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Security in silicon: A guide to secure, high-speed SoC devices (Part 2)

Posted: 18 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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For control plane functions that require public-key acceleration and true random number generation, SafeNet provides separate IP modules that operate under control by a host processor.

Integrated software support
Integrated software support is increasingly becoming a critical success factor for complex SoCs. SoC vendors and their partners need to be able to provide complete platforms to the OEMs, consisting of integrated hardware and software.

In line with this trend, hardware security functionality in an SoC needs to be supported by state-of-the-art software in order to make the SoC successful in its market.

The SafeXcel IP Inline Security Engine has been designed to work seamlessly with SafeNet�s leading QuickSec security software toolkit. The QuickSec toolkit�s advanced architecture allows data plane processing to be offloaded to an SoC�s Inline Security Engine, thereby maximizing application performance and minimizing general purpose CPU utilization for security tasks. The software also enforces policies upon the Packet Classifier and Flow Processor as part of its control plane functionality.

This integration of QuickSec on the SoC creates an excellent value proposition to the SoC user as it delivers a complete hardware/software security system providing high performance, easy integration of the security system, and maximum flexibility and control.

- by Jan Haagh
SafeNet Inc.

To view Part 1, click here.

About the author
Jan Haagh
is a product manager at SafeNet Inc. He can be contacted at

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