Cavium debuts OCTEON TX, its 64-bit ARM-based SOCs for open, services-centric applications



Cavium Inc. debuted Monday OCTEON TX line of 64-bit ARM based SOCs for control plane and data plane applications in networking, security, and storage. This new product line is composed of 4 product families – CN80XX, CN81XX, CN82XX and CN83XX with 1 to 24 full custom, enhanced 64-bit ARM v8.1 cores, providing a range of highly integrated 64-bit ARM SOC products for a range of embedded processing applications.

The 1 to 4 core CN80XX and CN81XX product families will be sampling this quarter, and the 8 to 24 core CN82XX and CN83XX will be sampling in the next quarter.

The OCTEON TX expands addressability of Cavium’s embedded products into control plane application areas within enterprise, service provider, data center networking and storage that need support of extensive software ecosystem and virtualization features. This product line is also optimized to run multiple concurrent data and control planes simultaneously for security and router appliances, NFV and SDN infrastructure, service provider CPE, wireless transport, NAS, storage controllers, IoT gateways, printer and industrial applications.

“Cavium’s OCTEON product line has achieved broad success across a wide range of multicore networking applications due to its highly scalable and accelerated SOC architecture,” said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at the Linley Group. “With OCTEON TX, Cavium is combining its data plane architecture with its optimized ARMv8.1 cores to target a new range of open and virtualized applications for services-centric networks.”

The OCTEON SOC architecture already has established market position in data plane application performance and efficiency. While current OCTEON SOCs are used in applications for data plane as well as control plane with embedded software, control plane applications requiring wider software ecosystem and support traditionally have been addressed by the x86 architecture.

The open, service centric networks need lower-cost alternatives for control plane, and superior ecosystem and networking performance for data plane. The ARM architecture is able to service these critical needs.

The OCTEON TX ARM 64-bit SOC family of processors combine the best in class data plane performance of the OCTEON SOC family, and the rich software ecosystem and virtualization features, extended support of open source applications and highly optimized custom ARMv8.1 CPU cores of the ThunderX family. It also integrates Cavium’s flagship security architecture from the NITROX V security processor family.

With this combination of performance, features and interfaces, the OCTEON TX are ideal for service centric networks and addresses additional application areas in the embedded processor market. The OCTEON TX offers a software compatible, scalable product family to meet the wide range of price, power and performance requirements of various end markets such as virtual CPE, wireless transport, NAS, storage appliances and controllers, IoT gateways, industrial control, SMB routers, security appliances, data center accelerators, data center appliances and various control plane applications.

“Cavium has delivered breakthrough performance for data plane and security applications with its multi-core OCTEON SOCs,” said Steve Klinger, General Manager, Infrastructure Processor Group at Cavium.  “The wide range of products in the OCTEON TX ARM 64-bit product line builds upon this success and expands the use of these products into control and embedded processing applications that leverage the fast growing ARM ecosystem and breadth of open source initiatives.”

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