Broadcom Unveils E-Commerce Processor

Integrated circuit provider Broadcom Tuesday introduced a high speed, integrated processor chip, the Broadcom BCM5820, during the Networld+Interop 2000 trade show in Atlanta. The BCM5820 was developed jointly with Microsoft to secure and speed up electronic-commerce transactions for Internet Information Server/Windows 2000.

The BCM5820 CryptoNET E-Commerce Processor will deliver 15 times the performance of current software-based processors in a single chip, Broadcom said. It can sustain up to 1,000 public key transactions per second, aimed at alleviating the cryptography bottleneck in high-speed Web servers enabled for SSL (Secure Socket Layer), and frees up the host CPU's (central processing unit's) resources for other Web tasks.

The BCM5820 provides all of the cryptography and peripheral support necessary for high-performance SSL and Internet Key Exchange (IKE) encrypted connections. Samples of the BCM5820 will be available for Broadcom customers in October, with general availability in November. Sample quantity pricing will be $US200.