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Cavium Networks & Atheros Communications Introduce Combined 802.11 a/b/g Reference Design For Wireless Broadband Gateways

Performance Leading NITROX™ Soho Processors and Popular Atheros Dual-band WLAN Chipsets in Cavium Networks Reference Design Speed Development of Secure Wireless Gateways

Computex, Taipei, Taiwan, May 31, 2005 – Cavium Networks (Booth #923/925), the industry leader in content and security processing announced today the delivery of a combined, best of breed, Wireless LAN Broadband Gateway reference design utilizing the Cavium Networks NITROX Soho processor and the Atheros Communications AR5004X 802.11a/g WLAN chipset. This joint solution will speed up time to market for networking OEMs and ODMs for development of cost-effective, high-performance SOHO and SMB dual-band wireless LAN gateways.

The Cavium Networks NITROX Soho MIPS32™-based processors offer unmatched integration and price/performance at up to 200Mbps throughput and support for both IPsec and SSL protocol processing. They are widely used as part of both wired and wireless secure broadband gateways. With the integration and full support of the Atheros AR5004X dual-band (2.4/5 GHz) WLAN chipset, software OEMs can now rapidly create a single product which can seamlessly transform from a wired to a secure 802.11a/g wireless solution with the addition of a mini-PCI card design from Atheros.

The Cavium Network NITROX Soho Processor product line is an industry leading Secure Communication Processor family delivering a full range of products supporting line rate firewall, routing and VPN/SSL processing from 10Mbps – 200Mbps. The highly integrated NITROX Soho family includes the CN201, CN210 and new CN22x products, which integrate a MIPS32™Processor with 16KB Instruction & Data Caches, powerful security engines for SSL and IPsec, 3x 10/100 Ethernet MACs, 32Bit PCI interfaces and a range of General Purpose I/Os.

Dual-band wireless networks are rapidly increasing in popularity. Operation in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands allows people to segment their wireless home networks for improved performance and reliability. Communication in the uncrowded 5GHz band enables a reliable wireless connection free from potential interference within the crowded 2.4GHz band. People can stream photos, movies, and music over the 5GHz 802.11a network without being affected by 2.4GHz devices such as microwave ovens, cordless phones, and 802.11b and 802.11g networks.

“Our NITROX Soho secure communication processors offer an industry-leading cost and performance platform. We are pleased to partner with Atheros to deliver a complete, production-ready solution that enables highly cost-effective Wireless LAN gateways,” said Rajneesh Gaur Director of Marketing at Cavium Networks. “This will allow our joint customers to achieve shorten their development time and effort using state of the reference design.”

Atheros' Super AG® technology employs innovative performance-enhancement features—including packet bursting, fast frames, adaptive radio technology, and data compression—that significantly improve the throughput and range of wireless networking products. The AR5004X WLAN chipset with Super AG® high-throughput technology is being supported in all Cavium Networks NITROX Soho processor designs with this new software release.

“We are excited to be working with Cavium Networks to enable seamless support for our AR5004X WLAN chipset on the Cavium Networks NITROX Soho platform,” said Mark Hung, Director of Strategic Marketing at Atheros. “The growth of secure wireless gateway demand in the SOHO and SMB markets has been impressive and we can now address this with our integrated offering.”

The combined Cavium Networks NITROX Soho and Atheros AR5004X solution will be demonstrated at the Cavium Networks Booth #923/925 at the Computex Taipei International Information Technology Show May 31- June 3 at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1, No. 5, Hsin-yi Road, Sec, 5, Taipei, Taiwan.

About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a worldwide leader in security, network services and content processing semiconductor solutions. Cavium Networks' award-winning NITROX and MIPS64-based OCTEON™ families of processors and accelerator boards offer flexible, scalable and highly-integrated solutions delivering 50Mbps to 10Gbps performance. The company's products are integrated into a wide range of networking equipment that include routers, gateways, network appliances, content switches, wireless LAN access/aggregation points, servers and storage networking devices. Cavium Networks is headquartered in Mountain View, CA with development centers in Marlboro, MA and Hyderabad, India.
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