Exar Demonstrates Intel(R) QuickAssist Technology at RSA Conference

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Exar Demonstrates Intel(R) QuickAssist Technology at RSA Conference

Demonstration provides Scalability, Performance, and Power Benefits for System Designers

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2 -- RSA Conference -- Exar Corporation (NASDAQ:EXAR) will join Intel in their booth (#823) at the RSA conference this week to demonstrate the benefits of combining Intel® QuickAssist Technology with Exar's Applied Services Processors (ASPs) to offload computationally intensive security and compression algorithms from the host processor. A joint solution brief titled "Deploying a Unified API for Algorithm Acceleration", which discusses the benefits in more detail, will be published and available at the Intel booth.

The Intel® QuickAssist technology simplifies development for customers by defining a unified set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) called Intel® QuickAssist Technology Functional APIs. The Exar 8200 series processors utilizes the Intel® QuickAssist Technology Functional APIs to offload the encryption, compression and hash functions from the host CPU. By offloading these functions, valuable compute resources can be freed up to perform value-add application functions, such as database processing or serving web pages, resulting in significant improvements in application performance and lower power consumption.

"We have been working closely with Intel to refine and integrate the Intel® QuickAssist Technology Functional APIs with our products," said Alex Aali, director of Datacom and Storage Marketing at Exar. "The combination of Intel® QuickAssist Technology Functional API's and Exar's recently announced 8200 series processors provides customers with a highly-scalable solution for fast time to market with a range of products while preserving their development investment across the product line."

Intel® QuickAssist Technology

Intel® QuickAssist Technology is designed to optimize the use and deployment of workload acceleration on compute and communication platform. For more details on the technology ingredients, please refer to http://www.intel.com/technology/platforms/quickassist.

About Hifn Technology 8200 Series

The Hifn Technology 8200 series is comprised of four devices, all of which in a single pass, compress, encrypt and perform hash/authentication functions on the data, enabling the superior performance rate.

  --  8201 - Up to 150 Mbytes/sec; 0.6W typical power consumption
  --  8202 - Up to 300 Mbytes/sec; 0.8W typical power consumption
  --  8203 - Up to 600 Mbytes/sec; 1.2W typical power consumption
  --  8204 - Up to 750 Mbytes/sec; 1.9W typical power consumption

The 8200 series support the current and newest encryption algorithms including AES-GCM and Elliptical Curve Cryptography used in Suite B applications, industry-standard lossless compression algorithms LZS, eLZS, as well as GZIP generally used for file and http compression applications, and the key authentication/hash algorithms which are imperative for accelerating deduplication. All four devices deliver a high performance Public Key engine that supports up to 14k RSA operations per second. The 8200 series offers the popular PCIe interface and comes standard with an SDK that supports Exar's proprietary APIs, as well as the Intel® QuickAssist functional APIs. The 8200 series is packaged in a small 15mm x 15mm HSBGA package, offering the highest performance and functionality per watt and footprint in the industry. Additionally, the 8200 series supports open source applications such as OpenSSL and OpenSwan. For more information on the 8200 series go to - http://hifn.exar.com/SocMe/?id=40055.

About Exar

Exar Corporation delivers highly differentiated silicon, software and subsystem solutions for industrial, datacom and storage applications. For nearly 40 years, Exar's comprehensive knowledge of end-user markets along with the underlying analog, mixed signal and digital technology has enabled innovative solutions that meet the needs of the evolving connected world. Exar's product portfolio includes power management and interface components, communications products, storage optimization solutions, network security and applied service processors. Exar has locations worldwide providing real-time customer support to drive rapid product development. For more information about Exar, visit: http://www.exar.com/.

Intel is a registered trademark in the United States and some other countries.

Source: Exar Corporation
   

CONTACT:  Greg Kaufman, Marketing Communications, +1-510-668-7000

Web Site:  http://www.exar.com/

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