End User Feature Enablement Option Offers Revenue Opportunity
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (November 10, 2008) – Certicom (TSX: CIC) today announced its new Asset Management System, a comprehensive infrastructure solution designed to help semiconductor companies manage, secure and control manufacturing processes in a global, outsourced manufacturing environment.
When implemented across the worldwide supply chain, Certicom AMS can deliver yield improvements that can be worth millions of dollars in savings to manufacturers by eliminating much of the waste associated with processing and further testing defective chips. In addition, the system can also deliver flexible new manufacturing capabilities to OEMs, including just-in-time feature provisioning and strong, new anti-cloning, anti-grey market protections. These capabilities save money while opening up new revenue sources for manufacturers.
When a semiconductor chip is fabricated, it often goes through more than 25 different points in the chip development lifecycle, including processing, testing and packaging. Tracking a chip’s development through the entire supply chain is extremely complicated and detection of chip failures, theft and grey-market losses usually occur near the end of its development process, if ever. This can waste millions of dollars as test time is becoming as the dominant cost of fabrication.
“The Certicom Asset Management System delivers the potential for dramatic new yield benefits for semiconductor manufacturers, in particular those companies that outsource chip manufacturing to the global supply chain,” said Bill Lattin, Certicom’s CTO. “In addition, the system can improve manufacturing operations, deliver strong brand protection and open impressive new sources of revenue. Finally companies can truly be assured that their valuable intellectual property is both managed and strongly protected as it goes through the many steps of out-sourced production in this new global manufacturing environment.”
Certicom AMS consists of a network of hardened, manufacturing-ready appliances controlled and operated by the semiconductor company. AMS appliances communicate directly to Certicom's Asset Control Core, a root of trust that is a small and efficient engine that manages the silicon and software features on the chip. Certicom’s system also features the Asset Management System Controller that creates, distributes and controls use of Feature Control Tickets.
Certicom is investing in a growing portfolio of comprehensive customer solutions based on its global leadership in security technologies, including Elliptic Curve Cryptography. For example, over the past year the company announced complete solutions for the gaming and Smart Energy markets, and also offers a comprehensive content solution for the satellite-based content management market.
“Because of our heritage of leadership in strong security for embedded markets, Certicom is uniquely suited to offer a total solution to semiconductor companies that outsource chip manufacturing to the global supply chain,” said Karna Gupta, Certicom CEO. “Certicom AMS addresses many of the manufacturing vulnerabilities inherent in the supply chain. By eliminating waste, bringing new control to chip set capabilities, and protecting designs throughout the process, AMS delivers immediate savings and revenue enhancement capabilities.”
Certicom’s Asset Management System is field proven and in use by large, global manufacturers today.
Certicom manages and protects the value of content, applications and devices with government-approved security. Adopted by the National Security Agency (NSA) for government communications, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) provides the most security per bit of any known public-key scheme. As the global leader in ECC, Certicom’s security offerings are currently licensed to hundreds of multinational technology companies, including IBM, General Dynamics, Motorola, Oracle and Research In Motion. Founded in 1985, Certicom’s corporate offices are in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with worldwide sales and marketing headquarters in Reston, Virginia and offices in Europe and Asia. Visit www.certicom.com.
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