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Broadcom fires up VPNs

Mon, 01/15/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Just when you thought it couldn't get any faster, Broadcom has come up with BCM5840, which is, according to Broadcom, the world's first single-chip 2.4 Gigabit per second (Gbps) IP security processor. The BCM5840 is designed specifically for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), eliminating bottlenecks by delivering security encryption and authentications at super fast speeds over the Internet.

Considering how invaluable the Internet has become in data transfers of all types, VPNs are becoming more common in sharing information between corporate and branch offices and remote users. The BCM5840 security processor allows business units and remote users to communicate and conduct sensitive transactions through VPNs with reasonable confidence in the security.

"Security has become an essential element of the Internet infrastructure and has increasingly become a limiting factor in terms of network throughput and latency. This has resulted in corporations leasing expensive, dedicated lines for remote access to corporate Intranets and business-to-business transactions," said Marty Colombatto, vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Networking Business Unit, in a statement. "The advanced security processing power in the BCM5840 will reduce or eliminate the need for these dedicated lines, enabling businesses and people to use the Internet to reliably and securely communicate confidential information over the public networks at multi-Gigabit speeds."

The BCM5840 is ideally suited for handling the typical traffic mix of leading edge networks — short packets and large numbers of connections — at full OC-48 rates. Targeted at routers, firewalls, switches, storage networks and access servers, the BCM5840 sustains OC-48 (2.4 Gbps) performance across the processing-intensive workloads generated by leading-edge enterprise and carrier-class networks

According to Dataquest, the worldwide security processor market will reach a market opportunity of more than $626 million by 2004. Infonetics reports that worldwide expenditures for VPN products and services will jump from $6.3 billion this year to just over $39.8 billion by 2004.

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