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Cavium licenses out ARMv8, initiates Project Thunder

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cavium? ARMv8? ARM?

Cavium, Inc has been named as ARM's architecture licensee for the ARMv8 architecture. ARMv8 is the first ARM architechture to include 64-bitbit execution which enables processors based on the architecture to combine 64-bitbit execution with 32-bitbit execution. Its development was an endeavor to bring the energy-efficiency heritage of ARM processor technology to 64-bitbit computing.

Also, the semiconductor provider recently announced its Project Thunder initiative. The project aims to deliver an array of highly integrated, multicore system-on-chip (SoC) processors, incorporating highly optimized, full custom cores.

This development compliments Cavium's reputation of developing and delivering 2 to 48-cores SoC processors based on the MIPS and ARM architectures. The selection for such architectures considered the target end market, industry trends, installed software base, ecosystem and customer demand. Project Thunder processor solutions along with the OCTEON and NITROX processor families will significantly expand Cavium's market.

The OCTEON Fusion platform was announced to power the 4G/LTE small cell deployment for SK Telecom, Korea's largest mobile service provider. Extensive usage of smartphones, tablets and media-rich wireless devices double mobile data traffic every year, making it necessary for mobile operators to deliver the data bandwidth required. This could be done through swift rollout of LTE small cells using Cavium's OCTEON Fusion "base station on a chip" hardware and software platform.

Moreover, KT, the largest communication service provider in Korea, has selected the OCTEON Fusion platform by Calvium for the first stage of commercial deployment of LTE small cell.

"Calvium's Fusion processor platform offers a complete carrier grade LTE small cell solution with proven hardware and software supporting a large number of users and the demanding application requirements for multiuser small cells," said KT Senior Manager Jean Choi.

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