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  • Nippon Chemi-Con, Mentor Graphics to Sell Encryption Technology
  • March 12, 1999 (TOKYO) — Mentor Graphics Japan Co., Ltd. said it is collaborating with Nippon Chemi-Con Corp. in sales of intellectual property (IP) related technology in the encryption area.
    In Japan, Mentor Graphics Japan will sell and support the IP developed by Nippon Chemi-Con.

    Nippon Chemi-Con owns IP technology for enciphering circuits for the fast data encipherment algorithm (FEAL) developed by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp.

    Mentor Graphics Japan will transfer the encryption technology into software IP using a hardware description language, and the company will then market it.

    The U.S.-based Mentor Graphics Corp.’s technology development unit in the U.K. holds data encryption standards and the software IP for the RSA encryption. However, these are not available in Japan because of an embargo on the export of such technology.

    This collaboration will enable Japanese users to adopt state-of-the-art encryption technology, company officials said.

    The FEAL technology features common-key encryption functions to convert 64-bit data into a cipher and vice versa. The FEAL is offered at a licensing fee of 10 million yen (120.68 yen = US$1).

    (Nikkei Microdevices)

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