Electronic Design

Communications: Security Accelerator Cards Push SSL And IPsec Processing

Sporting four-lane PCI Express interfaces, the NITROX XL NPX Security Accelerator Card family accelerates IPsec, secure socket layer, and wireless local-area-network security applications. The cards employ NITROX security processors, delivering 2.5 Gbits/s of security processing and 28,000 RSA operations/s. The NITROX XL NPX solution can offload system CPUs and deliver gigabit-plus performance for L4+ switches, load balancers, Web switches, and virtual-private-network appliances. Included in the NITROX XL NPX family are two initial board product options ranging in performance from 1.5 to 2.5 Gbits/s. A development kit is due in the first quarter of next year. Board prices range from $690 to $900 in 1000-unit quantities.

Cavium Networks Inc.

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