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Date: 30th Jun 2011

Cavium Dual OCTEON II processor based 40G ATCA packet processing blade from Emerson

Emerson Network Power has made available its first 40G AdvancedTCA payload blade, the ATCA-9405. Emerson claims this blade system provides telecom equipment manufacturers with up to four times performance increase over previous generation ATCA blades for high touch and high throughput packet processing applications in the latest data-intensive network evolution, including:

The latest 4G LTE mobile networks for transport and control plane functions, lawful interception and packet gateways
Network security applications such as unified threat management, session border controllers and intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS)
Deep packet inspection applications for policy enforcement and quality of service control
Secure cloud services such as application-aware switching

ATCA-9405 is powered by dual OCTEON II CN6860 processors from Cavium, each with 32 cnMIPS cores running at up to 1.5GHz to handle packet processing applications at line speeds of 40Gbps. The ATCA-9405 has been designed to maximize the deep packet inspection, security application processing and raw throughput of the OCTEON processors. In addition to two 40G ATCA data fabric connections that can operate active/active as well as active/standby, the ATCA-9405 provides for direct Ethernet cable terminations of up to 82Gbps via a rear transition module (RTM) giving a total maximum throughput of 328Gbps. To help manage this, the blade's dual-core Freescale QorIQ P2020 processor implements sophisticated Ethernet switch management as well as local management functions. Free of such system management overhead, the OCTEON II processors can be dedicated solely to packet processing.

"The introduction of the ATCA-9405 marks the third phase in our proven 40G ATCA deployment strategy as detailed in our free eBook," said Rob Pettigrew, director of marketing, Embedded Computing, Emerson Network Power. "For network equipment providers who are concerned about integration of multiple blades at the new 40GbE data rate, the promise of interoperability and compatibility from a platform provider such as Emerson Network Power will be very reassuring."

Steve Klinger, Director, OCTEON Product Marketing at Cavium said, "Emerson Network Power has a track record of high performance and high reliability in its ATCA implementations, and the ATCA-9405 is no exception. This outstanding blade design allows the blistering speed of the new OCTEON II processor to be used to its full effect in the most demanding security and packet inspection applications."

The new blade supports softwares including Wind River's Linux 4.x operating system, Cavium' s packet processing software development kit, 6WIND's 6WINDGate™ fast path networking stacks, and field proven L2 and optional L3 Ethernet switch management. The ATCA-9405 can operate with or without rear transition modules depending on system architecture, and is designed to support NEBS/ETSI requirements.

For more information visit: www.Emerson.com/ATCA.

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