Firm offers security IP for SoCs - Embedded.com

Firm offers security IP for SoCs

SAN FRANCISCO — Information security provider SafeNet Inc. Wednesday (Jan. 25) introduced an intellectual property (IP) product said to enable semiconductor companies to build high-performance, full data plane security processing into next-generation system-on-chips (SoCs).

SafeNet (Belcamp, Maryland) said the SafeXcel IP Inline Security Engine takes a step beyond traditional SoC security architectures with micro-programmed hardware for intensive packet classification, filtering and flow processing for every packet. The result, the company said, is superior data rates across all packet sizes and a significant reduction of general-purpose processor utilization for security functions.

“We understand the level of investment and complexity involved in new semiconductor designs, and set out to be the perfect security partner by eliminating this element of risk in the SoC project,” said Henk Pruim, vice president and general manager of SafeNet’s OEM Networking division, in a statement. “SafeNet delivers both the security IP and the complete security software that customers will use on the OEM’s finished chip.”

According to SafeNet, the Inline Security Engine delivers precisely the throughput levels the market requires, to above 1 gigabit-per-second for average-size packets. For designs that already include or do not require packet classification and flow processing, the product is also available in a configuration that includes only the inline cryptographic processing functionality, the company said.

Pricing information was not provided.

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