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Secure Processing Units Overview

Fortinet continues to innovate and create new Secure Processing Units (SPUs) to fulfil one of our key founding principles: security devices should never become a performance bottleneck within a network and security architecture, nor should they sacrifice visibility, user experience, or security to achieve a required application performance. In short, to realize the promise of digital innovation.

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Network Processor 7 (NP7)

Network Processors operate in-line to deliver unmatched performance for network functions and hyperscale for stateful firewall functions.

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Content Processor 9 (CP9)

As a co-processor to the main CPU, Content Processors offload resource- intensive processing and drive content inspection to accelerate security functions.

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System-on-a-Chip 4 (SoC4)

As a co-processor to the main CPU, Content Processors offload resource- intensive processing and drive content inspection to accelerate security functions.

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Networking Processing Unit: Engineered for Hyperscale

NP7 runs at the network layer to speed functions that typically slow CPUs, such as IPv4, IPv6, unicast, and multicast. In addition, NP7 accelerates IPsec decryption, VXLAN termination, and address translation, while providing hardware logging and policy enforcement.

NP7 Key Benefits

Single-session flow with 100 Gbps throughput needed for high-bandwidth internet2 sites.

Millions of connections per second in hardware as required by high-demand e-commerce.

Single-digit microsecond latency as called for by a financial exchange.


NP7 Advantage

Specification FortiGate 1800F (NP7 ASIC) Security Compute Rating
Firewall 198 Gbps 14x
IPsec VPN 65 Gbps 15x
Threat Protection 9.1 Gbps 2.5x
SSL Inspection 17 Gbps 23x
Concurrent Sessions 12M 4x
Sessions per second 750k 7x


Content Processing Unit: Engineered for Protection

The ninth generation of Fortinet Content Processor, CP9, is designed for protection. CP9 works as a CPU co-processor, taking on resource-intensive security functions such as Application Identification, IPS (pre-scan, signature correlation, etc.), and antivirus, so the CPU can perform other important tasks.

CP9 also performs pattern matching acceleration, fast inspection of real-time traffic for application identification, all without compromising user experience.


CP 9 Key Benefits

Manages internal and external risks while reducing complexity

Protects applications while optimizing user experience

Removes blind spots without minimizing performance degradation


CP9 Advantage

Fortinet demonstrated high performance with minimal impact on SSL inspection in the 2019 NSS Labs Next-Generation Firewall Group Test Results.


System-on-a-Chip: Engineered for Efficiency

The fourth generation of the Fortinet System-on-a-Chip, SoC4, supports customer WAN edge transformation with the industry’s highest Security Compute Ratings. SoC4 consolidates both network and content processing functions on a single chip, delivering fast application identification, steering, and overlay performance.

SoC4 is a fully integrated set of security functions, including a Layer 7 firewall, on a fast and cost-effective chip. It meets the high-performance requirements for optimal end-user experience and secures branches deployed in SD-WAN environments.


SoC4 Key Benefits

Simplifies operations and automation

Delivers high-performance application experience with low TCO


SoC4 Advantage

Specification FortiGate 40F (SOC4 ASIC) Security Compute Rating
Firewall 5 Gbps 9x
IPsecVPN 4.4 Gbps 23x
Threat protection 0.60 Gbps 3x
SSL inspection 0.31 Gbps 4x
Concurrent sessions 700,000 5x