SOURCE: Cavium Networks, Inc.

September 17, 2007 11:00 ET

Cavium Networks Introduces OCTEON Plus-Based Accelerators for Appliance, Blade Server and Storage Systems

OCTEON XL Accelerators Increase Networking, Security and Storage Performance of x86 Systems by up to Ten Times; OCTEON XL Accelerators on Display at Intel Developers Forum

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - September 17, 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 the new OCTEON XL NICPro2 accelerator card family for secure network services and compression acceleration in Appliances, Blade Servers and Storage Systems. The OCTEON XL NICPro2 accelerators, based on the OCTEON Plus CN58XX processor family, provide industry-leading acceleration performance up to 10Gbps with either fiber or copper interfaces in a single PCI slot form factor. OCTEON PCI-X accelerators and 4-port GbE NIC accelerators have been deployed in a broad range systems including: L4-L7 switches, WAN optimization appliances, Session Border Controllers, Ad-insertion and Storage Appliances.

Cavium Networks' OCTEON XL Accelerators are on display at the Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco, Sept 18-20, 2007 and Cavium Networks is participating in a panel discussion at IDF about trends of networking and application acceleration processors.

Application Acceleration for all x86 Appliances, Blade Servers and Storage Systems

With the rapid increase in network traffic and the deployment of secure intelligent services, x86-based networking and storage equipment require high-performance hardware acceleration to maintain line-rates. The OCTEON XL Accelerators offer multi-gigabit hardware acceleration for Compression/Decompression, Pattern-matching (regular expression), IPsec/SSL/SRTP processing, Intrusion prevention (IPS), Anti-Virus processing, Data-at-rest security for storage and TCP termination.

The OCTEON XL NICPro2 Line of Accelerators

The Cavium OCTEON XL NICPro2 Accelerators are available in a full-height, full-length, single-slot 64-bit/133MHz PCI-X form factor. All accelerators support the OCTEON Plus CN58XX processors with up to 16 MIPS64 cores, which include integrated hardware acceleration for TCP, encryption/decryption, compression/decompression, and pattern matching. These accelerators also provide a powerful set of additional features, including:

--  Four ECC-protected Mini-DIMM DDR2 slots providing up to 8GB capacity
--  Four RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet ports or four SFP ports enabling copper or
    fiber support
--  Up to 512MB RLDRAM2 (optional)
--  SPI4.2 connector enabling multi-card cascading -- providing a
    dedicated datapath between accelerators without utilizing PCI-X bandwidth

OCTEON XL accelerators enable industry-leading performance for a broad range of functions:

--  Compression/Decompression performance of up to 10Gbps for GZIP, PKZIP
    and variant protocols with unmatched compression ratios. Compression ratios
    exceed 4:1 for typical web traffic, which are up to 2x that of alternative
--  TCP, SSL, and IPsec processing up to 14Gbps
--  RSA Performance of up to 24,000 RSA operations/s.
--  Pattern matching performance of up to 5 Gbps

OCTEON XL Accelerator Card Software Support

The OCTEON XL card family is supported by a rich set of x86 host system software, including a portable PCI-X driver with standard LINUX support and C-language APIs for offloading compression/decompression, SSL, TCP, pattern matching, and crypto processing.

For users looking to add proprietary processing features to the OCTEON XL 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 thin executive to remove operating system processing overhead. Additionally, Cavium Networks provides APIs and production quality source code software toolkits for IPsec, SSL, SRTP, TCP, Anti-Virus, and IDS/IPS stacks for customization. OCTEON is also supported by third-party standard operating systems including Linux®, WindRiver® Linux or VxWorks®, and MontaVista® Linux.

"Cavium's OCTEON XL accelerators have delivered leading performance and enabled rapid time-to-market for customers using x86-based platforms," said YJ Kim, Director of OCTEON Marketing, Cavium Networks. "OCTEON XL NICPro2 provides higher performance, lower power consumption, and increased flexibility and also enables deployment in blade server and single-slot configurations through an innovative thermal design."

Availability and Pricing

Samples for OCTEON XL NICPro2 accelerators are available in October. Pricing starts at $1495 in 1K quantities.

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:

Cavium Networks is a Member of the Intel® Communications Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. 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 XL accelerators, availability of OCTEON XL accelerators, continued use of OCTEON processor products by existing and future 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.

Contact Information

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