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Cryptography Research and Discretix sign developer agreement for DPA countermeasures

July 2012 by Emmanuelle Lamandé

Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), a division of Rambus, and Discretix announced they have entered into an agreement enabling Discretix to develop products incorporating Differential Power Analysis (DPA) countermeasures for use by licensees of CRI’s DPA patents. Discretix is a provider of field-proven content protection and embedded security solutions for mobile applications.

“Discretix CryptoCell with DPA countermeasures is a certification-ready semiconductor IP platform for the secure element market. Including DPA countermeasures into this product and other enhanced Discretix offerings will help our customers achieve the required certifications at minimal cost and effort,” said Asaf Shen, VP marketing, IP products of Discretix.

DPA is a form of attack that involves monitoring the fluctuating electrical power consumption of a target device and then using statistical methods to derive cryptographic keys and other secret information from that device. Strong DPA countermeasures are important for securing mobile devices, bank cards, pay television systems, secure identity products, secure storage media, anti-tamper products and other electronic systems and components.

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