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Xirrus Selects Cavium OCTEON® III Processors for Next-Generation 802.11ac Wave 2 High Performance, Intelligent WLAN Access Point Platforms

The Cavium solution delivers best-in-class Wi-Fi performance with Deep Packet Inspection for low-power, thermally optimized platforms

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 2, 2015 – Cavium, Inc., (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, today announces that Xirrus, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance wireless networks, has selected the Cavium OCTEON III processor family to power its next-generation 802.11ac Wave 2 high-performance single and multi-radio wireless platforms.

In order to deliver a superior quality of experience (QoE) in high-density enterprise, hospitality, and other dense campus environments, Xirrus next-generation 802.11ac Wave 2 WLAN access points require a powerful processing solution with unique processing engines and programmability to implement complex provisioning, scheduling and application control features. These access points need to serve a large number of users in a thermally challenging environment with minimal airflow. Powered by the OCTEON III CN70XX/71XX low-power processor with up to four high-performance, power-optimized 64-bit processing cores, these access points will have the performance required to provide not only the 802.11ac Wave 2 multi-gigabit data rate, but also higher per-user data throughput enabled by multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology, while remaining in a very low-power envelope. In addition, the advanced hardware-acceleration for security and L3-L7 processing in CN70XX/71XX enables these access points to provide a high level of intelligence at the edge of Wi-Fi networks by integrating the controller function and application-level visibility into each access point, thus eliminating a single point of failure and the potential performance bottlenecks of a centralized controller. The rich I/O configuration on CN70XX/71XX also provides a high degree of flexibility for high-throughput 1G/2.5G/5G/10G Ethernet backhaul.
“The continuous innovation from Cavium helps us deliver revolutionary high-performance Wi-Fi solutions”, said Patrick Parker, chief development officer and founder, Xirrus Wi-Fi. “The CN70XX/71XX processor families provide Xirrus with a highly scalable multicore processor platform required to deliver extremely complex, compute intensive applications at the network edge, while delivering high throughput Wi-Fi speeds.”

 “The CN70XX/71XX was built from the ground-up to meet the stringent performance, power, application awareness and security requirements for Wave 2 WLAN access points. It delivers 10Gbps processing capability in a power envelope starting at 3.0W.“ said Venkat Sundaresan, Director of Product Line Marketing, Infrastructure Processor Group, Cavium, Inc. ”We are very pleased to work with Xirrus and help them deliver their disruptive distributed-intelligence architecture for a new generation of Wi-Fi networks.”

The OCTEON III CN70XX/CN71XX families of Multi-Core cnMIPS64 Processors target SMB and entry-level enterprise platforms for networking, security, storage and control plane applications. The families integrate single to quad cnMIPS64 v3 cores with virtualization capabilities and hypervisor support. The highly-integrated SoCs also include a rich set of I/O’s and Cavium’s advanced hardware acceleration for deep packet inspection (DPI). The CN70XX/CN71XX families deliver the most optimized solution for power, performance, and price in next-generation applications.

About Cavium, Inc.
Cavium (NASDAQ: CAVM) is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in enterprise, data center, cloud and wired and wireless service provider applications. Cavium offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 100 Mbps to 100 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access and service provider equipment. Cavium’s processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium’s principal office is in San Jose, CA with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and China. For more information, please visit:

About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent “wired-like” performance with superior coverage and security. The Xirrus suite of WI-FI optimized solutions — Arrays, access points, cloud services, and wired switches — provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network. Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and partnerships across the globe. Xirrus is a privately held company and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information please visit:

About Cavium
Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium's highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Datacenter and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware reference designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan.

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