SOURCE: Cavium Networks, Inc.

October 08, 2007 08:00 ET

Cavium Networks Introduces OCTEON Plus CN50XX to Fuel Widespread Multi-Core Processor Adoption in Service Provider Gateway, SME and Storage Applications

The New OCTEON Plus CN50XX MIPS64 Single- and Dual-Core Processors Enable High-Performance, Low Power, Fanless FTTx Broadband Access SME Router and Storage Appliances

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2007) - Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, storage and security applications, today announced its OCTEON Plus CN50XX MIPS64 Embedded Processor family. The CN50XX single- and dual-core processors deliver up to 2x higher performance with up to 2x lower power consumption compared with the market leading OCTEON CN30XX processors, in a fully software and pin compatible fashion. Cavium Networks is demonstrating its single- and dual-core processor reference designs for Broadband, SOHO and SME markets at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin, Oct. 8 - 11. These single- and dual-core OCTEON processors are currently designed into or are being designed into a broad range of tier-1 networking equipment, including next generation PON/FTTx gateways, enterprise routers and switches, UTM appliances, 802.11n WLAN access points, VoIP gateways, control-plane cards, internet café routers, IP set-top boxes and broadband access equipment.

"OEMs building broadband gateway and small to medium enterprise systems need to address increasing line rates both in the LAN and the WAN. Additionally, multi-function integration along with security processing has become a defacto requirement for new designs," said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at The Linley Group. "These requirements are driving the need for advanced, high-performance dual core processor architectures that provide QoS, packet processing and security in hardware while meeting stringent power and price points with head-room for future proofing."

Next generation xPON/FTTx gateways are evolving into services platforms with high performance WAN and home networking requirements, such as robust triple-play voice, video and data processing with QoS, storage capability, GbE switching capability and WLAN 802.11n. For Enterprise/SME routers, in addition to high line rates, features such as L3-L7 security, Firewall, VPN, IDP, Anti-virus are becoming critical. In the wireless LAN AP market segment, 802.11n adoption is accelerating with requirement for high performance with security and QoS, along with extremely low power dissipation to fit within Power over Ethernet constraints. The new single- and dual-core OCTEON Plus CN50XX MIPS64 family addresses all these market requirements in a scalable, software-compatible fashion, while leveraging existing investments in OCTEON designs.

"Networking and Service Provider OEMs are looking for high-performance, highly-integrated, low-power and scalable processor solutions with an aggressive and feature-rich roadmap," said Rajneesh Gaur, director of marketing at Cavium Networks. "Our new OCTEON Plus CN50XX processors along with optimized software solutions demonstrate an important milestone in Cavium's support for our customers' competitive and innovative products," he said.

OCTEON Plus CN50XX Embedded Processors

The OCTEON CN50XX family consists of four different software- and pin-compatible parts with 1 or 2 cnMIPS cores, running at clock speeds from 300MHz up to 700 MHz, along with an integrated 128 KB L2 cache and DDR2 memory controller. CN50XX processors integrate next generation interfaces including USB 2.0, 3x Gigabit Ethernet, TDM/PCM and PCI. Furthermore, the processors include advanced hardware acceleration for packet processing, TCP, security and QoS hardware on both ingress and egress interfaces that enable high performance voice, video and data processing. The CN50XX delivers line rate 2Gbps of IP forwarding with NAT enabled, 1 Gbps VPN throughput, greater than 350 Mbps of WLAN 802.11n, stateful TCP throughput, and up to 40 MB/sec of NAS performance in a single chip with leading performance/$ and performance/watt.

All CN50XX processors integrate hardware acceleration for packet processing, QoS, TCP and are available with optional acceleration for full set of cryptographic offload, including AES-GCM, SHA-2, RSA, DH with support for evolving wireless encryption standards such as KASUMI and storage data-at-rest encryption standard AES-XTS.

Cavium Networks provides a feature-rich software development kit with SMP Linux 2.6, GNU Toolchain, debugger tools, co-processor acceleration APIs and reference software for a range of wired and wireless networking, storage and service provider applications. The single- and dual-core OCTEON MIPS64 processors are supported by a wide range of software and silicon partners including, Arada Systems, D2 Tech, Entropic, Jungo, Kaspersky, Teknovus, WLAN, HPNA, UWB and video-encode -decode providers. For more information about OCTEON processors please visit:

Pricing and Availability

Pricing for the OCTEON CN50XX family is available upon request from Cavium Networks. The OCTEON Software Development Kit including Simulator, tool-chain, reference applications and networking software stacks are available now to partner companies. OCTEON CN50XX family processors and evaluation boards will be available in Q4, 2007.

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 10 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:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include but are not limited to, the performance of OCTEON Plus CN50XX, the availability of OCTEON™ CN50XX processors and evaluation boards in the fourth quarter of 2007, as well as the final functionality, performance and power consumption, rates of customer adoption and design-ins and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact Cavium's business are set forth in our Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the SEC, including the "Risk Factors" section in our final Prospectus dated May 1, 2007 and our Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2007. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof and qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and we assume no obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

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