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CHIP VENDORS Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba have announced that they will license Seeqvault, a security and rights management specification for flash memory based media.
The Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative (NSM) is a consortium of big chipmakers including Samsung and Toshiba, which has been working quietly on developing a security and digital rights management system for flash memory devices. Now the organisation has said that it will start licensing Seeqvault to firms that want to let Hollywood keep track of where media is being viewed.
NSM's Seeqvault is much like the failed Secure Digital format that was cracked even before it hit the stores. However unlike Secure Digital, its system does not require an internet connection to verify access rights. The NSM consortium said that Seeqvault works with both Windows and Android mobile operating systems and existing media formats such as SD cards and hard disk drives.
Victor Matsuda, a spokesperson for NSM said, "Seeqvault opens new possibilities for consumers interested in storing and viewing their high definition content and other data across the range of home-bound and mobile devices, particularly those using the Android and Windows operating systems. Moreover, it creates exciting new opportunities and business models for consumer electronics, mobile device and IT industries, as well as for those who create and distribute high definition content."
NSM said that its Seeqvault technology targets firms that share confidential data as well as entertainment content that is stored on digital media, and said agreements signed with firms will be available on its website. µ
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