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Mentor Graphics EDA division introduces Nucleus IPsec software

Posted: 12 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:accelerated technology? mentor graphics? nucleus internet protocol security? ipsec? software?

Accelerated Technology, a Mentor Graphics division, introduced its Nucleus Internet protocol security (IPsec) software, an embedded solution that provides data authentication and encryption over the Internet at the IP level. According to the press release, embedded developers building defense applications and network equipment can now implement the Nucleus IPsec software into their solutions to secure users' privacy.

"The introduction of Nucleus IPsec software to the Nucleus networking portfolio is the answer to network security embedded designers are looking for," said Robert Day, director of marketing for Accelerated Tech. "Whether adding IP security to an existing or a brand new design, the Nucleus IPsec software can seamlessly be dropped into the application."

The new software integrates with the IPv4 layer and IPv6 layer of the Nucleus NET TCP/IP stack, which eliminates the need to modify any other layers of the open system interconnection (OSI) model (data link, transport and applications layers). Accelerated Tech added that this saves developers' resources to rewrite or modify their existing applications to secure IP traffic.

Protection mechanisms provided by the Nucleus IPsec software are data origin authentication, data integrity, data confidentiality, anti-replay protection and limited traffic flow confidentiality. Through its administrative application programming interfaces (APIs), applications can manipulate the association and policy databases, affecting how traffic flows are protected as well as creating/destroying IPsec tunnels.

Other Nucleus components available to developers are the Nucleus PLUS real-time kernel and the Nucleus Cipher Suite product, including the Nucleus Cipher AES and the Nucleus L2TP software.

Realizing the varying needs of different embedded designs, the Nucleus IPsec software comes with a wide variety of authentication and encryption algorithms. It includes support for the Internet key exchange (IKE) protocol, which is used to establish dynamic, on-the-fly associations between two IP nodes discarding the need for manual keying, and a management information database (MIB) to allow remote configuration and monitoring of the IPsec module.

The Nucleus embedded software is sold in source code format and without royalty fees. Licenses for this software begin at $19,995.

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