Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cavium Unveils NITROX DPI Family of Layer 7 Content Processors

Cavium Networks introduced its NITROX DPI CN17XX Layer 7 Content Processor Family, offering 4Gbps to 20 Gbps of deterministic performance with low latency and support for an unlimited number of pattern rule-sets and flows. Target applications include application level firewalls, intrusion prevention (IPS), gateway anti-virus, unified threat management and content-based QoS in routers, switches, appliances and services blades for the Enterprise, Datacenter and Service Provider markets. Both silicon products as well as production-ready boards with extensive software support are available.

Cavium said its NITROX DPI CN17XX processor family, which are based on its 3rd generation Deep Packet Inspection technology, delivers deterministic, low-latency without compromising the number of pattern rules or flows. The company's first and second generation Deep Packet Inspection technology is integrated into the OCTEON and OCTEON Plus multi-core family of products and is already shipping in Tier 1 customer systems. Cavium's third generation DPI technology delivers several significant enhancements to reduce latency and increase performance. The high performance and scalability offered by these devices is enabled by the on-chip revolutionary Hyper Finite Automata (HFA) engines.

The NITROX DPI CN17XX processor and board family offers look-aside L7 content processing with PCI-Express connectivity. These processors offer up to 20 Gbps of performance and can be used in conjunction with the OCTEON family and other general purpose processors such as the x86 to increase DPI performance. The same engines are also integrated on Cavium's OCTEON II processor family, enabling seamless software migration from CN17XX family to OCTEON II. For future designs that need even higher performance, the CN17xx family can be used in conjunction with Cavium's high end OCTEON II processor family to deliver up to 40 Gbps performance.

The ability to use the HFA technology as a coprocessor as well as integrated in a CPU, with performance ranging from 4 Gbps -- 40 Gbps provides customers with the most flexible, scalable and highest performing L7 content processing solution in the marketplace. The NITROX DPI CN17XX family includes four different products.

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