Rambus buying Cryptography Research for $342.5 million

Rambus will add security technologies to its intellectual property portfolio

Rambus on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire security technology company Cryptography Research (CRI) for US$342.5 million in a cash and stock deal. The move could help the company address interest among chip makers to add security features on hardware.

Rambus, which develops and licenses memory technology, said the acquisition will expand its semiconductor licensing portfolio to include CRI's intellectual property (IP) for content protection, network security and anti-counterfeiting.

CRI is run by noted cryptographer Paul Kocher, who has been credited with helping author the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) 3.0 standard. CRI's licensees include Samsung, Toshiba, Infineon, Microsoft, and NXP. Rambus said that over five billion semiconductor products are made annually under CRI's license.

Rambus is primarily known as a memory technology company for PCs and servers. The company recently expanded its range of offerings to include LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and mobile devices.

CRI's security technologies could apply across a range of technologies in Rambus' IP portfolio, Rambus’ CEO Harold Hughes said in a statement.

"With many billions of connected devices conducting electronic transactions, storing important personal data, and delivering copyrighted content, the needs for security are paramount," Hughes said.

Rambus licenses IP to chip makers, who are increasingly interested in adding security features on hardware. Intel in February completed the acquisition of security company McAfee for $7.68 billion. Intel at the time said that McAfee would help boost its software and on-chip security offerings.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags rambushardware systemsComponents

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?