Sunday, December 2, 2007

Cavium Teams with Broadcom on Switching Reference Designs

Cavium Networks announced a set of reference designs targeted at intelligent switching and broadband applications and based on its OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64 processor family along with Broadcom's enterprise class StrataXGS and home/SMB ROBOSwitch Gigabit Ethernet switches, and FASTPATH networking software. Target applications include intelligent enterprise switches, Layer 4+ switches, and SOHO/SMB routers.

To enable the tightly integrated designs, Broadcom has licensed its HiGig protocol to Cavium Networks. The HiGig protocol enhances Ethernet switching with features such as stacking and QoS. Cavium's recently-introduced OCTEON processors and follow-on processors with 10Gigabit interfaces integrate hardware acceleration that supports HiGig protocol and enables intelligent switching applications. Additionally Broadcom will utilize Cavium OCTEON processors in its enterprise reference designs as a control plane and services processor, supporting the complete portfolio of StrataXGS Ethernet switches, which are industry-leading, widely deployed merchant silicon switching solutions.