Kilopass and Certicom Partner to Deliver Comprehensive Security for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection



    Certicom KeyInject Integrated into Kilopass XPM Xtend to Protect Against
    Security Breaches during HDCP Chip Manufacturing Process

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) and Kilopass
Technology Inc., a leading CMOS Logic Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) IP vendor,
have partnered to develop and introduce a new embedded key storage product.
The solution interoperates with Certicom's KeyInject(TM) technology to
automate key logistics, diminish liability, improve tracking and reduce costs
related to chip manufacturing and silicon testing of enhanced High-bandwidth
Digital Content Protection (HDCP) keys.
    Through this partnership and joint product agreement, the new Kilopass
Extra Permanent Memory Xtend (XPM Xtend(TM)) licensable intellectual property
will give Kilopass customers a secure memory solution made specifically for
protecting HDCP keys. Supported by Certicom's KeyInject infrastructure, XPM
Xtend automates and secures manufacturing of HDCP keyed chips. This solution
has become increasingly important given the growing number of extremely
expensive security breach penalties involving HDTVs, recording and playback
devices and the manufacturing processes that create these products.
    Today, HDCP licensees, such as manufacturers of HDMI and DisplayPort
products, face soaring liabilities for lost, stolen or vulnerable keys -
approximately $8 million for each HDCP key exposed. For this very reason,
companies who license HDCP keys are re-evaluating whether an in-house key
management system provides sufficient protection.
    "There are many challenges that organizations face concerning the secure
manufacturing of chips that use HDCP keys. Quite often, security breaches are
perpetrated by inside employees, making this a real problem for any HDCP
licensee," said Bernard Crotty, president and CEO of Certicom. "With the
proliferation of high-definition content, the issue of content protection is
clearly on the rise. We are pleased that Kilopass has partnered with us to
offer cost-effective, end-to-end security for their customers through their
XPM Xtend solution."
    Powered by Certicom KeyInject, Kilopass XPM Xtend keeps all keys private
- from company headquarters down to the chips manufactured worldwide.
KeyInject encrypts keys using industry-standard protocols and techniques based
on Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) and the Advanced Encryption Standard
(AES), so that it's possible to secure HDCP chips during production by
controlling access to keying information.
    Now, with Certicom's KeyInject technology embedded in XPM Xtend, Kilopass
customers will benefit from an additional level of security not available
previously. XPM Xtend provides protection against key theft, human error or
flaws in cryptographic designs and implementation.
    "There's no doubt that intellectual property theft can be very costly if
a device, system or manufacturing process is breached. By leveraging
Certicom's KeyInject technology in our XPM Xtend solution, we are able to
offer the highest, most trusted security available for our customers' keys,"
said Bernie Aronson, CEO of Kilopass. "Our partnership with Certicom ensures
that our customers can securely and cost-effectively manufacture HDCP-enabled
chips."

    About Certicom KeyInject and XPM Xtend

    Working closely, Certicom and Kilopass provide a secure path for
sensitive cryptographic keys directly from the licensor of the key through to
the target device. Keys that are unique to individual devices need both a
secure NVM storage technology and a solution that protects these keys
throughout the manufacturing supply chain. Combined, KeyInject and XPM Xtend
provide security for modern semiconductor manufacturing processes as well as
at the device level with physical layer security that protects key information
inside the target device. XPM Xtend is supported for mainstream TSMC process
technologies between 180nm and 65nm today. For immediate questions and
support, please email klptinfo@kilopass.com.
    For more detailed information online, the datasheet for Certicom
KeyInject may be obtained at:
    http://www.certicom.com/index.php?action=product,keyinjecthdcp_home
    The datasheet for XPM Xtend may be obtained at:
http://www.kilopass.com/public/XPM_Xtend_DS-1.pdf

    About Certicom

    Certicom protects the value of content, applications and devices with
government-approved security. Adopted by the National Security Agency (NSA)
for government communications, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) provides the
most security per bit of any known public-key scheme. As the global leader in
ECC, Certicom security offerings are currently licensed to more than 300
customers including General Dynamics, Motorola, Oracle, Research In Motion and
Unisys. Founded in 1985, Certicom's corporate offices are in Mississauga,
Ontario, Canada with worldwide sales and marketing headquarters in Reston,
Virginia and offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe and China. Visit
www.certicom.com.

    About Kilopass Technology

    Kilopass Technology, Inc., a fast-growing supplier of embedded
non-volatile memory intellectual property, leverages standard logic CMOS
processes to deliver one-time programmable structures based on its
extra-permanent memory (XPM) technology. The memory arrays can be used for the
storage of firmware, security codes, calibration data and other application
critical information. Kilopass is headquartered at 3333 Octavius Dr. Suite
101, Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA. For more information, please visit
http://www.kilopass.com, call (408) 980-8808 or email info@kilopass.com.

    Certicom, Certicom Security Architecture, Certicom Trust Infrastructure,
Certicom CodeSign, Certicom KeyInject, Security Builder, Security Builder API,
Security Builder BSP, Security Builder Crypto, Security Builder ETS, Security
Builder GSE, Security Builder IPSec, Security Builder NSE, Security Builder
PKI and Security Builder SSL are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Certicom Corp. All other companies and products listed herein are trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information subject to
change.

    Except for historical information contained herein, this news release
contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.
Forward-looking information includes information concerning the Company's
future financial performance, business strategy, plans, goals and objectives.
When used in such documents, the words "plans", "expects", "budget",
"scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", "will",
"believes" or variations of such words and phrases often, but not always,
identify forward looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results
or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other
things: the ability of the Company to successfully implement its strategic
initiatives and whether such strategic initiatives will yield the expected
benefits; the ability of the Company to develop, promote and protect its
proprietary technology security breaches or defects in the Company's products;
competitive conditions in the businesses in which the Company participates;
changes in consumer spending; the outcome of legal proceedings as they arise;
general economic conditions and normal business uncertainty; consolidation in
the Company's industry and by its customers; customer preferences towards
product offerings; the risk that customers may cancel their contracts with the
Company; reliance on a limited number of customers; demand for ECC-based
technology; performance of the Company's management team and the Company's
ability to attract and retain skilled employees; operating the Company's
business profitably; fluctuations in revenue and foreign currency exchange
rates; interest rate fluctuations and other changes in borrowing costs; the
ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships; and other factors
identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's annual
information form dated July 26, 2007 and filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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