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Cavium Networks Launches Single and Dual Core OCTEON Network Processors

Santa Rosa - Intel's Next Step To Mobility

ATI Licenses Analogix Semiconductor HDMI Receiver

EMC Delivers Petabyte Storage Array

NVIDIA Announces New High Definition Live-to-Air Broadcast Solution

Cavium Networks Launches Single and Dual Core OCTEON Network Processors

Cavium Networks unveiled ten new highly integrated single and dual core MIPS64 processors starting at under $20 price points. The new SoC (system-on-chip) processors integrate a custom MIPS64 processor core with the advanced multi-layer application acceleration and security processing hardware, along with a wide range of networking I/O options. The new OCTEON CN31XX and CN30XX family of processors are fully software compatible with the OCTEON CN38XX family of multi-core processors. The OCTEON family now delivers industry's most scalable line of compatible MIPS64 processors from single core to sixteen cores. The OCTEON processor family is being designed into a wide array of networking equipment, including routers, switches, unified threat management (UTM) appliances, application-aware gateways, triple-play gateways, WLAN and 3G access and aggregation devices and storage networking equipment.

The OCTEON CN31XX and CN30XX processors are based on the same custom cnMIPS64 CPU core as in the currently available CN38XX and CN36XX family of processors. The core has been developed from the ground up with very low power consumption. The cnMIPS core is the industry's first implementation of MIPS64 Release 2 instruction set with a 5-stage, dual-issue superscalar architecture, sophisticated pre-fetching and optimized cache and memory latencies. Each processor has 1 or 2 cnMIPS cores, along with up to 256KB L2 cache and features an extensive set of I/Os including Gigabit Ethernet networking interfaces, PCI/PCI-X, DDR2, USB 2.0 with PHY, TDM/PCM for Voice applications, and other standard I/O such as GPIO, SPI, UARTs and Expansion bus. The processors vary in frequency from 300MHz to 550MHz. Maximum power consumption of the parts ranges from under 2 Watts to 7 Watts while application performance ranges from several hundred Mbps to 2Gbps.

The CN31XX and CN30XX processors are available with a set of hardware acceleration options. Each processor is available in CP (Communication Processor), SCP (Secure Communication Processor) and NSP (Network Services Processor, available on CN31XX only) versions. The CP version includes hardware acceleration for Packet Processing, TCP, Queuing/Scheduling and QoS. The SCP version adds acceleration for IPsec/SSL, SRTP and WLAN security. The NSP further adds acceleration for Deep Packet Inspection and Compression /Decompression. Details of application acceleration features are:

  • Extensive L2-L4 hardware based packet processing and buffer management engines for IPv4 and IPv6 packets
  • TCP hardware acceleration includes comprehensive checks, tag-generation, checksums, timer and buffer management
  • Queuing/Scheduling and QoS hardware implements packet input queuing/scheduling based on diffserv, QoS/ToS, Input ports or a combination. Output packet queuing and scheduling based on fixed prioritization and or weighted fair queuing (WFQ)
  • Future-proof security hardware acceleration includes full offload for IPsec, SSL, SRTP and WLAN 802.11i security and support for all standard algorithms including DES/3DES, AES up to 256bit, AES-GCM, AES-XCBC, ARC4, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-2 up to SHA-512, RSA up to 4096 bit, Diffie-Hellman and a true hardware random number generator
  • Compression/decompression hardware acceleration implements GZIP, PKZIP and variant protocols to deliver industry’s best compression ratio at multi-gigabit throughputs
  • Deep Packet Inspection is enabled through 8 Pattern matching hardware acceleration engines. These engines perform stateful pattern analysis for intrusion detection, anti-virus and content based switching, routing and filtering applications

The OCTEON CN31XX Processor Family includes the CN3110 and the CN3120 Processors. The CN3120 features dual cnMIPS64 cores while the CN3110 features a single cnMIPS64 core at up to 550MHz with 256KB L2 cache. The I/Os include 3 GE interfaces, 64 bit DDR2-667, optional second 16 bit DDR2 for pattern storage, TDM/PCM, 32/100 PCI-X, USB 2.0 in an 868pin BGA package with 4 – 7W power consumption. Each processor is available in CP, SCP and NSP versions. These processors can be used in Enterprise Routers, Gateways, UTM appliances, Service cards and Triple Play gateways.

The OCTEON CN30XX Processor Family includes the CN3005 and CN3010 Processors. The CN3005 processor includes a cnMIPS core at up to 400MHz, 64KB L2 cache, 16 bit DDR2, two GE interfaces, 32/66 PCI, USB 2.0 in a 350pin BGA package with a low power consumption of 2-3W. The CN3010 processor include a cnMIPS processor core at up to 500MHz, 128KB L2 cache, 32 bit DDR2, 3 GE interfaces, TDM/PCM, 32/66 PCI, USB 2.0 in a 525pin BGA package with a very low 2-4W power consumption. Each processor is available in CP and SCP versions. These processors can be used in Wired and Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n) Broadband Routers and Gateways, Wireless Access Points and Home NAS products.

OCTEON processors support standard operating systems including Linux, MontaVista Linux and Wind River VxWorks along with a thin executive for fast-path data-plane software. Cavium Networks provides a complete Software Development Kit with Linux, GNU tool-chain, GDB development environment and popular third party tool-chain and development support that enables thousands of MIPS32, MIPS64 and other C/C++ applications to be easily ported to OCTEON. Additionally, Cavium Networks provides APIs, L2 to L4 reference software, WLAN drivers and software toolkits for IPsec, SSL, SSL-VPN and TCP stacks, to enable quick time to market.

