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CaviumAnnounces Carrier Grade, Enterprise Quality,Commercial Software Development Environment for All OCTEON® Processors

New SDK 3 Incorporates Complete Commercial Development Environment, Linux 3.x Support and Full Carrier Grade Linux Distribution

SAN JOSE, January 31, 2013 – Cavium, Inc.(NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications and the digital home,today announced a new commercial software development environment for all OCTEON® processors. Software Development Kit 3 (SDK 3)provides a fully integrated Carrier Grade quality Linux 3.x distribution and bare metal software capabilitiesthatcan take advantage of the wide range of hardware accelerators included in OCTEONprocessors. Cavium’s OCTEON family is the industry’s leading embedded multi-core processor line designed into enterprise, data center and service provider equipment including routers, switches, appliances, 3G/4G LTE wireless base stations, RNCs, xGSNs, evolved packet core, services gateways, DPI equipment, storage switches and intelligent server adapters.

Time to market and the provision of rich services are top of mind for providers of Next-GenerationNetworks (NGN) as they strive to handle the explosive increase in traffic because of the fast adoption of cloud technology and the rapid expansion of mobile broadband, as well as increased exchange of multimedia and video rich content. Higher traffic coupled with the need for intelligent application-aware and secure processing not only requires advanced multi-core processors and dedicated hardware acceleration, but also efficient, top class software development capabilities to go along with it.

“With our full-range of OCTEON processors now in production, the time was right to also extend our software offerings, and this is by far the richest software development kit we have ever released for our market-leading OCTEON family of processors,” said YJ Kim, Vice President, Infrastructure Processor Division, Cavium. “We have combined all of the features of our previous SDK into SDK 3, dramatically enhanced the features and capabilities in our Linux support and we have added commercial level support and engineering service options to help customers speed their complete hardware and software solutions to market”

SDK 3 includes:

  • Common SDK with broad support across all OCTEON families of processors
  • Latest Linux Kernel, device drivers and Tools – 3.4 Kernel, GCC 4.7, GDB 7.4
  • Advanced user space application layer
  • Extended Virtualization support – LXC Container and LibVirt
  • Simple Executive libraries, sample code and tools – bare metal operating system
  • Yocto Project Build Toolsor rpm build system
  • Cycle Accurate Simulator for OCTEON
  • LTTng – Tracing Tools
  • Real Time Linux support
  • Eclipse based IDE FastStart program – includes 5 seat license

New to SDK 3 are options for customers to sign up for commercial grade support with guaranteed response times, time to initial workaround and time to final resolution, all specified as part of a commercial service level agreement. Both Annual Unlimited and Annual per Incident packages are availableand include maintenance and security patch streams.

Cavium offers production-ready TurboDPI software and Data Plane Acceleration Toolkits that utilize the features in our SDKs and the extensive range of OCTEON hardware acceleration capabilities to speed DPI, packet handling, TCP, IP, SSL and IPSEC processing.

Cavium also offers a wide range of services delivered by our world-class solutions and services team to assist customers with their projects and speed their time to market.

SDK 3 is based on the same Linux 3.4 that both MontaVista and Wind River have chosen for their distributions, which will make porting of applications significantly easier.

The main SDK 3 for OCTEON II is available now to early access customers.

About Cavium
Cavium is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications and the digital home. Cavium offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access and service provider equipment. Cavium 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:

Cavium Contact:
Angel Atondo
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager,
Cavium, 2315 N. First Street,
San Jose CA 95131,
Telephone: +1 408-943-7417


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