NITROX III Security Processor Family

Delivers high security and compression performance for application delivery and cloud computing with upto 300K SSL ops/s, 40Gbps security and 25Gbps compression

NITROX® III Security Processor Family


Security Processor Family

The Cavium NITROX III Security Processor family is fully compatible with the market leading NITROX Security Processor product line. This latest NITROX Processor (NITROX® III) Family combines:

  • The industry's highest performance cryptographic acceleration with the latest security algorithms
  • Industry leading GZIP & LZS compression
  • Virtualization support

To provide an ideal platform for the next-generation of security applications.

NITROX III products are software compatible with the Cavium NITROX PX and NITROX Lite family of security processors. Cavium provides a comprehensive Software Development Kit that includes C-source code for Linux and FreeBSD drivers. The SDK also includes APIs for OpenSSL, OpenSSH, IPsec, Zlib, key management, test utilities and reference code for easy portability

NITROX III processors are highly scaleable and deliver performance ranging from 5 Gbps to 32 Gbps for full IPsec protocol or SSL offload, 1024bit exponent RSA from 35K to 230K RSA operations per second, and 2048bit exponent RSA up to 41K RSA operations per second enabling an optimal solution for applications such as:

  • Application Delivery Controller (ADC)
  • WAN Optimization
  • Cloud Computing
  • Server Offload - Web, Mail, Search
  • Integrated VPN/Firewall appliances
  • UTM Gateway, Routers
  • Load Balancers/L4+ Switches
  • Wireless LAN and WAN equipment
  • Security Telco gateways
  • SAN appliances
  • 3G & 4G/LTE infrastructure equipment

For applications requiring 2.5 Gbps or below see our software compatible NITROX PX family.

Device Data Interface Local Memory for SA or Context Max RSA 1024-bit Exponent RSA 2048bit Exponent Inline full IPsec Processing Throughput Mbps
Full SSL Record Throughput Mbps Compression
NITROX III PCI-Express CNN35XX - PCIe Look-aside Processor - Crypto, Compression & Virtualization
CNN3510 –C5 PCI-E Gen 2 x4, x8, x16 No 35K 6K 5 Gbps 5Gbps 5Gbps
CNN3530 –C10 PCI-E Gen 2 x4, x8, x16 No 75K 13K 10 Gbps 10 Gbps 10 Gbps
CNN3550 –C20 PCI-E Gen 2 x4, x8, x16 No 150K 26K 20 Gbps 20 Gbps 20 Gbps
PCI-E Gen 2 x4, x8, x16 No 200K 35K 28 Gbps 28 Gbps 20 Gbps
CNN3560-C20 PCI-E Gen 2 x4, x8, x16 No 230K 41K 32 Gbps 32 Gbps 25 Gbps
Note: Standalone Security and Compression options are available for some SKUs