3Com Corp. is introducing a new family of EtherLink 10/100 PCI network interface cards, delivering high performance via a 3XP ASIC processor and an on-board encryption chip.
The card offloads key networking and security tasks from the Windows 2000 operating system to the two chips, thus relieving the system processor for other tasks.
The 3XP processor, developed by 3Com, contains an embedded ARM9 core with a 10/100 Ethernet media access controller for perform networkingng tasks, such as TCP segmentation and TCP/IP checksum. These tasks would otherwise be left for the the host system CPU. Additionally, the 3XP processor accelerates the preparation of segmented or encrypted packets for placement on the network.
According to the company, on-board encryption more than doubles throughput while reducing CPU utilization by up to 35 percent. The new NICs support encryption and hashing algorithms such as 3DES, DES, MD5, and SHA-1, including the 3DES-168 bit level of data encryption.
The EnterLink 10/100 PCI NCI family will initially be released only in the United States and Canada. The product is scheduled to be available in Q3 of this year at a list price of $120 per single pack.
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