Mountain View, Calif. Cavium Networks has launched its 1 GHz OCTEON Plus family of multi-core MIPS64 processors. The new units double the performance of the OCTEON CN38XX through higher frequency and architectural enhancements while maintaining full software and pin compatibility.
The new OCTEON Plus CN58XX Processor family consists of twelve different software-compatible parts with 4 to 16 cnMIPS plus cores providing up to 16GHz of 64bit compute processing and 2MB of on-chip L2 Cache.
Additionally OCTEON Plus incorporates multi-layer application acceleration for networking control, data and services applications. The CN58XX processor family integrates networking and memory I/Os including up to 8x Gigabit ports, up to 2x SPI-4.2, PCI-X, 72/144 bit DDR2 controller, and 2x 18bit RLDRAM II controllers. It also includes extensive on-chip hardware acceleration for packet processing, QoS, TCP, compression, encryption, Robust Header Compression, KASUMI, and pattern matching to deliver higher performance with much lower power consumption over alternative solutions.
High Performance, Unified Control, Data and Services for Networking and Wireless
Enterprises and Service Providers are deploying an array of applications using data, voice and video over wired and wireless networks. These business applications and personalized content need to be delivered to users anytime, anywhere, on any platform with QoS, security and intelligence. These new applications drive the need for processing and integration requirements for embedded networking processors to be orders of magnitude higher. Furthermore the deployment of newer industry-standard form factors for telecom equipment such as ATCA, AMC and micro-TCA mandates hitting up to full-duplex 10 Gigabit performance within tight power envelopes and size limitations.
For more details on the device, see block diagram below:
Standard Operating System and C Software
OCTEON processors support standard operating systems including Linux, MontaVista Linux and Wind River' for both VxWorks and Linux along with a thin executive for fast-path data-plane software. Cavium Networks provides a complete Software Development Kit with Linux, GNU tool-chain, GDB development environment and popular third party tool-chain and development support that enables thousands of MIPS32, MIPS64 and other C/C++ applications to be easily ported to OCTEON. Additionally, Cavium Networks provides APIs, L2 to L4 reference software, WLAN drivers and software toolkits for IPsec, SSL, SSL-VPN and TCP stacks, to enable quick time to market.
OCTEON Plus is supported by over 30 different independent software vendors (ISVs) and independent hardware vendors (IHVs) providing ready off-the-shelf products for OS/Tools, software stacks, hardware systems, and complimentary silicon. OCTEON and OCTEON Plus designs are available in standard ATX 1U, 2U, 3U configurations, ATCA card and AMC form factors. Cavium Networks ecosystem partners also provide pre-integrated software support for IPv6 ready networking stacks, management plane, UTM applications, VOIP and Java Virtual Machine.
Pricing for the CN58XX family ranges from $255, 4-core 600MHz SCP version, to $987, 16-core 1GHz SCP version, in 10K unit quantities. Like the OCTEON CN38XX family, the OCTEON Plus CN58XX processors are available in the NSP, EXP, SCP and CP versions which support varying types of on chip hardware accelerators. The OCTEON Development Kit using Simulator, tool-chain and reference applications are available now to partner companies. OCTEON CN58XX family processors and evaluation boards will be available in Q1, 2007.
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