LONDON Emblaze Semiconductor and M-Systems' Fortress Security Division are collaborating to develop processor architectures with tighter security functions than available with existing multimedia processors for the mobile market.
As part of the agreement, Emblaze will integrate M-Systems' SuperMAP cryptographic coprocessors, software protocols and application program interfaces (APIs) into its next generation multimedia processors.
The companies say the handset architecture will provide the tightest digital rights, device and connection security, while maintaining low power and high multimedia processing performance.
The SuperMAP range of low power cryptographic coprocessors implements public key cryptography such as RSA and Elliptic Curve (with single step multiply and divide), as well as conventional symmetrical data encryption and data hashing algorithms.
The patented cores execute cryptographic functions in hardware while being driven by software.
Dan Dariel, manager of M-Systems' Fortress Security Division, commented: "More than just licensing our IP, this agreement with Emblaze represents a significant security
partnership that implements a 'trusted handset architecture' so desperately needed within the mobile market."