Elliptic debuts security engine for 4G LTE mobile backhaul applications

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - January 26, 2012

The security engine accelerates IPsec packet processing to allow for multi Gbps performance by providing complete IPv6 ESP and AH packet transforms support.

The Ottawa, Canada-based Elliptic Technologies, a supplier of security semiconductor IP and software, has announced its IPsec Security Protocol Processor, SPP-230, to address the security needs of  4G LTE mobile backhaul networks. The security engine accelerates IPsec packet processing to allow for multi Gbps performance by providing complete IPv6 ESP and AH packet transforms support.

“Elliptic is delivering yet another highly integrated security product targeted at IP/Ethernet based mobile backhaul applications. The SPP-230 IPsec engine builds on our commitment to focus on the protocols required to secure data for the most advanced technologies including 4G LTE-Advanced and to deliver complete, scalable and cost-effective security solutions,” said Elliptic President and CEO Vijay Dube.

The growth in popularity of smartphones and other mobile connected devices have added much pressure on backhaul infrastructure performance and security requirements. The need for more bandwidth to enable rich multimedia services continues to rise as mobile users look to access more diverse content including video. As smartphones and tablets gain ever more processing power and capabilities, the data they contain becomes more valuable to their owners - individuals and enterprises, and at the same time more enticing as a target for hackers. These considerations make designing security for devices, as well as for the mobile networks more important than ever.

To address growing mobile data traffic and to lower the cost, operators will continue to transition to 4G networks and adopt IP/Ethernet secured by the IPsec protocol as the mobile backhaul solution. Elliptic’s SPP-230 ESP/AH PDU processor is a scalable and cost effective engine that meets the security requirements for wireless backhaul encryption over IP/Ethernet networks with many powerful features including scatter-gather DMA, QoS for enhanced traffic management support and virtualization designed to allow sharing between multiple CPUs. The engine is targeted at SoC suppliers for mobile base stations, cell site routers and gateways.

 

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