IBM Obtains Approval to Ship 256-Bit PCs Globally

IBM is expected today to announce that it has obtained approved from the US government to sell business computers with 256-bit digital key decryption globally.

Peter Hortensius, IBM director of emerging technology, said that IBM is believed to be the first such company to win approval.

The IBM PC 300PL computer and IntelliStation workstations each feature a security chip embedded on the system boards. The cryptographic microprocessor enables key decryption for privacy and digital signatures. It further allows 256-bit keys to store data locally or over a distributed network.

The PCs will be exported starting March 10. The US government eased export restrictions, but still forbids shipments of cryptographic technology and machines to some nations, such as Cuba and Iraq.

The IBM secure PCs start at $US1,289 for the PC 300PL and at $2,109 for the IntelliStation. Additional information is available at http://www.pc.ibm.com/ww.ibmpc/security/.

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