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Crypto coprocessors enable data centers to scale with increases in secure network traffic

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 10:24am

Crypto coprocessorsFreescale Semiconductor introduced the C29x family of crypto coprocessors – a new lineup of security accelerators engineered to help the world’s top data center equipment manufacturers efficiently scale to handle dramatic increases in secure network traffic. The new crypto coprocessors enable multi-chip, single PCI-E card solutions providing more than 120K RSA 2048 operations/second and delivering more than 3x the performance of more expensive PCI-E options, according to the company. The C29x family is positioned as offering scalability in both power and performance. The family is designed to accelerate RSA (up to 4k key sizes), Diffie Hellman, and Elliptical Curve Cryptography (ECC) algorithms, and it integrates up to 10 Gbs of bulk encryption. Whether applied in a large data center blade or within a hardware security module, these crypto coprocessors are said to consume minimal power for thermally constrained designs. The products can be used in single- or multi- chip PCI-E end point card configurations, or can operate as standalone processors.

Freescale Semiconductor, www.freescale.com

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