Renesas and Discretix Partner for Embedded Security Solutions

12/23/2004 - Renesas Technology Corp., and Discretix, Inc. announced that the Discretix CryptoCellTM security platform has been selected to be included in the entire range of Renesas' SH-Mobile processors. Renesas Technology Corp., a leader in the mobile processor market is the joint-venture semiconductor company established by Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, NYSE: HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE: 6503). Discretix, Inc., is a leading provider of embedded security solutions for mobile devices and flash based storage.

CryptoCell will be embedded into future SH-Mobile processors at the chipset level providing the mobile device with a much greater level of security. Having a hardware-based solution also improves performance and significantly reduces power consumption, making security functions transparent to the user. CryptoCell also incorporates software components and Device Toolkits that can be used by wireless applications developers when embedding security into their applications.

CryptoCell increases the overall reliability and trustworthiness of a mobile device and the applications that run on top of it. This benefits the entire value chain by lowering the operational costs, increasing the deployment of wireless applications and ultimately driving greater revenues to the service provider. Renesas Technology expects to introduce SH-Mobile processors incorporating the Discretix technology in mobile devices on 2.5G and 3G networks in Asia, Europe and the US in Q3/2005.

"By selecting Discretix, we will be able to develop new and innovative security solutions for our OEM customers," said Shinichi Yoshioka, Department Manager, Mobile SoC Design Department, System Solution Business Group at Renesas Technology. "Security is an important foundation of our roadmap going forward. We found the CryptoCell solution to have a clear technology edge that enables us to address both current and future market requirements," he added.

"Renesas Technology is a pioneer in the mobile processor market and their selection of CryptoCell is a strong endorsement for the need to deploy robust security solutions at the chipset level," added Edo Ganot, Discretix's EVP Sales and Business Development. "We are committed to the Japanese market and enthusiastic about the broad range of applications for security, in such a highly developed market," he added.

About Renesas Technology's SH-Mobile
Renesas Technology's SH-Mobile is a flexible application accelerator that provides multimedia support for next-generation cellular phone communications. Unlike a traditional baseband CPU method that uses a single CPU to manage both signal and application processing, the SH-Mobile design approach uses a dual CPU architecture that dedicates one CPU to application execution in order to maximise communication performance. Built on Renesas' popular SuperH 32-bit RISC superscalar architecture, SH-Mobile devices offers compelling functionality such as the JPEG, MP3, acoustic echo canceller, AMR codec, MPEG4 encode/decode and Java Virtual Machine capabilities that are essential for supporting the high-end multimedia applications of next generation mobile phones. For more information about SH-Mobile, please visit:

About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. designs and manufactures highly integrated semiconductor system solutions for mobile, automotive and PC/AV markets. Established on April 1, 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503) and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Renesas Technology is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world and the world's leading microcontroller supplier globally. Besides microcontrollers, Renesas Technology offers flash memories, system-on-chip devices, Smart Card ICs, mixed-signal products, SRAMs and more.

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

Discretix and CryptoCell are trademarks of Discretix, Ltd.

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