VIA PadLock Strengthens and Accelerates Security for Java™ – based Online and Desktop Applications

VIA Java™ Cryptography Service Provider utilizes the real-time military-grade security integrated into VIA C7-M, VIA C7 processors to boost security for Java-based applications such as online banking, e-commerce and email

Taipei, Taiwan, 10 November 2005 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today released the VIA Java™ Cryptography Service Provider (VIA JCP), an add-on package that enables the Java Runtime Environment used in many common online and desktop applications to offload AES encryption and random number generation to the VIA PadLock Security Engine integrated into all VIA C7-M and VIA C7 processors.

Security of information exchanged and stored on notebooks and PCs has become a forefront issue in computing. Hackers intercept online banking, e-trading, peer-to-peer file transfer, VOD, VoIP and even email data transmitted across the Internet and stored locally to steal valuable personal and company identity information.

The VIA JCP helps fight this threat by enabling Java-based applications that utilize the Java Cryptography Architecture to benefit from the military-grade protection offered by the VIA PadLock Security Engine with no program modification. Running in the background of Microsoft® Windows® and Linux operating systems, the VIA JCP requires no user interaction or maintenance.

Drawing on the power and strength of VIA PadLock’s hardware cryptography, the VIA JCP can accelerate these AES cipher functions by up to 90 times, enabling real-time encryption of data with low processor utilization, and strengthens the process of private/public key creation through utilizing the unprecedented speed and quality of VIA PadLock’s quantum based random number generators to build an unshakable foundation for security.

“Java plays a pivotal role in enabling rich, dynamic and secure Internet-based applications, so we believe it is essential to be proactive in developing technologies that enhance the security of our processor platforms,” said Richard Brown , Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Enabling the power of VIA PadLock through the VIA implementation of the Java Cryptography Service Provider is another major step towards driving pervasive computer security through making everyday applications safer and faster.”

About the VIA JCP

VIA’s implementation of the Java Cryptography Service Provider (VIA JCP) is a background application that offloads some of the computational process involved in the Java Cryptography Architecture’s AES based cipher and secure random number generator methods to the VIA PadLock Security Engine included within all VIA C7-M and VIA C7 processors. This enables Java-based applications employing these security tools, to accelerate the computation of AES based ciphers by up to 90 times, empowering protection of information exchanged and stored in real-time, with little increase in processor utilization.

Java-based applications that use the secure random number generator method to increase the strength of public and public key generation are also made safer when implementing the VIA JCP, due to the inclusion within the VIA PadLock Security Engine of quantum based random number generators, which utilize the unpredictability of sub-atomic particle interaction to deliver statistically unpredictable numbers, in real-time. This makes it more difficult for hackers to exploit the statistical predictability found in most software based random number generators to thwart VIA PadLock-enhanced public & private key systems.

VIA JCP can also utilize the VIA PadLock features within VIA Eden and VIA C3 processors based on the ‘Nehemiah’ C5P core, as well as the VIA PadLock RNG integrated into the ‘Nehemiah’ C5XL core.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators.

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