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(Updated on April 21, 2000)


RSA Security Teams with Compaq to Provide High-Speed Performance Cryptography

A breakthrough for wireless, embedded manufacturers comes from a joint effort between RSA Security and Compaq Computer Corp. They have unveiled a patented technology – Multiprime -- designed to address the challenges of processing encryption/decryption tasks on handheld devices.  The new technology is more than two times faster than previous methods and will  allow manufacturers to offer high-speed performance and enhanced security on small footprint devices, such as mobile phones, pocket PCs and PDAs.

Multiprime technology differs from the RSA algorithm (with its use of two prime numbers to form a large, unbreakable key), in that it uses three or more prime numbers and parallelism to provide higher performance through small mathematical operations. Initial implementations of the new technology have achieved double the performance of earlier techniques.

Both companies will incorporate Multiprime technology into respective products.  For instance, RSA plans to incorporate the new technology across its entire RSA BSAFE® product line, with the first implementation being of its Wireless Transport Security Protocol, BSAFE® WTLS—C, expected to be released during the second quarter.

For more information, go to http://www.rsasecurity.com/news/pr/000411-1.html  

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.

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