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June 20, 2011

Network Processcor: Cavium Networks' OCTEON Processors Power Samsung's 3G and 4G Products

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Cavium Networks (News - Alert), a provider of network processors for communications and the digital home, announced collaboration with leading network solution provider Samsung Electronics.

Samsung (News - Alert) has selected  Cavium Networks’ OCTEON processors to deliver market-leading performance in a wide range of Samsung’s 3G and 4G products.

The Cavium OCTEON network processor family, according to company officials, is the industry's broadest and highest performance Multi-core MIPS64 processor family with price points that address application performance ranging from 1Gbps to 40+Gbps in a single chip.

The network processor family includes processors with 1 to 32 high-performance cores in a single chip and feature integrated advanced 3G/4G hardware accelerators for packet processing, featuring quality of service, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), Security, compression / decompression and DPI.

Because of their superior 3G and WiMAX LTE (News - Alert) Layer 2 to Layer 7 capabilities, the OCTEON Processors have been deployed at many tier-1 TEMs for Mobile Infrastructure Platforms.

The network processors are also suitable for 4G wireless solutions including Base stations and Packet Core environments, which require unprecedented levels of scalability, performance, security and deep packet inspection, company officials said.

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

“The demand for secure and intelligent mobile data is growing at a record pace, and the telecom industry is looking for a simple and cost-effective way for the evolution from 3G/WiMAX to LTE/WiMAX 2,” said YJ Kim (News - Alert), general manager, Infrastructure Processor Group, Cavium Networks, in a statement. “We are delighted to have Samsung as a customer and enable compelling functionality and performance in their 3G/4G systems.”

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

Edited by Rich Steeves

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