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NDS Announces Availability Of Mobile DRM Application Based On ARM TrustZone Technology

14 February 2005

NDS implements the first OMAv2 DRM solution leveraging the ARM TrustZone Software API which together delivers interoperable security and reduced porting costs

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – Feb. 14, 2005 –  NDS Group plc (Nasdaq/Euronext Brussels:NNDS), a leading supplier of conditional access systems and mobile Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions, and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], today announced at the 3GSM World Congress, Cannes, the availability of the industry’s first Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) v2 compliant DRM solution based on the ARM® TrustZone™ software API.  The TrustZone software API provides a common framework for secure application developers, reducing porting costs and enabling greater compatibility across multiple platforms.

By integrating the NDS mVideoGuard™ mobile DRM technology, mobile operators, service and content providers can protect their content property rights while ensuring high quality downloaded content continues to drive revenue and profits.  The ARM TrustZone technology, which includes software co-developed with Trusted Logic, is specifically targeted at securing consumer products such as mobile phones, PDAs, set-top boxes and other systems running open Operating Systems (OS), such as Symbian OS, Linux and Windows CE. It ensures reliable implementation of security critical applications and services such as network virus protection, VPNs and DRM.  The TrustZone software API provides application developers, OEMs and service providers a robust and open security framework based on ARM TrustZone technology that facilitates interoperability and enables them to leverage their software investment in multiple market areas.

“Strong content protection technology enables high-quality content rights to be secured and ensure that the use of such content will drive new revenues and profits,” said Joseph Deutsch, director of business development, NDS.  “By building our mobile DRM solution on ARM TrustZone technology, we can decrease porting costs and time-to-market, thus, enabling operators to offer the rich mobile media content that consumers are demanding now.” 

“DRM was the hot application that we had in mind when Trusted Logic and ARM took the decision to develop the software security framework on top of the TrustZone hardware platform,” said Dominique Bolignano, CEO, Trusted Logic.   “By successfully using the TrustZone software API to implement a DRM solution, NDS has demonstrated that TrustZone technology meets ISV and user expectations.”

“The combination of ARM TrustZone technology-enabled processors and TrustZone software provides the basis for a highly robust security system, with minimal impact to the core power consumption, performance or area. Together with NDS, by using the TrustZone API we can help deliver highly secure and successful digital products based on ARM TrustZone technology-enabled processors,” said Lance Howarth, director, Embedded Software, ARM. “ARM invests 35 per cent of revenue in R&D and this is reflected in the innovative digital solutions we enable organizations to deliver to market.”

Availability
The TrustZone software will be available for licensing from ARM in Q2 2005. The TrustZone software implements the TrustZone software API which has been defined together with leading security stakeholders. Partners are invited to join in the further development of the API under the TrustZone software API Specification Participation Agreement. The Specification will be available as a free, public and open standard for the promotion of interoperable security standards.

About NDS
NDS Group plc (Nasdaq/Euronext Brussels: NNDS) is a leading supplier of open end-to-end digital pay TV solutions for the secure delivery of entertainment and information to television set-top boxes and IP devices. See www.nds.com for more information about NDS.

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products.  Combined with the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.

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