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nShield Solo

nShield Solo hardware security modules (HSMs) are FIPS-certified, low-profile PCI-Express cards that deliver cryptographic services to applications hosted on a server or appliance. These tamper resistant cards perform such functions as encryption, digital signing and key generation and protection over an extensive range of applications, including certificate authorities, code signing, custom software and more. The nShield Solo series includes nShield Solo+ and the new, high-performance nShield Solo XC.

Note: Various hardware extensions and accessories available and priced on request.



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nShield Solo HSMs are low-profile, embedded PCI-Express cards that provide cryptographic services to one or more applications hosted on a single server or appliance.

Maximize performance and availability with high cryptographic transaction rates and flexible scaling °Supports a wide variety of applications including certificate authorities, code signing and more. nShield CodeSafe protects your applications within nShield’s secure execution environment. nShield Remote Administration helps you cut costs and reduce travel.

HIGHLY FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE nCipher unique Security World architecture lets you combine nShield HSM models to build a mixed estate that delivers flexible scalability and seamless failover and load balancing.

PROCESS MORE DATA FASTER nShield Solo HSMs support high transaction rates, making them ideal for enterprise, retail, IoT and other environments where throughput is critical.

PROTECT YOUR PROPRIETARY APPLICATIONS AND DATA The CodeSafe option provides a secure environment for running sensitive applications within nShield boundaries.

Additional information

Weight .28 kg
Dimensions 5.6 × 16.7 × 1.5 cm
Security compliance

FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Level 3 certified
Solo+: Common Criteria EAL4+ (AVA_VAN.5) certified
Solo+ recognized as a Qualified Signature Creation Device
Solo XC: BSI AIS 20/31 compliant

Safety and Environmental Standards Compliance


Management and monitoring

nShield Remote Administration and nShield Monitor
Secure audit logging
Syslog diagnostics support and Windows performance monitoring
SNMP monitoring agent

Host connectivity

PCI Express Version 2.0; Solo+ connector: 1 lane, Solo XC connector: 4 lane

Application programming interfaces (APIs)

PKCS#11, OpenSSL, Java (JCE), Microsoft CAPI and CNG, nCore, nShield Web Services Crypto API

Supported operating systems

Microsoft Windows 7 x64, 10 x64; Windows Server 2008 R2 x64, 2012 R2 x64, 2016 x64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES 6 x64, 7 x64; SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 x64 SP2, 12 x64
Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC), Oracle Solaris 11 x64
Solo+: Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES 6 x86, IBM AIX 7.1 (POWER6), HP-UX 11i v3`
Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.8 x64 and 7.1 x64
Solo XC virtual environment support: Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Server 2016, VMware ESXi 6.5, Citrix XenServer 6.5

Supported cryptographic algorithms

Asymmetric algorithms: RSA, Diffie-Hellman, ECMQV, DSA, ElGamal, KCDSA, ECDSA, ECDH, Edwards (X25519, Ed25519ph)
Symmetric algorithms: AES, Arcfour, ARIA, Camellia, CAST, DES, MD5 HMAC, RIPEMD160 HMAC, SEED, SHA-1 HMAC, SHA-224 HMAC, SHA-256 HMAC, SHA-384 HMAC, SHA-512 HMAC, Tiger HMAC, Triple DES
Hash/message digest: MD5, SHA-1, SHA-2 (224, 256, 384, 512 bit), HAS-160, RIPEMD160
Full Suite B implementation with fully licensed ECC, including Brainpool and custom curves

Performance in TPS

500+ 2048 bit RSA 150
4096 bit RSA 80
256 bit ECC 540

up to

XC 2048 bit RSA 8600
4096 bit RSA 2025
256 bit ECC 14000


500+, XC Base, 1500+, 6000+, XC Mid, XC High


3 Yr, 5 Yr

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