4/29/2003 - Interphase Corporation (NASDAQ: INPH), an international supplier of next-generation networking technologies, publicly unveiled the first of a new family of products designed to address the board-level network security market. The new product line is part of a comprehensive strategy to develop and deliver the required building blocks for flexible, next-generation networking systems.
Traditionally, network security has been a function of embedded software driven by the host CPU in a system. As the security demands placed on current systems increase, the host can become congested with processor-intensive functions, resulting in decreased efficiency. The new 45NS and 55NS adapters from Interphase are designed to eliminate the bottleneck on network traffic caused by today’s VPNs, gateways, secure routers, and firewalls. Integrating the Interphase security accelerator cards into these applications will increase network efficiency and response times by offloading bandwidth-intensive IPSec security protocol processing from the host CPU in systems. By providing intelligent packet processing, the 45NS and 55NS modules can perform a variety of functions addressing the complex security needs of today’s enterprise and carrier grade systems, including header analysis, payload extraction, compression, encryption, authentication, and packet assembly.
Based on the Hifn security processor, the 45NS and 55NS adapters accelerate basic security algorithms, including DES, 3DES, MD5, SHA-1, RC4, and AES. Other product features include a 64-bit, 66MHz PCI bus with universal signaling, 64 Mbytes of private memory for security session data and parameter storage, and support for full duplex OC-3 (155Mbps) rates and 512K simultaneous sessions. The 45NS and 55NS are based upon PMC and PCI specifications, which have the flexibility to operate in a variety of environments, including CompactPCI, PCI, VME, and proprietary systems.
"As network speeds increase, next generation security solutions will rely heavily on hardware acceleration products designed to offload host CPUs from process-intensive security functions, freeing up host processor cycles and thereby improving system performance,” said Greg Kalush, President and CEO of Interphase. “Hardware-based security solutions also provide an added layer of security from malicious hacking, improving on the software-based solutions in use today.”
According to International Data Corporation (IDC) research, the market for network security hardware, software, and services is forecasted to reach $45 billion by 2006. The security hardware market is expected to yield the strongest growth, with an estimated compounded annual growth rate of 25 percent. The new security product family from Interphase addresses a significant portion of the network security hardware market, including VPNs, gateways, secure routers, firewalls, and IADs.
“With the introduction of our network security products, Interphase builds on our already diverse portfolio of communications and computing solutions,” said Kalush. “As recent events highlight, network security is an enormous need confronting all of Interphase’s current target markets, including carrier, enterprise, and military customers.”
About Interphase Corporation
Interphase enables rapid platform design and integration for the global voice and data communications markets through custom and off-the-shelf communications equipment, embedded software development suites, and systems integration and consulting services for telecom and enterprise networks. The company's products connect computer and telecommunication servers to Wide Area Networks (WANs), Local Area Networks (LANs) and Storage Area Networks (SANs) using Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Ethernet, Signaling System 7 (SS7), IP, Fibre Channel, HDLC, Frame Relay, and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) technologies. Headquartered in Plano, Texas with offices across the United States, Paris, Munich, Helsinki, and Bangkok, Interphase 2002 revenues were $25.1 million. Clients include Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Alcatel, IBM, Compaq, Motorola, Fujitsu, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Additional information about Interphase and its products is available through the company’s web site at www.interphase.com.
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