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IBM Systems cryptographic hardware products

Security demands a variety of cryptographic solutions. The IBM Systems offer multiple products to address your cryptographic needs.

The IBM PCIe Cryptographic Coprocessor version 2 (CEX5S):

The PCIe Cryptographic Coprocessor version 2 (PCIeCC2) provides a replacement on PCIe architectures for the PCIeCC. The PCIeCC2, in addition to the functions available on the PCIeCC, provides support for the following functions:

The IBM PCIe Cryptographic Coprocessor (CEX3C/4765):

The PCIe Cryptographic Coprocessor (PCIeCC) provides a replacement on PCIe architectures for the PCIXCC. The PCIeCC, in addition to the functions available on the PCIXCC, provides support for the following functions:

The IBM PCI-X Cryptographic Coprocessor (PCIXCC/4764) (reached end of service):

The PCI-X Cryptographic Coprocessor was introduced with the IBM Systems zSeries 990 servers. It provides a replacement for both the PCICC and the CMOS Cryptographic Coprocessor Facility (CCF). The PCIXCC supports highly secure cryptographic functions, use of secure encrypted key values and user-defined extensions.

Note: Effective December 31, 2013, the IBM 4764-001 PCI-X Cryptographic Coprocessor on System x and its associated feature code 1008 (battery-replacement kit) reached end of service.

The IBM e-business Cryptographic Accelerator (PCICA) (reached end of service):

Secure Web transactions frequently employ the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. The IBM e-business PCI Cryptographic Accelerator board offloads your server from compute-intensive public-key cryptographic operations employed in the protocol. This cost-effective solution often enables significantly greater server throughput.

Note: The PCICA was available for iSeries, pSeries, and zSeries machines. Effective January 28, 2005, IBM withdrew it from marketing and it has since reached end of service.

The IBM 4758 PCI Cryptographic Coprocessor (reached end of service):

The IBM 4758 PCI Cryptographic Coprocessor is a high security, programmable PCI board. Specialized cryptographic electronics, micro-processor, memory, and random number generator housed within a tamper-responding environment provide a highly secure subsystem in which data processing and cryptography can be performed.

Note: Effective March 15, 2010, the IBM 4758 PCI Cryptographic Coprocessor reached end of service.

Related products

The IBM CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (CPACF):

New with the IBM Systems zSeries 990 servers, the standard CP Assist for Cryptographic Function feature provides hardware acceleration for DES, TDES, MAC, and SHA-1 cryptographic services. Cryptographic keys must be protected by your application system, as required.

News for current customers

Spotlight

New product release for IBM 4765 now available on IBM ServerProven System x servers, effective August 2015.

New product release CCA 5.0 for Linux on IBM z Systems™ now available effective July 2015. See Overview page for additional information.

IBM PureFlex™ customers can purchase an IBM 4765 as an add-on feature as of September 10, 2013. See CCA Release 4.3.5 for more information.

New product release CCA 4.4.20 for IBM 4765 now available on IBM AIX operating system effective May 2014. See Library page for additional information.


As of February 19, 2013, the 4765 hardware security module (HSM) is validated to meet the MEPS (Méthode d'Évaluation des Produits Securitaire "bancaires") approval scheme used by Cartes Bancaires (CB) banking ecosystem. This standards certification allows the 4765 HSM to be used by CB member banks on their dedicated payment networks.


Important notice to ECC users: This release contains important security-related changes for ECC users. See Release 4.3.4 information for details.

Effective December 2011, new add-on features are being offered for the IBM 4765 on System x to support additional operating systems. See the IBM 4765 software updates page.


On System z, the coprocessor is available as Crypto Express3 and is also available for Linux.