Product of the Day: PMC/PCI Network Security Co-Processor Modules

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Product: PMC/PCI Network Security Co-Processor ModulesManufacturer: InterphaseAddress: 2901 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 200               Plano, Texas 75093Telephone: 214-654-5000E-Mail: fastnet@iphase.comURL:

Intelligent Packet Processing for IPSec and SSL Acceleration

Interphase enables rapid platform design and integration for the global voice and data communications markets through custom and off-the-shelf communications equipment, embedded software development suites, and systems integration and consulting services for telecom and enterprise networks.

The company's products connect computer and telecommunication servers to Wide Area Networks (WANs), Local Area Networks (LANs) and Storage Area Networks (SANs) using Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Ethernet, Signaling System 7 (SS7), IP, Fibre Channel, HDLC, Frame Relay and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) technologies.

The new 45NS (PMC) and 55NS (PCI) network security acceleration modules from Interphase are designed to free up host CPU cycles used for embedded security software processing in today's VPN, gateway, secure router, firewall, IAD, and general enterprise network access servers. Integrating the Interphase security accelerator cards into these applications will increase network efficiency and response times by offloading bandwidth-intensive IPSec and SSL security protocol processing from the host CPU, and the hardware-based architecture of this solution will provide a new level of reliability to network security applications. By providing intelligent packet processing, the 45NS and 55NS modules can perform a variety of functions for addressing the complex security needs of today's enterprise and carrier grade systems, including header analysis, payload extraction, compression, encryption, authentication, and packet assembly.

Based on the specialized Hifn 7854 security processor, the 45NS and 55NS modules accelerate basic security algorithms including DES, 3DES, MD5, SHA-1, RC4 and AES. Other product features include support for full duplex OC-3/STM-1 (155Mbps) rates, true random number generation, a 64bit/66MHz PCI bus with universal signaling, 64MMB private memory for security session data and parameter storage, and support for up to 512K simultaneous sessions. Based on PMC and PCI architectures, the 45NS and 55NS have the flexibility to operate in a variety of environments, including CompactPCI, PCI, VME, and proprietary systems. The xxNS solutions will be initially offered with a development environment for Linux O/S environments utilizing the FreeSWAN IPSec stack. Custom software development is also available via the Interphase Professional Services Group.

  • Intelligent Packet Processing for IPSec and SSL Acceleration, offloading host CPUs of process-intensive network security functions in next generation applications such as VPNs, Firewalls, Secure Routers, IADs, Gateways, and Enterprise Network Access Servers.

  • Specialized Hifn 7854 Network Security Processor enables support for up to 512,000 simultaneous sessions.

  • Supports all major security and compression protocols including IPSec, 3DES, SSL, AES, and SHA.

  • Modular designs for a variety of environments including PCI, CompactPCI, VME, and proprietary architectures.

  • Additional features: support for full duplex OC-3/STM-1 (155Mbps) rates, true random number generation, 64 MB of private memory, public key support with built-in public key processor.

  • Software development tools for Linux utilizing the FreeSWAN IPSec stack (Custom development also available).

Headquartered in Dallas, Interphase has offices across the United States, Paris, London, Munich and Bangkok, Interphase 2001 revenues were $28.7 million. Clients include Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Alcatel, IBM, Compaq, Motorola, Fujitsu, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.


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