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Peggy Aycinena
Peggy Aycinena
Peggy Aycinena is a freelance journalist and Editor of EDA Confidential at She can be reached at peggy at aycinena dot com.

Synopsys acquires Elliptic: IP for a Safer World

July 2nd, 2015 by Peggy Aycinena

Once again it’s an acquisition, and once again the lucky winner’s Synopsys. This time the prize is Elliptic Technologies, “a provider of cryptography cores, security protocol accelerators and processors, Root of Trust embedded security IP modules, secure boot and cryptography middleware, and content protection IP for integration into SoCs. [In other words], security IP cores and software solutions for mobile, automotive, digital home, IoT and cloud computing applications.”

Per the Press Release: “Elliptic’s integrated solutions enable the most efficient silicon design and highest level of security to help prevent a wide range of evolving threats in connected devices such as theft, tampering, side channels attacks, malware and data breaches. As a founding member of the prpl Foundation’s Security Working Group, Elliptic has been dedicated to defining an open security framework for deploying secured and authenticated virtualized services in the IoT and related emerging markets.”

Hence it’s not surprising that Synopsys says the acquisition “demonstrates Synopsys’ continued investment in providing the electronics industry with the technology necessary for developing secure products. Elliptic’s IP complements the DesignWare IP portfolio with proven security IP solutions for identification, authentication, data encryption and content protection. IP solutions address a range of security requirements for applications including mobile, automotive, digital home, Internet of Things and cloud computing”

Per Joachim Kunkel, EVP & GM of the Solutions Group at Synopsys, “We live in an Internet-connected world and built-in security is critical in protecting devices from malware, data breaches and more. Synopsys understands the importance of providing the industry with hardware and software solutions necessary to develop secure electronic products for markets such as IoT, mobile and automotive. The acquisition of Elliptic Technologies enables us to provide designers with a broad portfolio of proven security IP solutions that help them create the SoCs that are at the heart of secure connected devices.”

Of course, Synopsys is not the only company who recognizes the need for security in the Age of the IoT. Mentor Graphics’ Warren Kurisu talks about it in this blog I posted yesterday.


Obfuscating thru Security Speak  …

* Cryptography cores including symmetric and hash cryptographic engines, Public Key Accelerators (PKA) and True Random Number Generators (TRNG) provide configurability for the essential building blocks of secure systems.

* Security protocol accelerators and co-processors including symmetric, asymmetric, MAC functions, and packet processing support major security protocols such as IPsec, SSL/TLS/DTLS, Wi-Fi, 3GPP LTE/LTE-A, MACsec, SRTP, PKI and storage.

* Embedded security IP modules establish secure hardware Root of Trust environments that enable connected devices to securely identify and authenticate themselves to create secure channels for remote device management and service deployment.

* Secure boot and cryptography middleware allow the distribution of inherited trust in systems and enable provisioning services, anti-cloning protection and anti-counterfeiting using Elliptic’s platform security environment.

* Content protection IP including HDCP 2.2 and DTCP-IP for HDMI and DLNA-enabled devices protect audio-visual content against unauthorized copying, interception and tampering.


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