SOURCE: Cavium Networks

December 03, 2007 08:00 ET

Cavium Networks Works With Broadcom to Offer Comprehensive Set of Intelligent Switching Reference Designs

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - December 3, 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 a comprehensive set of reference designs targeted at intelligent switching and broadband applications. These reference designs will utilize Cavium's market-leading OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64® processor family along with Broadcom's widely adopted enterprise class StrataXGS® and home/SMB ROBOSwitch™ Gigabit Ethernet switches, and FASTPATH® networking software. The reference designs aim to reduce engineering development cost and time-to-market for intelligent enterprise switches, Layer 4+ switches, and SOHO/SMB routers.

Today many OEM customers use a combination of Cavium's OCTEON processors and Broadcom's switches in their designs. Each OEM customer has to independently perform hardware and software integration and validation of the combined Cavium and Broadcom solution. This hardware and software integration consumes precious research & development resources, increases the engineering development time, and may not optimally use all of the advanced capabilities available in Cavium's OCTEON processors and Broadcom's StrataXGS and ROBOSwitch families.

The scalable set of reference designs using Cavium and Broadcom silicon addresses the need for pre-integrated, optimized, and validated reference designs addressing enterprise and SMB/home markets.

Enterprise Class Reference Designs

To enable tightly integrated design with seamless interoperability, Broadcom has licensed its HiGig™ protocol to Cavium Networks. The HiGig protocol enhances Ethernet switching beyond industry standards with features such as stacking and QoS. Cavium Networks' recently-introduced OCTEON processors and follow-on processors with 10Gigabit interfaces integrate hardware acceleration that supports HiGig protocol and enable intelligent switching applications. Additionally Broadcom will utilize Cavium OCTEON processors in its enterprise reference designs as a control plane and services processor, supporting the complete portfolio of StrataXGS Ethernet switches, which are industry-leading, widely deployed merchant silicon switching solutions.

SMB/Home Reference Designs

Broadcom is also utilizing Cavium OCTEON processors in its SMB switching reference designs as a gateway host processor combined with Broadcom's ROBOSwitch Gigabit Ethernet Switches and FASTPATH networking software.

"We are seeing the rapid adoption of gigabit connectivity with the need for intelligent services at line-rate in both enterprise and SMB/home networks," said Martin Lund, vice president and general manager Network Switching Business Unit, Broadcom Corporation. "Major networking and wireless OEM customers have chosen Broadcom's switches along with Cavium's OCTEON processors. Through our work with Cavium we will enable the quick deployment of intelligent services with the highest performance for our mutual customers."

"Customers are looking for processor solutions that scale from home/SMB to enterprise-class performance with software compatibility and enable intelligent and secure services for converged voice, video and data networks," said Syed Ali, president and CEO at Cavium Networks. "Cavium's OCTEON Multi-core processors with integrated hardware acceleration along with Broadcom's switches enable highly scalable solutions for enterprise, SMB and home markets."

OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64 Processors

The Cavium Networks OCTEON family of Multi-Core MIPS64 processors offers industry leading performance, scalability, low-power and advanced hardware acceleration for intelligent networking applications ranging from 100Mbps to full-duplex 10Gbps. These software-compatible processors, with one to sixteen cnMIPS cores on a single chip, integrate next-generation networking interfaces, memory controller, advanced hardware acceleration for packet processing, QoS, TCP, multi-core scaling, pattern matching, compression/decompression, storage and security with latest processor peripherals in a single chip. Additionally the OCTEON processor family provides leading throughput and general purpose programmability for Layer 2 through Layer 7 processing required for building next-generation intelligent 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 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, availability of future OCTEON processors with HiGig protocol, availability of Cavium and Broadcom reference designs, implied or stated performance advantages through joint reference designs, existing and continued use of OCTEON processor products in conjunction with Broadcom's products by customers 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. 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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