"Security is one of our main focus areas, and our strategy is to develop the most advanced secure microcontrollers with state-of-the-art protection mechanisms against a multitude of attacks. This agreement enables Atmel to strengthen its leadership in the security market," said Herve Roche, Atmel's Marketing Manager for Telecom and Banking.
"Atmel is a leading chip supplier in a variety of industries," said Carole Coplan, Vice President of Business Development, Tamper Resistance Solutions, at Cryptography Research. "We are pleased to include Atmel among our growing list of licensed chip suppliers."
DPA is a form of attack that involves monitoring the fluctuating electrical power consumption of a target device and then using advanced statistical methods to derive cryptographic keys and other secrets. Strong countermeasures to DPA help protect tamper-resistant chips used in applications such as banking, pay television, mass transit, secure ID, and wireless telecommunications.
Cryptography Research has been awarded a portfolio of approximately 50 patents covering countermeasures to DPA attacks.
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About Cryptography Research, Inc.
Cryptography Research, Inc. provides technology to solve complex security problems. In addition to security evaluation and applied engineering work, the company is actively involved in long-term research and technology licensing in areas including content protection, tamper resistance, network security and financial services. Security systems designed by Cryptography Research engineers protect more than $100 billion of commerce annually for wireless, telecommunications, financial, entertainment, digital television and Internet industries. For additional information, please visit www.cryptography.com.