SAN FRANCISCO—Taiwan's MStar Semiconductor Inc. will license security technology for integration into its set-top box SoCs from Cryptography Research Inc. (CRI), a division of Rambus Inc., the companies said Tuesday (Sept. 6).
MStar (Hsinchu, Taiwan) will incorporate CRI's CyrptoFirewall technology in its chips to help customers incorporate robust hardware security into their set-top boxes, the companies said.
The CryptoFirewall core is an on-chip, hardware-based security block that protects cryptographic keys and computations from attack, according to CRI (San Francisco). Successfully deployed in more than 100 million devices, the CryptoFirewall core can prevent the theft of pay TV broadcast signals and simplify compliance with content owners' anti-piracy requirements, according to CRI.
"Integrating strong security is crucial in our effort to provide an all-in-one system-on-a-chip solution for the next generation of set-top boxes," said Philippe Notton, DTV marketing director at MStar, in a statement. "The CryptoFirewall has an impressive track record, and will help our next generation set-top box chips meet requirements for protecting against piracy and other security challenges in the pay TV space.
You completely misunderstand what the CryptoFirewall does -_-. It's not a network firewall intend to protect your privacy. It has nothing do with virus invading your microwave. This is a DRM-like technology meant to prevent you from stealing free IPTV.
With the coming demand of smart appliances and wired home, security is no doubt a crucial subject. I am sure no one is looking forward to household appliance being hacked. Nor can we live with a virus invaded microwave oven.
Firewall is a complicated piece of IT equipment. What is required to get average Joe be able to re-configure a firewall to fit his need? Or firewall configuration will be done automatically and intelligently.
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