This article describes how the Intel QuickAssist Technology components in the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor offload the compute-intensive cryptographic operations from the Intel architecture core to a low-power cryptographic accelerator, thus making the processor ideal for security appliances requiring high throughput cryptography, high value-add applications, and a low power profile. This article also describes the Intel QuickAssist Technology Cryptographic API, which is developed jointly with Intel’s partners in the Intel QuickAssist Technology community to allow application scalability across multiple hardware and software vendors. The article concludes with performance data as measured at the API level and at the level of a typical IPsec VPN application.