Motorola builds security into network chips

Wednesday, 1 October 2003, 2:43 PM EST

Motorola Inc. is building security engines into processors made for network gear in homes and small and medium-size businesses.

By integrating user authentication and data encryption into the new MPC885 PowerQUICC I and MPC8272 PowerQUICC II processor families, the Schaumburg, Illinois, company said it will allow equipment vendors to both boost the performance and lower the cost of their gear. The chips are designed for a variety of devices including VPN routers, residential gateways, and wireless access points.

Security functions generally work faster on hardware than when carried out through software on a general-purpose processor.

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