Corrent Achieves Ready for IBM Technology Validation

9/26/2002 - Culminating ten months of rigorous development and testing, Corrent announced that its Packet Armor Security Processor CR7120 has been validated for compatibility with IBM PowerNP NP4GS3 Network Processor based solutions. Corrent's CR7120 is the first third party silicon solution to qualify for IBM's exclusive "Ready for IBM Technology" program, which validates the compatibility of pre-configured and pre-tested solutions with IBM Microelectronics products.

"Delivering integrated solutions is essential to the success of IBM's PowerNP network processors," said Armando Garcia, vice president of network processors, IBM Microelectronics. "The Corrent CR7120 has passed a rigorous review process to meet the high standards necessary for secure deployment of web-based services."

"Corrent's acceptance into the "Ready for IBM Technology" program, validates the company's continuous efforts to develop innovative and comprehensive Internet security solutions," said Richard Takahashi, CEO and president of Corrent Corporation. "For months, Corrent worked with IBM Microelectronics to develop a fully compatible network and security processor combination. The result is an offering that will invaluably benefit our customers."

Significant Customer Benefits
As a result of Corrent's validation, Corrent and IBM customers' will benefit from faster time to market, reduced development risk, and an improved return on investment when integrating the CR7120 into equipment (e.g. high-speed routers, virtual private networks (VPN), firewalls, multi-port line cards and edge access equipment) powered by IBM Microelectronics PowerNP network processor products. Customers will also have access to driver software, as well as security APIs and a crypto library to enable faster integration of an OEM's security application.

In addition, OEMs will benefit from significant savings on precious system development time. OEMs using the IBM/Corrent solution will save months of software development by taking advantage of the work already done by both companies as a result of this validation.

First Technology of its Kind
The CR7120 is the industry's first fully integrated security processor incorporating public key acceleration, line rate encryption, and full IPSec protocol processing in a single device. The CR7120, which supports both symmetric and public key encryption standards within a single silicon device, operates at speeds up to three gigabits per second. More importantly, from a system perspective, the CR7120 maintains gigabit data rates through its highly efficient, integrated programmable IPsec packet engine. This capability sets Corrent's solution apart from the competition; none of which offer such functionality at gigabit data rates.

About Corrent
Corrent Corporation is a semiconductor and system solutions company providing high-speed security for IP networks. Corrent's scalable, channelized, high-performance architecture products performs encryption at the fastest data rates in the industry and doubling the performance of existing solutions. Advanced design techniques for both silicon, boards, and software deliver a complete sub-system solution to designers of existing and future OEM products, while providing ease of integration and time-to-market advantages. Corrent's products are designed for use in edge access networking equipment such as routers, switches, servers, access concentrators, and dedicated IP-services appliances.

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