SPYRUS Debuts Rosetta Micro Hardware Security Module

SPYRUS, Inc., an innovator in portable, high assurance security products, announced the Rosetta Micro, the first micro-sized, low-cost embeddable Hardware Security Module (HSM) for highly secure authentication and encryption for embedded devices. The rapid growth of capabilities in consumer electronic devices, such as PDAs or smart phones, has created a challenge to IT professionals implementing data containment and other security functions in these converged data and communications platforms. The Rosetta Micro uniquely solves this challenge.

Rosetta Micro is designed for embedded environments requiring high security, where board space and power are key limitations. It meets these requirements versus competitive products through:

  • Using the next generation Suite B algorithms, the strongest commercial-off-the-shelf cryptographic algorithms available today to protect sensitive data in these embedded devices
  • Using a high entropy internal hardware Random Number Generator
  • Measures less than 0.3 cm3 in volume or 1/66 the size of competing products
  • Draws less than 20mW of power, significantly less than competing products

These features make the Rosetta Micro ideally suited for integration into both custom and mass-market products requiring small size, low power and high security, including computers, cell phones, PDAs, routers, point of sale terminals, set top boxes and industrial control devices.

“The Rosetta Micro with its high security features is ideal for integration into modules and subassemblies to prevent cloning and piracy, or even to ensure that no unqualified gray market or counterfeit components are merged into final products,” said Tom Dickens, Chief Operating Officer of SPYRUS. “With globalization of manufacturing and the ‘flattening’ of the supply chain, the authentication of component parts becomes paramount to guarantee product quality and even to prevent the introduction of ‘Trojan’ subassemblies that may compromise a final product.”

The Rosetta Micro provides additional high security functionality such as policy enforcement features which extend next generation data containment functionality to the platforms in which it is embedded. For example, it supports a unique split knowledge feature, enabling applications to manage the device so that the device can be used only in authorized systems. It also has enabled advanced tamper-reacting circuitry ensuring all critical security parameters are zeroized if an attempt is made to tamper with the chip while it is powered on. The Rosetta Micro can be used to enable PKI-based digital certificate security to provide users with the ability to perform secure computer smart card log on, email encryption and digital signatures, and authenticated web browsing. The Rosetta Micro fully supports the CAPI Next Generation (CNG) capabilities of Windows(R) Vista(TM), as well as supporting legacy systems such as Windows 2000 and Windows XP. These advanced security mechanisms allow the Rosetta Micro to protect sensitive data from unauthorized use.

“Rosetta Micro brings a new level of information assurance for embedded environments,” said Lawrence Ricci, Director of Business Development for Applied Data Systems of Columbia, Maryland, a major provider of embedded computing platforms. “With its sophisticated military-grade level security design and algorithm agnostic cryptography, Rosetta Micro is ideal for the next generation of portable computing platforms for gaming, industrial control and military applications.”

Suite B provides a series of algorithms suitable for lifetime authentication and encryption security and is mandated by NIST for all critical infrastructure and government use after 2010. SPYRUS is the first security company to incorporate support for Suite B cryptographic algorithms, and stronger algorithms, into all its hardware and software products. Rosetta Micro also supports the legacy FIPS-approved algorithms (RSA 1024/2048, 3DES, SHA-1) for backward compatibility with existing applications. This strong security in a flexible form factor brings unprecedented assurance to mobile environments, where consumer electronic device capabilities have challenged enterprise data and communication security.

“Next generation Suite B cryptography combined with Infineon’s leading proprietary anti-tamper and zeroization capabilities make the Rosetta Micro a compact HSM-grade device suitable for the rapidly growing embedded systems markets susceptible to cloning attacks,” said Joerg Borchert, vice president of Security and Chip Card ICs, Infineon Technologies North America. “As embedded security moves towards smaller packaging and the need for lower power consumption, security in silicon, as provided by Infineon, is becoming a key differentiating factor.”

About SPYRUS, Inc.
SPYRUS, Inc. has provided innovative portable security products for the information security market since its inception in 1992. Our primary product lines of LYNKS Hardware Security Modules, Rosetta Client Authentication (smart cards, USB tokens and readers), Hydra PC Series II and Identity Management products (Signal Identity Manager and SPYRUS PKI) meet customer needs for high-assurance security. Our mission is to set the standard for the new era of multinational information sharing and long term data protection. SPYRUS, Inc. is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

About Infineon Technologies
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society including energy efficiency, mobility and security. In fiscal year 2006 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.9 billion (including Qimonda sales of Euro 3.8 billion) with approximately 42,000 employees worldwide (including approximately 12,000 Qimonda employees). With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the US from Milpitas, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX).

SPYRUS, Hydra Privacy Card, Hydra PC, Rosetta, and Rosetta Micro are either registered trademarks or trademarks of SPYRUS, Inc., in the U.S. and/or other jurisdictions.