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May 31, 2011

Network Processor: Cavium Networks Joins with Caswell to Deliver Energy-Efficient Servers

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Cavium Networks (News - Alert), a provider of semiconductor products for networking, communications, and the digital home, has partnered with Caswell to offer Multi-Motherboard Blade Servers (MMBS) powered by OCTEON network processors for energy-efficient cloud computing applications.

Caswell specializes in the design and manufacturing of high-performance communication appliance and storage solutions. Caswell will be demonstrating this appliance during Computex, from May 31 through June 4 in Taipei, Taiwan.

This high computing throughout is delivered using up to 10 systems in a server rack, with each system consisting of a 4U enclosure. It integrates blade switches for fabric interconnection, memory and required storage interfaces for cloud computing and storage applications.

"We investigated a wide variety of processor architectures and technologies to meet the demands of our data center and service provider customers for implementing their visions of cloud computing,” said Polo Huang, vice president of Caswell, in a statement.

“Cavium Networks not only demonstrated a clear track record of providing performance/watt but also were pioneering next generation functionalities and features for the Data Center Market. We look forward to extending our collaboration with Cavium Networks and delivering winning products for our customers,” Huang added.

The Cavium OCTEON core is Cavium's custom implementation, optimized for networking and services with low-power consumption. Flexible standards-based I/Os including gigabit Ethernet, 10 gigabit Ethernet, PCI (News - Alert) Express Gen 1 and 2, sRIO version 2, USB2.0 and Interlaken enable flexible, high-bandwidth network and system connectivity.

"We are very pleased to work with Caswell to bring massive amounts of energy efficient computing for cloud infrastructure market," said Y.J. Kim, general manager, Infrastructure Processor (News - Alert) Group at Cavium Networks.

"Caswell's scalable system architecture along with Cavium's OCTEON processors provide the best in class solution for Data Center Operators and Service Providers as they look to seamlessly and incrementally upgrade their infrastructure for new cloud services and subscribers," Kim added.

Earlier in February, Airspan, a provider of broadband wireless access networks, selected Cavium Networks OCTEON network processors to power its next generation 4G LTE products. The processors are being used by Airspan (News - Alert) to power its AirSynergy, AirHarmony, Air4G line of products for 4G multi-platform networks.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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