MStar to Include Cryptography Research’s CryptoFirewall™ Security Core in Connected TV Chips

  MStar to Include Cryptography Research’s CryptoFirewall™ Security Core in
  Connected TV Chips

  Enables first IP core-based, advanced security for smart TV market; fully
 compatible with existing CAS and DRM, providing most stringent security for
                               premium content

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO & HSINCHU, Taiwan -- August 28, 2014

Cryptography Research, the security division ofRambus(NASDAQ:RMBS), today
announced that MStar Semiconductor, Inc., a leading semiconductor company for
display and digital home solutions, has licensed the Cryptography Research
CryptoFirewall^™ security core for integration into its connected TV solution
chips. The CryptoFirewall core will provide operators and over-the-top (OTT)
distributors utilizing MStar-based connected TVs with strong hardware security
to protect content and services against piracy.

The proliferation of OTT content, along with the market opportunity for
“smart” connected televisions, has created a need for security solutions that
not only offer robust protection on par with set-top-boxes, but also work
across broad ecosystems. Through adding in the CryptoFirewall core, MStar is
taking a differentiated approach by integrating a provider-agnostic security
block that resides within the SoC, available for all service providers.
Operators and OTT distributors can benefit from hardware-based security that
satisfies the most stringent requirements for premium content, all while
continuing to use their existing CAS and DRM systems.

“Increasingly, consumers want the convenience of viewing all their preferred
content from their connected TV. To enable this flexibility, connected TVs
must work with multiple operators and OTT distributors using different CAS and
DRM systems. The CryptoFirewall security core supports this complex
requirement in a unique and innovative way,” said Wayne Tsai, Marketing
Director, MStar. “The CryptoFirewall security core delivers both strong
hardware security and multi-operator flexibility in our next-generation chips
and seamlessly integrates with MStar’s TEE environment.”

“With its proven history of delivering end-to-end semiconductor solutions for
TV and impressive market share, MStar will be able to revolutionize security
in the connected TV market,” said Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist
of the Rambus Cryptography Research division. “The CryptoFirewall IP core
solution helps connected TVs achieve a similar level of content protection as
set-top boxes, while limiting the service providers’ internal engineering and
integration costs. These advancements in connected TV security are critical to
realizing the full potential of OTT content; securely and seamlessly enabling
consumers to receive content from a wide range of sources directly on their

The CryptoFirewall core is a self-contained ASIC security core that provides a
secure hardware foundation for signal security applications. The
CryptoFirewall cores enable a uniformly high level of security across
set-top-boxes and connected TVs, enabling the next wave of secure digital
distribution. The core is designed to protect cryptographic keys and
computations within a chip, even if surrounding components are compromised.
The CryptoFirewall core is easily integrated directly into video decoding SoCs
from the leading manufacturers supplying the set-top box chip market and now,
with MStar, the leading TV silicon provider. The CryptoFirewall core provides
a robust and cost-effective solution that is complementary with hardware and
software-based conditional access solutions, protecting against piracy of
content and services.

For additional information on CryptoFirewall technology or on Cryptography
Research visit

About MStar Semiconductor, Inc.

MStar Semiconductor, Inc. (“MStar”) is a world-class leader in Application
Specific ICs (“ASIC”) with a focus on consumer electronic products and
communication applications. Since the inception in 2002, MStar has established
a strong brand and leadership position in LCD controller, analog and digital
TV and set-top box by fully leveraging its core expertise of cutting-edge
design capabilities, continuous innovation and premier customer-focused
services. Headquartered in Taiwan, MStar has a comprehensive global footprint
of international R&D and customer support centers to provide a full range of
total solutions for various consumer electronic applications. For more
information, please visit

About Cryptography Research, Inc.

Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), a division of Rambus Inc., is a leader in
semiconductor security research and development. Established by
internationally renowned cryptographer Paul Kocher, CRI develops and licenses
innovative technologies in areas including tamper resistance, content
protection, anti-counterfeiting, network security, and financial services.
Over seven billion security products are made each year under license from
CRI. Security systems designed by CRI scientists and engineers protect
hundreds of billions of dollars in commerce annually. Additional information
is available at:


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