MWC 2015: Cavium adds OCTEON Fusion-M single chip

Cavium today announced OCTEON Fusion-M integrated single chip solutions that enable a new category of Macrocells and Smart Radio Heads.

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According to telecom analysis reports, wireless network infrastructure market including macrocell RAN, HetNet, Small Cells and Cloud RAN will grow 45 percent CAGR in over the coming years, reaching $104 billion in annual spending by the end of 2020.

The key feature of OCTEON Fusion-M processors, which are single chip solutions for macro BTS and Smart Radio Heads, include optimized full custom processor cores, caching subsystem, high memory bandwidth and flexible and PHY.

The company in a statement said that multiple OCTEON Fusion-M CNF75xx chips can be cascaded for denser deployments or higher order MIMO. This family is designed to allow system OEMs and operators to build next generation networks in both macrocell and Cloud RAN deployments while retaining the flexibility to evolve into the new 5G standard.

Cavium at MWC 2015

The CNF74xx integrates eight 64 Bit MIPS cores and a flexible, high throughput L1 wireless modem sub-system. The OCTEON Fusion-M CNF74xx is the first commercial device in the world designed specifically for Smart Radio Head Cloud RAN deployments.

The architecture of the CNF74xx allows the implementation of any popular CRAN splits, including MAC-PHY, RLC and CPRI. The CNF74xx Smart Radio Head working in conjunction with standard Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS), Cavium’s ThunderX hardware provides a full solution for all variants of Cloud RAN.

“With the OCTEON FUSION-M and ThunderX, Cavium is addressing mobile operator demands via a coherent portfolio of optimized solutions,” said Syed Ali, president and CEO of Cavium.

Meanwhile Cavium said its live demonstrations at MWC 2015 will include Cavium’s ThunderX, OCTEON, OCTEON Fusion processors and LiquidIO adapters. There will also be full CRAN demo on ThunderX ARMv8-A based optimized COTS server working in conjunction with Smart Radio Heads.

Cavium will also demonstrate its single-chip OCTEON III processor running a full IPsec security application at 100Gbps throughput, necessary for next generation LTE-A and 5G networks using standard OpenDataPlane (ODP) software API’s at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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