Cavium - Semiconductor Solutions and Server Innovation


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Cavium, Inc. offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium’s highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high-performance points, enabling secure and intelligent functionality in enterprise, data center and service provider equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware-reference designs and other products. Cavium is head quartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan.

Cavium products  are used in a wide variety of networking,  data center appliance and wireless applications  including:

  • Enterprise: Routers, SSL proxy and security appliances, WAN optimization, network monitoring  enterprise switches, servers and storage applications.

  • Data Center: ARMv8 high-performance  servers, cloud servers Top of Rack, Spine / Core, Aggregation  switches, Intelligent NIC and security.

  • Digital Broadband and IoT Getway: Broadband  routers, triple play gateways, retail and small office wired and WLAN routers, VoIP phones, IoT decure gateways.

  • Access and Service Provider: Mobile 3G/4G/5G, Base station to Core Network Equipment, Aggregation Equipment, Routers, and NFV/Telco Servers.
Cavium’s product portfolio includes the following:

ThunderX® ARM Processors: Provides the best-in-class 64-bit ARMv8 processors,  optimized  for enterprise, data center and telco cloud infrastructure.  This processor offers an unprecedented level of integration  and industry-leading SoC performance. With high-performance  efficient cores, single- and dual-socket configurations, high memory bandwidth, large memory capacity,  integrated  hardware accelerators,  fully virtualized core and IO, scalable Ethernet fabric and feature rich I/O’s that enable best-in-class performance-per-dollar/Watt.

XPliant® Highly Programmable Switches: Provides up to 3.2 Terabits per second switching  for the most demanding data center networks, at both top of rack and spine. XPliant Packet Architecture  (XPA) enables the highest level of table flexibility and extensible header support  without any compromise  in throughput. XPliant switches provide 1, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 Gbps interfaces speeds to interoperate  with all Ethernet gear in the network. In addition to flexibility, it also provides shared packet buffer architecture  to absorbs the large burst. Cavium's XPA-powered  switches are ideal for large scale cloud and data centers, for enterprise and service provider data centers, and as embedded  fabric where high performance  connectivity is needed.

OCTEON® Multi-core MIPS64 Processors: Industry's  most scalable family of highly- integrated  embedded  processors  with 1 to 48 cores and comprehensive HW acceleration. These processors deliver the best performance  per Watt and dollar for enterprise and service provider infrastructure applications, integrating  control, dataplane, and service processing  into a single SoC. Standard interfaces, a robust software development environment,  and the broadest embedded  multicore ecosystem  provide the best time-to-market for OEM designs.

OCTEON® TX Multi-core 64-bit ARMv8 Processors: Industry's  most scalable family of highly integrated  64-bit ARM processors  supporting  a broad spectrum  of open, service-centric applications  in enterprise and service provider infrastructure.  With 1 to 48 cores and comprehensive HW acceleration,  OCTEON TX multi-core  processors  deliver the best performance  per Watt and dollar for control plane and data plane applications  in networking,  security, and storage that need support  of an extensive software ecosystem  and virtualization  features.

OCTEON Fusion-M™ Single Chip Basestation Processors: The industry’s  most powerful “Base Station-on-a-Chip” family is specifically  designed for LTE and 3G multi-mode picocell, microcell and macrocell base stations as well as for highly intelligent remote radio head units. OCTEON Fusion-M processors  combine OCTEON’s widely successful  multi-core architecture  along with purpose-built baseband DSP cores, extensive LTE/3G hardware accelerators  and RF options – including CPRI, JESD204B and JESD207 – into a single chip, slashing the BOM cost and power envelope of a range of base station offerings.

LiquidIO® / LiquidIO® II Smart NICs: Includes two major product  families: the LiquidIO / LiquidIO II Network Appliance Smart NICs, and LiquidIO / LiquidIO II Smart NICs. The LiquidIO / LiquidIO II Smart NICs support  data center virtualization  application load such as distributed firewall, SDN, IPSEC, traffic metering services and shaping and several server offloads including compression, crypto, DPI, TCP and RAID.

