ABIT Computer Corporation, a world-class motherboard manufacturer and Cavium Networks, the cost and performance leader in security processing today announced that ABIT's SI-1Ns server motherboard is shipping with Cavium's NITROX Security Macro Processor. ABIT's SI-1Ns is an Intel® (NASDAQ: INTC) Pentium® 4 processor based server motherboard. Cavium's NITROX is a family of single-chip security processing solutions with performance from 100Mbps up to 4Gbps with 1K to 40K RSA operations per second of IPsec or SSL protocol processing. ABIT's SI-1Ns motherboard will be used in 1-U rack mount appliances for a wide variety of security appliances, such as VPN gateways, Integrated Firewall/ VPNs, SSL Webservers, SSL VPNs, Content Load Balancers etc.Despite Abit's history of producing high-end enthusiast-oriented motherboards, I wouldn't expect the SI-1N to employ much in the way of overclocking options.
The press release does mention that Abit has plans for dual-processor motherboards featuring Cavium security chips and multiple Gigabit Ethernet controllers, so we should see more server-class hardware out of Abit in the coming year.