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Certicom Opens Crypto Design Center in Silicon Valley

October 22, 2007

World class cryptographers and chip designers team up at Scotts Valley Design Center to develop hardware-based cryptographic technologies.


MISSISSAUGA, ON, /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) has announced the opening of its Scotts Valley Design Center, a new facility dedicated to the secure development of hardware-based cryptographic technologies. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley among leading chip manufacturers, this design center serves as the focal point in Certicom's strategy to deliver the highest-level of hardware cryptographic security for communications conducted by corporations, government organizations and individuals worldwide.

Certicom is known for its innovation in the field of elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) and the company's Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio, which includes more than 400 patents and patents pending worldwide, covers many key aspects of ECC, including software optimizations, efficient hardware implementations, methods to enhance the security and various cryptographic protocols. Certicom's security offerings enable developers to easily address the requirements of markets such as government communications, smart devices, service providers and enterprise software.

"The Scotts Valley Design Center is a state-of-the-art security software and hardware design facility that houses Silicon Valley's most experienced PhD cryptographers and chip designers under one roof—a rarity in chip development today," said Dan O'Loughlin, director of hardware technology at Certicom. "The opening of this facility reinforces our commitment to developing best-in-class hardware security technologies and addressing the most pressing security issues of our customers. Certicom's current hardware customers range from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 100 global companies."

At the new design center, Certicom engineers will address the emerging security needs for a variety of traditional markets including government, military, enterprise, networking and mobility. It will also address new markets including secure RFID technologies (contactless smart cards, wireless utility networks), industrial/sensor networks (automated factory networks, chemical plant process controls, SCADA systems), PIV (FIPS-201 and ePassport) and contactless payment and public transportation (electronic fare cards).

The new Certicom Scotts Valley Design Center is located at 3600 Glen Canyon Road, Scotts Valley, CA, roughly 30 miles south of San Jose.

About Certicom
Certicom protects the value of content, applications and devices with government-approved security. Adopted by the National Security Agency (NSA) for government communications, elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) provides the most security per bit of any known public-key scheme. As the global 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 and marketing headquarters in Reston, VA and offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China.


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