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DRM functions secure programmable connectivity platforms

Posted: 27 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:programmable connectivity platforms? DRM security? digital media?

The folks at QuickLogic have announced that they've added a suite of digital rights management (DRM) security functions, including AES encryption, to the library of IP available for their programmable connectivity platforms. The technology greatly enhances time to market and time in market for handheld electronics products. It allows developers to extend the capability of their chosen embedded systems processor with both the security and peripheral interfaces they need, via a single low power consumption IC.

Proprietary and patented semiconductor fabrication technology ensures that secret keys embedded into the device are effectively immune to reverse engineering, providing an ideal solution for securing digital media over the broad range of fast-growing consumer electronics applications such as portable media players, smart phones and navigation devices.

A typical solution that QuickLogic implements for applications might be a cryptographic function such as AES encryption combined with high-speed USB 2.0 OTG and SD memory controller interfaces. Other cryptographic functions available in QuickLogic's library include hashing functions, DES and Triple DES. Key lengths as long as 256bits, or more, may be embedded securely into a device. Other forms of DRM such as CPRM can be added to the library quickly.

This ability to provide DRM security combined with other functions means that major real-estate and BOM cost savings can be made by developers of handheld products compared with dedicated DRM ICs, or volatile forms of programmable logic that require separate SRAM configuration devices and a backup battery. Package choices for QuickLogic's programmable platforms include 6mm x 6mm BGA.

QuickLogic offers a range of innovative platforms for use with embedded systems processors, offering technology ranging from low power programmable logic fabric, to logic combined with dedicated functions. These programmable platforms allow the creation of types of devices that QuickLogic terms Customer Specific Standard Products or CSSPs. CSSP combines the proven functionality of application specific standard products, with the customer-specific functionality of ASICs, to deliver solutions that meet integration and customization requirements within days rather than months.

The ultrasecure nature of QuickLogic's patented fabrication process technology has been used in many sensitive defense related applications. QuickLogic has a strong security chain in place to protect secret keys during device manufacturing.

- Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine

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