HP TO TAKE CRYPTOGRAPHIC CHIPS FROM RAINBOW.
Hewlett-Packard Co is to OEM cryptographic accelerator chips from
Rainbow Technologies Inc for its HP 9000 servers. Irvine,
California-based dongle maker Rainbow now also sells co- processors to
speed up encryption, and says its PCI board CryptoSwift accelerators are
capable of handling over 200 transactions per second, and can perform a
reference RSA signature in 5 milliseconds. A 400MHz Pentium II processor
would take five times longer to do the same task, according to Rainbow.
HP will use the accelerator in conjunction with its secure web server,
providing a boost in performance for customers running SSL and SET
security protocols for secure e-commerce applications. HP expects
cryptographic accelerator cards to be in the first quarter of 1999 in
the US and Canada, and is working on an agreement for worldwide exports.