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September 9, 2011

Trident chooses CryptoFirewall technology for TV security

The technology simplifies compliance with content owners' anti-piracy requirements

By CBR Staff Writer

Trident Microsystems has integrated Cryptography Research’s CryptoFirewall security technology into the company’s new TSC100 family of STB System on Chip (SoCs) to provide conditional access companies and operators with hardware-level security against tampering and emulation.

The TSC100 family is part of Trident’s new generation set-top box SoCs designed for the worldwide satellite, cable and IPTV markets.

The CryptoFirewall core is an on-chip, hardware-based security block that protects cryptographic keys and computations from attack.

The Cryptography Research’s technology can prevent the theft of pay TV broadcast signals, simplify compliance with content owners’ anti-piracy requirements, and streamline product development.

Trident Microsystems Set-top Box Business Unit SVP and GM Mark Samuel said the advanced security protection provided in the solutions is a strategic differentiator for Trident.

"As high-value digital content becomes more pervasive, it is critical to develop dedicated STB solutions to counter piracy in the Pay-TV markets," Samuel said.

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Cryptography Research president and chief scientist Paul Kocher said Trident has developed an impressive platform of semiconductor solutions for digital televisions and set-top boxes to transform the consumer experience.

"Implementing our CryptoFirewall security hardware into Trident chips provides a hardware foundation that conditional access and security solutions can leverage for securing content delivery," Kocher said.

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