AMSTERDAM – 08 September 2016 – MStar Semiconductor, Inc., a leading semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, and Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security, today announced a partnership to enable the secure delivery of premium content to Android set-top boxes (STBs). Through this partnership, Irdeto and MStar now provide a comprehensive set of hardware and software security technologies for Android STBs.

Android provides the basis for new user experiences that consumers want and the flexibility that pay TV operators need; however, the platform also presents a major challenge to secure. Providing high-value, premium content requires employing innovative hardware and software security solutions to ensure the platform cannot be compromised. By combining the strength of Irdeto’s dynamic security technologies, including Irdeto Cloaked CA and Irdeto ActiveCloak with the MStar’s SOC implementation of Irdeto FlexiCore, the partnership provides operators with peace-of-mind to securely deploy Android solutions.

Applying security to an open platform like Android is critical given the investment required to roll-out new set-top boxes. Implementing dynamic security technologies such as anti-debug, integrity verification, code diversification and white-box cryptography are crucial to remain secure in a world of evolving threats.

“The Android platform is a convenient platform for operators to deploy many new services to fulfill end-user demand. Integrating Irdeto’s flexible security technology into MStar SOC enables deployment of multiple business models while ensuring a secure platform to protect operators’ revenue. Our integration of Irdeto security on the Android platform with TEE successfully combines the benefits of that OS with robust, future-proof security that can support even the most stringent requirements, such as for 4K or UHD. We are proud to combine forces with Irdeto to present this solution to fulfill our customers’ demand,” said Wayne Tsai, Marketing Director, MStar.

“As the demand to deploy next-generation platforms like Android STBs has increased, so have the number of threats targeting these devices,” said Steeve Huin, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Irdeto. “As a result, it is critical for operators to employ a security solution that is flexible and is able to rapidly respond to changing threats. This collaboration with MStar provides operators with an easy and secure way to leverage Android.”

About MStar Semiconductor, Inc.

MStar Semiconductor, Inc. (“MStar”) is a world-class leader in Application Specific ICs (“ASIC”) with a focus on consumer electronic products and communication applications. Since the inception in 2002, MStar has established a strong brand and leadership position in LCD controller, analog and digital TV and set-top box by fully leveraging its core expertise of cutting-edge design capabilities, continuous innovation and premier customer-focused services. Headquartered in Taiwan, MStar has a comprehensive global footprint of international R&D and customer support centers to provide a full range of total solutions for various consumer electronic applications. For more information, please visit www.mstarsemi.com.

About Irdeto

Irdeto. Building a Secure Future.™

Irdeto is the world leader in digital platform security, protecting platforms and applications for media & entertainment, gaming, connected transport and IoT connected industries. Our solutions and services enable customers to protect their revenue, create new offerings and fight cybercrime. With nearly 50 years of expertise in security, Irdeto’s software security technology and cyber services protect over 5 billion devices and applications for some of the world’s best-known brands. Our unique heritage as a subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers (JSE: NPN) means that we are a well-established and reliable partner to help build a more secure future. Please visit Irdeto at www.irdeto.com.

For further information about Irdeto please contact:

Katie Walsh
Director, Corporate Communications, Irdeto
Mobile: +1-603-738-9599
Email: katherine.walsh@irdeto.com