SOURCE: Sidense

February 23, 2007 08:00 ET

Sidense Strengthens Market Position With ViXS License Deal

TORONTO and OTTAWA, ON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 23, 2007 -- Sidense, a leading developer of Logic Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) IP cores, today announced that ViXS Systems, the leading developer of video processing and wireless solutions, has licensed Sidense's SiFuse one-time programmable (OTP) technology to provide secure key storage for its Xcode™ series of video processors.

"We continue to license our SiFuse technology to important fabless companies such as ViXS," said Xerxes Wania, President & CEO, Sidense Corp. "Our technology targets standard-logic CMOS processes and permits the flexibility to program the memory in the field, after packaging. Customers find our wide programming and operating temperatures, built-in redundancy, and the option to program the memory using a single mask equally compelling."

Hugh Chow, COO of ViXS Systems, said, "Building security features into our products is critical for ViXS because our customers demand strict adherence to current security standards, in particular DRM. With Sidense's SiFuse product, we have one of the best solutions on the market for secure key storage. Sidense's technology also complements our existing support of industry standards for conditional access and content protection including CableCARD, Microsoft DRM, DLNA and ISDB-T, as well as the two industry standards for high-definition DVD, Blu-ray™ and HD DVD. Sidense technology is compact, secure, robust and power efficient, all of which makes it our preferred solution for embedding secure digital content protection into our Xcode™ series of video processors."

About SiFuse

Sidense's SiFuse, based on the company's 1T-Fuse™ technology, is field-programmable, fuse replacement hard IP, available in densities from 128 bits to 128 Kbytes. Currently, SiFuse IP is available in TSMC, SMIC, Chartered Semiconductor and UMC 180nm, 130nm, and 90nm processes. In the future, additional process nodes including 65nm and 45nm will be available from several foundries and Integrated Device Manufacturers (IDMs). Ideal applications include electrical fuse replacement, flash and mask-programmable ROM replacement, code storage, RFID, unique ID, encryption, key storage, HDMI and digital rights management (DRM).

About Sidense

Sidense provides secure, dense and reliable non-volatile one-time programmable (OTP) memory IP cores for use in standard-logic CMOS processes, with no additional masks or process steps required. The memory is portable across several different technology nodes and foundries, and can be programmed in the field or during wafer or production testing. The company has offices in Mississauga and Ottawa, Canada and sales offices in San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit

About ViXS Systems

ViXS Systems is a fabless semiconductor company enabling video processing, networking, and wireless distribution across multiple PC and CE platforms. The company has developed high performance MPEG video processors with unprecedented capabilities for processing and distribution of broadcast quality video. ViXS solutions provide manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers and set-top boxes with proven technologies that operate within defined standards. ViXS components offer full support for HDTV, DVD, satellite or cable broadcasts and deliver the highest quality video for consumer entertainment devices, personal computing applications and multimedia gateways. To date, ViXS has issued and filed over 100 patents. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, ViXS is a global company with sales and development offices located worldwide. For more information, please visit

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