SafeNet Introduces Powerful Encryption Accelerator Card to SOHO Market

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 12, 2001–SafeNet (Nasdaq: SFNT), a leading provider of Internet security technology that is the de facto standard in the VPN industry, today announced the availability of its SafeXcel 140-PCI Card, a security co-processor for broadband access applications, routers, VPN appliances, firewalls and other small office/home office networking devices. The SafeXcel 140-PCI Card provides unmatched performance at a low price point for hardware-based acceleration of VPNs, e-commerce, firewalls, and other cryptographic applications. The newest SafeNet accelerator card is designed to seamlessly interface with a standard PCI bus, providing customers with a powerful IPSec-compliant encryption acceleration solution for a range of networking products.

Organizations are realizing that security is an essential for B2B communications, e-business and e-commerce. The threat of privacy and hacker attacks on the Internet has created a growing demand for advanced security functionality to be implemented into networking systems in hardware. Adding cryptographic functionality to any compute intensive networking device burdens the host system. The SafeXcel 140-PCI Card can offload the burden of cryptographic functions so the networking devices can focus on the primary tasks at hand. It provides both encryption/authentication algorithms and IPSec Header and Trailer processing, which is critical for offloading computationally complex security functions from the host CPU processor and results in superior performance.

“With the rapid growth of broadband applications and SOHO networking devices, the demand for low-cost cryptographic functionality is increasing. The availability of a VPN acceleration board for the SOHO market represents a large opportunity for us to make low cost, secure, and high performing Internet access directly available to manufacturers,” explains Mike Kaplan, Chief Technology Officer for SafeNet. “We want to give the industry another option for implementing our widely deployed SecureIP Technology(TM)–cost-effectively and quickly.”

Product Features

Part of SafeNet’s Momentum Series of security acceleration boards, the SafeXcel 140-PCI Card is a plug-in PCI card designed to provide a low cost, high performing solution for offloading compute-intensive cryptographic operations from the host CPU. This complete IPSec encryption acceleration solution offers the following key features:

Full Suite of Algorithms

–DES and Triple-DES encryption

–MD-5 and SHA-1 Hashing with HMAC

–Random Number Generation

–Public Key computations:

– Diffie-Hellman key negotiation

– RSA encryption and digital signatures

– DSA digital signatures

Increased Performance, Support for All Standards and Uncompromised Security

–120 Megabits per second of IPSec throughput (3DES & SHA-1)

–Integrated ESP and AH header/trailer processing

–Enhanced cryptographic library that relieves developers of the time-consuming burden of writing or purchasing a proprietary library. Includes AES support.

Seamlessly Interfaces with a 32-bit/33MHz PCI Bus

Software Support

A developer toolkit is available to assist with the system integration process:

–PCI drivers for WIN NT, Linux, VxWorks, and embedded operating systems

–Sample applications

–Packet drivers and test code

–IKE example code


The SafeXcel 140-PCI Card is immediately available for shipping. For more information, contact Bill Pozerycki: 978-539-4820 or

About the SafeXcel Cards

SafeXcel Cards are the SafeNet line of accelerator cards designed for cryptographic acceleration of VPN functionality that can offload the compute-intensive burden from the host processor. SafeXcel Cards include the Velocity Series and Momentum Series in acceleration products. Also available with each card is a developer toolkit to assist with the integration process.

About Momentum Series

The Momentum Series is SafeNet’s line of cryptographic acceleration products geared towards the SOHO Market. Comprising chips, PCI boards and developers kits, the Momentum Series products are designed with optimal performance and low-cost for applications such as broadband access, SOHO routers, VPN gateways and firewalls.

About SafeNet, Inc.

SafeNet (Nasdaq: SFNT), a leading provider of Internet security utilizing its SecureIP Technology(TM), has set the industry standard for Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology and secure business communications. The company brings over 18 years of experience in developing, deploying, and managing network security systems for the most security-conscious financial institutions and government organizations around the world. SafeNet’s proven technology has emerged as the de facto industry standard for VPNs, establishing the company as the provider of choice for leading Internet infrastructure manufacturers, service providers, and security vendors. Customers include Texas Instruments, Centillium Communications, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, Nokia, and 3Com. With SafeNet securing the infrastructure of today’s e-business communications, the company is opening new markets for interoperable, secure, and deployable VPN communications. For more information, visit

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