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Inside Secure Introduces MACsec IP Cores


July 27, 2017

Inside Secure has come out with new MACsec IP cores that allow for more efficient use of power; deliver flexible line rate throughput; provide for robust security related to such applications as artificial intelligence, big data and data analytics, and the Internet of Things; and put users on a path to 400 gigabit per second networking.


"For Ethernet PHY devices, power and line rate processing is crucial,” said Kevin Beadle, president of Inside Secure’s silicon IP and secure protocols business. “With our newest MACsec-IP-163/164, customers can meet increasing throughput requirements, have the support for flexible bandwidth allocation and stay within their power budget.”

(MACsec is an IEEE standard created to address security relative to wired Ethernet local area networks. It’s a layer 2 protocol that employs GCM-AES-128. And it can secure LAN traffic including ARP and DHCP as well as higher layer protocol traffic. While MACsec was standardized more than a decade ago, only recently has it made its way into the Linux kernel.)

The Inside Secure MACsec-IP-163/164 runs at a 400 gigabits per second line rate on 680MHz. It features native multi-channel support. It can process the FIPS CAVP vectors required to certify the AES-GCM cipher.

This offering allows for IEEE 1588 Precision-Time Protocol with fixed and deterministic latency. And it supports all ratified MACsec standards.

Sameh Boujelbene, senior director of the Dell’Oro Group, says 400 gigabits per second equipment will be the next major iteration of network infrastructure following 100 gigabits per second gear. And 400 gigabits per second solutions, Boujelbene adds, will start shipping in the 2018 to 2019 time frame.

“This increase in bandwidth requirement, combined with the ever-increasing security concerns, create the need for new security solutions that can handle flexible line rate throughput within an optimized power consumption budget,” says Boujelbene.




Edited by Maurice Nagle

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