SOURCE: Cavium Networks, Inc.

Cavium Networks, Inc.

May 30, 2011 22:00 ET

Cavium's New Line of PureVu™ Video Processors Slash Solution Cost and Enable "Universal Adapter" Design for WiFi-Based Wireless Display and Home Video Distribution

The New Highly Integrated PureVu™ CNW66xx Video SoC Adds Multi-Format Decode and Sophisticated Video Post-Processing to Enable Interoperability With a Wide Range of Wireless Video Networking Protocols

TAIPEI, TAIWAN and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - May 30, 2011) - Computex -- Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, and the digital home, today announced the PureVu™ CNW66xx family, a new line of SoC video processors capable of addressing the growing market demand for universal wireless display receivers at the industry's lowest price points. The new processor family leverages its flexible architecture to enable receiver designs that can support a wide range of home networking and wireless video transmission protocols including Cavium's WiVu™, WiFi Alliance 802.11-based wireless display standard (WFD), and DLNA. Through its high degree of integration, the new processor family enables an unprecedented combination of flexibility, cost and performance, allowing Cavium to enhance its wireless display product portfolio and address the full price-performance spectrum in this market. Unlike the CNW5xxx family which targets high-end, fully interactive, 2D and 3D home theater solutions, Cavium's new CNW66xx processors are designed for very low-cost video streaming wireless display receivers targeting portable consumer devices with built-in wireless display functionality.

Cavium will be demonstrating its new PureVu™ CNW66xx silicon in highly optimized reference platforms interoperating with a range of popular portable consumer devices including smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs at Computex Taipei 2011 on May 31st - June 4th, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Suite 2412.

Addressing the Entire Range of Wireless Display Applications
Through its PureVu™ CNW5xxx video processor family, Cavium has established its performance leadership by offering high quality 1080p60 H.264-based transmit and receive wireless display solutions over standard 802.11 WiFi, with differentiating features such as SLL™ (Super Low Latency), SMART QoS rate adaptation for robust multi-room operation, and full stereo 3D support. These processors enable OEMs to build advanced wireless display capabilities into a range of CE devices including TVs, STBs, Blu-ray players, gaming devices, wireless HDMI transmit and receive adapters, desktop PCs and notebook computers.

With the new CNW66xx line, the combination of the multi-protocol and the highly integrated design enables Cavium to expand its leadership in the wireless display adapter market by enabling the cost sensitive segment, tied to portable CE devices including smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers running a software client to enable seamless wireless connectivity with Cavium's CNW66xx based receivers. The CNW66xx was architected as a cost-optimized solution with up to 1080p performance, which often exceeds the requirements of most software transmit solutions.

Today, there are a number of different WiFi-based wireless display receivers in the market, each using different video and networking protocols, and all competing for consumer mind share which leads to market fragmentation and lack of universal interoperability. With CNW66xx, OEMs will now be able to build a single wireless display adapter that is truly universal in its ability to interoperate with various video and networking protocols, and to establish a wireless display link with a wide range of popular portable devices in the market today.

"Actiontec is committed to our standards based approach for wireless HD video distribution," stated Actiontec CEO Dean Chang, "As more and more devices with built-in wireless transmission capabilities enter the market, Cavium's CNW66xx processor allows Actiontec to expand our product offering, and to complement our high-end multi-room home theater solutions with more aggressively priced and flexible variations for addressing the needs of the entire market."

CNW66xx Key Features

  • Performance and Flexibility
    • Multi-format video processing engine capable of decoding up to 1920x1080 p30/i60 resolution for a wide range of video standards including MPEG2, H.264, MPEG4, AVS, VC-1, and MJPEG
    • ARM CPU core
    • Programmable audio DSP with advanced DMA functionality to enable real time decoding of popular audio standards including MP3, AAC, and AC3
    • Display processor with multi-layer alpha compositor, 2D graphics layer with color key and programmable screen locations, and video layer with 16:9 to 4:3 conversion, letterboxing, pre-scan, and up/down scaling
    • Video post-processor with 3D motion adaptive de-interlacer and high quality poly-phase FIR video scaler
  • System Interfaces
    • 4 video DACs for YPbPr/RGB, S-video, and CVBS output
    • Integrated HDMI 1.3 transmitter, with DVI support
    • Integrated TV encoder supporting both Standard Definition and High Definition video
    • I2S and S/PDIF digital audio output
    • 10/100Mbps Ethernet (MII interface)
    • USB 2.0 high speed host controller (with embedded PHY)
    • Misc I/O including UART, SPI, I2C, and GPIOs

Availability and Pricing
CNW66xx family is sampling now. For information on evaluation kits and pricing, please contact your Cavium sales representative.

About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, and the digital home. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 40 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access and 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, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit:

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