AMD chip targets data security

Alchemy line extended with VPN engine

AMD today unveiled its latest Alchemy embedded processor, this one pitched at network security applications.

Based on the existing Alchemy Au1500, the Au1550 integrates an IPsec- and SSL-standard VPN packet processor in hardware, connected to a true random number generator. Together, these features are dubbed the 'Security Engine'. It implements DES, 3DES, AES, ARC-4, SHA-1 and MD5 encryption technologies.

The Au1550 can handle any number of VPN tunnels at once, AMD said, courtesy of technology supplied by VPN specialist SafeNet. The chip has been developed to work with SafeNet's CGX Mobile Library security API.

The chip also features an integrated memory controller capable of talking to 400MHz DDR SDRAM. It also offers NOR and NAND Flash support and can handle PC Card and CompactFlash devices.

Operating at 0.5W, the Au1550 supports battery and Power-Over-Ethernet applications. It is available today in sample quantities at speeds of 333MHz, 400MHz and 500MHz. In 10,000 unit quantities, the chip is priced at $21.26, $26.57 and $33.75 for 333MHz, 400MHz and 500MHz versions, respectively. The part is expected to be available in production quantities in Q2. ®