[HARDWARE] Just Courious......

Joseph Kaye jkaye at isd.net
Wed Sep 15 13:09:52 EDT 1999

Jameel Akari wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Sep 1999, Zach Edwardson wrote:
> > Would it be possible to develop a Pc card for computers that uses a
> > Inxepensive chip, with say 4-8 megs of ram, to crack Rc5 (or just to be
>         Certainly it is possible.  You could lay out the RC5 algorithm in
> hardware, all pipelined and superscalar, and it'd haul ass, but there's
> nowhere near enough market to get the price even to $100, let alone $50.
>         I've thought of doing this with one of the available FPGA boards
> outthere (we have DEC Pamettes and Wildfires, if anyone recognizes those)
> which certainly have enough gate to do it.  But that would require many
> hours of design work to do it right, plus software development (make the
> client work with the cards).  Plus a Pamette runs about $5K a piece...

Didn't or doesn't the EFF have some sort of custom chip that they used
for cracking?  I thought I read about it somewhere, and it looked like
there were 16 - 20 PQFP type chips on a daughter card that plugged into
a passive back plane type of thing.

-Joseph Kaye
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