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Tata Elxsi Introduces Market-leading LTE Software Solution Optimized for Cavium Networks OCTEON Processors

Tata Elxsi’s highly-scalable LTE eNodeB solution will provide unmatched, robust LTE performance based on the OCTEON multi-core processor family

Barcelona / Bangalore, 8 February 2010
– Tata Elxsi Ltd, a leading embedded product design company and part of the $70 billion Tata group, today announced its collaboration with Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, wireless, storage, video and security applications, offering LTE eNodeB solutions on the Cavium OCTEON® Plus processor family.

Tata Elxsi’s LTE eNodeB protocol stack with a proven and highly-scalable architecture provides two variants, for high capacity macro and micro base stations and low capacity pico and femtocells. This combination of Tata Elxsi’s LTE software stacks and Cavium’s OCTEON Plus multi-core processor family, which boasts 1 to 16-core MIPS64® architecture with market-leading performance and advanced hardware acceleration, offers equipment vendors an optimized multi-variant solution which scales from femto to macro. Customers also benefit from Tata Elxsi’s full system development expertise, which provides cost benefits and time-to-market advantages. Various features like hardware-software partitioning and interface definition facilitate easy optimization for multi-core operations and best utilization of platform hardware acceleration.

The LTE eNodeB solution encompasses components like PDCP, RLC, MAC, RRC, RRM and RoHC developed by Tata Elxsi, that are fully compliant with LTE 3GPP Release 8 specifications. Tata Elxsi had defined a generic descriptor-based MAC-PHY interface in a transport-independent fashion enabling it to be interfaced with various physical interconnect options like GigE / PCIe / SRIO. The Tata Elxsi eNodeB solution also implements an OAM interface layer for system configuration and monitoring purposes. Tata Elxsi’s state-of-the-art solution is designed with flexible SAP-based interfaces, allowing easy integration of third party components and product differentiator algorithms.

The Tata Elxsi LTE eNodeB solution has been integrated with TEL-developed PHY layers based on leading DSPs and well tested against third party UEs. With Tata Elxsi’s market-leading WiMAX base station software, this solution presents customers with a powerful option of a common 4G hardware platform to target both LTE and WiMAX. With over two decades of experience in product design and telecom engineering, Tata Elxsi provides unparalleled expertise in the development of LTE products for equipment manufacturers.

“Equipment manufacturers can enable early delivery of LTE products with this solution, as they can focus on productization, while we help in the solution building and integration” said Mr. Nitin Pai, Vice President, Marketing, Tata Elxsi Ltd. “The key differentiator in our solution is our ability to offer flexible architectures scaling from femto to macro with dynamic load-balancing capabilities. The combination of a scalable and proven solution and a well established COTS hardware eco-system will provide customers with the benefits of reduced development costs and time-to-market.”

“It is exciting to have a common platform 4G solution that addresses both the LTE and WiMAX markets using the Tata Elxsi software and the Cavium OCTEON processor platforms” said YJ Kim, Senior Director, Embedded Processor Group, Cavium Networks. “This will allow our joint customers to deploy 4G wireless in a very time-effective manner.”

The Cavium Networks OCTEON multi-core MIPS64 family of processors provides the industry’s most advanced hardware accelerators for key LTE functions such as packet processing, compression, security (IPsec, KASUMI, SNOW 3G), DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) and quality of service.

The combined Tata Elxsi LTE eNodeB and Cavium OCTEON Plus processor solution is available now. For more information please visit: www.tataelxsi.com or, to see a live demonstration of the collaboration, visit the Tata Elxsi booth (Hall 2, Booth C 106) or Cavium Networks (Hall 2, Booth 2C05) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 15 to 18, 2010.

About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking,communications, storage, wireless and security applications. 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. CaviumNetworks processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. CaviumNetworks 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 Tata Elxsi Ltd
TATA Elxsi is a global technology services and product design company, and the embedded product design arm of the 70 Billion US$ 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


TATA Elxsi Contact:
Sanaj Natarajan
Tata Elxsi Limited
Telephone: + 91 – 80 – 2297 9250

Cavium Networks Contact:
Angel Atondo
Marketing Communications Manager
Cavium Networks
805 East Middlefield Road,
Mountain View, CA 94043
Telephone: +1 (650) 623-7033





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