Intel puts security on networking chip

Intel Corp. Tuesday released a network processor, the IXP2850, that combines packet processing capabilities with integrated encryption and data-integrity features on a single piece of silicon to reduce power consumption and space requirements.

Designed for applications such as virtual private networks and storage area networks, the IXP2850 can handle applications such as load balancing among multiple Web servers as well as process encryption and data integrity standards like DES, AES and SHA-1 at speeds up to 10G bps (bits per second), Intel said.

The IXP2850 is part of Intel's IXP2800 family of network processors, which is based on the company's Xscale processor architecture and designed for use in high-capacity routing and switching equipment at the core of a large networkThe IXP2850 is priced at US$725 in "high volume," Intel said.

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