Certicom Opens Design Center in the Heart of Silicon Valley to Develop Next-Generation Crypto Technology

    World Class Cryptographers and Chip Designers Team up at Scotts Valley
    Design Center to Develop Hardware-based Cryptographic Technologies

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today
announced the opening of its Scotts Valley Design Center, a new facility
dedicated to the secure development of hardware-based cryptographic
technologies. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley among leading chip
manufacturers, this design center serves as the focal point in Certicom's
strategy to deliver the highest-level of hardware cryptographic security for
communications conducted by corporations, government organizations and
individuals worldwide.
    Certicom is known for its innovation in the field of Elliptic Curve
Cryptography (ECC) and the company's Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio,
which includes more than 400 patents and patents pending worldwide, covers
many key aspects of ECC, including software optimizations, efficient hardware
implementations, methods to enhance the security and various cryptographic
protocols. Certicom's security offerings enable developers to easily address
the requirements of markets such as government communications, smart devices,
service providers and enterprise software.
    "The Scotts Valley Design Center is a state-of-the-art security software
and hardware design facility that houses Silicon Valley's most experienced PhD
cryptographers and chip designers under one roof - a rarity in chip
development today," said Dan O'Loughlin, director of hardware technology at
Certicom. "The opening of this facility reinforces our commitment to
developing best-in-class hardware security technologies and addressing the
most pressing security issues of our customers. Certicom's current hardware
customers range from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 100 global companies."
    At the new design center, Certicom engineers will address the emerging
security needs for a variety of traditional markets including government,
military, enterprise, networking and mobility. It will also address new
markets including secure RFID technologies (contactless smart cards, wireless
utility networks), industrial/sensor networks (automated factory networks,
chemical plant process controls, SCADA systems), PIV (FIPS-201 and ePassport)
and contactless payment and public transportation (electronic fare cards).
    The new Certicom Scotts Valley Design Center is located at 3600 Glen
Canyon Road, Scotts Valley, CA, roughly 30 miles south of San Jose. Pictures
of the center are available upon request.

    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

    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
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    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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For further information:

For further information: For Certicom: John Conrad, Merritt Group Inc.,
(703) 390-1538, conrad@merrittgrp.com

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