TechWeb: IBM Will Ship PCs With 256-Bit Encryption

“IBM on Wednesday will announce it will offer for export PCs
capable of handling 256-bit digital key encryption.”

“The machines will be available on March 10, making Armonk,
N.Y.-based IBM among the first to make this technology widely
, an IBM executive said.”

“IBM received permission from the Department of Commerce last
week to build and offer the computers — part of the U.S.
government’s move to ease restrictions on the export of encryption
technology that at one time was considered the digital equivalent
of a munition.”