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   Date: 26th Mar 2010

Ref Designs for routers/switches using multicore processors and CAM memory

Renesas and Cavium Networks are offering joint reference designs using OCTEON MIPS64 multi-core processors and Renesas QUAD-Search TCAMs to their OEM customers designing high-end switches and routers.

The reference designs include pre-integrated hardware board designs and the software drivers, APIs, and example applications. Content Addressable Memory (CAM) chips are used in telecom for high-speed Forwarding (FIB), Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), Security management, and Quality of Service (QoS).

"Renesas' QUAD-Search TCAMs deliver world-class performance, with very low power, at leading price/performance," said Rajiv Khemani, vice president and general manager, Networking & Communications Division at Cavium Networks. "Renesas has deep experience in supplying TCAMs to tier-one networking customers, and we are pleased to see Renesas enter the merchant TCAM market. Together we deliver a best-in-class solution that guarantees interoperability and rapid time to market for our mutual customers."

"Cavium Networks' OCTEON processors are an excellent complement to our new QUAD-Search TCAM portfolio," said Michael Collins, senior director of Network Solutions Business Unit, Renesas Technology America, Inc. "Cavium has clearly demonstrated leadership in multi-layer packet processing with their vast array of innovative intelligent network processing solutions. By working with Cavium Networks, we can provide customers an optimal solution that combines the benefits of our latest classification technology with Cavium's widely adopted OCTEON embedded multi-core processor family. Our reference design platform will streamline the development process for our mutual customers and enable highly-compelling new packet-processing systems."

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