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EION's Tidal Product Line Secured by Hifn Security Processors

EION's Tidal Product Line Featuring Hifn's HIPP III 8350 Security Processor Communicates Securely at Wirespeed Using IPsec/IKE at Multiple Gigabit Rates

Los Gatos, California, October 26, 2004. Network security and flow classification leader Hifn (Nasdaq: HIFN) announced today that EION Inc. is integrating its HIPP III 8350 FlowThrough security processor in its Tidal line of broadband gateways. The EION Tidal product family is a set of robust, intelligent and highly scalable broadband gateways that provide an effective and flexible platform for interconnecting networking applications, network management services, as well as client/server systems.

Ideal for Wireless ISPs, LAN extensions, campus and hospital networking, oil/mining exploration and remote community networking, the EION Tidal family delivers robust, secure and reliable wireless access. With increased network capacity, security, IP Services and network/user management, the Tidal family has proven ROI for any customer.

"With the Hifn processor, EION has increased its wireless security offerings from the RF physical layer through the IP services layers 2&3 right through to the application layer. IPsec VPN support offers completely managed, encrypted and secure data movement. End-to-end wireless security is now available. This is critical for EION's tele-health, defense, and video surveillance solutions," commented Harry Silverstone, Director of Business and Technology Development with EION.

"Hifn's 8350 security processor delivers a high-performance IPsec subsystem for EION's broadband gateway products," says Bob Doud, product line director of Hifn Inc. "This security engine not only delivers multi-gigabit throughput, but also reduces EION's time-to-market due to its comprehensive implementation of the IPsec security protocol."

The HIPP III 8350 provides a complete IPsec security solution, combining inbound and outbound Policy processing, SA (Security Association), lookup & context handling, and packet formatting wtihin a single chip. The 8350 supports all the leading cryptographic algorithms: DES/3DES-CBC, AES-CBC, AES-CTR, MD5, SHA-1, and XCBC-MAC. The 8350 is backed with comprehensive software suites, including the IPsec IKE stack.

IPsec processing is performed by the 8350 at 4 Gbps, with one million packets per second performance with varying SAs. In production today, the HIPP III 8350 is manufactured using the .13-micron process and utilizes 324 LBGA packaging.


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About EION
EION provides the broadest line of IP solutions for data and voice over satellite, wired, and wireless networks. EION is an industry leader in delivering mission-critical IP solutions for Telecom and Defense equipment manufacturers. EION has the world's leading IP solution portfolio that enables: Routing (IPv4, IPv6), Security, Quality of Service (QoS), MPLS, and related embedded IP technologies for satellite, wired and wireless networks. Over 120 equipment manufacturers already incorporate EION's real-time embedded software globally.
For more information, visit: www.eion.com

About Hifn
Hifn, of Los Gatos, California makes integrated circuits and software or network infrastructure developers. Hifn combines network processing, security, compression, content search and flow classification technology into solutions for complex packet management. Most of the major network equipment manufacturers use Hifn's patented technology to improve network packet processing. Hifn was founded in 1996 and is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange under the HIFN symbol.

For additional information, please contact:
Richard Kelland
Marketing & Communications
Phone: (613) 271-4400 x232
e-mail: richard@eion.com