Intel expands LAN security offerings

Intel introduced three new Ethernet network adapters with LAN capabilities at the RSA Conference 2001 security show Tuesday.

Based on the Intel 82550 Fast Ethernet Controller, the cards feature an on-board encryption coprocessor designed to take stress off of the network by offloading encryption from the processor, the company said in a statement.

The Intel PRO/100 S Dual Port Server Adapter has two network connections, enabling up to twice the bandwidth per PCI (Peripheral Component Interface) slot. The second connection supports load-balancing, which splits the traffic between the two connections, so that neither is overwhelmed. Having two connections on one adapter means that if one cable breaks, the other can handle the traffic.

The other new adapters released Tuesday are for the mobile PC market. The PRO/100 S Mobile Adapter and the PRO/100 S Combo Mobile Adapter. Both mobile adapters feature Intel's Smart PowerDown technology, which extends battery life when disconnected from the network. The adapters also allow companies to encrypt data while it is travelling on the network without sacrificing speed.

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