Cavium FastLinQ®  Ethernet Adapters: QLogic high-performance  Ethernet adapters support  10Gb/25Gb/40Gb/100Gb speeds and are ideally suited for enterprise-class data centers, public and private clouds, managed service providers and telco deployments. The feature-rich adapters support  Universal RDMA with RoCE & iWARP, server virtualization  with NPAR and SR-IOV, network tunneling with VXLAN, NVGRE and GENEVE, and network storage with iSCSI, FCoE & NVMf.

QLogic® Fibre Channel Adapters: From the heart of Fortune 1000enterprise data centers, to managed service providers and telco operators,  QLogic  Fibre Channel HBAs deliver an uncompromising suite of features, performance  and reliability with a comprehensive suite of products  from 8GbFC to 32GbFC (Gen6). QLogic Fibre Channel adapters are the gold standard in SAN connectivity, trusted with running mission-critical applications  across the world. These products, along with continuous  innovation in manageability  and flash optimization, make QLogic the industry leader in high-performance storage connectivity solutions.

NITROX®  Security Processors and Adapters: The NITROX family supports  cryptography and compression at up to 100 Gbps and 2048b RSA Ops at up to 130K Ops/sec. It is ideally suited for cloud servers, data center networking  appliances, such as application delivery controllers, load balancers, enterprise/VPN routers, firewalls, traffic monitoring, IPS/IDS and service provider infrastructure.  This solution is available as a PCIe Adapter as well as a processor to be added to the motherboard.

NITROX®  FIPS Security Adapters: The NITROX XL FIPs HSM adapters support  up to 10 Gbps of crypto performance,  35K 2048b RSA Ops/sec and are certified to the stringent FIPS 140-2 Level 3 standard. With up to 32 dynamically resizable FIPS partitions  per adapter, these are the only FIPS adapters available in the market that are designed for the cloud environment.

LiquidSecurity™ Appliance: LiquidSecurity Appliances are available as FIPS certified Hardware Security Modules as well as without FIPS certification for central key management and offload operations. The LiquidSecurity family provides up to 32 FIPS 140-2 level 3 partitions  or up to 64 non-FIPS partitions  and high transactions per second performance  for centralized and elastic key management. It is ideally suited for FIPS/Compliance  solutions, Crypto As A Service, Database As A Service, Key Management Service and Network Function Virtualization solutions.
integrated semiconductor processors

Syed Ali

President & CEO
software compatible processors

Arthur Chadwick

Vice President of
Finance & Administration
and Chief Financial Officer
ARMv8 high performance servers

M. Raghib Hussain

Chief Operating Officer
SSL Proxy and Security Appliances

Vincent Pangrazio

Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Digital Broadband and IoT Gateways

Anil Jain

Corporate Vice President
IC Engineering
Base station to Core Network Equipment

Milt Douglass

Vice President of World-Wide Sales
Intelligent NIC and security

Syed Zaheer

Vice President Operations

Syed Ali

President & CEO

Brad W. Buss


Sanjay Mehrotra


Madhav Rajan


C.N. Reddy


2016 INTERNET TELEPHONY SDN Product of the Year

2016 Analysts' Choice Best Networking Chip

2015 HPC Wire Editors' Choice Award

2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 500

2013 Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company

2013 Deloitte Technology Fast 500

2013 The Golden Bridge Awards

2012 Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company

2012 Best Practices Award

2011 The Linley Group’s “Best Embedded Processor” Analysts’ Choice Award.

2011 Favorite Analyst Pick by Morgan Stanley

ACG Silicon Valley 2011 Grow Award

Forbes 2010 - America's 25 Fastest-Growing Tech Companies

2009 Favorite Analyst Semiconductor Company

2008 Most Respected Emerging Public Semiconductor Company