US firm EchoStar Technologies has opted to boost the security credentials of its set-top boxes by signing a license agreement with Cryptography Research, a provider of semiconductor security R&D solutions, for the latter’s CryptoFirewall security core.
The CryptoFirewall core is a self-contained ASIC security core that provides a secure hardware foundation for signal security applications. The core is designed to protect cryptographic keys and computations within a chip even if surrounding components are compromised.
The CryptoFirewall core is integrated directly into leading video decoding systems-on-a-chip, providing a robust and cost-effective solution that is complementary with hardware and software-based conditional access solutions.
“We are committed to the strongest and most advanced security solutions, and pleased to be integrating the CryptoFirewall core into our future set-top box platforms,” said Dave Kummer, Chief Technology Officer at EchoStar.
“Cryptography Research’s technologies have an excellent reputation for securing content, and the CryptoFirewall core complements and reinforces the technologies utilised by our conditional access partners.”
EchoStar Technologies is a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, and counts US satellite operator DISH Network as its biggest customer, accounting for 77% of its 2012 revenues.