Intel shows off hardware encryption accelerator

Intel has been showing off its skills at making things incomprehensible.

The outfit has lifted the kimono on a hardware accelerator that can encrypt or decrypt media content using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithms.

The chip can process up to 53Gb/s of data while only needing 125mW of ‘lecky.

AES is a good encryption system, the only problem is that it takes up a lot of the brains of the computer.  This causes power and performance bottlenecks within the CPU which would rather be doing something else, like reading a nice book.

However Intel has been showing off an energy-efficient reconfigurable special-purpose hardware accelerator targeted for on-die real-time encryption/decryption of media content,  It uses 45nm high-K/Metal-gate CMOS technology.

The prototype is capable of performing AES-128, AES-192 and AES-256 encryption and decryption standards. It also showed off an all-digital variation-tolerant true random number generator for secure encryption key generation.  This managed to go at 2.4Gb/s when running downhill with the wind behind it.

However, it seems to be just another thing that Intel wants to take away from the core and outsource to another chip.