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Certicom and Freescale Enhance DRM Capabilities for Mobile Devices

Certicom Security Architecture and Freescale's i.MX31 application processors increase performance and security benefits for digi

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) and Freescale Semiconductor announce the availability of Certicom Security for Digital Rights Management software for Freescale's i.MX31 multimedia applications processors. This tight integration of hardware and software security creates a trusted platform to help protect the integrity of sensitive digital rights management applications, keying material and digital content, providing a robust security framework to underpin both OMAv2 DRM and Microsoft's WMDRM implementations.

Through the Certicom Security Builder BSP (board support package), Certicom Security Architecture extends the functionality in the Freescale i.MX31 Security Controller to third-party developers, allowing them to quickly and easily take advantage of enhanced silicon performance for SHA-1 cryptographic hashing, true random number generation (TRNG) and protected key handling by coding to a well documented and widely deployed application programming interface (API).

The i.MX31 multimedia applications processors join a growing portfolio of processors supported by the Certicom Security Architecture, including Freescale's family of PowerQUICC(TM) processors, plus, chipsets from other industry-leading vendors. The Certicom Security Architecture enables device manufacturers to easily extend security to applications to meet the evolving requirements - formats, devices, and architectures - of the digital content ecosystem.

"Certicom's embedded DRM security for software, paired with the security management solution in the i.MX31, secures the system from silicon to application software further protecting the valuable assets of content providers and manufacturers," said Berardino Baratta, general manager for the multimedia applications division at Freescale Semiconductor. "Freescale's collaboration with Certicom underscores our commitment to providing our customers with a trusted platform that evolves with their requirements and meets the demands and DRM expectations of content providers."

The Freescale i.MX31 multimedia applications processors are optimized to deliver a rich multimedia experience in portable media players, feature-rich smartphones, mobile gaming consoles and ultra-portable computers. They are also ideal for portable GPS systems, PDAs and other wireless mobile consumer devices. The i.MX31 processors include leading power management, security management, digital rights management, and image processing and multimedia technology, a formidable combination of features OEMs desire to drive high-performance video, audio and 3D gaming content on secure wireless mobile consumer devices. Based on the ARM1136(TM) CPU, the i.MX31 processors are designed with Freescale's Smart Speed(TM) technology, an intelligent integrative approach that uses hardware accelerators to offload the CPU, and a crossbar switch to bring parallelism to the system. The result: ultra low power consumption and performance equivalent to processors with much higher MHz ratings.

Certicom Security Architecture is a comprehensive, modular and portable solution designed to allow developers to quickly and cost-effectively embed security across multiple families and generations of devices. The Certicom Security Architecture and Certicom KeyInject together comprise Certicom Security for DRM, which achieves DRM robustness by ensuring that only trusted applications have access to DRM resources, and that sensitive keying material is protected and inaccessible. Certicom KeyInject is a trusted key injection platform that enables device producers to track production by contract manufacturers by controlling access to keying information, metering the use of this information and generating reports on key usage.

"The excitement and huge growth opportunity in the digital content device industry is offset by uncertainty over which digital rights management scheme to adopt and how to integrate it with hardware-based resources," said Jim Alfred, director of product management for Certicom. "The best approach is to implement a flexible and extensible security infrastructure: one that interfaces with both software and hardware and supports processors that meet the evolving requirements of digital multimedia content."

The Certicom Security Architecture interfacing with the Freescale i.MX31 processor in a DRM application will be demonstrated in the Freescale booth Hall 8, Booth No. 37, 3GSM World Congress, February 13-16 in Barcelona, Spain.

For more information on the recently launched Certicom Security for DRM, visit http://www.certicom.com/drm.

Learn more about Freescale's i.MX family of applications processors at: http://www.freescale.com/imx.

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500(R), is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies with 2005 sales of $5.8 billion (USD).

http://www.freescale.com/ About Certicom

Certicom protects the value of your content, software and devices with government-approved security. Adopted by the National Security Agency (NSA) for classified and sensitive but unclassified government communications, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) provides the most security per bit of any known public-key scheme. As the undisputed leader in ECC, Certicom security offerings are currently licensed to more than 300 customers including General Dynamics, Motorola, Oracle, Research In Motion and Unisys. Founded in 1985, Certicom's corporate offices are in Mississauga, ON, Canada with worldwide sales headquarters in Reston, VA and offices in the US, Canada and Europe. Visit http://www.certicom.com/

Certicom, Certicom Security Architecture, Certicom Trust Infrastructure, Certicom CodeSign, Certicom KeyInject, Security Builder, Security Builder API, Security Builder BSP, Security Builder Crypto, Security Builder ETS, Security Builder GSE, Security Builder IPSec, Security Builder NSE, Security Builder PKI and Security Builder SSL are trademarks or registered trademarks of Certicom Corp. All other companies and products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information subject to change.

Except for historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially. Factors that might cause a difference include, but are not limited to, those relating to the acceptance of mobile and wireless devices and the continued growth of e-commerce and m-commerce, the increase of the demand for mutual authentication in m-commerce transactions, the acceptance of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology as an industry standard, the market acceptance of our principal products and sales of our customer's products, the impact of competitive products and technologies, the possibility of our products infringing patents and other intellectual property of fourth parties, and costs of product development. Certicom will not update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect Certicom's financial results is included in the documents Certicom files from time to time with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

Freescale(TM) and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. ARM is the registered trademark of ARM Limited. ARM1136 is the trademark of ARM Limited. (C) Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. 2006.

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