™

TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - ViXS Systems Inc. announced today that it is the first silicon vendor to implement the CryptoFirewall™ security core by Cryptography Research, a division of Rambus, and demonstrate it with the SypherMedia International (SMI) Kernel security code. CryptoFirewall™ and SMI technology will be demonstrated on XC4210 Soc in the ViXS Suite at IBC.

"The collaboration with Cryptography Research and SMI demonstrates our leadership and commitment to develop next generation platforms with advanced security solutions for the Pay TV market," said Sally Daub, president and CEO of ViXS. "We plan to work closely with Cryptography Research and SMI to enable manufacturers and service providers to maintain high levels of security at the platform level."

The CryptoFirewall core is a separate hardware-based security block that protects cryptographic keys and computations, providing resistance to the full range of attacks, including reverse engineering, glitch/fault induction, power analysis, protocol attacks and imaging/microscopy. It is designed to complement existing anti-piracy architectures, including software conditional access and hardware conditional access solutions. The patented tamper- and emulation-resistant techniques, derived from Cryptography Research's semiconductor security research, have made it possible for the CryptoFirewall architecture to help successfully secure over 100 million chips.

"Security is a major requirement for digital entertainment services," said Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist at Cryptography Research. "This ViXS platform provides system operators with robust hardware security tightly integrated with video decryption and processing."

SMI provides the framework for the Customer Headend and enables secure key management and entitlement generation for the CryptoFirewall core. SMI also provides the software Kernel for the Set Top Box (STB), which stores entitlements and passes them to the CryptoFirewall hardware security core. The software Kernel is designed for easy integration into ViXS' Xtensive™ software developer's toolkit.

Dennis Flaharty, President of SMI, stated "SMI has been very pleased working with ViXS Systems and we have been impressed with the breadth of their technical offerings. It is exciting to see the technologies from all three companies come together inside this chip and we congratulate ViXS on being the first to demonstrate the complete solution."

The CryptoFirewall core's end-to-end hardware security and the SMI software Kernel's integration layered together provide a simple-to-deploy and extremely robust foundation for video security. The approach provides secure key management and derivation in dedicated head-end and System-on-Chip hardware across all major forms of service distribution including satellite, IPTV, cable and digital terrestrial.

About ViXS Systems Inc.

ViXS is a multimedia solutions innovator providing technologies for processing, managing, securing and distributing high quality video and audio allowing seamless control, conversion, and connectivity between many classes and sizes of digital entertainment devices.

ViXS supplies advanced System-on-Chip semiconductors, software solutions and hardware reference designs for the world's top manufacturers of Digital TVs, DVDs, Set-top boxes, Personal Video Recorders, PCs, Network-Attached Storage devices, Residential/Home Gateways, Blu-ray players/recorders, as well as Broadcast and Professional Equipment OEMs.

ViXS is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with global operations and offices in Europe, Asia and North America. ViXS has filed more than 275 patents worldwide with over 85 patents being issued to date. Listed for four years running as one of Deloitte's fastest growing North American companies, ViXS is setting new standards in the way digital entertainment is viewed and transmitted across an endless array of multimedia products.

The ViXS logo, and Xtensive are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of ViXS.

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About Cryptography Research

Cryptography Research, a division of Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS), develops and licenses innovative technologies in areas including tamper resistance, content protection, network security, and financial services. Over five billion semiconductor products secured by Cryptography Research's technology are made under license annually. For additional information please visit

About SypherMedia International

SypherMedia International, Inc. provides security technologies for digital television, digital media distribution, media storage and retrieval, and secure transaction technology. In addition to secure architecture systems design and development for Pay TV, SMI provides solutions for network infrastructures and secure data distribution. SMI has an extensive patent portfolio for hardware and software Intellectual Property protection including the SypherMedia Library Circuit Camouflage technology to protect semiconductor integrated circuits from reverse engineering. For additional information, please visit

SypherMedia, SypherMedia International, SypherMedia GateKeyper, SMG, SypherMedia Kernel, SMK and SMI are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of SypherMedia International, Inc.

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