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Re: Clipper Revived?
> From Edupage:
> REPLACEMENT FOR CLIPPER
> AT&T and VLSI Technology Inc. will collaborate to develop microchips
> that use a triple-strength version of DES (data encryption standard),
> which previously had been rejected by the National Security Agency.
> VLSI is the designated contractor to make the government-favored
> Clipper chips, but this latest announcement reveals their doubts over
> whether there's a market for the Clipper. "These companies have
> basically made the determination that Clipper is dead and there's
> going to be the proliferation of encryption anyway, so they might as
> well take advantage of it," says one observer, who predicts the market
> for such technology "could reach hundreds of millions" of dollars in
> annual sales by the end of the decade. (Wall Street Journal 1/31/95
So, the question is, are these chips escrowed like Clipper (ie, are they
abandoning the standard because the phones are awful)? Or are they abandon-
ing the escrowed encryption altogether?