Microsemi's Next-generation CodeSEAL Tamper Prevention Software Protects Critical Algorithms from Reverse Engineering

Faster and More Secure Defense-grade Platform Ideal for Securing Embedded and Desktop Data

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Sept. 10, 2013 — (PRNewswire) —  Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced it has released a new version of its CodeSEAL™ defense-grade software protection platform, providing significant enhancements to the performance, security, and ease of tamper-prevention and reverse-engineering  protection development.

With the latest release of Microsemi's state-of-the-art CodeSEAL, critical software algorithms can be protected against the most sophisticated attackers significantly faster and more securely than previous generation solutions.  CodeSEAL enhancements include:

  • New software protection mechanisms to detect and react to the latest dynamic attacks;
  • Enhanced issue/error system providing immediate feedback for developers actively changing their unprotected software while developing a protection using the CodeSEAL Protection Development Environment;
  • Workflow enhancements to simplify protections for complex software with many source/object files;
  • Significantly decreased protection build times with enhancements to the protection insertion engine; and
  • Ease-of-use enhancements to the disassembly and source views.

"Microsemi has been developing leading-edge software protection products for over a decade, providing value and security for the most critical United States government and Department of Defense systems and data," said Charlie Leader, vice president at Microsemi. "With each new software release we provide a significantly higher security level for our customers' codes, which allows them to meet stringent requirements with considerably less effort using a highly secure, proven solution."

About CodeSEAL
CodeSEAL consists of a library of software protection mechanisms that can be inserted into desktop and embedded software applications using a sophisticated code insertion engine. Through a simple, drag-and-drop interface, CodeSEAL users can quickly augment insecure applications with protection mechanisms that fortify deployed applications against software reverse engineering vulnerabilities, debugging, tampering  and code-lifting attacks. Each CodeSEAL protection mechanism can be configured to address application-specific performance and security requirements.

CodeSEAL was built using over a decade of software protection development experience. Protection mechanisms found in CodeSEAL are designed for flexibility in speed and security and can now be inserted many times faster than previous versions. Compatible with many desktop and embedded processor architectures and operating systems, CodeSEAL is a low risk way of adding security to many software applications without compromising on performance while minimally impacting customers' development schedules. This and other Microsemi cryptography, software, and hardware products including WhiteboxCRYPTO™  and EnforcIT™ are  built in the U.S. in one of Microsemi's trusted facilities.

"The objective of CodeSEAL has always been to minimize protection development efforts while maximizing performance," said Michael Mehlberg, vice president of product management and sales at Microsemi. "The latest release provides a major step toward that goal by reducing protection time while increasing ease-of-use and the security of our protection techniques."

About Microsemi's Security Solutions
Microsemi's security portfolio includes field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), system-on-chips (SoCs), cryptography solutions, encrypted solid state drives, intellectual property and firmware. The company also offers a comprehensive suite of security-related services, as well as design, assembly, packaging and testing services.

Microsemi's maintains a DMEA accredited facility in Phoenix, Ariz. for assembly and test and a U.S. only facility in West Lafayette, Ind. for systems security engineering. Its quality and inspection system requirements are certified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and K, MIL-PRF-38535 Class Q, ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100. For more information call 765-775-1004.

About Microsemi
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance, radiation-hardened and highly reliable analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,000 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

Microsemi and the Microsemi logo are registered trademarks or service marks of Microsemi Corporation and/or its affiliates. Third-party trademarks and service marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth in this news release that are not entirely historical and factual in nature, including without limitation statements related to its CodeSEAL defense-grade software protection platform, and its potential effects on future business, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as rapidly changing technology and product obsolescence, potential cost increases, variations in customer order preferences, weakness or competitive pricing environment of the marketplace, uncertain demand for and acceptance of the company's products, adverse circumstances in any of our end markets, results of in-process or planned development or marketing and promotional campaigns, difficulties foreseeing future demand, potential non-realization of expected orders or non-realization of backlog, product returns, product liability, and other potential unexpected business and economic conditions or adverse changes in current or expected industry conditions, difficulties and costs of protecting patents and other proprietary rights, inventory obsolescence and difficulties regarding customer qualification of products. In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in the company's most recent Form 10-K and all subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi's future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.


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