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Cavium Networks Introduces netHD™ (Networked High Definition) Wi-Fi Reference Design for In-Home Wireless HD Video Distribution with 1080p60 Quality and Sub-Frame Latency

Cavium’s cost optimized, standards-based netHD™ Wi-Fi reference design uses H.264 with SLL Technology™ along with 802.11n for seamless point-to-point or point-to-multipoint video delivery within the home

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 1, 2009 Cavium Networks (NASDAQ : CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, storage, wireless, video and security applications, today announced a comprehensive netHD Wi-Fi reference design. The reference design delivers 1080p60 quality and sub-frame latency video using standards-based H.264 video compression along with standards-based 802.11n Wi-Fi technology for in-room or multi-room delivery through walls. The sub-frame latency enabled through Cavium’s patent-pending SLL (Super Low Latency) technology makes this an ideal platform for enabling interactive video applications such as gaming. This reference design incorporates HDCP 2.0 (High Definition Content Protection) protocol and supports the industry standard DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) protocol. The reference design can be used by consumer electronic manufacturers, service providers, gaming console vendors, media PC and after market gateway and HDMI cable replacement vendors to introduce systems that deliver full HD 1080p60 quality in-home video distribution to a single or multiple flat panel displays within the home. The netHD Wi-Fi reference design will be on display at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan June 2-6, 2009. To schedule a meeting and demonstration please contact Angel Atondo via e-mail:

Homes today contain multiple flat panel televisions and displays connected to a variety of sources such as set-top boxes, game consoles, DVD/Blu-ray players, media PCs and portable media players. Interconnecting the various sources to multiple displays in multiple rooms is a wiring nightmare. Consumer equipment manufacturers, service providers, and gaming console vendors are looking for a standards-based, secure and cost effective technology to transport real-time, HD 1080p60 quality video within the home between multiple displays and content sources. The netHD Wi-Fi solution eliminates the need for wires enabling seamless interconnection from any source to any display.

Cavium’s netHD Wi-Fi reference design provides a cost effective, ready-to-use and feature rich development platform to build next generation in-home wireless video distribution systems. This platform integrates the PureVu™ CNW3602 video CODEC and the OCTEON™ CN50XX processor with 2x HDMI interfaces, 1x VGA input, 1x SPDIF audio output, 1x GE port, 1x USB 2.0 host and 1x mini-PCI slot that supports any 802.11n Wi-Fi card. The HDMI interfaces can input 1080p60 video and send a secure compressed stream over 802.11n Wi-Fi to any or multiple displays within the home.

The netHD Wi-Fi reference design ships with an out-of-the-box and ready-to-use netHD Application Suite. The application suite is optimized to dynamically adapt and deliver the highest quality video viewing experience reliably over Wi-Fi. The application suite comes bundled with software for video transport, DLNA device discovery, Security / Content Protection and support for extensive real time and adaptive Quality of Service (QoS). Features include sub-frame latency across varying distances and network conditions, high-performance rate-adaptive algorithms coupled with QoS which guarantee an un-interrupted wireless video and audio experience to users. Additionally the suite includes a full set of HDCP 2.0 security protocols to support industry standard content protection schemes. The netHD suite can also seamlessly integrate and co-exist with other DLNA compatible devices in the home.

The netHD Wi-Fi reference design and related software is immediately available from Cavium Networks. For pricing and more information on how to order a netHD Wi-Fi reference design please contact Cavium Networks at:

About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications, 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: 650-623-7033





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