Intertrust integrates Cryptography Research security cores

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 
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Intertrust Technologies Integrates Advanced Security Cores from Rambus Cryptography Research Division to Protect Digital Content Delivery to Consumer Devices

  • CryptoFirewall™ core enhances ExpressPlay™ and gives content providers access to higher levels of security

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS) today announced that Intertrust® Technologies Corporation, a leading provider of trusted computing technologies, will integrate its CryptoFirewall™ advanced hardware security cores with ExpressPlay™ cloud service. This integration enables Intertrust to provide content distributors with an unprecedented level of hardware security in compatible consumer devices. Smart 4K UHD TVs are the first target devices for this integrated security solution.

“Security risks are pervasive, so it’s important to have an extremely robust and highly flexible security solution to protect digital rights,” said Talal Shamoon, CEO at Intertrust Technologies. “The technologies developed by the Cryptography Research team have an excellent reputation for securing content, and the CryptoFirewall core complements and reinforces our full range of cloud-based security solutions.”

“As a leading digital TV software-based solution, Intertrust’s ExpressPlay is providing an important layer of the overall security platform,” said Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist of the Rambus Cryptography Research division. “By integrating our hardware cores with Marlin DRM, this solution can provide a robust, flexible, and cost-effective foundation to more effectively protect content and services from theft.”

The CryptoFirewall core, developed by Cryptography Research, is a self-contained ASIC security core that provides an ultra-secure hardware key engine for content protection applications. The core is integrated directly into leading SoCs used in TVs, set-top boxes, and other devices, and provides ‘smart card within a chip’ level end-point security. The core is designed to protect cryptographic keys and computations within a chip even if surrounding components are compromised.

The CryptoFirewall core complements Marlin DRM and helps content distributors meet MovieLab’s Enhanced Content Protection specifications for hardware root of trust. Intertrust jointly developed the specifications for the open standard Marlin DRM system for consumer devices and services with Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Philips. Marlin offers sophisticated copyright management for playing media content distributed over mobile, broadband, broadcast and other distribution channels. Marlin seamlessly ports licensed content across devices and services in a consumer’s home or personal domain and supports a large and flexible set of business models for content distribution. Marlin is deployed worldwide and is currently one of the fastest growing DRM technologies in China.

Intertrust also operates ExpressPlay, a highly scalable cloud service for content protection. The ExpressPlay service provides a complete, ready-to-go Marlin DRM system with a cloud service to easily manage content protection usage, and tools to integrate Marlin into devices and distribution platforms. ExpressPlay DRM supports many video formats including MPEG-DASH HLS, Smooth, and MP4. These standards are important for reducing the cost of video distribution and work with an increasing number of smart TV devices running apps that combine broadcast TV content with the best of Internet content. Intertrust operates ExpressPlay services in China and worldwide.