LOS GATOS, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Network security and flow classification specialist Hifn(TM) (Nasdaq: HIFN), announced today a partnership agreement with Lineo(TM), Inc. As part of the agreement, Hifn security processors will accelerate the security functions in the SecureEdge(TM) VPN Router Platform -- Internet access products such as routers and Thin Servers, designed and manufactured by Lineo for OEMs and systems integrators. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001027/HIFNLOGO ) "We help our customers get to market in record time, with highly competitive Internet appliances -- SOHO (Small Office, Home Office), residential, and corporate," says Miles Gillham, Lineo senior product marketing manager. "The partnership with Hifn gives us access to the critical, high performance security processors needed to accelerate Internet connections -- readily available and proven parts that conform to all the requisite standards." Lineo's SecureEdge VPN (Virtual Private Network) routers are available as finished, manufactured products for rebranding or as reference designs that incorporate the latest and most sought-after features of routers, secure firewalls and network attached storage. This includes the highly portable and embedded Linux operating system uClinux, as well as Hifn processors such as the 7902 or 7951, integrated products that perform compression, encryption, authentication, public key and random number generation. "This partnership is very gratifying for us," says Farshad Zarghami, Hifn director of the broadband business line. "Lineo has designed a family of products that incorporates the most desirable and most efficient elements of secure Internet connectivity; out of all the available performance and price options they chose Hifn." Hifn leads the market with a broad array of security processors for IPSec and SSL applications. They accelerate encryption algorithms such as DES, 3-DES, ARC4 (with AES to be included in future products); SHA-1 and MD5 authentication; LZS(R) and MPPC compression; RSA and Diffie-Hellman public key. Hifn's single architecture approach means that customers who buy existing processors will be able to upgrade to higher performance parts as they become available, without having to forego their investment in design and software. About Lineo: Lineo, Inc. provides Linux-based embedded systems, real-time and high availability solutions that include software, hardware designs and professional services. Lineo's solutions allow OEMs to create devices and systems that interact with the Internet while helping OEMs to reduce system requirements, per-unit costs and time-to-market. The company's key product lines include: Embedix(TM) (embedded Linux system software), uClinux(TM) (embedded Linux for MMU-less processors), SecureEdge(TM) (Linux-based Internet appliances for secure networking) and Availix(TM) (mission-critical high availability Linux cluster solutions). Contact Lineo at www.lineo.com, via e-mail to email@example.com or by calling 801-426-5001. About Hifn: Hifn, of Los Gatos, California makes integrated circuits and software for network infrastructure developers. Hifn's integrated data flow technology enables intelligent secure networks with compression, encryption and application recognition. This is central to the growth of the Internet, helping to make electronic mail, web browsing, Internet shopping and multimedia communications better, faster and more secure. Most of the major network equipment manufacturers use Hifn's patented technology to improve packet processing. Hifn was founded in 1996 and is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange under the HIFN symbol. For more information, contact: Hifn, 750 University Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95032. Phone: 408-399-3500. Fax: 408-399-3501. Web: http://www.hifn.com. Forward-Looking Statement Notice: This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the Company's financial performance. These forward-looking statements are subject to the risks set forth below and actual results could vary. The specific risks include: dependency on a small number of customers, customer demand and customer ordering patterns. Orders from Hifn's customers may be below the company's current expectations. Additional risks include: risks associated with the success of Hifn's ongoing technology development efforts; Hifn's ability to successfully integrate new technology into products in a cost-effective manner; the timing of Hifn's new product introductions; intense competition in the network and storage equipment industries; and the significant uncertainty of market acceptance of Hifn's new products. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in Hifn's SEC reports as well as in Hifn's registrations statement on Form S-3. Hifn undertakes no duty to update these disclosures. NOTE: Hi/fn and LZS are registered trademarks of Hi/fn(R), Inc. Hifn is a trademark of Hi/fn, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.