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Date: 03-03-13

C29x family of crypto coprocessors from Freescale

Freescale Semiconductor has introduced security accelerating C29x family of crypto coprocessors for use data center equipment to power them to handle increase in secure network traffic.

The new C29x crypto coprocessors is designed to allow multi-chip, single PCI-E card solutions to provide more than 120K RSA-2048 operations/second and delivering more than 3x the performance of more expensive PCI-E options currently available from today’s market share leader, claims Freescale.

“Internet traffic security requirements are increasingly stringent and complex, yet the security coprocessor market is currently served by very few vendors. Customers are asking us for high-performance, cost- and power-efficient choices for coprocessors,” said Tareq Bustami, vice president of Product Management for Freescale’s Digital Networking group. “Freescale has leveraged its communications processor leadership and 30 years of embedded security R&D investment to develop the new C29x crypto coprocessors, which offer the security and scalability data centers need to handle tremendous increases in data volume.”

“Freescale’s new C29x crypto coprocessor family provides OEMs with more choices and significantly lower costs at a time when network security has never been more important,” said Joseph Byrne, senior analyst with the Linley Group. “The security coprocessor space is a potentially high-margin market for Freescale’s Digital Networking business.”

Freescale’s C29x family support 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 integrates up to 10 Gbs of bulk encryption. Whether applied in a large data center blade or within a hardware security module, C29x crypto coprocessors 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.

“Ensuring the security of enormous volumes of IP traffic is one of the most pressing issues facing our industry today,” said Darren Learmonth, chief technology officer, Thales e-Security. “Freescale’s C29x successfully addresses this issue with an extremely flexible, cost-efficient solution which should prove quite compelling to the marketplace.”

Freescale to discuss applications and features of the C29x family at the Linley Tech Data Center Conference planned for February 5 & 6 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, California.

Availability and price: Freescale plans to offer samples of the first C29x device in Q1 2013. C29x variants will follow, at prices as low as $99 (USD) in 10K quantities, direct pricing.

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