nShield Solo HSMs


The nShield Solo is a FIPS 140-2 certified, hardened, tamper-resistant, PCI-Express HSM that provides cryptographic services for one or more server applications. The nShield Solo offers high performance cryptography, making it suitable for high demand operations. The nShield Solo line can be combined with other nShield products to create a wholly secure ecosystem for your organization.



  • Highly flexible architecture

    All nShield HSMs integrate with the unique Security World architecture from Thales. With this proven technology, you can combine different nShield HSM models to build a unified ecosystem that delivers scalability, seamless failover and load balancing

  • Process more data faster

    nShield Solo HSMs support some of the highest cryptographic transaction rates in the industry, making them ideal for enterprise retail, IoT and other environments where throughput is critical. The nShield Solo XC offers our highest transaction performance rates and features host-side virtualization support

  • Protect your proprietary applications and data

    nShield Solo HSMs don’t just protect your sensitive keys and data; they also provide a secure environment for running sensitive applications. The CodeSafe option lets you execute code within nShield boundaries, protecting your applications and the data they process


  • Certified hardware solutions

    Thales has earned a broad set of certifications for nShield products. These certifications help our customers to demonstrate compliance while also giving them the assurance that their nShield HSMs meet stringent industry standards.

    Security compliance:

    Safety and environmental standards compliance:

    • FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Level 3
    • Common Criteria EAL4+ (AVA_VAN.5) for nShield Solo+ models
    • Recognition of nShield Solo as a Qualified Signature Creation Device (QSCD)
    • UL, CE, FCC, C-TICK, Canada ICES
    • RoHS2, WEEE
  • High transaction rates

    nShield HSMs boast high elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) and RSA transaction rates. ECC, one of the most efficient cryptographic algorithms, is particularly favored where low power consumption is crucial, such as applications running on small sensors or mobile devices

  • Wide support for APIs, cryptographic algorithms and OSs

    Supported APIs

    Supported Cryptographic Algorithms

    nShield HSMs offers support for the majority of these cryptographic algorithms as part of the standard feature set. For organizations wishing to use ECC or South Korean algorithms, optional activation licenses are needed.

    Operating Systems

    • PKCS#11, OpenSSL, Java (JCE), Microsoft CAPI and CNG
    • Asymmetric public key algorithms: RSA, Diffie-Hellman, ECMQV, DSA, KCDSA, ECDSA, ECDH
    • Symmetric algorithms: AES, AES-GCM, ARIA, Camellia, CAST, RIPEMD160 HMAC, SEED, Triple DES
    • Hash/message digest: SHA-1, SHA-2 (224, 256, 384, 512 bit), HAS-160
    • Full Suite B implementation with fully licensed ECC including Brainpool and custom curves
    • Windows and Linux
    • nShield Solo+ additionally supports Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX and virtual environment AIX LPARs
    • nShield Solo XC also supports virtual environments Citrix XenServer 6.5, VMware ESXi 5.5, and Windows Server 2012R2 Hyper-V
  • Reliability

    Calculated at 25C operating temperature using Telcordia SR-332 “Reliability Prediction Procedure for Electronic Equipment" MTBF Standard


Options and Accessories:
  • Performance Ratings and Options

    To meet the performance needs of your application, Thales e-Security provides a variety of nShield Solo models as shown in the Specifications tab. You can select among the performance models shown, and can also purchase in-field upgrades from lower performance models to higher models

  • CodeSafe

    CodeSafe is a powerful, secure environment that lets you execute applications within the secure boundaries of nShield HSMs. Sample applications include digital meters, authentication agents, digital signature agents and custom encryption processes. CodeSafe is available with FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified nShield Solo and nShield Connect HSMs

  • Remote Administration Kits

    nShield Remote Administration lets operators manage distributed nShield HSMs—including adding applications, upgrading firmware, checking status, re-booting and more—from their office locations, reducing travel and saving money. Remote Administration Kits contain the hardware and software needed to set up and use the tool. These kits are available for nShield Solo and nShield Connect HSMs.

  • CipherTools Developer Toolkit

    The CipherTools Developer Toolkit is a set of tutorials, reference documentation, sample programs and additional libraries. With this toolkit, developers can take full advantage of the advanced integration capabilities of nShield HSMs. In addition to offering support for standard APIs, the toolkit enables you to run custom applications with nShield HSMs

  • Database Security Option Pack

    Databases often contain an organization's most sensitive data. To help customers protect their data, major database vendors have implemented native encryption in their products. The nShield Database Security Option Pack adds support for Microsoft’s Extensible Key Management (EKM) API, helping organizations to better protect the keys that safeguard sensitive data in Microsoft SQL Server

  • Time Stamping Option Pack

    The Time Stamping Option Pack and optional Time Stamping Developer Software used with nShield Solo 500+ HSMs helps companies securely apply a time-stamped signature to a document. These time stamping signatures deliver high-assurance integrity to digital records management and can support a wide variety of applications, including code signing, financial transactions, legal filings, lotteries and gaming, security logs, long-term archives and more

  • Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) Activation

    The ECC activation license enables EC-DH, EC-DSA and EC-MQV to be used on an nShield HSM

  • KCDSA Activation

    With the KCDSA activation license, you can use the Korean Certificate-based Digital Signature Algorithm (KCSDA) as well as HAS-160, SEED and ARIA algorithms on an nShield HSM

  • Smart card reader rackmount

    For organizations deploying one or more nShield Solo modules in a 19" rack, the optional nShield smart card reader rackmount provides a practical and clean solution for attaching card readers in the data center. The rackmount is 1U in height and can be equipped with up to four smart card readers, which come standard with nShield Solo cards. Each unit is packaged with three blanking plates to cover any unused slots