Broadcom Bolsters Security with Cryptography Research Integration on Next Generation Set-Top Box Solutions
SAN FRANCISCO, California — January 8, 2009 — Cryptography Research today announced that Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM) has signed a license agreement for Cryptography Research’s CryptoFirewall™ security technology for future integration into its multimedia system-on-a-chip (SoC) set-top box chips. The CryptoFirewall is a self-contained hardware security core designed to protect cryptographic keys and computations in a chip from attack even if surrounding components are compromised.
“Broadcom is a recognized leader in the set-top box semiconductor market, and we are pleased to collaborate with them to provide their customers with a secure hardware platform for advanced audiovisual products and services,” said Paul Kocher, President and Chief Scientist at Cryptography Research.
With the CryptoFirewall inserted in the Broadcom® STB SoC’s, conditional access providers can now directly build their solutions on Broadcom’s advanced and highly integrated platform. As a result, in addition to the security benefits, Broadcom’s CryptoFirewall integration can help reduce costs for conditional access companies, satellite, cable and IP-based television systems.
“The collaboration with Cryptography Research demonstrates our leadership and commitment to develop advanced solutions that securely access and deliver high quality programming to pay TV subscribers,” said Nicholas Dunn, Senior Director, Product Marketing at Broadcom. “We plan to work closely with Cryptography Research to enable manufacturers and service providers to maintain high levels of security at the platform level.”
A 2004 survey by the National Cable Telecommunications Association estimates that signal piracy costs U.S. cable operators about $5 billion in revenue each year. Piracy also affects cable systems internationally, as well as satellite and IPTV operators both in the U.S. and abroad.