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Astute Networks and Cavium Networks Partner to Deliver Industry's Highest Performance iSCSI and TCP-offload Adapters

Astute's SuperHBA™ Family for Servers and Storage Arrays with IPsec and SSL acceleration delivers up to 4Gbps performance with 400k IOPS

SAN DIEGO, CA, and SANTA CLARA, CA, December 2, 2003- Astute Networks, an industry-leading designer of intelligent silicon-based protocol acceleration solutions, in a collaborative effort with Cavium Networks, the cost and performance leader in security processing, today introduced the SA1000 and PA1000 family of Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) SuperHBA protocol accelerators. Delivering TCP, iSCSI, IPSec, and SSL offload processing, the SuperHBAs are offered in a variety of multi-port configurations. The SuperHBAs are intended for board and system OEMs who supply products into mid-range and high-end servers, and Storage Array Front End (SAFE) applications.

“Cost effective implementation of TCP offload and security acceleration is essential for widespread adoption of IP storage and secure server applications,” said Linley Gwennap, founder and principal analyst of The Linley Group. “Astute's high performance protocol processing combined with Cavium Networks best-of-breed inline security delivers a compelling value-proposition for multi-gigabit iSCSI and TCP offload systems.”

The SA1000 SuperHBA accelerators bring together Astute Networks' Pericles™ Intelligent Protocol Processor (IPP) and Cavium Networks' NITROX ™ II In-line Security Processor in a PCI-X add-in card solution. This SuperHBA accelerates all aspects of security processing and cycle intensive TCP and iSCSI stateful processing

The PA1000 SuperHBA accelerators enable OEM system designers to quickly integrate high performance iSCSI and TCP offload capabilities into their systems at the lowest port cost available for non-encrypted traffic.

“The combined hardware acceleration of the Pericles IPP and the NITROX II Security Processor eliminates a vast amount of host processor compute cycles, thereby eliminating a traffic bottleneck,” said Jon Siann, VP of Marketing at Astute Networks. “And, with these SuperHBAs, an OEM can implement multi-port GbE solutions at a higher density and a reduced cost over alternatives that provide only single port solutions.”

“Cavium Networks NITROX II security processor is already the leading choice for in-line IPsec VPN and SSL e-commerce applications at top-tier OEM customers” said Rajiv Khemani, VP of Marketing at Cavium Networks. “Now, with its versatile interface, performance and security capabilities and coupled with Astute's high performance Pericles IPP, the NITROX II offers a compelling high-performance and scalable solution for server and storage security applications.”

SA1000 and PA1000 HBA Technology
The SuperHBA family brings an unprecedented level of full on-board processing of security and protocol tasks, and a level of intelligence that allows the OEM to develop end-user solutions that address specific application and performance needs of sophisticated SANs and networks. Astute's IPP technology, coupled with the Astute RapidStaxTM software architecture, delivers the capability to add features and quickly meet new standards in weeks not months, lowering the cost of development and maintenance. The SuperHBAs are ¾ size PCI-X v1.0 compliant (64-bit, 33/66/133MHz, 3.3V) adapter cards that include one, two, or four 10/100/1000base-T (copper) ports. Compute-intensive security algorithms including ARC4, MD5, RSA, 3DES and AES for SSL/TCP, and DES, 3DES, AES, MD5/SHA-1, Diffie-Hellman, and IKE for IPsec/iSCSI processing are performed on the SA1000 SuperHBA by the NITROX II security processor. The Pericles IPP provides on-chip, full TCP and iSCSI protocol processing, eliminating resource-demanding interruptions to the host system. The SuperHBAs deliver wire-speed throughput at up to 4Gbps with 400k I/O Operations per second (IOPs).

The Astute Networks' family of SuperHBA products with 10/100/1000base-T ports is sampling now with general availability in first quarter 2004. Each of the iSCSI, TCP, iSCSI/IPsec, and TCP/SSL Offload products are available in single, dual, and quad-port GbE configurations. Host drivers and open-source application software code are provided at no additional cost.

About Astute Networks
Astute Networks, a leading designer of intelligent silicon-based protocol acceleration technologies, markets essential intelligent networking technologies to OEM partners worldwide that allow them to deliver competitive advantages and cost-effective solutions to IT professionals. Astute's Pericles Intelligent Protocol Processor (IPP) combines a parallel processor architecture with embedded hardware engines for handling stateful protocols. The Pericles IPP, and its RapidStax software architecture implements any storage or network protocols such as TCP/IP, FCIP, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel. Founded in April 2000, Astute Networks is based in San Diego, CA. Additional information is available at

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Astute Networks Contact:
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About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a semiconductor solutions company delivering the industry's largest family of network security products. Cavium Networks award winning NITROX families of security processors and NITROX XL families of accelerator boards offers solutions delivering 50 Mbps to 10Gbps of encryption bandwidth with 1K to 50K RSA/DH operations per second. Cavium Networks 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:

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Cavium Networks Contact:
Mike Scruggs
Phone:408.844.8420 x205




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