Monday, October 17, 2005

Cavium Debuts New Inline Security Processor Family

Cavium Networks introduced its new NITROX II CN2800 Security Processor Family designed for next generation multi-gigabit VPN/Firewall Equipment, L4+ Switches, Wireless LAN Switches and Storage Security Appliances.

The inline NITROX II CN2800 Family integrates a general purpose processor for security control plane processing, supports SHA-2 and AES-GCM (Galois Counter Mode) algorithms, and includes integrated Gigabit Ethernet interfaces at up to 10 Gbps. The NITROX II CN2800 family is software compatible with the existing NITROX II security processors.

Cavium Networks said new levels of security performance will be required as the density of networking equipment increases in data centers and Telco companies. Additionally, new security algorithm requirements are emerging for equipment to be deployed in the marketplace by 2008. These include SHA-2 and AES-GCM. AES-GCM is expected to be the encryption algorithm widely used for IPsec VPN applications as it provides an efficient implementation for confidentiality and data origin authenticity together with and support for data speeds over 10Gbps. The NITROX II CN2800 offers hardware acceleration capability for these new algorithms.

Cavium expects to begin sampling its NITROX II CN2800 Security Processor Family starting Q1 '06.

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