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Pijnenburg   Securealink
Pijnenburg was a developer of Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) in Vught (Netherlands). In the 1990s, Pijnenburg became known for their in-house developed range of cryptographic chips, such as the PCC100. The development of crypto chips was split-off as Securealink, where the well-known range of SafeXcell processors was developed. The company is now part of Inside Secure.   

In 1992, Pijnenburg was one of the first companies in the world to develop a single-chip DES algorithm, the PCC100. The chip was used by several manufacturers in equipment for financial transactions. The chip was followed a few years later by the PCC200 RSA chip, and in 1997 by improved versions of the two co-processors: the PCC101 (Tripple DES) and PCC201.

In 1994, Pijnenburg did the backend processing of the so-called General Crypto Device (GCD), a universal cryptographic chip that was developed by several parties including SICAN in Germany and Philips Crypto BV in the Netherlands.

In the early 2000s, the crypto-division was separated-out and went on as Pijnenburg Securealink BV. The PCC-range was extended with some new developments for SSL and crypto-accelerators. In 2002, Securealink was bought by SafeNet Inc. in the US for approx. US$ 14 million [1]. Securealink became part of the Embedded Security Division of SafeNet and developed the SafeXcel range of cryptographic (co)processors, such as the one shown here.
Layout of the SafeXcel 5140 cryptographic co-processor

On 26 February 2010, the Embedded Security Division of SafeNet, of which the former Securealink was part, was aquired by AuthenTec in the USA. The SafeXcel-range is still available from them. In October 2012 it was announced that Apple had agreed to buy AuthenTec. A month later, on 21 November 2012, Inside Secure in France took over the Embedded Security Solutions activities from Apple and has thereby acquired the former Pijnenburg/Securealink division [3].

Crypto chips
  • General Crypto Device (GCD), backend processing
  • PPC100, DES 20Mb/s, 1992
  • PPC200, RSA
  • PPC101, Tripple DES (3DES), 1997
  • PPC201, RSA 1024, 1994
  • PPC2010, 3DES, RSA, MD5
  • PPC2020, embedded ARM-7 processor, 2001
  • PCC3030
  • SafeXcel (range of processors) 1
  1. The SafeXcel range of cryptographic processors was acquired by AuthenTec in 2012. AuthenTec in turn was acquired by Apple in October 2012, who sold the SafeXcel range on to Inside Secure a month later.

Current address
  • Inside Secure
    Boxtelseweg 26A
    5261 NE  Vught
    The Netherlands
    Phone: +31 (0)73 6581900
  1. Bit & Chips, Parallele beveiligingsprocessor Safenet ontlast CPU
    Website (Dutch), 13 October 2005. Retrieved November 2012.

  2. Liquidweb, SafeNet Completes Acquisition of Securealink
    Website, 3 Jan 2002. Retrieved November 2012.

  3. Bits & Chips, Inside neemt Nederlandse beveiligingsexperts over van Apple
    Website (Dutch). 21 November 2012.
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