Wednesday, April 29, 2009

AMCC Licenses Elliptic's 3G Security

AppliedMicro (AMCC) has licensed Elliptic's SNOW 3G security engine in support of AppliedMicro customers implementing 3GPP LTE (Long Term Evolution) base stations. AMCC's Power Architecture family of processors is targeted at mobile base stations for the 3GPP LTE standard. The engine supports a high bandwidth SNOW 3G cryptographic core required by the new standard as well as direct memory access (DMA) capability. This DMA feature allows the security engine to act as a co-processor to the PowerPC processor and it can take full control of the system bus and independently process LTE traffic requiring encryption and authentication. This completely offloads the PowerPC from the security processing, allowing it to handle the other packet processing and management tasks required in the base station.