Cavium Targets Wireless

Cavium Networks's new Octeon CN52XX wireless processors enable converged and scaleable 3G, 4G, WiMax platforms

February 12, 2008

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- 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 MIPS64R Processor family: The OCTEON Plus CN52XX wireless dual- and quad-core processor family delivers breakthrough performance at unmatched power and cost points. The new CN52XX family along with the currently available CN50XX, CN54XX, CN56XX and CN58XX family of processors offer the most comprehensive top to bottom solution for the wireless infrastructure in the market ranging from entry level femto basestation to powerful xGSN gateways. The CN52XX is currently being designed into next generation wireless applications by multiple Tier-1 vendors. The CN52XX Wireless processor, integrated with powerful control processing, networking processing, and security capabilities, is ideal for a range of wireless applications including 3G Transport, 4G Transport or LTE (Long Term Evolution), Wireless LAN Aggregation, WiMAX Basestation and WiMAX Transport. Cavium Networks will be presenting the CN52XX wireless processors during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 11 to February 14, 2008.

Converged Wireless Base Stations Hardware Platforms

Today the wireless infrastructure consists of a variety of different technologies such as 3G, EVDO, HSDPA and WiMax. These wireless technologies are based upon different base-station architectures and distinctive transport links such as ATM, SONET and IP. Moving forward, next generation wireless technology called LTE is uniting the fragmented wireless network into a common base-station hardware platform that uses a common IP-based transport link with security using the IPsec protocol. The backend networks behind base-stations are converging into a single access gateway (AGW) before connecting to the core Internet or existing PSTN telephone networks. With 4G deployment on the horizon, wireless communication equipment vendors are looking to build scalable hardware platforms that support today's wireless standards and at the same time can be upgraded via software to support the next generation LTE, UMB (Ultra Mobile Broadband), or WiMAX.standard. The common base station hardware platform requires a high-performance host and transport processor that can support wireless protocol processing and line-rate security to support wired transport links. Cavium Networks' new OCTEON CN52XX wireless Processor family provides an ideal processor solution that enables a software upgradable hardware platform within the stringent power and cost budget of wireless base stations.

"Cavium Networks is providing a wide range of performance processors at unprecedented power and price points for the high volume segments of the networking, wireless and storage market," said YJ Kim, Director of OCTEON Marketing at Cavium Networks. "The new OCTEON CN52XX wireless processor provides a compelling new performance and power cost point targeted for wireless Base Stations and other wireless WAN & LAN technologies."

Cavium Inc. (Nasdaq: CAVM)

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