SOURCE: Cavium Networks, Inc.

October 15, 2007 09:00 ET

Cavium Networks Demonstrates Industry-Leading Performance for Enterprise and SMB/Home Storage Applications at Storage Networking World Fall 2007

Mid-Range OCTEON Multi-Core MIPS64 Processor Exceeds 40,000 Linux iSCSI IOPS-to-Disk and Single/Dual-Core OCTEON Processor Delivers 60MB/s NAS Performance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 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 it is demonstrating extraordinary performance for a wide spectrum of enterprise, data-center and SMB/home storage applications using the Cavium OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64 processor family. The demonstration is in Cavium Networks' booth at the Storage Networking World Conference, Oct. 15 to 18 in Dallas. Cavium's OCTEON processors are being designed into and targeted for an array of storage applications such as Enterprise Disk Arrays, Fiber-Channel to IP bridges, RAID Adapters, Storage Switches, Service modules and SMB/Home Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances.

Cavium Networks' OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64 and the recently announced OCTEON Multi-core Storage Services Processors (SSPs) provide market-leading performance for network storage applications. The OCTEON processor family delivers two to four times more compute cycles versus many alternatives and integrates advanced hardware acceleration for RAID, compression, de-duplication, security and iSCSI. The OCTEON family scales from low-end solutions to very high performance SAN/NAS systems, providing a flexible, software-compatible platform across a broad range of price and performance points. Key OCTEON family features include integration of 1 to 16 MIPS64 64-bit cores, storage application acceleration, an array of high-speed input/output interfaces, Gigabit Ethernet ports, DDR2 memory controllers and innovative data protection mechanisms.

Cavium is demonstrating three performance benchmarks at Storage Network World 2007, targeting a range of different storage equipment designs:

1)  Enterprise-class NAS and SAN: This demonstration consists of a 4-core
    OCTEON Plus CN5830 processor in a 1U appliance from Movidis running Linux
    with the iSCSI Enterprise Target (IET) stack connected to SAS drives and
    serving over 40,000 iSCSI IOPS-to-Disk. One 16-core OCTEON can process up
    to 160,000 iSCSI IOPS-to-Disk or 640MB/s using standard Linux. Encryption
    can be enabled with line rate performance. This performance highlights
    OCTEON's leading performance, low cost and low power capabilities for
    Enterprise storage OEM equipment.
2)  Data-center Storage and Solid State Disk Solutions: This demonstration
    shows a 16-core OCTEON Plus CN5860 processor running Linux and performing
    over 2 Million virtual I/O operations per second (IOPS), which is 3x to 10x
    the performance of several deployed alternative processors. This showcases
    OCTEON's extreme IOPS processing power which is useful for large, data-
    center disk arrays as well as emerging solid-state-disks (SSD) that require
    significantly higher IOP processing compared to current hard-disk
3)  SMB/Home NAS: The third demonstration consists of a single- and dual-
    core OCTEON processor running Linux and Samba server connected to 4x SATA
    drives delivering 60MB/s of read and 40MB/s of write performance. OCTEON
    also achieves the same level of performance with RAID 5 for higher
    reliability designs. OCTEON single- and dual-core processors deliver OEMs
    with a low-cost, high-performance NAS reference design for Home and SMB

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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 OCTEON iSCSI maximum performance, the availability of OCTEON SSP processors and 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.

Contact Information

  • Cavium Networks Contact:
    Angel Atondo
    Marketing Manager
    Tel: (650) 623-7033
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