Eager to pave the way for electronic commerce, two more major technology players have teamed up to develop secure means of sending sensitive information over public networks.

AT&T Bell Laboratories, the research and development arm of the telecommunications giant, and VLSI Technology Inc., a circuitry manufacturer, are working together to create computer chips to encrypt sensitive data. These silicon chips can be embedded into computers, as well as phones, wireless networks, smart credit cards, cable boxes, and other media that might carry home shopping or home banking transactions, as well as interactive entertainment options.

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