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64bit ARM SoCs target networking, security, storage markets

Posted: 04 May 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cavium? SoC? ARM? security? embedded?

Cavium Inc. has announced what it boasts as a complete portfolio of 64bit ARM based SoCs for control plane and data plane applications in networking, security and storage. The OCTEON TX product line is composed of four product familiesCN80XX, CN81XX, CN82XX and CN83XXaimed at embedded processing applications.

The OCTEON TX expands the addressability of Cavium's embedded products into control plane application areas within enterprise, service provider, data centre networking and storage that need support of extensive software ecosystem and virtualisation features. This product line is also optimised to run multiple concurrent data and control planes simultaneously for security and router appliances, NFV and SDN infrastructure, service provider CPE, wireless transport, NAS, storage controllers, IoT gateways, printer and industrial applications.

The OCTEON SoC architecture has established market leadership in data plane application performance and efficiency. While current OCTEON SoCs are used in applications for data plane as well as control plane with embedded software, control plane applications requiring wider software ecosystem and support traditionally have been addressed by the x86 architecture. The open, service centric networks need lower-cost alternatives for control plane, and superior ecosystem and networking performance for data plane. The ARM architecture is able to service these critical needs.

The OCTEON TX devices feature enhanced ThunderX (TX) ARM64 bit cores based on the latest ARM v8.1 ISA, with up to 2.2GHz core frequency and 78K of I-Cache and 32K of D-Cache. The CN80XX and CN81XX pack from one to four cores and up to 2Mbyte of Last Level Cache, 1x32b/64b DDR4 with ECC, while CN82XX and CN83XX boast from eight to 24 cores and up to 8Mbyte of Last Level Cache, up to 2x64b DDR4 with ECC.

The SoCs flaunt simultaneous support of bulk and RSA crypto, from 400Mbit/s to 40Gbit/s of IPSEC performance and 600 to 20K RSA ops/s for 2048bit keys. In addition, the line-up supports a variety of protocols including IPsec, SSL, TLS 1.x, DTLS and ECC Suite B, as well as algorithms including several variants of AES, 3DES, SHA-2, SHA-3, RSA 2048, RSA 4096, RSA 8192, ECC p256/p384/p521, Kasumi, ZUC and SNOW 3G.

The ARM-based devices can go from 500Mbit/s to 50Gbit/s of Layer 3 forwarding and up to 2x 32/64bit DDR3/DDR4 controllers with ECC with up to 2400MTS. Likewise, they tout integrated Compression engines that can go up to 40Gbit/s and high bandwidth IO that integrates up to 12 10Gb/1GbE, three 40GbE, four PCI-Express Gen3 and six SATA 3.0. Moreover, the portfolio offers the latest ARMv8.1 and SMMU v2 for data centre class full-SoC virtualisation support, and low power to meet the strict thermal profiles of fanless designs, off-load cards and outdoor industrial grade form factors.

The CN80XX and CN81XX product families will be sampling in 2Q16, and the CN82XX and CN83XX will be sampling in 3Q16.

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