Vivace Licenses Discretix CryptoCell Security Platform

Vivace Semiconductor, a leader in digital media processing chips, and Discretix announced that Vivace has licensed Discretix CryptoCell(R) security platform for Vivace’s VSP family of processors, providing a complete security solution to Vivace’s portable media player, smart phones and mobile handset customers. The Discretix CryptoCell platform combined with Vivace’s high performance ViViD(TM) media processing core provides multimedia devices with the highest level of content protection, enabling a broad range of premium content services.

Moving forward, the CryptoCell security platform will be adopted across Vivace’s VSP family of next generation media processors and will be fully integrated with its existing OMA and WM-DRM 10 to provide a high performance, tamperproof DRM solution. Additionally through licensing the CryptoCell(TM), Vivace will be eligible to gain full FIPS 140-2 certification.

With CryptoCell technology in place, Vivace’s mobile media player customers will benefit from a robust cryptographic framework that supports a complete range of protection, from boot-level security to advanced digital rights management. The addition of CryptoCell security platform onto Vivace’s family of processors will give portable media player and handset manufacturers optimized security that covers the device as well as all onboard applications and content protection support.

Mark Indovina, CTO of Vivace said, “Discretix is providing an integrated security platform optimized for mobile environment that greatly enhances the Vivace product roadmap and strategy for content protection. The CryptoCell security platform will be incorporated initially into the Vivace VSP-200 providing the best possible solution required by portable media player manufactures and service providers worldwide. Through integration of the Discretix’ CryptoCell solution, Vivace will significantly accelerate the time-to-market of equipment manufacturers in various markets by releasing one of the first fully integrated multimedia SoC solutions that supports both OMA and Microsoft DRM.”

“Hardware-based security – integrated into the multimedia processor – is essential for robust content protection in the handset and mobile device markets,” said Edo Ganot, EVP Business Development of Discretix. “Discretix is pleased to be partnered with Vivace in driving the deployment of premium mobile services. The combination of Vivace’s ViViD media processing and Discretix’ CryptoCell offers device manufactures a unique combination of innovative multimedia solutions together with robust content protection.”

About Discretix
Discretix is a leading provider of embedded security technology for mobile devices and flash memory. Discretix technology, which incorporates both hardware and software components, enables security to be incorporated into products at the chipset level, making it transparent to the end-user while protecting sensitive information from malicious attacks, viruses, fraud, and theft. Discretix’ solutions are deployed in a wide array of devices and mobile systems to enhance security, reliability, and user experience. Discretix, a privately-owned company, serves the needs of some of the world’s best-known semiconductor and device manufacturers and was ranked by Gartner as the embedded security market leader for the second year in a row in 2005.

About Vivace
Vivace Semiconductor develops high-performance, low-power video processing chips that are optimized for the needs of high-growth consumer market segments. Its chips support a full range of video and audio standards, are based on the company’s proprietary ViViD(TM) Media engine and include a complete software suite for media processing and a fully programmable, open platform for additional software integration. Its initial product line is aimed at developers of portable media players and integrated digital display/TV products. The company is based in Beverly, Massachusetts and Beijing, China.

Vivace and ViViD are trademarks of Vivace Semiconductor, Inc. Discretix and CryptoCell are trademarks of Discretix Technologies Ltd.