Centaur Builds Security into X86-Compatible Chips
Security moved toward mainstream hardware Tuesday morning with the announcement of Centaur Technology's new X86 processor at Microprocessor Forum.SAN JOSESecurity algorithms moved toward mainstream hardware implementation with a Tuesday morning announcement by Glenn Henry, (as seen in photo above) president of Centaur Technology, here at this weeks Microprocessor Forum. Henry described the addition of basic security operations, such as random-number generation and AES encryption, to his companys line of X86-compatible microprocessors. The new features require the introduction of a new X86 binary operation code but do not require support from the operating system. The executive compared security to 3D graphics, another computationally-intensive task formerly considered too specialized to put into general-purpose processors.
"Hardware is faster and everyone is going to need it, so why not?" he said, adding, "It costs practically nothing in terms of the silicon required, so were doing it to see if people think its important."