ALISO VIEJO, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), a division of Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), today announced an agreement under which CRI will provide Microsemi access to CRI's secure semiconductor intellectual property. The CRI design tools will enhance Microsemi's security portfolio and ability to create extremely tamper-resistant semiconductors for certain government applications, making chips significantly more difficult to emulate, clone or reverse engineer.
"Microsemi is delighted to bring another new security offering to the government market," said Charlie Leader, vice president at Microsemi. "The tamper resistance and cryptographic security technologies that CRI has designed into these licensed design tools and products will enable Microsemi to deliver products that further protect our government customers' critical systems from serious threats."
"Security threats—such as duplication, data and intellectual property theft or loss—continue to pose problems across multiple industries, including the semiconductor space," said Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist at CRI. "Microsemi has a strong reputation in creating secure applications for the government market, and we are pleased to continue our collective work with the company to provide hardened and robust secure solutions."Microsemi is already a licensee of CRI's differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasures for its field programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions. The company's SmartFusion®2 system-on-chip (SoC )FPGA is the first SoC FPGA to provide countermeasures against DPA attacks using CRI's technology. About Microsemi's Security SolutionsMicrosemi provides uncompromising security wherever data is collected, communicated or processed, and whenever accuracy, availability and authenticity are essential. For more than 10 years, the company's security experts have been providing information assurance (IA) and anti-tamper (AT) cryptographic solutions and services to fortify critical program information and technology. Microsemi security products are used by U.S. federal organizations and commercial entities in applications requiring a high level of electronic security including financial, digital rights management, gaming, industrial automation and medical. Microsemi's security portfolio includes FPGAs, SoCs, cryptography solutions, encrypted solid state drives, intellectual property and firmware. The company also offers a comprehensive suite of security-related services, as well as design, assembly, packaging and testing services in its trusted facility.