2/20/2003 - Network Associates, Inc. (NYSE: NET), a leader in network security and availability solutions, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN), the worldwide leading supplier of wireless integrated circuits, announced at the 3GSM World Congress that the companies will work together to provide a wireless security solution for OMAPTM application processors targeting 2.5G and 3G wireless handsets and other mobile devices. This relationship demonstrates the parties´ strong commitment to provide the needed security solutions for the growing wireless industry including mobile operators, platform providers and device manufacturers as reflected in the recent Network AssociatesTM wireless security initiative and TI´s release of new OMAP processors and complete GSM/GPRS chipsets with the industry´s first on-chip security hardware.
By working in conjunction with TI, Network Associates McAfee® Security products will be able to communicate below the application layer of devices ensuring that phones using TI´s OMAP processors are protected from malicious code. In support of this initiative, Alain Mutricy, TI vice president and worldwide OMAP platform general manager, will speak at the McAfee Security wireless security event Tuesday, February 18 at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France. In his presentation, Mutricy will elaborate on the need for handset manufacturers to provide users with protection against malicious threats and content security on handsets using TI´s popular OMAP platform.
"Power-efficient and virtually transparent security measures are necessary for the deployment of wireless applications. TI is focused on developing secure wireless technology to enable increased communication with the optimal combination of performance, increased battery life and enhanced services," said Mutricy. "As the leading anti-virus and content security vendor in the security industry, Network Associates complements TI's on-chip hardware security to enable the rapid development of secure 2.5G and 3G wireless handsets and PDAs."
This relationship will provide the technology advancements in content protection needed to guard future wireless users and wireless operators from the negative effects of malicious code and SPAM. Leveraging TI's proven capabilities in wireless communications and on-chip security hardware along with the versatility of OMAP processors, Network Associates is able to create security software that leverages the powerful blend of real-time processing and low power consumption needed in next generation devices.
"With security breaches in wireless communications estimated to cost mobile operators more than 30 percent of their revenues by 2005 according to recent Mercer Management Consulting research, Network Associates has taken yet another proactive step in developing the security needed to protect sensitive data while minimizing the future threats of the evolving wireless environment," said Arvind Narain, senior vice president of McAfee Security. "Network Associates together with TI's OMAP group provides a powerful combination for the advanced security of tomorrow's wireless devices and applications through innovations in next-generation multi-tiered security technology."
Network Associates is a member of TI´s OMAP Developer Network, a group of leading software developers porting advanced applications to TI´s high performance, power-efficient OMAP processors. Handset manufacturers adopting OMAP devices enjoy the rapid deployment of compelling wireless applications - including streaming audio and video, multimedia messaging, gaming, security, speech recognition, location based services and mobile commerce - across all leading operating systems. Systems level integration services are also provided worldwide by independent OMAP Technology Centers. The OMAP platform has been selected by leading manufacturers, such as Nokia, Palm, NEC, Fujitsu, LG Electronics, Panasonic, HTC and many more for their 2.5 and 3G wireless devices. For more information, please visit www.omap.com.
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