RSA, AMD partner to increase security in chips

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced Wednesday its Hammer technology-based processors will include RSA Security Inc.’s encryption software, and will be available in Canada beginning in March or April of 2003.

The agreement will see Bedford Mass.-based RSA’s encryption software added to AMD’s existing Athlon processors for mobile desktop and workstations. Future 32-bit and 64-bit modes of AMD’s Opteron processors will also contain the security solution.

AMD made the move to secure its processors to achieve better performance and allow software developers to protect their critical applications, according to an RSA press release.

A Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD spokesperson said the Athlon processor will also be available beginning in March or April of 2003, while the Opteron chips should be available by the middle of next year.

RSA’s BSAFE Crypto-C Edition software chosen to protect the processors is optimized for X86-64 technology, and allows developers to maintain interoperability between the wired and wireless worlds. The solution also secures mobile devices like cell phones, PDAs, wireless LAN and voice-over-IP (VoIP) equipment.

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