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ViaSat Selects Cavium Networks Multi-Core OCTEON Plus Processors to Power its Next Generation Satellite Broadband Modems

OCTEON SoCs deliver superior and scalable performance for fixed wireless application with industry-leading energy efficiency

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 29, 2010 Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications and the digital home, today announced that ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT), a producer of satellite and other wireless communication and networking systems, has selected OCTEON® Multi-Core processors to power its next generation subscriber terminals as well as aggregation gateways for its SurfBeam®2 broadband-over-satellite system. ViaSat next generation equipment benefits from the low power consumption, rich computing and service capabilities, and integration offered by OCTEON Plus processors to provide always-on high-speed Internet access with sophisticated QOS, built-in firewall and network address translation, and video/voice-over-IP services to millions of end-users.

The mass market adoption of broadband-over-satellite systems requires the ability to grow the network to handle massive numbers of users and aggregate data throughput, low operational expenditure to serve a widely dispersed subscriber base, and low capital expenditure to drive affordability of services while delivering competitive broadband data rates. The ViaSat SurfBeam system delivers on all these requirements by integrating widely-used terrestrial wireless and advanced satellite technologies. This combination enables worldwide service providers to deploy satellite network systems with very high system capacity, simple “no touch” subscriber provisioning and smaller, lighter consumer-priced subscriber terminals. The OCTEON multi-core processors integrate a variety of optimized hardware accelerators and IOs, helping enable ViaSat terminals and gateways to deliver up to 100 Mbps end-user performance along with industry leading scalability, reliability and energy efficiency.

"The ViaSat SurfBeam broadband system has become the first choice among worldwide service providers for broadband-over-satellite," said Jeff Crosby, vice president Commercial Broadband at ViaSat. "The OCTEON processors offer features and scalability that help us deliver satellite broadband that exceeds median DSL data rates and user experience to mainstream home and SOHO/SMB markets. We expect to deploy many millions of satellite terminals over the next several years as we roll out our transformational satellite broadband service.”

OCTEON multi-core processors provide a scalable range from one to 32 64-bit general purpose cores on a single chip along with the most advanced networking, storage, security and application hardware acceleration. The Cavium OCTEON core is Cavium’s custom implementation, optimized for networking and services with very low power consumption. Application hardware acceleration engines for QoS, packet processing, TCP, compression, encryption, RAID, de-duplication and pattern matching allowing the family to deliver unmatched scalability, performance and integration. Flexible standards-based I/Os including gigabit Ethernet, 10 gigabit Ethernet, PCI Express Gen 1 and 2, USB2.0 and Interlaken enable flexible, high-bandwidth network and system connectivity.

"ViaSat is a pioneer in deploying satellite broadband for worldwide service providers. We are excited about their decision to select the OCTEON Plus processor family for its next generation broadband-over-satellite subscriber terminals and gateways" said YJ Kim, Senior Director Embedded Processor Group. “This selection by ViaSat reinforces Cavium’s position as industry’s leading multi-core solution, backed by compelling technology and execution, to address several emerging wireless infrastructure market and segments.”

About ViaSat (
ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to virtually any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies and products to the U.S. government; is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services; and owns WildBlue, the premier Ka-band satellite broadband service provider. ViaSat is based in Carlsbad, CA, has major locations in Duluth, GA, Germantown, MD (Comsat Laboratories), and Greenwood Village, CO (WildBlue), along with additional field offices and service centers worldwide.

About Cavium Networks
Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications and the digital home. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 100 Mbps to 40 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access and service provider equipment. Cavium Networks processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium Network’s principal offices are in Mountain View, CA with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit:

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