Today’s networks are the backbone of an increasingly connected world, transporting high-definition content, rich multimedia services and sensitive corporate information. Faced with ever-increasing bandwidth requirements, SoC designers must expand network throughput while maintaining robust security. The traditional approach to securing network traffic used symmetric hardware cryptographic cores to accelerate data processing, while the sequencing of cores – required by the protocol – was performed by the host processor. The requirements of broadband networks can only be met with a high-performance, integrated IPSec acceleration engine that supports a wide range of algorithms and protocol-related operations.
Networking devices in particular are a favorite target of hackers and are often cloned illegally. Aside from the revenue losses incurred by OEMs, product cloning in networking carries additional consequences, especially when the un-trusted networking gear is transporting the sensitive information of governments, businesses and the military.