Specialty foundry Altis Semiconductor has signed a licensing agreement with Rambus Inc. to utilize Rambus’ Cryptography Research technologies for advanced semiconductor manufacturing.
The technologies included in the agreement include differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasure techniques and are designed to protect against DPA and other side-channel attacks. The deal also extends to software developed by Altis customers when used with certain Altis manufactured semiconductors.
With more devices becoming connected, security and protection against attacks is extremely important. The use of countermeasures for DPA are becoming a crucial step toward securing electronic systems worldwide, Rambus says.
Side channel and DPA attacks involve monitoring the fluctuating electrical power consumption of a target device and then using advanced statistical methods to derive cryptographic keys and other secrets. Countermeasures help protect products against such attacks in applications such as banking, pay television, mass transit, secure ID and wireless telecommunications.
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