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Date: 04-06-13

MIPS64 multicore processor powered 2/4 core OCTEON III SoC from Cavium

Cavium has launched two new families of 28nm dual and quad core OCTEON III MIPS64 multicore processors. These SoC chips to include up to 4 MIPS64 cores with full hardware virtualization, Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), Packet processing, Security and QOS capabilities.

The new CN70xx and CN71xx families are available in a small foot print plastic LBGA package and are targeted for low power and low cost applications. The new members of the OCTEON III family support full hardware virtualization that allows applications to be 'firewalled' from each other, legacy and newer operating systems to run concurrently and also enables live in-service upgrades. The broad range of connectivity options includes GbE, 10GbE XAUI, SATA 3.0, USB 3.0 and PCIe controllers.

The power management feature supports Hibernate, Standby and Idle modes of operations to cut power consumption.

“Our new low power family of CN70XX/71XX OCTEON III processors are ideally suited to drive a whole range of control and data plane processing applications” said Steve Klinger, Senior Director, Infrastructure Products Group, Cavium, Inc. “These new products set a new bar for performance per watt & performance per dollar.”

Cavium's development partners includes 6Wind, Apogee, Bitdefender, Broadweb, D2 Tech, ENEA, Entropic, Embedded Planet, Kaspersky, MontaVista, NetStar, Procera, QosMos, Sensory Networks, Silicon Labs, TeamF1, Telus, Wind River and more.

Other key features of OCTEON III CN70XX and CN71XX Family:
Capable of running 3 x 3, dual band 802.11ac & 802.11n at full line rate even while supporting >32 streams/clients and campus security
Powerful Hardware Acceleration & Wide Range of IO
Hardware Deep Packet Inspection with up to 5 Gbps Protocol/Application detection
Advanced Hardware Cryptography – RSA, SSL, IPSec, SHA-3, ZUCC
SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, 1GbE/10GbE, DDR3/4 and three PCIe controllers
Ultra Low Power SKUs enabling sub-3W operation
Comprehensive SDK3 with Linux 3.x kernel and Simple Exec available
Full Carrier Grade MontaVista CGE7 SDK available
Enterprise class Linux Networking off-load modules for fast path
Complete TurboDPI solution for Deep Packet Inspection
Complete TurboSTOR solution for NAS appliances

Availability: General availability in Q3 2013. Turnkey reference design packages for Wireless Access Points, Network Attached Storage, Routers and Service Provide Gateways are also available.

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