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AirHop Communications and Cavium Sign Commercial Agreement to Integrate AirHop’s eSON™ Software with Cavium’s LTE Small Cell “BaseStation-on-a-Chip” Family

Mobile World Congress – Barcelona (February 21, 2013) – AirHop Communications, a leading provider of advanced Radio Access Network (RAN) software solutions, announced it has been selected to integrate its eSON™ (Self-Organizing Networks) software with Cavium’s LTE Small Cell OCTEON Fusion® “BaseStation-on-a-Chip” family of products.

Wireless operators face challenges in deploying small cells and heterogeneous networks (HetNets), including the need for intelligent self-configuration to reduce OPEX, and interference management to avoid congestion and capacity loss. AirHop's eSONTM is the solution for wireless operators to achieve the desired capacity gain and improved user experiences. By continuously monitoring and optimizing the small cell network at intervals as small as hundreds of milliseconds, eSONTM increases the total network data throughput by 10-45% and per cell edge user data throughput by 10-30%. AirHop's eSON™ software can be flexibly deployed in fully-distributed, centralized or hybrid architectures.

Cavium's OCTEON Fusion processors provide industry-leading LTE small cell performance while supporting up to 128 simultaneous users. Currently, in volume commercial deployment, Cavium offers a complete manufacturable small cell reference design for the OCTEON Fusion family, which includes hardware design files, as well as integrated, royalty-free L1-L3 LTE software.

“Cavium is enabling a vibrant solution ecosystem that helps accelerate time-to-market for a range of small cell solutions based on OCTEON Fusion products,” said Raj Singh, general manager of Cavium’s Wireless Broadband Group. “The availability of AirHop’s eSONTM for our OCTEON Fusion reference design allows us to offer a verified, real time optimization capability for multi-cell environments.”

“We are very pleased to partner with Cavium, a leader in LTE small cell base station processors, to provide a complete 4G small cell solution designed to meet all the deployment challenges faced by mobile operators today,” said Yan Hui, co-founder and CEO of AirHop. “AirHop’s advanced RAN software embedded in Cavium’s complete LTE eNodeB reference kit, combined with AirHop’s cloud SON Server enables operators to manage and optimize HetNet deployments.”

About AirHop’s eSONTM
AirHop’s advanced RAN Intelligence solutions manage interference and optimize system capacity in multi-cell and multiple network configurations. AirHop’s eSON™ software suite provides real-time optimization of available radio resources via multi-cell coordination to effectively provide coverage, capacity and quality of service (QoS) for each cell and individual user. This is especially critical in HetNet deployments where a large number of unplanned small cells can exist within a macro-cell. Visit www.airhopcomm.com for more information.

About AirHop Communications
Founded in 2007, AirHop provides advanced RAN intelligence critical to the next wave of the mobile Internet. AirHop’s eSON products are the first to completely address the installation, operation and performance challenges of multi-layer, small cell deployments. AirHop is privately held and based in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit www.airhopcomm.com.

About Cavium, Inc
Cavium is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications and the digital home. Cavium offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to over 100 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment. Cavium’s processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium’s principal offices are in San Jose, California with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and China. For more information, please visit: http://www.cavium.com.

Cavium Contact:
Angel Atondo
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager,
Cavium, 2315 N. First Street,
San Jose CA 95131,
Telephone: +1 408-943-7417
Email: angel.atondo@cavium.com

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