Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cavium and ARM to Develop Next Gen Multi-Core SoCs

Cavium Networks' next-generation chips will be powered by ARM's Cortex-A family of processor cores.

Cavium's ECONA processor family has been based on ARM processor technology since its inception, first utilizing the ARM9 and then progressing to the ARM11 as market requirements have evolved. The companies said the transition to ARM's Cortex-A series will maintain and further develop Cavium ECONA processors' power/performance profile. The ARM processors are capable of gigahertz-class performance, while demonstrating low-power leadership. The ECONA family is targeted for applications that includes FTTH home gateway, network attached storage, small and medium business routers, service provider networking, enterprise wireless access points, multi-media tablets, and multi-function printers.

"Multi-core Cortex-A series processors will provide customers with a dramatic increase in performance over SMB networking solutions available today," explained Ian Drew, Chief Marketing Officer at ARM. "ARM pioneered licensable multi-core processor IP in 2005 with the ARM11 Core, and Cavium Networks' adoption of the Cortex-A series further is a strong indication of the success of the scalable, multi-core ARM architecture in the networking space."

Also based on ARM technology is Cavium Networks' family of PureVu video processors, which provide a full HD (1080p60) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution for interactive and recording video applications.