Broadcom's New Processor Card Designed for Check Point’s VPN-1/Firewall-1 Solution

2/13/2003 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced the Broadcom® BCM95822CP, a PCI-based Internet Protocol security (IPsec) processor card designed specifically for Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP). This new security board is the latest development in the continued partnership between the two companies to create and deliver next-generation wire-speed virtual private network (VPN) and firewall acceleration solutions. The BCM95822CP is seamlessly integrated with Check Point’s market-leading VPN-1®/Firewall-1® software, demonstrating Broadcom’s continued leadership in Internet security and its ability to deliver world-class hardware solutions for best-of-breed security software.

The BCM95822CP security processor card integrates a high-performance IPsec engine that provides up to 500 Megabits per second (Mbps) of IPsec performance for 3DES and HMAC-SHA-1 applications. It supports bulk cryptographic functions such as DES, 3DES and ARC4 symmetric encryption algorithms, and HMAC-SHA-1 and HMAC-MD5 authentication algorithms. The new security card also features concurrent public key acceleration and symmetric key processing, a true random number generator, a PCI interface and requires no external memory on board. Since the BCM95822CP requires no external components and is seamlessly integrated with Check Point® software, it is the perfect solution for cost-sensitive security applications involving VPN appliances, edge and enterprise routers, and servers.

“We are pleased to extend our strategic partnership with Broadcom to provide our customers with high-performance VPN solutions,” said Goren Fink, Vice-President, Solutions and Strategy, Check Point Software Technologies. “The combination of Check Point’s market-leading security solutions with the Broadcom BCM95822CP processor card addresses the needs of the high-end market with best-of-breed solutions that will meet and exceed our customers’ demanding performance requirements.”

“The combination of Check Point’s and Broadcom’s security technologies allows network managers to secure very high volumes of network traffic generated by the growth of the Internet,” said Ford Tamer, Vice-President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Switching and Security Business Unit. “It is our intention to provide our joint customers with the most optimal VPN acceleration solutions in enterprise and ISP networks that feature ease of use, seamless integration, high performance and cost-effectiveness. The BCM95822CP meets those objectives.”

Broadcom and Check Point entered into a strategic partnership in October 2000 to develop the next generation of hardware and software VPN acceleration solutions. Since the BCM95822CP is a completely integrated encryption acceleration solution, users can seamlessly deploy hardware acceleration and do not have to integrate hardware or any associated software in order to implement VPN acceleration into their systems, resulting in easier deployment and faster time-to-market opportunities.

The BCM95822CP supports the PCI 2.2 interface which is easy to use and compatible with most existing PC systems. It requires no external components and is ideal for low-cost, add-in card applications requiring IPsec acceleration.

Broadcom’s BCM95822CP also features unlimited security association (SA) support via system memory and a multi-threaded DMA engine to best utilize system memory and to maximize throughput in real-world applications. The new security processor card also has the ability to pre-fetch new context and packets to minimize performance degradation when processing small packets.

The public key acceleration unit within the BCM95822CP supports over 1600 Diffie-Hellman key exchanges per second. The BCM95822CP drivers are Check Point OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) certified and available for multiple platforms including Microsoft® Windows® (NT, 2000), SolarisTM (32-bit and 64-bit) and Linux®. The BCM95822CP is also compatible with industry standard IPsec and IKE software, as well as with Broadcom’s common Crypto API (application program interface) software.

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation is the leading provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. Using proprietary technologies and advanced design methodologies, Broadcom designs, develops and supplies complete system-on-a-chip solutions and related hardware and software applications for every major broadband communications market. Our diverse product portfolio includes solutions for digital cable and satellite set-top boxes; cable and DSL modems and residential gateways; high-speed transmission and switching for local, metropolitan and wide area networking; home and wireless networking; cellular and terrestrial wireless communications; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway and telephony systems; broadband network processors; and SystemI/OTM server solutions. These technologies and products support our core mission: Connecting everything®.

Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Check Point®, VPN-1® and Firewall-1® are trademarks of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Microsoft® and Windows® are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. SolarisTM is a trademark of Sun Microsystems. Linux® is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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