Via Technologies released on Thursday a free software add-on that allows Java software to draw on the hardware encryption capabilities of its C7 and C7-M processors.
Via's Java Cryptography Service Provider (JCP) gives desktop and online Java programs the ability to access the AES encryption and random number generation capabilities of Via's PadLock Security Engine, the Taipei, Taiwan, company said in a statement. The JCP can be used on PCs that run either Microsoft's Windows operating system or Linux, it said.
Handing over encryption functions to PadLock means AES cipher functions will run up to 90 times faster, Via said.
Via JCP is currently available for download at the Via Arena Web site (http://www.viaarena.com).