New Generation of Single-chip Cryptographic Cores Now Available from M-Systems' Fortress Security Division

7/24/2002 - The Fortress Security Division of M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH), a leader in flash disk data storage products, today announced the availability of a new generation of SuperMAP (Modular Arithmetic Processor) cryptographic cores, which implement sophisticated, public key cryptography and conventional data encryption algorithms on single-chip computers.

This unique combination of software and hardware-based cores, capable of performing complicated operations independently of the central processing unit (CPU), resides on a small silicon area. SuperMAP cryptographic cores enable M-Systems to provide clients with security, performance and power consumption levels that are setting the highest standards in the secure-chip industry.

For its size, this new generation of SuperMAP cryptographic cores has the most cost-effective and best performing RSA 1024-bit key signature found in the industry (as low as 13 milliseconds). It also offers support for any key length limited only by RAM size and a new hardware-embedded secure hash algorithm (SHA-1).

The latest generation of SuperMAP has a flexible, super-scalar multiplier that can be tailored to meet performance and power consumption requirements. The new design offers increased algorithmic/logic design resistance to simple and differential power analysis (SPA/DPA) through timing and power consumption levels that give no content indication. The new SuperMAP family can even place the host CPU in sleep mode while implementing security algorithms -- a useful feature for applications, such as cellular phones, where power consumption must be kept low.

Additionally, SuperMAP has the widest algorithm support, including Public Key Infrastructures (PKI) with RSA or Elliptic Curve Cryptosystem (ECC), Symmetric Block Cypher and Data Hashing. It also contains support for the new Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm.

"I am very proud of our new generation of crypto core products," said Dan Dariel, manager of M-Systems' Fortress Security Division. "SuperMAP's new features and performance show that M-Systems is committed to providing the leading technology in the industry. We will continue to license this intellectual property to leading manufacturers and will begin to integrate it into M-Systems' other products in the not-too-distant future."

Previous-generation MAPs are embedded in tens of millions of smart cards used in applications such as banking, interactive TV, and m-commerce, as well as the subscriber identity module (SIM) smart cards for mobile applications. Emerging applications that are being targeted include digital rights management (DRM) and secure, mass storage.

About M-Systems' Fortress Security Division
The producer of SuperMAP, M-Systems' Fortress Security Division (formerly Fortress U&T) has more than a decade of experience in the secure-chip industry, and holds over 14 patents. This mature, field-proven intellectual property is licensed to four of the top ten silicon fabrication plants. It is also licensed as a soft core for integration into proprietary customer products. More information about M-Systems' Fortress Security Division can be found at

About M-Systems
M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH) is a leader and innovator of flash-based data storage products known as flash disks, which provide the functionality of a mechanical hard drive in a silicon chip. M-Systems' products - DiskOnChip®, DiskOnKeyTM and Fast Flash Disk (FFD)TM - are found in applications in a vast array of markets, including connected devices, mobile and telecom. Among M-Systems' technologies are TrueFFS® for flash management and SuperMAPTM for security and protection. For more information, please contact M-Systems at

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