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Silex Embedded Software Solution for Wireless Security

December 25th, 2006

silex Inc. has launched Network Security Suite (NSS), a comprehensive software solution designed to give OEM manufacturers the ability to integrate network security into their products. NSS is a customizable source code library that includes 802.1x authentication with the most commonly used EAP types (TLS, TTLS, PEAP, and FAST), Cisco LEAP, as well as WPA and WPA2 encryption modes for wireless networks.

NSS is designed to be readily adaptable to any hardware platform and operating system. Its OS abstraction layer minimizes operating system dependence by isolating OS-specific functions. This abstraction layer defines a set of OS dependent hooks that need to be implemented when porting the library onto a particular platform. NSS provides an OS-independent API for requesting OS-related functions like memory allocations.

NSS also provides a generic API to isolate it from specific network interfaces used on the target platform. NSS uses this API to query the physical network drivers as to the capabilities of the specific networks in use, to set the network operating mode, and to perform data I/O to and from the network interface. NSS supports multiple contexts, so it can be used with multiple wired and wireless network interfaces on a single device.

“Security is critical for networking applications, especially with wireless networks,” said Keith Sugawara, general manager of the connectivity and wireless division of silex. “With the launch of NSS, we are providing an easy-to-use solution for OEMs to bring their top-quality products to market quickly, meet the need for security, and interoperability.”

Prospective OEMs can choose to do their own porting of NSS or contract silex engineering team to do the same. Either way, silex technical support team will ensure a trouble-free integration of NSS with the OEM´s product.

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