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Renesas and Cavium Networks Establish Strategic Collaboration to Deliver Optimized Reference Designs for High-Performance Routers and Switches

TOKYO, Japan, and Mountain View, Calif. – March 24, 2010 - Renesas Technology Corp., one of the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions including Ternary Content Addressable Memory (TCAM) for advanced packet classification in networking platforms, and Cavium Networks [NASDAQ: CAVM], a leading provider of multi-core processors for networking, wireless, storage, video, and security applications, today announced that they have established a strategic collaboration to deliver highly optimized, high-performance, joint reference design solutions for customers to seamlessly incorporate QUAD-Search TCAM* functionality with OCTEON® multi-core processors. The companies will separately and jointly market these optimized reference designs to their OEM customers to deliver attractive cost, performance and time-to-market benefits for customer designs.

The reference designs, based on the Cavium Networks OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64® processor family and the newly-announced Renesas QUAD-Search TCAMs, are targeted at high-end router and switch applications. The reference designs include pre-integrated hardware board designs along with optimized software drivers, APIs, and example applications. Renesas has been in the business of selling TCAMs for many years to selected customers, and now the TCAMs are available in the open market to all OEMs. By utilizing the reference design solutions, network equipment manufacturers can have the assurance of complete interoperability between the OCTEON processor and the Renesas TCAM, and thereby design high-performance, packet-processing sub-systems that can address a wide variety of applications, including high-speed Forwarding (FIB), Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), Security management, and Quality of Service (QoS).

“Renesas’ QUAD-Search TCAMs deliver world-class performance, with very low power, at leading price/performance,” said Rajiv Khemani, vice president and general manager, Networking & Communications Division at Cavium Networks. “Renesas has deep experience in supplying TCAMs to tier-one networking customers, and we are pleased to see Renesas enter the merchant TCAM market. Together we deliver a best-in-class solution that guarantees interoperability and rapid time to market for our mutual customers.”

“Cavium Networks’ OCTEON processors are an excellent complement to our new QUAD-Search TCAM portfolio,” said Michael Collins, senior director of Network Solutions Business Unit, Renesas Technology America, Inc. “Cavium has clearly demonstrated leadership in multi-layer packet processing with their vast array of innovative intelligent network processing solutions. By working with Cavium Networks, we can provide customers an optimal solution that combines the benefits of our latest classification technology with Cavium’s widely adopted OCTEON embedded multi-core processor family. Our reference design platform will streamline the development process for our mutual customers and enable highly-compelling new packet-processing systems.”

Notes: QUAD-Search TCAM

  • TCAM (Ternary CAM): CAM (Content Addressable Memory) is a type of memory that compares data strings input from an external device with the data strings stored in the memory using simultaneous parallel operation and outputs the matches, enabling high-speed searching. As the use of networks, typified by the Internet, has spread widely in recent years, attention has focused on CAM as a key device for increasing the speed of packet forwarding (packet data transfers) by networking equipment. To accommodate networking equipment, each memory cell must be able to store three data states: 0, 1, and X (“Don’t Care”). CAM with a function for handling these three values is called TCAM. (Ternary, meaning “composed of three items,” refers to things or systems consisting of three elements, such as the ternary numeral system, a base-3 counting system.)
  • QUAD-Search TCAM includes four parallel independent search engines, which significantly increase lookup performance.
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About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. is the world's No.1 supplier of microcontrollers and one of the world's leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets. It is also a leading provider of Power MOSFETs, Smart Card microcontrollers, RF-ICs, High Power Amplifiers, Mixed Signal ICs, System-on-Chip Devices (SoCs), System-in-Package Devices (SiPs) and more. Established in 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503), Renesas Technology achieved consolidated revenue of 702.7 billion JPY in FY2008 (end of March 2009). Renesas Technology is based in Tokyo, Japan and has a global network of manufacturing, design and sales operations in 16 countries with 25,000 employees worldwide. For further information, please visit

About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications, wireless, storage, video and security applications. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 20 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access and 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 Communications Manager
Cavium Networks
805 East Middlefield Road,
Mountain View, CA 94043
Telephone: +1 (650) 623-7033

Renesas Technology Contact:
Stefani Parrish
Renesas Technology America, Inc.
Telephone: +1-408-382-7410



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