RSA, AMD team up on security for Opteron chips

RSA Security Inc. will optimize two of its encryption software products for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s 64-bit Opteron server processor, RSA said Wednesday in a release.

RSA BSafe Crypto-C and BSafe Crypto-C Micro Edition will be tailored to take advantage of the 64-bit processing technology in the Opteron chip, allowing businesses to secure their applications developed for the Opteron, RSA said.

AMD's Opteron processor is expected to be available by the middle of next year, AMD has said.

Developers use RSA's software to encrypt applications such as digitally signed forms, Internet messages and wireless communications, the company said.

AMD is trying to make migrating from current 32-bit server processors to its 64-bit technology as easy as possible for IT managers, and the customized encryption software will deliver performance benefits for encrypted applications that will run on the processor, according to the release.

Security will likely be among the concerns at Sandia National Laboratories, which announced this week it is building the fastest supercomputer in the U.S. in conjunction with Cray Inc. using the Opteron processor.

RSA did not provide any details on when the software would be available, and did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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