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.