Reprogrammable OEM solution delivers adaptable, multi-gigabit deep content inspection and provides milestone threat database support of up to 10 million signatures
SAN JOSE, Calif., February 13, 2006 – At the RSA Security Conference today, Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) and Sensory Networks announced the industry’s most scalable, FPGA-enabled network security acceleration solution for the emerging Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliance market. Powered by Sensory Networks NodalCore ® technology and Xilinx high-performance Virtex™-4 FPGA, the solution offers throughputs ranging from 100Mbps to 10Gbps and supports threat databases containing up to 10 million signatures. With the growing number and sophistication of network threats and exponential growth in raw network traffic, solutions built around general purpose architectures are not able to meet the intense security needs of today’s networks. The jointly developed solution not only scans network traffic against massive signature databases but also runs multiple applications in parallel at multi-gigabit speeds without sacrificing accuracy.
According to IDC, the key to success in the threat management security appliance market is product differentiation through improved performance and features. The Virtex-4 enabled solution provides multi-gigabit performance while remaining adaptable to the changing threat landscape – allowing future performance and feature upgrades over the network. Sensory Networks is demonstrating the solution in booth #1923 at the RSA Security Conference February 14-17 2006, in the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose.
The Virtex-4 FPGA acts as a co-processor to a CPU or NPU, and offloads critical content security operations such as pattern matching, content decoding and decompression, improving the speed of antivirus, antispam, antispyware, intrusion prevention and content filtering applications on next-generation security appliances. This is achieved with a configurable set of on-chip parallel processing blocks that are optimized for high throughput content processing, and patent-pending memory compression algorithms that allow massive signature databases to be stored in attached RLDRAM memory banks.
“The trend of integrating multiple security functions into infrastructure equipment is on the rise which is creating demand for additional processing power,” said Amit Dhir, director of Infrastructure Vertical Markets at Xilinx. “This robust solution can address a wide range of network security processing requirements more effectively than processor-only or ASIC based solutions.”
“The portfolio of ready-to-go applications that have been accelerated by NodalCore means best-of-breed appliances can be built with short time to market,” said Ryan Junee, Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Sensory Networks. “At Sensory Networks we partner with leading security application vendors, providing an ecosystem of applications with next generation performance and accuracy.”
Pricing and Availability
Xilinx and Sensory Networks offer custom integration options for designs that implement different form factors. Visit www.xilinx.com/network_security for more information. This technology is also immediately available within Sensory Networks’ C-2000 PCI add-in card. Pricing for the C2000 starts at $499 for the C-2000 MX card in 10k quantities.
About Xilinx Virtex-4 Platform FPGAs
Named 2004 Product of the Year by Electronic Products Magazine, Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGAs deliver more options, higher performance and lower power than any other FPGA family available today. Manufactured using the world’s first triple-oxide 90nm CMOS technology with 11-layer metal interconnect, Virtex-4 devices represent a quantum leap in programmable device architecture, technology, and system design capabilities. With more than 100 technical innovations, the Virtex-4 family consists of 17 devices and three domain-optimized platforms; Virtex-4 LX FPGAs optimized for logic-intensive designs, Virtex-4 SX FPGAs optimized for high-performance signal processing, and Virtex-4 FX FPGAs optimized for high-speed serial connectivity and embedded processing. Devices are shipping now. For more information on the Virtex-4 product family, visit www.xilinx.com/virtex4.
About Sensory Networks, Inc.
Sensory Networks is a leading OEM provider of high performance network security acceleration technology. The company’s NodalCore® hardware acceleration products include a broad range of chipsets, accelerated software libraries, PCI acceleration cards and appliance platforms for Antivirus, Antispam, Antispyware, Content Filtering, Firewalls and Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems. Sensory Networks’ products allow application developers and network equipment vendors to build higher performance, more accurate, broader coverage network security products without the substantial cost and risk associated with development of specialized hardware. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Sensory Networks has regional offices in London, Sydney and Beijing. For more information, visit www.sensorynetworks.com.
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.