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Storage services processors aim at high-volume iSCSI apps

Posted: 17 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:storage services? processors? iSCSI?

The CN52XX storage services processor family adds entry and mid-range performance and cost points to Cavium's existing Octeon processor family with full top-to-bottom software compatibility up to 20Gbit/s iSCSI solutions.

The Octeon Plus CN52XX storage services processor integrates up to 7,000 MIPS with advanced hardware acceleration for storage IOPS, TCP, iSCSI, RAID 6, de-duplication and IEEE 1619 data-at-rest security. The CN52XX storage services processor is aimed at next-generation entry- and mid-level storage systems such as iSCSI targets, Fiber-Channel to iSCSI bridges, Fiber Channel over Ethernet adaptors, Disk encryption controllers, Disk Arrays, RAID 6 arrays and de-duplication enabled systems. The CN52XX storage services process can process over 500MBps of IEEE 1619 for data-at-rest security and 100K iSCSI IOPS-to-disk.

The Octeon CN52XX storage services processor families consist of six different software- and pin-compatible parts with 2-4 cnMIPS-plus cores, running at clock speeds from 500MHz up to 900MHz. All CN52XX processors integrate two PCIe controllers with up to 4 lanes, up to 4x Gigabit interfaces (SGMII) or one 10Gbit interface (XAUI), 512KB of L2 cache, a 72bit DDR2-800 memory controller, two MII management interfaces and 2x USB 2.0 interfaces. Additionally, the CN52XX incorporates existing and proven Octeon processor family hardware acceleration for various protocol processing, QoS, TCP, iSCSI , Data-de duplication and security applications for IPsec, SSL and IEEE 1619 for data-at-rest encryption. The Octeon CN52XX provides three to five times the performance in storage and networking applications when compared to alternative solutions with the same price and power ranges.

The CN52XX combined with the other Octeon Plus processor families CN57XX, CN55 XX and CN50XX provide a comprehensive, scalable and software-compatible processor solution for storage applications including storage switches, arrays and servers. The Octeon family consists of over 30 different processors that address Networking, Wireless and Storage applications.

The CN52XX is supported by Cavium's feature-rich software development kit with SMP Linux 2.6, GNU Toolchain, debugger tools, co-processor acceleration APIs, reference software and a comprehensive ecosystem for a range of wired and wireless networking, storage and service provider applications.

Pricing starts at $49 in 10,000 quantities. Samples are available.

- Ismini Scouras
eeProductCenter





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