Cavium Networks, MontaVista Improve VPN Performance by Factor of Three

10/28/2003 - Cavium Networks, the cost and performance leader in security processing, and MontaVista Software, the company powering the embedded revolution, announced a combined solution that offers 2x – 3x faster IPsec VPN performance on Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) IXP4XX network processors compared to existing solutions at similar price-points. This high-performance solution enables SOHO and SME gateway OEMs and ODMs (outsourced development manufacturers) to cost-effectively build security appliances that support higher broadband speeds of 50Mbps VDSL and Fast Ethernet deployment in countries like Japan and Korea. Additionally, the Cavium and MontaVista Software solution provides significantly greater headroom on the IXP4XX to implement richer application functionality, such as firewalls, deep packet inspection and voice-over-IP.

Cavium also announced a Mini-PCI card (dimensions: 2" x 2.3") using its NITROX Lite CN501 security processor, which enables easy and rapid integration into ODM hardware designs, including ADI Engineering’s Coyote Gateway Reference Design. The NITROX Security processor is accompanied by a complete IPsec stack based on FreeS/wan and drivers integrated with MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition. In addition to IPsec VPN gateway acceleration, the Cavium NITROX processor accelerates expanding security applications like Voice over IPsec, SSL VPNs and Wireless LAN security (802.11i).

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition is a complete embedded operating system and cross-development environment. This award-winning product contains an impressive array of cross-development tools for system and application development, unparalleled processor and board support, and hundreds of deployable utilities, libraries, drivers, and other run-time components.

"The need for encrypted bandwidth and richer security applications is increasing at a steady rate. The combination of Intel IXP4XX network processors with Cavium NITROX Lite security processors and MontaVista Linux provides high security performance in a cost-effective fashion for SOHO/SME gateway devices," said Doug Davis, general manager, Intel Network Processor Division. "Having such a solution readily available will help OEMs bring their products to market faster."

"We are pleased to partner with Cavium to enable a high-performance security solution with the Intel IXP4XX and Cavium CN501 based on MontaVista Linux Professional Edition," said Sheila Baker, vice president, Marketing, MontaVista Software. "This offers our mutual customers a robust operating system and development environment, along with the leading security performance to develop reliable products."

"The integration of Cavium’s security processors with a top-tier Linux operating system on the Intel IXP4XX supports our vision of bringing higher performance security at continually lower costs to enable a 100% secure and authenticated internet," said Rajiv Khemani, vice president, marketing, Cavium. "With this solution, we have raised the price and performance bar for security in broadband and SME devices – and are very pleased with the customer reception."

Product Pricing and Availability
The NITROX Lite CN501 security processor and the NITROX XL Mini-PCI Board are available immediately with IXP4XX drivers and API’s for MontaVista Linux Professional Edition versions 2.1 and 3.0. Pricing for the NITROX Lite CN501 is $14.95 in 10KU quantities. The NITROX Lite Mini-PCI card is priced at $64.50 in 1KU quantities. MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.0 is available directly from MontaVista sales and distribution channels worldwide. It is offered as a product subscription, providing customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, software updates, deployment components, access to the MontaVista Zone (customer resource portal), comprehensive technical support and hands-on Linux training classes.

About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a semiconductor company delivering the industry's largest family of network security processors. Cavium's award winning NITROX and NITROX Lite families of security processors offers single chip solutions delivering 50 Mbps to 10Gbps of encryption bandwidth with 1K to 50K RSA/DH operations per second. Cavium's highly integrated, feature rich NITROX families of Security Macro Processors deliver unprecedented performance in wired and wireless network security applications and SSL based secure e-Business while significantly reducing the cost and complexity of deployment. Cavium Networks is headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with an IC design center in Marlboro, MA. For more information, please visit:

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing GNU/Linux-based open-source software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista offers a family of products under the MontaVista Linux umbrella that address broad-based software developer needs encompassing applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. Multiple Editions of MontaVista Linux are available including Professional, Consumer Electronics and Carrier Grade, along with complementary technology products providing powerful Java and graphics development capabilities. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors such as Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co., IBM, Intel Capital, Sony, Panasonic (Matsushita), Toshiba America and Yamaha Corporation. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit

MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc. NITROXTM is a trademark of Cavium Networks, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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