Encryption for Transactions

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2001-05-14

In a step to secure future wireless transactions on mobile phones, Texas Instruments Inc. last week unveiled plans to include encryption technology from NTRU Cryptosystems Inc., of Burlington, Mass., in some of its chips. The company will add the technology to its digital-signal-processor-based Open Multimedia Applications Platform family of processors.

NTRU provides faster encryption in a smaller amount of space than alternatives such as RSA and error-correcting code.

Handspring Inc., Nokia Corp. and Ericsson Mobile Communications AB plan to build devices based on OMAP by years end. But the applications to run on those devices are still lacking. To accelerate software development on its new mobile device architecture, TI is investing $100 million in next-generation wireless applications. The Dallas company plans to disperse the money over the next 12 to 18 months to developers who write applications for OMAP.

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