Integrated Device Technology Inc. today will unveil a chip aimed at simplifying the bill of materials and software development effort required to add security to small-office and home-office (SOHO) networks.
The RC32365 Interprise Access device consists of a communications processor with built-in Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) acceleration and support for common wired and wireless interfaces.
Designed to replace two-chip ASIC- and software-based approaches, the device offers faster security processing speed and a flexible platform for application development for residential gateways, wireless access spoints, and virtual private network (VPN) systems, according to IDT.
While residential broadband modems can get adequate system performance running security software on top of a processor, SOHO equipment requires faster processing to support multiple network users, but can't tolerate the higher materials cost of enterprise equipment, said Matt Jones, a marketing manager at IDT's Internetworking Products Division, Santa Clara, Calif.
"It's important to integrate for cost reduction and have hardware acceleration on-board so more elegant software and higher throughput can be achieved," Jones contended. "From an application standpoint, integration of security acceleration enables easier and cheaper box solutions," for example, allowing a VPN firewall system to be built in-to a customer-premise DSL router, he said.
"People are still coming at this from an ASIC approach," Jones said. "This allows them to take that out and save cost."
The RC32365 is the first in IDT's Interprise Access family to incorporate hardware-based security acceleration. The device also integrates a 32-bit PCI controller and 16-bit PCMCIA interface to support 802.11a and b peripherals.
But while integrating silicon reduces parts count, simplifying application development is just as crucial to reduce overall system cost, according to Jones. IDT is taking a three-tiered approach to let customers choose the preferred level of software support.
For customers who choose to develop proprietary security software stacks, IDT offers a "crypto application programming interface" to ease integration with the RC-32365's drivers.
For those with a bundled IPsec function and basic firewall implementation, FreeS/WAN provides an integrated shareware package based on the royalty-free Linux operating system.
For customers looking for quick, low-cost market entry, IDT has partnered with security software vendor Intoto to deliver a fully certified VPN/firewall software package.
The RC32365 is being manufactured at IDT's Hillsboro, Ore., fab using 0.18-micron process technology. The device operates at 150MHz and is available in 256-ball BGA packages for commercial and industrial temperature ranges.
Samples are available, with production slated for the third quarter. Pricing is $17 in quantities of 10,000.