Sicon Licenses Certicom Security for Digital Content Protection



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Digital entertainment content (Hollywood
movies, for example) is worth billions of dollars at retail. The companies
manufacturing the devices that play digital entertainment content take
significant precautions to protect it. Sicon Semiconductor is one of those
companies.
    Certicom Corp. (CIC) announced today that Sicon Semiconductor has
licensed Certicom(R) KeyInject(TM) system to protect the high-definition
digital content protection (HDCP) cryptographic keys that it embeds into its
silicon chips for use in TVs, projectors, monitors and other consumer
products.
    HDCP is an industry-standard scheme designed to protect high-value
content as it travels between the source and monitors, and other presentation
devices. The cryptographic keys encrypt the content and authenticate the
monitor.
    For silicon manufacturers, the challenge is to ensure that the HDCP keys
are protected from the time they are delivered from the licensing body through
the end of the silicon manufacturing and assembly process. Failure to provide
adequate protection could be seen as a violation of the HDCP licensing
agreement, and can result in significant fines.

    Protection at each step

    Sicon Semiconductor develops state-of-the-art high-performance HDMI/HDCP
products. To ensure the security of its products, Sicon uses Certicom
KeyInject to encrypt the keys to the fabrication plant, and Certicom
Production Control Core to encrypt and authenticate the keys within the tester
- a known vulnerability as the keys are 'in the clear' just before they are
injected into the silicon.
    "There's a lot at stake in this industry, and the penalty for failing to
provide adequate protection can be crippling," says Jan-Erik Lennefalk,
Marketing VP at Sicon Semiconductor. "Most manufacturers are aware of the
vulnerabilities so, for us, the question is: Do we develop our own solution,
or go with a proven, tested solution from a company that has spent the last 20
years developing security products? We have placed our bets on the latter."
    Certicom's KeyInject system also provides a key management and audit
trail, so that companies like Sicon Semiconductor can account for the keys
used during manufacturing, and thereby detect any irregular usage.
    "Content protection is one of the most important issues facing industry
today and is a significant market opportunity for us. The value of the content
itself represents billions of dollars. When you factor in the value of a
company's reputation, you're looking at even more," says Bernard Crotty,
Certicom's president and CEO. "Certicom provides the strong security solutions
that industry players, like Sicon Semiconductor, are using to protect these
valuable assets."

    About Sicon

    Sicon Semiconductor, based in Linkoping, Sweden, is a fabless innovation
and product company with over 25 years' experience in mixed signal and analog
design. Sicon's solutions are based on its patented PSAR technology
(time-interleaved A/D architecture) for Analog-to-Digital conversion, which
enables industry-leading solutions for video and graphics multimedia
interface. The resulting performance and cost benefits allow both consumer and
professional applications to be realized. Sicon's A/D products are designed
using leading-edge standard CMOS processes. The company's unique scalable,
portable technology allows customers to secure optimum cost/performance, while
simultaneously answering their toughest TTM needs. Sicon is headquartered in
Linkvping Sweden, with development subsidiaries in Santa Clara USA, Bangalore
India and Singapore, and sales offices in Seoul Korea, Tokyo Japan and
Shenzhen China.

    About Certicom

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

    Certicom, Certicom ECC Core, 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
MCE, 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. 
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, 2006 and
filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Certicom: John Conrad, Merritt Group, Inc.,
conrad@merrittgrp.com, (703) 390-1538; Sicon: Jan-Erik Lennefalk, Vice
President Marketing, Sicon Semiconductor, jan-erik.lennefalk@siconsemi.com,
+46 13 23 42 20

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