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Cavium Networks, Kontron and Tata Elxsi Partner to Demonstrate Market Leading LTE eNodeB Solution at MWC 2011

Combined wireless broadband solution offers breakthrough LTE L2/L3 performance and accelerated time-to-market for telecom equipment vendors

Barcelona, Spain, February 9, 2011 – Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, and the digital home, and Cavium’s PACE™ Partners Kontron and Tata Elxsi announced today that they will showcase a compelling, high-performance wireless broadband solution at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona from February 14 to 17. This solution brings together the market-leading Cavium OCTEON II multi-core processor as part of Kontron’s open standard hardware running Tata Elxsi’s LTE eNodeB L2/L3 software stack.

Targeted at Macro base station manufacturers for use in single and multi-sector LTE eNodeB products, the joint solution offers 3GPP Release 8 compliant LTE Layer 2 and Layer 3 processing that is capable of delivering up to 450 Mbps of aggregate throughput from a single AdvancedMC module featuring the OCTEON® II CN6335 cnMIPS64® 6-core processor.

The combined Cavium, Kontron and Tata Elxsi LTE eNodeB solution will be demonstrated at the following booths: Cavium (Booth 2C05, Hall 2), Tata Elxsi (Booth 2C106, Hall 2) and Kontron (Booth 2A28, Hall 2).

The Cavium OCTEON II CN63XX processor family provides the highest performance and integration for next generation 3G/4G/LTE wireless base station platforms, providing up to 9GHz of compute with a large 2MB L2 cache, DDR3 memory controller, security acceleration for SNOW 3G and KASUMI, TCP/IP, DPI, QoS and packet processing acceleration. Revolutionary PowerOptimizer™ technology limits maximum power from 7 to 17 watts from low-end to high-end. The OCTEON II processors have been designed into a range of tier-1 OEM systems ranging from eNodeB to packet-core platforms and services rich wireless infrastructure gateways.

The Kontron AM4211 ATCA Mezzanine Card (AMC) module can be configured with ATCA node blades and MicroTCA platforms (Picostation, Microstation to Macrostation). It is designed to support 1x 10GbE to the front and software configurable interfaces to the Fabric with either 2x PCIe x4 or SRIO which expands its application usage when configuring systems in combination with standards based third-party Digital Signal Processing (DSP) AMCs.

For control plane functions the Kontron AM4211 provides GbE on Ports 0 and 1 connected to the CN6335 processor and is fully software compatible with previous generation Kontron AMC packet processing modules, AM4204, AM4210 and AM4220, all based on OCTEON Plus processors from Cavium Networks. It is configurable with the Kontron MicroTCA 1U carrier-grade platform OM6061.

Tata Elxsi has architected its LTE eNodeB L2/L3 protocol stack to leverage the advanced hardware acceleration capabilities available in Cavium’s OCTEON II multi-core processors, thereby delivering market-leading performance and scalability. The Tata Elxsi L2/L3 protocol stack also exploits the ability of the Cavium OCTEON II to support multiple virtual operating systems including Linux and Simple Executive to accelerate data plane performance.

Tata Elxsi LTE eNodeB L2/L3 stack has been integrated with 3GPP Release 8 compliant Layer-1 implementations and tested with real UEs. The entire software stack has been architected in a highly modular fashion to offer flexibility to OEMs to make modifications to specific layers of the stack with ease, if required. Tata Elxsi also offers updates and upgrades to support newer platforms and advanced releases like Release 9 and beyond.

“LTE Operators’ goals of maximizing coverage and capacity, while lowering total cost of ownership, mandate powerful solutions with small and flexible footprint and very low power,” said YJ Kim, General Manager, Infrastructure Processor Group at Cavium Networks. “Proven 4G wireless software expertise from Tata Elxsi and telecom module expertise from Kontron enables breakthrough 4G base station solutions using Cavium’s OCTEON II processors to meet these challenging goals.”

“The speed at which we can collaborate and develop such a powerful design speaks volumes to 4G LTE equipment vendors who simply cannot waste any time to get to market,” said Marc Leclaire, AMC, MicroTCA™, ATCA® Switch product manager at Kontron. “This highlights Kontron’s capability for the communications market – help bring leading silicon and software innovations to market sooner by packaging them on common open standard ATCA, MicroTCA and AMC hardware.”

“Through this partnership with leading silicon and hardware providers like Cavium and Kontron, Tata Elxsi offers proven LTE software with industry-leading performance that is both scalable and cost effective,” said Nitin Pai, Vice President of Marketing at Tata Elxsi.

About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications and the digital home. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 40 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, California with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit: http://www.caviumnetworks.com

About Kontron
Kontron, the global leader of embedded computing technology, designs and manufactures embedded and communications standards-based, rugged COTS and custom solutions for OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontron’s diverse product portfolio includes: boards & mezzanines, Computer-on-Modules, HMIs & displays, systems & platforms, and rugged & custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel® Embedded Alliance and has been a VDC Platinum Vendor for Embedded Computer Boards 5 years running. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: http://www.kontron.com

About Tata Elxsi
TATA Elxsi is a global technology services and product design company, and the embedded product design arm of the US$ 70 Billion TATA group. With operations in US, Europe and Asia, TATA Elxsi is a strategic partner to the world’s leading equipment makers and service providers.
Leveraging over 20 years of exclusive focus on wireless and communications technologies and embedded product development, TATA Elxsi enables customers with stacks, integrated solutions, and a world-class engineering team to help customers deploy carrier-class LTE, WiMAX and femtocell products; helping reduce time-to-market, costs and risk.
TATA Elxsi’s engineering expertise and services span the entire communications ecosystem including system architecture, development and testing, product maintenance and test automation, for devices and infrastructure. For more information, please visit: http://www.tataelxsi.com

For additional information, contact:

Cavium Networks Contact:
Angel Atondo
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager,
Cavium Networks, 805 East Middlefield Road,
Mountain View, CA 94043,
Telephone: +1 650-623-7033.
Email: angel.atondo@caviumnetworks.com

Tata Elxsi Contact:
Mr. Hari Balan
Corporate Manager
Marketing Communications
Telephone: +91 80 22979123
Email: haribalan@tataelxsi.co.in

Kontron Contact:
Peter Matz
Product Marketing Manager
Kontron
Telephone: +1 450-437-5682
Email: peter.matz@ca.kontron.com


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