November 14, 2013

Athena Vice President to Speak at 2013 SemIsrael Conference

Pat Rugg to Present High Performance Security and Signal Processing

Gainesville, FL- November 14, 2013 - The Athena Group, Inc., the worldwide leader in high-performance public key and elliptic curve cryptography, today announced that Pat Rugg, Athena´s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, will be a featured speaker at the SemIsrael Conference being held November 18 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Rugg will present “Silicon-Proven IP Cores for Next-Generation Security and Wireless SoCs” at 13:40 on the IP and Cores track.

“Next-generation SoCs require next-generation IP not only to capture the requisite functionality, but in order to compete in the marketplace,” said Pat Rugg. “SoC designs are not only exploding in complexity, but also in the array of technologies required. Competition dictates that IP solutions, for both security and communications, will be fundamental to product differentiation and relied upon for product success.”

Drawing on decades of market experience, Rugg will discuss how achieving system-level security now requires advanced solutions for protection of both data at rest and data in motion, both on and off the SoC. While security was once required only for military and financial systems, the investment in today´s SoCs, both in software and in hardware, mandates that commercial systems of every type invest in protection of their IP embodied in that software and hardware.

About SemIsrael Expo and Conference 2013
SemIsrael Expo 2013 is the #1 Professional Semiconductor Event in Israel. The event brings together hundreds of Israeli semiconductor professionals from all fields and aspects of the semiconductor industry. The Expo will host over 1,000 semiconductor professionals from all the Israeli semiconductor community: local fabless & startups, local R&D offices of multinationals and IDMs, foundries, design houses, labs, and universities.

Athena´s TeraFire® Security Accelerator Cores
With a complete family of security IP cores and software and multiple levels of performance for every function, Athena supports your product succession strategy. TeraFire cores have been delivered in technologies ranging from FPGAs to ASICs, ready for integration into your product. Whether your next application is a low speed data terminal or a high performance network security appliance, Athena is ready to help you analyze your security hardware requirements and customize a package of functions for your specific application.

About The Athena Group, Inc.
For over 25 years, Athena´s leading-edge security and signal processing intellectual property (IP) cores have set the standard in overall performance, efficiency, and silicon area. Today, Athena offers a broad portfolio of solutions, from ciphers to security microprocessors, and from transforms to high performance FFT arrays. When your project needs world-class FPGA or ASIC technology, talk to Athena.

Athena was founded in 1986 and is privately held.
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The Athena Group, Inc.
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Gainesville, FL 32601
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