MontaVista Linux Supports Cavium Networks OCTEON NSPs

9/15/2004 - Cavium Networks, the cost and performance leader in content and security processing, announced that Cavium Networks OCTEON Network Services Processor family will be gaining the support of MontaVista® Linux®, a widely used Linux-based development platform. OCTEON NSPs deliver high-performance Layer 3 to Layer 7 networking functionality with a standard software-programming model. The OCTEON Processors are being designed into a wide variety of OEM networking equipment including routers, switches, network-edge appliances with Firewall, VPN, IDS and Anti-Virus functionality, secure intelligent switches with SSL, content switches, XML switches, intelligent NICs, WLAN switches and storage applications. MontaVista Linux already supports Cavium Networks NITROX Security processors, which are shipping today in a wide range of networking equipment.

“The flexibility and tight integration of MontaVista Linux with the MIPS64-based OCTEON NSPs will give networking equipment manufacturers a powerful platform to rapidly develop highly differentiated products,” said John Nielson, Director, Business Development, MontaVista Software. “This combination of high performance network services, content and security and the availability of standard software applications will boost the rapid deployment of advanced features into mainstream networking equipment across all price/performance ranges.”

“Today design engineers building high-performance networking equipment cannot leverage the rich software tools and applications available on Linux because networking data-plane ASICs and processors do not support standard programming models,” said Amer Haider, Director, Strategic Marketing, Cavium Networks. “Cavium Networks MIPS64-based multi-core OCTEON Processors change the networking landscape by enabling high-performance Layer3-Layer7 network services using Linux and standards based software in a scalable processor family.”

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition (Pro) 3.1 provides comprehensive support for a very broad range of embedded processor architectures, CPU boards and software components. Pro, which now targets more than 30 processors from eight industry-leading architectures, is among the most widely deployed embedded Linux platforms in the market today.

MontaVista DevRocketTM is a fully integrated and graphical development environment, available with Pro, which is designed to facilitate system software and applications development. MontaVista DevRocket, based on Eclipse technology, provides a common look-and-feel across development host platforms including Windows®, Solaris® and Linux. MontaVista DevRocket is built on the latest Eclipse base, letting customers and ISVs take full advantage of the Eclipse platform, including third-party development work contributed by the Eclipse community, as well as a multitude of Eclipse-supported tools.

Cavium Networks OCTEON NSPs will be supported by MontaVista Linux in early 2005 directly from MontaVista and MontaVista distribution channels worldwide. MontaVista Linux is offered as a product subscription, providing customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, software updates, deployment components, access to the MontaVista Zone (customer resource portal), comprehensive technical support and hands-on Linux training classes.

About OCTEON Network Services Processor
For more information about the OCTEON Network Services Processor, please visit:

Webinar and Briefings
Cavium Networks is hosting an OCTEON NSP briefing Webinar on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 11am Pacific Standard Time. To register for the Webinar, please visit:

About Cavium Networks:
Cavium Networks is a worldwide leader in security, network services and content processing semiconductor solutions. Cavium Networks' award-winning NITROX and MIPS64-based OCTEON families of processors and accelerator boards offer flexible, scalable and highly-integrated solutions delivering 50Mbps to 10Gbps performance. The company's products are integrated into a wide range of networking equipment that include routers, gateways, network appliances, content switches, wireless LAN access/aggregation points, servers and storage networking devices. Cavium Networks is headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with development centers in Marlboro, MA and Hyderabad, India. For more information, please visit:

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista and DevRocket are trademarks or registered trademarks of MontaVista Software, Inc. OCTEONTM and NITROXTM are trademarks of Cavium Networks, Inc.

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