Update: Synopsys Expands Security Solutions with Acquisition of Elliptic Technologies (June 29, 2015)
February 16, 2012 – Ottawa, Canada -- Elliptic Technologies, a leading supplier of security semiconductor IP and software announced that it has released the DVB CSA3 Descrambler, a security core that supports the latest generation of conditional access specifications licensed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and adopted by the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) consortium .
In today's world, consumers expect to experience high quality content and to have the freedom to select and control linear-TV content at home. To meet these demands, the Pay-TV operators need to ensure that the networked home multimedia platforms are more flexible, but at the same time they need to improve the security characteristics of these systems in order to protect their investment in content and services.
"With the newly released DVB CSA3 Descrambler core, Elliptic continues to demonstrate its leadership with support for the next-generation security and content protection technologies for digital broadcasting systems used in Pay-TV markets, along with emerging markets such as IPTV," said Vijay Dube, President and CEO of Elliptic Technologies. "When combined with the industry's best quality, performance and renowned post-sales support, Elliptic stands out as the preferred vendor for SoC manufacturers wishing to complete complex security designs on time and on budget."
Elliptic's DVB-CSAv3 Descrambler is a perfect fit for Set-Top Box video decoder SoCs and is offered as a high performance, descramble-only core which is capable to descramble payloads at the rate of 4.9 bits/cycle. At 250 MHz for example, the core can descramble 1.2 Gbps of traffic.
DVB CSA3 was designed to replace DVB CSA2 Common Scrambling Algorithm (CSA). This new specification provides more robust protection against attacks on video decoders that could seriously compromise the digital Pay-TV industry because DVB is a popular standardized technology used in Europe and other global regions for digital terrestrial and satellite TV. Another important improvement of the DVB CSA3 is that besides supporting DVB MPEG-2 Transport Streams, it can be used for new types of content and streams including IP-based content formats used in IPTV.