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Cavium Networks and Crossbeam Systems Set New Industry Price Benchmark for Check Point VPN-1 Performance

C30 using Cavium Networks NITROX processor delivers 300 Mbps of 3DES+SHA-1 Performance, Both OPSEC-certified by Check Point

Santa Clara, CA, and Concord, Mass.,August 18, 2003 - Cavium Networks, the cost and performance leader in security processing, and Crossbeam Systems, a leading global developer of total security solutions required for safer, simpler networks, today announced a VPN accelerator card based on Cavium Networks NITROX Lite processor that enables customers of Crossbeam's C30 security services switch to achieve VPN throughput of 300 Mbps of 3DES+SHA-1 IPsec processing at almost half the cost of competing VPN accelerators that often deliver lower performance.

Designed for medium-sized enterprises and divisional offices of larger businesses, Crossbeam's C30 is a compact security services switch that delivers high performance, high availability and multiple layers of security using individual or multiple security engines (VPN, firewall, SPAM and content scanning, anti-virus, and intrusion detection and prevention) on a patent-pending, dual-stage data classification and switching platform. For its VPN engine, the C30 uses the industry's leading integrated firewall and VPN solution - Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ: CHKP) VPN-1Ò/FireWall-1Ò - for access control, authentication and encryption to guarantee the security of network connections, the authenticity of local and remote users, and the privacy and integrity of data communications.

"VPN performance is critical for enterprises of all sizes, but medium-sized businesses have been priced out of VPN acceleration so they end up having to compromise on features and performance," said Joseph Dell, Chief Technology Officer, Vigilar. "The C30 allows us to deliver a 'no compromises' approach to security for our medium-sized business customers."

"VPN performance is critical based on the increasing number of tunnels required to support remote access users, backhaul regional office connections or secure wireless access points for the growing number of businesses using wireless LANs ," said Marilyn Kain, VP of Strategic Alliances and Business Development, Crossbeam Systems. "Based on its 2 Gbps of firewall throughput and up to 300 Mbps of VPN throughput using Cavium Networks technology, the C30 delivers absolutely untouchable network security performance for the price."

Cavium Networks NITROX family is the fastest and most flexible range of security processors available today. NITROX is a programmable, highly integrated, single chip solution designed to combine all aspects of IPSec and SSL protocol security including extensive secure packet and record processing, bulk data encryption and public key processing. Cavium Networks is widely recognized as a security processing industry leader with its NITROX products winning the Best Coprocessor Award at NPC West 2002 and Best Security Processor at Microprocessor Report's 2003 Analysts' Choice Awards.

"Working with Crossbeam is a great validation of our strategy to enable integrated security platforms with high-performance, low-cost security processing that surpasses single-function appliances," said Rajiv Khemani, VP of Marketing at Cavium Networks. "We are pleased that Crossbeam's C30 effectively utilizes the industry-leading price and performance of our NITROX security processors to provide a compelling OPSEC "Secured by Check Point" platform with integration of multiple security applications and high-availability features."

Both the C30 and the NITROX-powered VPN accelerator card are fully OPSEC-certified (Open Platform for SecurityÔ) by Check Point, generally available, and already shipping to customers and Crossbeam Authorized Partner Program (CAPP) resellers worldwide. Available from Crossbeam and its CAPP resellers, list price for a C30 is $24,000. The Crossbeam VPN accelerator card is $2,000 or it can be purchased with a C30 in a special bundle offer for $25,000.

In addition to this VPN card, the agreement between the two companies also gives Crossbeam access to higher-performance security processing and VPN acceleration products from Cavium Networks.

About Crossbeam Systems
Crossbeam Systems, Inc., is a leading global developer of total security solutions required for safer, simpler networks. Crossbeam enables companies to consolidate their security infrastructures while preserving their security policies, resulting in significant savings in capital and operational expenses. Crossbeam's patent-pending architecture integrates best-in-class security engines such as firewall, VPN, intrusion detection and content security into high performance, highly available, self-healing security services switches. The company has tailored solutions for global enterprises, carrier networks and medium-sized businesses.

Headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts, USA, Crossbeam was founded in early 2000 and is led by senior executives from Bay Networks, Cisco, Nortel/Wellfleet and Alcatel. With a presence in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, Crossbeam is backed by top-tier investors including Matrix Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, Commonwealth Capital Venture Partners, Intel Capital and Charles River Ventures. More information is available at

About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a semiconductor company that is delivering the industry's largest family of network security processors. Cavium Networks award winning NITROX family of security processors are single chip solutions that deliver 100Mbps to 10Gbps of encryption bandwidth with 1K to 40K RSA/DH operations per second. Cavium Networks highly integrated, feature rich NITROX families of Security Macro Processors deliver unprecedented performance in wired and wireless IPsec based 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:

For additional information, contact:

Cavium Networks:
Amer Haider
Cavium Networks
408-844-8420 x202

Crossbeam Systems:
Doug Broad
SparkSource, Inc.
Phone: 781.274.6061 ext. 215





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