SafeNet Licenses Security Accelerator Intellectual Property to ARM
ARM to Provide Combined Technologies for Use in ARM Core-based Systems
BALTIMORE, MD – July 8, 2002 – SafeNet (Nasdaq: SFNT), a leading provider of Internet security technology that is the de facto standard in the VPN industry, today announced that ARM has licensed one of SafeNet's security accelerator cores for use in a wide range of applications. ARM, the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit RISC microprocessor intellectual property (IP), has licensed the SafeNet EmbeddedIP™-25 Modular Multiplication and Exponentiation Accelerator Core (EIP-25), adding the proven security expertise of SafeNet to their already extensive family of processor cores.
With more than one billion ARM® core-based processors in use today, ARM has a large market share in embedded RISC processors serving industries including automotive, consumer entertainment, digital imaging, networking, storage, and wireless. ARM will license the cryptographic acceleration offered by the SafeNet EIP-25 together with its ARM core to its technology partners for use in a variety of applications including wireless chipsets and smart cards. By joining ARM's expertise, immense customer base, and position with SafeNet's expertise and technology in the security arena, a unique combination has been created to capture the increasing need for security in system-on-chip designs.
"ARM's partners are looking for secure processor solutions to serve the increasing need for ubiquitous security in business and consumer applications," said Richard York, CPU product manager, ARM. "The security expertise that SafeNet brings to ARM's portfolio of licensable IP is beneficial to the ARM partnership in building the next generation of devices. We have welcomed the opportunity to team with SafeNet to deliver strong and secure intellectual property to semiconductor device manufacturers."
The EIP-25 core is suitable for cryptographic applications needing modular arithmetic and low footprint applications like wireless application processors and smart cards. SafeNet security IP provides ARM with a flexible and highly secure processor solution for smart card system-on-chip (SoC) integration. With its small size and low power consumption, the EIP-25 meets all of the evolving industry requirements by performing RSA operations within 100 milliseconds and with power consumption of only 5 milliamps. The EIP-25 core meets stringent and certifiable security requirements--a necessity in the type of applications for which ARM's partners will use the technology.
"It is a strong testimony to the security expertise of SafeNet that ARM, the world leader in supplying semiconductor IP, has chosen to distribute our intellectual property to ARM customers," said CJ Koomen, Chairman, SafeNet Europe. "This relationship gives both companies a tremendous opportunity in the smart card market."
"We are excited about teaming with ARM to secure e-commerce through smart card applications," said Anthony Caputo, Chairman and CEO of SafeNet. "The management and engineering teams of both companies have worked closely together to create this intellectual property partnership."
The EIP-25 is now available to ARM partners for licensing through ARM with product availability at the end of Q3 2002.
About SafeNet, Inc.
SafeNet (Nasdaq: SFNT), a leading provider of Internet security utilizing its SecureIP Technology™, has set the industry standard for virtual private network (VPN) technology and secure business communications. The company brings more than 18 years of experience in developing, deploying, and managing network security systems for the most security-conscious financial institutions and government organizations around the world. SafeNet's proven technology has emerged as the de facto industry standard for VPNs, establishing the company as the provider of choice for leading Internet infrastructure manufacturers, service providers, and security vendors. Customers include Texas Instruments, Samsung, Centillium Communications, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, Nokia, and 3Com. With SafeNet securing the infrastructure of today's e-business communications, the company is opening new markets for interoperable, secure, and deployable VPN communications. For more information, visit http://www.safenet-inc.com/
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