Rambus inks security license agreement with Altis Semiconductor

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2016.

Rambus’ Cryptography Research division has signed a licensing agreement with Altis Semiconductor for the use of advanced security technologies. The agreement includes differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasure techniques, which are designed to protect against DPA and other side-channel attacks.

The above-mentioned agreement also covers software developed by Altis Semiconductor customers when executed on certain Altis Semiconductor manufactured chips.


“As more devices are connected, the need for superior security and protection against attacks is paramount,” said Arnaud Salomon, Executive Vice President at Altis Semiconductor. “By incorporating DPA countermeasures from Cryptography Research, integral components are made available for the robust security solutions of our customers.”

Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist of the Rambus Cryptography Research division, expressed similar sentiments.

“DPA countermeasures are a crucial element to securing electronic systems worldwide,” Kocher explained. “We’re proud to work with Altis Semiconductor to ensure that anti-tamper processor solutions are equipped with the most secure solutions.”

As we’ve previously discussed on Rambus Press, side channel and DPA attacks are non-invasive attacks that involve monitoring the fluctuating electrical power consumption of a target device and then using advanced statistical methods to derive cryptographic keys and other secrets.

Strong countermeasures to these attacks help protect tamper-resistant products used in applications such as banking, pay television, mass transit, secure ID and wireless telecommunications.