Samples for OCTEON CN31XX will be available in Q1'06 and those for OCTEON CN30XX will be available in Q2'06. Pricing for CN31XX ranges from $49 to $125 for 10K unit quantities and pricing for CN30XX ranges from $19 to $39 in 50K unit quantities.

Source: Cavium Networks

Santa Rosa - Intel's Next Step To Mobility

As you know, this year Intel is going to release a new processor codenamed Merom. It will be a dual-core mobile CPU with low energy consumption that will replace Core Duo, the first mobile dual-core. Merom will be a 64-bit solution (x64 EM64T) with 4MB of cache and MNI - Merom New Instruction.

Merom will be supported by the recently released Intel 945GM and 945PM chipsets. This core logic series is scheduled for update to March 2007. Within the frame of Santa Rosa the company is to release a chipset with improved wireless technology - Crestine. It is also to support 800MHz FSB. Therefore, the performance of a Santa Rosa based notebook with Merom in 2007 is to be higher than the performance of a Napa-based notebook with the same Merom in 2006.

Another part of Santa Rosa will be a wireless chip codenamed Kedron that is expected to operate via 802.11n protocol. The future chips will support MIMO (multiple in, multiple out) for higher Wi-Fi throughput.

According to the source, a representative of Intel confirmed the Santa Rosa codename, but kept silence about its features. As we can see, the tradition of naming products after nearby locations goes on, as Santa Rosa is a city in California, USA.

Source: CNET, PC Watch

ATI Licenses Analogix Semiconductor HDMI Receiver

Analogix Semiconductor announced that ATI Technologies has licensed Analogix's HDMI receiver technology. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the standard for transmitting digital television audiovisual signals from DVD players, set-top boxes and other audiovisual sources to television sets, projectors and other video displays.

Source: Analogix Semiconductor

EMC Delivers Petabyte Storage Array

EMC announced new technology and configurations for its flagship EMC Symmetrix DMX-3 storage system. The announcement was made at a media and analyst event in London with EMC senior executives detailing several innovative new technologies and additions to the EMC product lineup.

EMC announced availability of the world's first storage array capable of scaling to more than one petabyte (1,024 terabytes) of capacity. The record capacity is made possible through the qualification of Symmetrix DMX-3 system configurations supporting up to 2,400 disk drives and the availability of new 500-gigabyte low-cost Fibre Channel (LC-FC) disk drives. This new disk drive technology, compatible with all Symmetrix DMX systems, enables EMC to provide customers with significant total cost of ownership benefits by enabling the consolidation of more information, applications and storage tiers into fewer arrays and storage networks. EMC is the first to deliver this new disk drive technology in a high-end array.

EMC also introduced a new entry-level Symmetrix DMX-3 system configuration. For the first time ever, customers can incrementally scale the performance and capacity of a single array from 7 terabytes, using 96 disk drives, to more than a petabyte with 2,400 disk drives. The Symmetrix DMX-3 system was specifically designed with the performance, scalability and reliability required to support high-end configurations in a single array. Customers can non-disruptively scale capacity, performance or both to meet their changing storage requirements. The extensible DMX architecture provides the Symmetrix DMX-3 system with near linear performance scalability as channel directors, memory directors and disk directors are added to the system.

In addition to new Symmetrix DMX-3 system configurations, EMC today introduced several information management software and technology enhancements for the Symmetrix DMX-3 system, including:

  • Native Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) support for host and remote replication on Symmetrix DMX-3 systems, which eliminates the added expense of external channel converters and gateways when replicating large amounts of data over less-expensive Ethernet networks. This support is fully backwards compatible with prior generation Symmetrix DMX arrays and the Symmetrix 8000 series.
  • Symmetrix DMX-3 system support of the IBM iSeries system, the only non-IBM storage array that supports the popular midrange server platform.
  • Symmetrix DMX-3 system support of TPF (Transaction Processing Facility), a real-time operating system for IBM mainframe environments.
  • EMC z/OS Storage Manager software, which provides mainframe-native management for all Symmetrix storage systems and improves management of storage arrays in a mainframe environment.

The new Symmetrix DMX-3 storage system configurations will begin shipping in March 2006. The price for the flagship and entry-level Symmetrix DMX-3 systems is believed to be about $4M and $250K, respectively.

Source: EMC, ZDNet

NVIDIA Announces New High Definition Live-to-Air Broadcast Solution

NVIDIA announced the availability of NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 SDI, the latest in a line of fully integrated graphics-to-video solutions offering uncompressed SDI output from programmable graphics. NVIDIA Quadro SDI standardized solutions enable customers like NBC Universal to create real time, 3D broadcast graphics which enhance its live to air programming with dynamic content and visuals for CNBC, its worldwide financial news channel.

NVIDIA Quadro SDI products allow broadcasters to enrich their programming with a broad range of high definition content, from real-time 3D effects, to full blown virtual sets for news, sports, weather, and almost any other genre desired. These solutions leverage an extremely powerful and programmable graphics processing unit, which can generate and output both standard and high definition television content in real time, allowing these solutions to be used in a live broadcast environment.

NVIDIA Quadro SDI solutions have been certified, qualified, or integrated by a number of independent software vendors, like Brainstorm, serving the broadcast industry. These companies include Adobe, ASSIMILATE, Autodesk, Avid, DaVinci, IRIDAS, Nucoda, PVI, Sonic Solutions, Sportvision, and Weather Central.

NVIDIA Quadro SDI products are available now through PNY Technologies (US and EMEA), Leadtek (APAC), and ELSA Japan (Japan).

Source: NVIDIA

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