China Unicom Awarded "Best 5G Initiative" RANNYs Award in Partnership with Cavium™

Cavium ThunderX® ARM V8.1 workload optimized data center server processors, XPliant® SDN fabric and OCTEON Fusion® baseband SoC implements innovative POD for 5G trials

SAN JOSE, CA, and BEIJING, CHINA October 9, 2017 – Cavium™, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, wired and wireless networking and China Unicom announced that China Unicom has won the 2017 RANNYs Award in “Best 5G Initiative” category using a complete POD based on Cavium silicon. The complete SDN/NFV platform POD, based entirely on Cavium silicon includes ThunderX® ARM workload optimized COTS servers, XPliant® programmable SDN Ethernet switch based white box switches, and OCTEON Fusion baseband SoC based Remote Radio Unit.

The award was presented at the RAN World 2017 conference in Barcelona, Spain where Cavium also participated in a Virtualization for 5G panel discussion.

The complete POD runs an open source SDN/NFV software platform which is based on ONF’s M-CORD (Mobility – Central Office Re-architected as Data Center).

Cavium and China Unicom have been using this POD to collaborate on C-RAN and 5G use cases using 3GPP compliant commercial UE’s with live traffic. Advanced 5G concepts such as SDN managed virtualized and disaggregated end-to-end mobile infrastructure, network slicing and intelligent front-haul are implemented in the trial.

“We are excited to be the winner of the Best 5G Initiative RANNYs award. We appreciate the recognition of the results of our collaboration with Cavium in implementing and testing 5G use cases,” said Dr. Tang Xiongyan, CTO of Network Technology Research Institute, China Unicom. “We are looking forward to more extensive trials with the Cavium silicon based M-CORD and virtualized RAN implementation in our network.”

“In awarding the “Best 5G Initiative” the RANNYs committee recognized China Unicom and Cavium’s unique partnership and innovation. We are very excited to collaborate with China Unicom to explore 5G target use cases like C-RAN and intelligent front-haul by utilizing the M-CORD software platform on a SDN/NFV data center POD and in real field deployment,” said Raj Singh Vice President & General Manager of the Network & Communication Group at Cavium. “This differentiated and highly scalable implementation of M-CORD POD using Cavium silicon based white box hardware readily supports implementation of next generation network topologies.”

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, Data Center 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. For more information, please visit:

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