Discretix And ARM To Offer A Full Solution For Secure 32-bit Flash Controllers

14 June 2005

The ARM7TDMI processor, or the SecurCore processor family, with CryptoFlash technology delivers fast and proven security for flash storage controllers

SAN MATEO, CALIF. AND CAMBRIDGE, UK - June 14, 2005  - Discretix and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], today announced that the two companies have collaborated to offer an integrated secure flash controller solution optimized for the rapidly growing removable and embedded flash-based memory markets.

Based on the integration of the industry-leading ® embedded processor, or the ARM® SecurCore™ family of processors, with the Discretix CryptoFlash™ security solution, this combination delivers a complete, robust, scalable and easily-deployed secure flash controller to the storage and mobile device industries. By leveraging proven deployment of products based on ARM processors, and Discretix's CryptoFlash technology today, product designers are able to significantly reduce the complexity of adding security to their devices.

Removable storage devices are rapidly evolving from mass storage devices into fully-fledged computing platforms capable of supporting applications such as secure storage, authentication tokens, health care and content protection. As their capabilities evolve, so does the need to increase the computing power, and as the value of the contents stored within the device increases, so does the need to deploy security. Similarly, the embedded storage capacity of the mobile devices is fast expanding, creating additional opportunities for the secure flash controller. Hardware-based security is the only way to address the stringent performance, security requirements and power limitations, while meeting the bill-of-material expectations of the device manufacturers.

Commenting on the combined solution, Bruce Beckloff, director of segment marketing, ARM said, "Discretix has captured a leading position in the market for secure flash controllers, and has established a reputation of market leadership in the area of embedded security. Combining an  processor, or the SecurCore family, with the CryptoFlash engine has produced an optimized solution for the high-end embedded and removable flash memory markets. Device and controller manufacturers now have access to a complete, scalable and pre-integrated solution for a fast time-to-market."

 "This partnership with ARM marks an important milestone in the development of the secure flash controller market," said Edo Ganot, EVP Sales and Business Development, Discretix.  "Vendors can now get a proven solution that addresses the need for high-end performance and robust security. This partnership enables the industry to benefit from the combined expertise of two industry leaders."

Any ARM processor can be used with CryptoFlash technology to provide the performance and size scalability required by products that range from simple low-cost flash controllers to those needing high performance and multi-function support such as media players. The new ARM Cortex™-M3 processor is an ideal solution for future integration where higher performance is needed as well as a small footprint.

About Discretix
Discretix is a leading provider of embedded security technology for mobile devices and flash based storage. Discretix technology, which incorporates both hardware and software components, enables security to be incorporated into products at the chipset level so that it's transparent to the user while protecting sensitive information from malicious attacks, viruses, fraud, and theft. Discretix device toolkits fit into a wide array of devices and mobile systems to enhance security, reliability, and user experience. Discretix technology benefits the entire value chain of chip and platform vendors, device manufacturers, application providers, and operators by eliminating the need for them to devote resources to security, thereby lowering operation costs, increasing trust and driving increased deployment and greater revenues. For more information, please visit http://www.discretix.com.

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.


ARM, RealView and ARM7TDMI are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. SecurCore and Cortex are trademarks of ARM Limited.  All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM"' is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; AXYS GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Physical IP, Inc.

Contacts for ARM
Michelle Spencer
Tel: +44 1628 427780
Email: michelle.spencer@arm.com

Contacts for Discretix
Alan Weinkrantz
Alan Weinkrantz and Company
Tel: +1 210-820-3070 ext. 103
Email: alan@weinkrantz.com

Edo Ganot
Discretix Inc.
Tel: +972-544-410-140
Email: edo.ganot@discretix.com


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