Mountain View, Calif. Cavium Networks and Entropic Communications have jointly launched two reference design platforms for products and systems targeting the distribution of digital entertainment to and inside the home. The reference designs are based on Cavium Networks' OCTEON and NITROX Soho processors and Entropic's c.LINK-270 chipsets.
The reference design platforms are aimed at OEMs developing triple play CPE gateways and network access equipment for service providers using coax to and inside the home.
The first reference design targeting home networking has a gateway performance of over 130 Mbps and consists of the Cavium Networks' NITROX Soho MIPS32 processor and Entropic's c.LINK-270 Home Networking chipset.
The second reference design targeting network access to the home applications consist of, Cavium Networks' OCTEON MIPS64 CN3120 multicore network services processor and Entropic's c.LINK Network Access chipset. Providing triple play data, voice and video access to the home over coax is experiencing particularly strong growth in Japan, Korea and other countries in Asia, with specific deployments in multi-dwelling units (MDUs).
The OCTEON CN31XX processor family includes both single and dual core, high performance MIPS64 processors with hardware acceleration for specialized packet handling, QoS, security, compression/decompression and regular expression processing. The CN3120, featured with Entropic c.Link in a Network Access device has dual cnMIPS64 cores with networking application performance of up to 2Gbps. These processors are ideal for Enterprise Routers, Gateways, UTM appliances, Service cards and Triple Play gateways. The NITROX Soho family products are MIPS32 based system-on-a-chip processors operating at speeds up to 200MHz providing 200 Mbps of forwarding performance with support for integrated IPsec and SSL acceleration. This family is ideally suited for CPEs and SOHO Routers/Gateways. Both product families support optimized drivers for Entropic c.Link MoCA chipset.
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