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Aricent, Cavium tie-up on LTE solutions

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE? Long Term Evolution? processor? software?

Aricent and Cavium Networks have partnered to develop a Long Term Evolution (LTE) evolved packet core (EPC).

Through the collaboration, the companies will offer pre-optimized, performance-enhanced and highly-scalable EPC serving gateway (SGW), PDN gateway (PGW) and mobility management entity (MME) ready-to-use software frameworks for Cavium's Octeon multicore MIPS64 processor family. This joint effort creates significant technology synergies, offering LTE equipment manufacturers a high-performance, high-capacity solution for their EPC platforms, while simultaneously reducing time to market, risk and cost.

Aricent's LTE EPC software framework is based upon the company's mature and widely-deployed Diameter and GTP product stacks. The frameworks are complete, pre-integrated control plane software modules suitable for LTE Macro/Micro EPC nodes, supporting essential SGW, PGW and MME capabilities. Aricent's frameworks integrate the complete control plane (signaling) functionality of the EPC node into a seamless package, accelerating and simplifying development of highly scalable, carrier-class EPC solutions. Aricent's LTE EPC framework will be available and pre-optimized on the current Cavium Octeon Plus processor family and the upcoming Octeon II processor family.

"Aricent has a successful track record providing mobile communications technology and services to the world's leading infrastructure manufacturers," said YJ Kim, senior director, networking and communications division at Cavium Networks. "Combining Aricent's LTE expertise and software technology with OCTEON multicore MIPS64 processors will provide our mutual customers with an optimized, robust and reliable solution for EPC applications. Together, Aricent and Cavium will reduce OEM development time and engineering cost for all Macro and Mini EPC node types. Building upon our existing eNodeB solution, we now offer a complete range of LTE network elements for our joint customers."

The Octeon processor family is the industry's broadest multicore MIPS64 based processor family with over 30 different integrated processors with application performance ranging from 1Gbit/s to 40+Gbit/s. The Octeon processor family consists of processors with 1 to 32 cores on a single chip with integrated multiple GEs, 10GEs, sRIO, PCIe or PCI-X networking interfaces with industry-leading hardware acceleration for packet processing, quality of service, TCP, IPsec, Kasumi, SNOW 3G, ROHC, compression/decompression and deep packet inspection.

"Cavium Networks' Octeon processor family has won numerous designs at tier-1 3.5G and LTE infrastructure vendors. Our collaboration with Cavium reflects our continued emphasis on alignment with technology leaders in the LTE space," said Rakesh Vij, assistant VP at Aricent. "In addition to our device, eNodeB, IP backhaul and access software, Aricent has created a complete integrated framework for LTE EPC nodes. Cavium's semiconductor expertise combined with our software frameworks simplifies development complexity for LTE infrastructure customers."

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