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Pijnenburg (later: Pijnenburg Securalink) 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. After chaning hands a number of times, the company is currently owned by Rambus.

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 remained 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 had thereby acquired the former Pijnenburg/Securealink division [3].

After Inside Secure had acquired the French/American company Verimatrix for US$ 145 million in February 2019 [4], the corporate group name was changed to Verimatrix on 1 July 2019 [5]. On 9 December 2019, the Verimatrix Silicon IP and Secure Protocols business was acquired by Rambus Inc. in San Jose (USA) for US$ 65 million 1 [6]. This includes the location in Vught (Netherlands).

  1. Of this amount, US$ 20 million was conditional, based on projected revenues for 2020.

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.

  • 1990
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2010
  • 2012
  • 2012
    Inside Secure
  • 2019
  • 2019
Current address
  • Rambus
    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.

  4. Jone Day, Inside Secure acquires Verimatrix for approx. $145 million
    February 2019.

  5. Verimatrix, Inside Secure Announces Group Company Name
    1 July 2019.

  6. Verimatrix, Verimatrix Completes Sale of its Silicon IP Business Unit to Rambus
    9 December 2019.
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