Broadcom Debuts Accelerator Cards to Speed Up VPN Security Functions

4/15/2003 - Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced its first Internet Protocol security (IPsec) accelerator boards with complete Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) functionality at the RSA Security Conference (Booth #1830). The new Broadcom® IPS200A and IPS500A CryptoNetXTM Accelerator Adapters are high-performance Virtual Private Network (VPN) PCI boards designed to speed up the processing of security functions and eliminate VPN bottlenecks and degradation across the entire network infrastructure. These board-level solutions dramatically reduce the cost of network ownership by improving the overall performance and enabling faster network response times.

VPNs allow two or more private networks to be connected over a publicly accessed network, such as the Internet, while eliminating the high costs associated with private leased lines. They are quickly replacing expensive, dedicated, private networks for remote access to corporate Intranets and business-to-business transactions. Heightened security concerns, along with the rapid adoption of wireless technology, are contributing to an increased interest in VPN technologies as a means of protecting networks and assets from hackers and unauthorized users.

The IPS200A and IPS500A offload VPN processing from branch office routers/firewalls, enterprise routers/firewalls, VPN appliances and software-based firewalls to improve overall network efficiency while reducing CPU loading. A single IPS200A or IPS500A accelerator card allows PCI systems to achieve a sustained mid-range throughput of up to 200 Mbps (Megabits per second) for IPS200A applications and up to 500 Mbps for IPS500A applications. Both accelerators also feature an easy-to-use PCI 2.2 interface that can be deployed in virtually any major PC, workstation or server platform utilizing a PCI bus and are ideally suited for PCI coprocessor-based IPsec security applications.

“Though Broadcom is recognized as the leading security chip provider, our security boards also help accelerate the time-to-market for our customers, eliminating many design, integration and testing steps required for production,” said Joe Wallace, Senior Product Line Manager of Security Products for Broadcom. “The completeness of our board-level solutions, including qualified drivers, board certifications and export approvals, provides a tremendous value to our customers and allows the world’s leading networking companies to easily implement our acceleration technology into their security solutions for faster market availability.”

The IPS200A and IPS500A are being quickly adopted for use within a variety of applications, including wireless gateways, VPNs and firewalls. The IPS500A has recently been incorporated into Cisco Systems’ (Nasdaq: CSCO) PIX line/family of integrated security appliances.

The IPS200A and IPS500A are compatible with Broadcom’s family of CryptoNetX IPsec board products (IPS200, IPS300 and IPS470), allowing customers to easily upgrade to the enhanced AES algorithm and build entire product families based on a common software platform, thus protecting valuable software investments.

Both accelerator cards are also based on Broadcom’s successful BCM5823 IPsec processor (announced in August 2002) that allows networking equipment customers to add security to their product families through a common hardware solution. The BCM5823, IPS200A and IPS500A are entirely software compatible, allowing customers to quickly migrate from add-in card architectures to fully embedded solutions based on Broadcom security technology. Additionally, the portable nature of Broadcom’s core security technology makes it possible to enable other Broadcom networking products with software-compatible security solutions.

Technical Information
The IPS200A and IPS500A support up to 256-bit key AES, the most recent U.S. Government-approved encryption algorithm necessary for IPsec-based equipment. Support for 256-bit key AES, at speeds up to 200 Mbps (IPS200A) and up to 500 Mbps (IPS500A), provide much stronger IP security at the mid-range. Acceleration performance at these levels is necessary for securing today’s embedded firewalls, VPN appliances, VPN-enabled routers, wireless gateways and access devices, particularly for confidential data transfers over the Internet and e-Commerce transactions.

Broadcom’s new security cards provide bulk cryptographic acceleration for industry supported symmetric encryption algorithms, hash algorithms, and keyed authentication algorithms. Both cards also support IPsec bulk payload processing for all AES modes and provide integrated public key functionality.

The CryptoNetX IPS200A and IPS500A Accelerator Adapters are shipping today.

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 and storage 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

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