SOURCE: Cavium Networks, Inc.

April 29, 2008 11:00 ET

Cavium Networks Introduces New OCTEON Plus Based PCI-Express Accelerator Cards for Networking, Storage and Security Applications

OCTEON XL Express Accelerator Cards Integrate Networking, TCP, Compression, Security, iSCSI and De-Dup Hardware Acceleration in a Single PCIe Form Factor for Servers and Appliances

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, storage, and security applications, today introduced the new OCTEON XL Express accelerator card family. The OCTEON XL Express is an industry-leading multi-function accelerator card that integrates hardware acceleration for TCP, compression, de-duplication, security and IO virtualization and is fully C and C++ programmable. This new family of accelerators extends the reach of Cavium Networks' high-performance acceleration capabilities to a wide range of new and emerging PCI-Express based systems designed for storage appliances, L4-L7 switches, and wireless infrastructure applications.

Cavium Networks' OCTEON XL Express Accelerators are on display at the Interop conference in Las Vegas, Nevada April 29 - May 1 in Cavium Networks' booth #663.

Comprehensive Acceleration for Next Generation Data Processing Requirements

Next Generation Data center servers, storage systems and intelligent networking systems require advanced hardware acceleration and virtualized peripherals with standard PCI-Express connectivity and form factors. Today networking and storage vendors and IT administrators have to plug-in multiple accelerator cards and interface cards to meet their acceleration needs of TCP, compression / decompression, de-duplication, security and IO virtualization. Adding multiple accelerators to a system is infeasible due to power and space constraints and the fragmented software required to support multiple accelerators. To meet the needs of networking and storage vendors and IT administrators, Cavium Networks' OCTEON XL Express accelerator family integrates multiple acceleration functions into a single, compact form factor.

OCTEON XL Express Features

The new OCTEON XL Express accelerators incorporate the leading OCTEON Plus CN55XX and CN57XX Multicore MIPS64 processors. The accelerators are available in a full-height, half-length, single-slot form-factor, and provide a standard PCIe x8 edge connector. The cards support the OCTEON Plus CN55XX 6-core through CN57XX 12-core Multicore MIPS64 processors with integrated HW acceleration for packet processing, Quality of Service, TCP, compression/decompression, encryption/decryption, iSCSI, RAID 5, 6 and De-Duplication.

Key additional features of the OCTEON XL Express Accelerator Cards Include:

--  Dual ECC-protected Mini-DIMM DDR2 sockets providing up to 4GB capacity
--  Four RJ-45 or Four SFP interfaces for either copper or fiber GbE
    connectivity options
--  Very low power consumption
--  Compact flash socket for dense on-board storage

OCTEON XL Express accelerators provide industry-leading performance of 1.2 GB/s of compression and decompression. The card also offers up to 2GB/s for Data de-duplication, a performance level not offered by any other competing solution. Additionally, it includes support for the latest security protocols such as IEEE 1619 data-at-rest security (AES-XTS) and Elliptical Curve Cryptography (ECC).

OCTEON XL Express Accelerator Card Software Support

The OCTEON XL Express family is supported by a rich set of x86 host system software, including a portable PCI-e driver with standard LINUX support and C-language API's for offloading compression/decompression, RAID, De-Duplication, SSL, TCP, and crypto processing. For users looking to add proprietary processing features to the OCTEON XL Express accelerators, a full software development kit for OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64 processors is available. Cavium Networks' Software Development Kit includes Linux, GNU tool-chain, GDB development environment and popular third party tool-chain and development support that enables thousands of C/C++ applications to be easily ported. For fast-path and data-plane applications OCTEON also supports a C-language, high-performance simple executive. Additionally, Cavium Networks provides APIs or production quality software toolkits for IPsec, iSCSI, SSL, SRTP, TCP and RAID. OCTEON is also supported by third party standard operating systems including Linux®, WindRiver® Linux or VxWorks®, and MontaVista® Linux.


Samples for OCTEON Plus-based PCI Express 4 GE XL accelerator cards are available in Q2, 2008. For pricing please contact Cavium Networks.

About Cavium Networks

Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications, storage and security applications. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 20 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment. Cavium Networks processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium Networks principal offices are in Mountain View, CA with design team locations in California, Massachusetts and India. For more information, please visit:

Contact Information

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    Angel Atondo
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