Silicom Launches New Family of Encryption & Compression Cards Based on Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx Series

KFAR SAVA, Israel — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 4, 2013Silicom Ltd. (NASDAQ: SILC) (TASE: SILC) today announced the launch of a new high-performance PCI Express Server encryption and compression card family based on the Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx. Silicom’s product family offers several significant advantages over all competing solutions:

  • High level of performance for both SSL and compression;
  • Excellent compatibility with Intel® architecture through the implementation of Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® architecture is today’s most widely utilized server architecture);
  • Wide selection of cards, resulting in maximized flexibility to the customer; and
  • Great price/performance ratio.

Silicom’s new encryption and compression cards offload encryption and compression tasks from the server’s CPU, thereby enhancing and accelerating overall server performance. Server acceleration is a critically important feature in the era of virtualization, cloud and SDN, which are creating a continuous need to improve the performance of servers within the data center while minimizing footprint and power consumption.

The following PCI Express Adapters based on the Intel Communications Chipset have now been released:

  • PE3iS4CO2: features four Intel® Communications Chipset 8950 PCI Express x8/G3s
  • PE3iSCO2: features the Intel® Communications Chipset 8950 PCI Express x8/G3
  • PE2iSCO2: features the Intel® Communications Chipset 8950 PCI Express x8/G2
  • PE2iSCO1: features the Intel® Communications Chipset 8925 PCI Express x8/G2
  • M1E2iCO2: features the Intel® Communications Chipset 8950 SETAC Module x8/G2

In addition, Silicom is now developing the following longer-term solutions also based on the new Intel Communications Chipset:

  • FIPS-140-2 level 3-certified card (targeted for government applications)
  • SoNIC System-on-a-NIC: an Intel® architecture-based system-on-a-PCI-Express-card with accelerator (targeted for application offload)

“We are excited to launch our new product line based on the Intel® Communications Chipset. We believe this to be the industry’s most extensive range of Encryption/Compression-based adapters,” commented Shaike Orbach, Silicom’s President and CEO. “We have worked closely with Intel in order to deliver this comprehensive new product family very quickly. All beta tests confirm that the cards perform at an extremely high level – even better than the level required by many of our current customers and by next-generation SDN-based virtualized clouds. With the expected explosion of Cloud Data Centers utilizing virtualization and SDN, all of which need offload, we believe our new family of cards is exactly what the market needs.”

Frank Schapfel, Director of Marketing, Intel Communications and Server Infrastructure Division, added, “Higher-performance encryption and compression offloads are two of the significant challenges that high-performance servers must overcome to achieve target performance levels, especially in the SDN and Cloud space. Silicom is addressing this pain point with a comprehensive suite of cards that integrate encryption and compression functionality. This is an important offering that we believe will answer the needs of performance-hungry servers in both the SDN and Cloud markets, as well as in the traditional networking appliances markets.”


About Silicom

Silicom Ltd. is an industry-leading provider of high-performance networking and data infrastructure solutions. Designed primarily to increase data center efficiency, Silicom’s solutions dramatically improve the throughput and availability of networking appliances and other server-based systems.

Silicom’s products are used by a large and growing base of OEM customers, many of whom are market leaders, as performance-boosting solutions for their offerings in the Application Delivery,

WAN Optimization, Security and other mission-critical segments within the fast-growing virtualization, cloud computing and big data markets. Silicom’s product portfolio includes multi-port 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet server adapters, Intelligent Bypass solutions, Encryption accelerators and a variety of innovative Smart adapters. These products are available for incorporation directly into our OEM customers' systems, or provided as part of Silicom’s patented SETAC (Server To Appliance Converter), a unique approach to the provision of high quality standard platforms with modular front connectivity.

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