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Cavium Networks Expands OCTEON Storage Services Processor Family to Address High-Volume iSCSI Applications

The New OCTEON Plus CN52XX MIPS64 Dual- and Quad-Core Processors provide cost effective 1Gbps to 4Gbps iSCSI storage solutions

Storage Network World, Orlando, Florida, April 10, 2008
– Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, storage and security applications, today announced the newest addition to the OCTEON™ Multi-core MIPS64® Processor family targeted for high-volume iSCSI and secure storage applications. The OCTEON Plus CN52XX dual- and quad-core storage services processor family provides cost effective 1Gbps to 4Gbps iSCSI solutions. CN52XX storage services processor family adds ideal entry and mid-range performance and cost points to Cavium’s existing OCTEON processor family with full top to bottom software compatibility up to 20Gbps iSCSI solutions.

The new OCTEON Plus CN52XX storage services processor integrates up to 7000 MIPS with integrated advanced hardware acceleration for storage IOPS, TCP, iSCSI, RAID 6, de-duplication and IEEE 1619 data-at-rest security. The CN52XX storage services processor provides an ideal solution for next generation entry and mid-level storage systems such as iSCSI targets, Fiber-Channel to iSCSI bridges, Fiber Channel over Ethernet adaptors, Disk encryption controllers, Disk Arrays, RAID 6 arrays and de-duplication enabled systems. The CN52XX storage services process can process over 500MB/s of IEEE 1619 for data-at-rest security and 100K iSCSI IOPS-to-disk.

OCTEON Plus CN52XX Multicore MIPS64 Processor
The new OCTEON CN52XX Storage Services Processor families consist of six different software- and pin-compatible parts with 2 to 4 cnMIPS-plus cores, running at clock speeds from 500MHz up to 900 MHz. All CN52XX processors integrate two PCI-Express controllers with up to 4-lanes, up to 4x Gigabit interfaces (SGMII) or one 10 Gigabit interface (XAUI), 512KB of L2 cache, a 72bit DDR2-800 memory controller, two MII management interfaces and 2x USB 2.0 interfaces. Additionally the CN52XX incorporates existing and proven OCTEON processor family hardware acceleration for various protocol processing, Quality of Service, TCP, iSCSI , Data-de duplication and security applications for IPsec, SSL and IEEE 1619 for data-at-rest encryption. The OCTEON CN52XX provides three to five times the performance in storage and networking applications when compared to alternative solutions with the same price and power ranges.

The CN52XX combined with the other OCTEON Plus processor families CN57XX, CN55 XX and CN50XX provide a comprehensive, scalable and software compatible processor solution for storage applications including storage switches, arrays and servers. The OCTEON family consists of over 30 different processors that address Networking, Wireless and Storage applications.

The CN52XX is supported by Cavium’s feature-rich software development kit with SMP Linux 2.6, GNU Toolchain, debugger tools, co-processor acceleration APIs, reference software and a comprehensive ecosystem for a range of wired and wireless networking, storage and service provider applications. For more information about OCTEON processors please visit:

Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the OCTEON CN52XX Storage Services Processor family starts at $49 in 10K quantities. General samples of OCTEON CN52XX family processors and evaluation boards are available now.

About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications, storage and security applications. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment. Cavium Networks processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium Networks principal offices are in Mountain View, CA with design team locations in California, Massachusetts and India. For more information, please visit:

Cavium Networks Contact:
Angel Atondo
Marketing Manager
Cavium Networks
805 East Middlefield Road,
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: 650-623-7033




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