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Royal Philips unveils Linux-powered ‘gateway-on-a-chip’

Aug 24, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

San Jose, CA — (press release excerpt) — Royal Philips Electronics today announced the first Linux-based Gateway-on-a-Chip system solution, which includes processors, software, and boards for manufacturers of small office/home office (SOHO) broadband routers. Philips' Linux Software Release 3.0, in combination with its new, highly integrated processors, provides a cost-effective solution for secure… broadband access and wired/wireless local area networking. Release 3.0 also provides an International Computer Security Association (ICSA)-certifiable Firewall and Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution.

Achieving at least three times higher throughput than comparably priced solutions in the residential/SOHO broadband router market, Philips' Linux-based security solution addresses the market's demand for higher speed and cost-effectiveness. It provides network protection and encryption to guarantee user privacy and authentication, and offers performance of greater than 90 Megabits per second (Mbps) for IPSec VPN and up to 100 Mbps for Firewall. With this level of performance, manufacturers of SOHO broadband routers can achieve high security for broadband access and prevent the VPN routers from becoming the bottleneck for overall system performance.

Leveraging the proven Philips Gateway-on-a-Chip multi-processor architecture, the new Linux-enabled processors — including PTD2002 for wireless and security routers, PTD211X for Voice-over IP (VoIP)-enabled routers, PTD2210 for xDSL routers and PTD241X for voice-over-broadband routers — are based on a common 133 Megahertz architecture with a system processor, a packet processor and IPSec engine. In addition to a number of standard system interfaces, two 10/100 Ethernet MAC interfaces are also integrated for easy connectivity.

Philips' Release 3.0 for Linux includes a software platform and complete VoIP, Firewall and VPN applications. The platform includes an embedded Linux kernel, advanced networking, Network Address Translation (NAT), WLAN access point and extensive management and configuration tools based on Web, SNMP and CLI. The VoIP supports MGCP/NCS and H.323.

Powered by iGateway Firewall from Intoto Inc., a leader in embedded security software, Philips' Firewall is based on stateful packet inspection offering extensive defense against cyber attacks. It also includes full-featured NAT with comprehensive application support. Philips' VPN is powered by SSH, the most widely distributed VPN software, and offers hardware accelerated encryption and authentication based on IPSec. It is widely interoperable with leading VPN solutions deployed today.

The Philips Linux-based Gateway-on-a-Chip solution is available for immediate evaluation.

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