The SPAcc-HSM provides specialized access control to management and application processors.
IP and software provider Elliptic Technologies announced the availability of
its programmable and configurable security accelerator and Hardware Security
Module, SPAcc-HSM. The security engine is designed to provide protection for
sensitive data and transactions and can be shared simultaneously with an
application processor that requires lower levels of security.
SPAcc-HSM provides specialized access control to management and application
processors and helps ensure that the security boundaries between the two
domains are enforced. The sharing of cryptographic resources between the two
processors allows for significant gate count reduction and smaller memory
footprint, the company said, and noted digital rights management (DRM) and
content protection standards, such as Digital Transmission Content Protection
(DTCP), require robust security schemes to protect sensitive key information
from nonauthorized use.
many systems and SoCs, it is very important to protect and differentiate secure
transactions such as key management from other transactions." said Vijay Dube,
president and CEO of Elliptic Technologies. "Our main goal with the security
protocol accelerator SPAcc-HSM is to offer our customers the ability to share a
single proven, cost and power-efficient engine between processors with
different levels of security."
SPAcc-HSM can be preconfigured to match the system requirements and has two
traffic separation paradigms: shared mode, to allow for a more flexible context
allocation during run-time; and virtual mode, to significantly simplify the
software implementation side, but with context resources fixed between security
meet the needs of multiple security applications such as 3GPP/LTE-Advanced,
IPsec, WiMax, SRTP, MACsec and storage, the SPAcc-HSM offers support for all
required cipher and message authentication algorithms. This allows designers to
integrate security functions tuned for the specific applications the SoCs are
targeted at, Dube said.
this year the company released the HDCP 2.0 Software Development Kit. HDCP 2.0
is a security technology that addresses the content protection needs for
high-valued digital content. The SDK is a fully portable architecture that can
be used on most platforms and operating systems, including Google Android-based
devices. Elliptic's HDCP 2.0 solution is based on the latest specification HDCP
IIA Revision 2.0, and it supports all mandatory elements of copy protection,
including authentication and key exchange, content encryption and system
HDCP 2.0 SDK from Elliptic is a content protection solution for digital
audio/video entertainment content in the wireless and wireline home network
environment. The solution is targeted at OEMs and embedded system and device
manufacturers, and can be integrated into embedded components for use in
tablets, media centers, DVDs, HDTVs, set-top boxes, game consoles, streaming
controllers, laptops and other consumer electronic products.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.