Interphase Premiers Internet Protocol Security Acceleration Cards

4/30/2003 - Interphase Corporation (NASDAQ: INPH), an international supplier of next-generation networking technologies, announced its new Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) accelerator cards at the Real World Linux Conference in Toronto, Canada (Booth #319), the first two products in a new line of network security solutions.

The new Interphase 45NS (PMC) and 55NS (PCI) network security acceleration adapters 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 for addressing the complex security needs of today’s enterprise and carrier grade systems, including header analysis, payload extraction, compression, encryption, authentication, and packet assembly.

Traditionally, network security functions were a function of embedded software driven by the host CPU in a system. As the security demands placed on current systems increase, the host becomes congested with these processor-intensive functions, resulting in decreased efficiency. The 45NS and 55NS solutions from Interphase resolve this issue by providing the specialization of network security processing and the reliability of a hardware-based design, freeing up cycles on the host CPU for performing other functions more efficiently.

"This new class of products will improve our customers' overall system performance by offloading security-processing cycles from the host CPU," said Randall McComas, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Interphase Corporation. "The 45NS and 55NS are premium IPSec acceleration products featuring 500Mbps 3DES throughput, which is greater than our closest competitor at a more affordable price."

Based on the Hifn 7854 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. Based on PMC and PCI specifications, the 45NS and 55NS have the flexibility to operate in a variety of environments, including CompactPCI, PCI, VME, and proprietary systems.

"We are confident in the capabilities of the Interphase design team to utilize the full performance capabilities of our HIPP security processors in their board-level hardware designs." says Doug Makishima, VP of Marketing at Hifn, Inc. “Our HIPP Security Processors are designed to be the most advanced in each of their respective classes, and are easily-integrated into a broad array of systems requiring secure access, ultimately benefiting the end customer."

During the two-day conference, Interphase is demonstrating the 55NS adapter in a simulated application running IPSec in a Linux operating system environment utilizing the FreeSWAN IPSec stack. The 55NS is also being featured in the New Product Pavilion at Real World Linux.

The 45NS and 55NS are currently sampling, and will be generally available with Linux drivers and FreeSWAN IPSec stack integration software in early June, 2003.

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

Interphase and the Interphase logo are registered trademarks of Interphase Corporation.

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