Cavium Joins Linux Foundation Open Platform for NFV Project

ThunderX™ Best in Class ARMv8 based COTS server platform for NFV Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 1, 2014 — (PRNewswire) — Cavium, Inc., (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, service provider wired and wireless networking, today announced its new membership to the Open Platform for NFV project (OPNFV) as a Silver-Level founding member. The OPNFV will be a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform intended to accelerate implementation and actual product development of Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

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Cavium's ARMv8-based ThunderX workload optimized processors deliver industry's highest performance and unprecedented levels of integration for NFV specific applications. With 48 ARMv8 cores, running at 2.5GHz, support for single and dual socket configurations, up to four DDR3/4 memory controllers, integrated 10/40/100 GbE interfaces, low latency Ethernet switch fabric and a wide variety of accelerators for packet processing, security and virtualization, ThunderX is an ideal building block for an industry standard COTS server platform for NFV applications. NFV applications running on ThunderX platforms will benefit from fine grained control of large number of cores, integrated 10/40/100 GbE networking, end to end virtualization enabled through virtSoc™ technology, integrated accelerators for packet processing, security and virtualization. ThunderX leverages the large ARMv8 server ecosystem, including support for industry standard software development environments and is widely supported by: leading server operating systems including Ubuntu™, Fedora™, OpenSUSE™; leading Hypervisors such as Xen™ and KVM™; widely used web programming frameworks such as OpenJDK™ and Oracle Java™; and a vast majority of open source applications.

"Cavium has a long and rich history of contributing to open source projects such as Linaro Enterprise Group, Linaro Networking Group and Xen project. As a founding member of OPNFV, Cavium will collaborate with ODMs, OEMs, end users, and software partners enabling COTS platforms based on ThunderX and contribute to the open source community by delivering software that enables acceleration of NFV applications. ThunderX based platforms will provide best in class TCO via end to end virtualization, lower power, simplified network design and management," said Gopal Hegde, VP/GM, Data Center Processor Group at Cavium.

"The Linux Foundation is pleased to welcome Cavium as a founding member of OPNFV. Cavium's experience working with leading service provider infrastructure vendors will be key in advancing NFV functionality with the OPNFV reference platform," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at Linux Foundation.

About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)

Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using NFV. It brings together service providers, vendors and users to collaborate in an open forum on advancing the state-of-the-art in NFV. For more information and to start contributing today, please visit:

About Cavium, Inc.

Cavium is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in enterprise, data center, cloud and wired & wireless service provider applications. Cavium offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible processors ranging in performance from 100 Mbps to over 100 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment. Cavium's processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium's principal offices are in San Jose, California with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and China. For more information, please visit:

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