NVIDIA Corporation will add firewall capabilities into its Athlon 64-supporting chipsets due next year. The move's key aim is to provide more security for enterprises adopting 64-bit technology from Advanced Micro Devices. Sources close to NVIDIA's partners said firewall capabilities will be present in some of the company's core-logic products, including in code-named CK8-04 that will be mass produced in the third quarter 2004 and the CK8S2. The former is anticipated to be a single-chip logic that will boast with support for PCI Express x16 (PEG x16), PCI Express x2 as well as 10 USB 2.0 ports. The latter – CK8S2 – will be a version of nForce3 250 designed for Socket 939 processors. It is not fully clear whether NVIDIA's firewall technology utilises both hardware and software means, or will rely fully on silicon, not software
The trend for safe computing is very popular these days. Some CPU makers, such as Transmeta or VIA Technologies, have added special encryption engines into several of their microprocessors. Leading chipmakers Intel Corporation and Advanced Micro Devices are also likely to bring their security mechanisms with their future chips. However, these companies' intentions are more solid compared to those of minor players of the market. Intel Prescott chips – the next-generation Pentium 4 with SSE3 technology CPUs – will sport the code-named La Grande security technology that helps to create safer computing environments for e-Business, enabling protected execution, memory and storage. AMD is projected to build support for Microsoft's Next-Generation Secure Computing Base code-named Palladium into future generations of its microprocessors, such as AMD K9.
News source: X-bit labs