VIA Announces PadLock RSA Module for Microsoft Windows
Module accelerates public key encryption such as RSA in Microsoft Windows
applications by 275% without program modification
Taipei, Taiwan, 7 February 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator
and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today
announced the VIA PadLock RSA Module, which utilizes the strength and speed of
the VIA PadLock Security Engine integrated into all VIA C7 family processors, to
accelerate public key encryption such as RSA used in Microsoft Windows operating
Designed to help in the fight against Internet fraud, the VIA PadLock RSA
Module works by accelerating the process of public key authentication in
Microsoft applications, thereby enabling users to utilize longer authentication
keys, making it more difficult for computer criminals to break and so enhancing
security in a wide range of Internet and network applications, such as online
banking and e-commerce. The VIA PadLock RSA Module works in PCs running Windows
Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2000 Professional, as well as servers with Windows
Server "Longhorn", Windows Server 2003, or Windows 2000 Server.
Once installed, all Microsoft applications which use RSA as standard or the
default CSP can utilize the VIA PadLock RSA Module to offload some of the public
key encryption process to the VIA PadLock Security Engine, a hardware security
engine integrated into VIA C7 processors, accelerating the process by as much as
"The VIA PadLock RSA Module is a welcome addition to the comprehensive suite
of security software available that leverages the power and cryptographic
strength of the VIA PadLock Security Engine," commented Richard Brown, Vice
President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "By simplifying the
process of strengthening security in everyday computing, VIA has reinforced its
proactive approach to computer security."
For further information about the VIA PadLock RSA Module and the VIA PadLock
Security Engine, please visit the VIA website at:
To download the VIA PadLock RSA Module, please visit VIA Arena at:
About the VIA PadLock RSA Module
The VIA PadLock RSA module is a software module that can be used by the
Microsoft Cryptographic Application Programming Interface (CryptoAPI) to offload
some of the complex security algorithms of Microsoft Windows based applications.
RSA encryption requires heavy modular exponentiation, which can be executed more
quickly and efficiently in hardware by the VIA PadLock Security Engine. The VIA
PadLock RSA module can be enabled within an application by solution developers
without any modification, and is fully compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, CE
and the forthcoming Windows Vista.
About the VIA PadLock Security Engine
Integrated into the VIA C7 processor family is the VIA PadLock Security
Engine, a comprehensive set of military-grade hardware security tools that can
strengthen and accelerate the level of protection offered to users. VIA PadLock
includes the world's fastest x86 AES cipher engine, a secure hash engine, a
Montgomery Multiplier to accelerate public key encryption, and dual Quantum
based random number generators to give an unshakable foundation for security.
The VIA PadLock Security Engine ensures speeds and efficiency many times what is
possible with software only, and unlike software-only approaches to security,
has negligible impact on processor performance. For more information, please
visit the VIA website at:
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.