Texas Instruments Selects Certicom to Secure Next-Generation Of Government-Issued Identification Documents

    Certicom's Elliptic Curve and RSA Cryptography to increase security and
    performance of TI's smart IC platform

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, and DALLAS, TX, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - Certicom Corp. (TSX:
CIC) today announced that Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:   TXN) is
licensing Certicom's Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology to deliver
enhanced security as part of the TI RF360 next-generation, smart integrated
circuit (IC) platform for government-issued electronic identification (e-ID)
documents (www.ti.com/govid). With Certicom's embedded ECC technology, TI can
now offer faster and more secure processing of electronic passports
(e-passports) and other government-issued electronic IDs. (See
    Under terms of the agreement, TI is licensing Certicom's advanced low
power ECC/RSA hardware acceleration IP core and cryptographic software for its
RF360 smart IC platform. This agreement with Certicom helps position TI as a
leader in next-generation secure chip technology for the government e-ID
market and builds upon the existing alliance between the companies where TI is
using Certicom's ECC expertise and technology for standards-based RFID
authentication and encryption.
    "Combining Certicom's crypto engine with our FRAM memory and MSP430
processor core enables TI's new platform for government-issued IDs to operate
at a significantly higher performance level with respect to speed and
security," said Julie England, vice president of Texas Instruments. "This
partnership is key to offering high assurance that personal information on
government-issued passports and documents can be processed quickly and
    Implementing Certicom's ECC technology, TI can ensure long-term
compliance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
SP800-78 key management requirements for FIPS 201 Personal Identity
Verification (PIV) cards as well as with international e-passport
requirements. Compliance is also provided with Suite B key agreement
algorithms that were established as part of the NSA's Cryptographic
Modernization Program to protect both sensitive and classified data. As the
primary source of Suite B technology, Certicom is recognized by industry and
government agencies to be the leading provider of ECC and Suite B-based
solutions. Certicom holds more than 20 Suite B-related patents.
    "Cryptographic algorithms are changing. With NIST's requirement to cease
using RSA-1024 after the year 2008 for PIV key management, TI is demonstrating
security leadership by offering an e-ID platform with 256-bit ECC that is as
strong as RSA with 3,072 bits. As the market for contactless technologies,
such as e-passports, continues on a path of rapid growth, Certicom is
completely committed to ensuring that the cryptographic security of these
devices can be made robust well into the foreseeable future," said Bill
Lattin, chief technology officer at Certicom. "We look forward to further
collaborations with TI to offer their customers our efficient, next-generation
crypto solutions."

    About Texas Instruments

    A technology pioneer in secured contactless applications, Texas
Instruments delivers many innovative contactless and secured products to the
forefront of electronic ID and payments markets. ExxonMobil's SpeedPass(TM)
and the American Express Blue Card leveraged TI's technical expertise in
providing the first "pay-at-the-pump" application and the innovative clear
contactless credit card design. TI is developing faster, more secure smart IC
applications for the next generation of contactless electronic
government-issued identification. High-performance and low-power contactless
applications continue to be evidence of TI's strength in designing robust, yet
streamlined products that execute more efficiently. Capitalizing on its
competencies in high-volume semiconductor manufacturing and microelectronics
packaging, TI is a visionary leader and at the forefront of establishing new
markets and international standards for secured contactless applications. For
more information, call 1-800-962-7343 or visit the Web site at
    Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog
technologies to meet our customers' real world signal processing requirements.
In addition to Semiconductor, the company includes the Education Technology
business. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design
or sales operations in more than 25 countries.
    Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at www.ti.com.

    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,
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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; For TI: Cindy Huff, TI-RFID Systems,
(870) 688-3974, chuff@ti.com; Ashley Peterson, Bridgeman Communications, (617)
742-7270, Ashley@bridgeman.com

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