Cavium

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Cavium
Public (NASDAQCAVM)
Industry Processors and Boards
Founded 2001
Headquarters San Jose, California, United States
Key people
Syed B. Ali (President & CEO)
M. Raghib Hussain
Founder & COO,
formerly CTO
Number of employees
850[1]
Website cavium.com

Cavium is a fabless semiconductor company based in San Jose, California specializing in ARM-based and MIPS-based network, video and security processors and SoCs.[2] Cavium offers processor and board level products targeting routers, switches, appliances, storage and servers.

The company went public in May 2007 with about 175 employees. As of 2011, following numerous acquisitions, it had about 850 employees worldwide, of whom about 250 were located at company headquarters in San Jose.

Products[edit]

cnMIPS microarchitecture[edit]

The cnMIPS microarchitecture implements the MIPS64 instruction set.

cnMIPS II microarchitecture[edit]

cnMIPS III microarchitecture[edit]

OCTEON SoCs[edit]

[3]

Model Launch Fab (nm) cnMIPS I-cores Notes
# Core clock (MHz) L2 cache
[KB]
CN3005 2002 90 1 300–500 64
CN3010 1 128
CN3110 1 256
CN3120 2 256
CN3630 4 400–600 512
CN3830 4 1024
CN3840 8 1024
CN3850 12 1024
CN3860 16 1024

OCTEON Plus SoCs[edit]

[4]

Model Launch Fab (nm) cnMIPS I-cores Notes
# Core clock (MHz) L2 cache
[KB]
CN5010 90 1 300–700 128
CN5020 2 128
CN5220 2 500–800 512
CN5230 4 512
CN5430 4 500–700 1024
CN5434 6 1024
CN5530 4 1024
CN5534 6 1024
CN5640 8 600–800 2048
CN5645 10 2048
CN5650 12 2048
CN5740 8 2048
CN5745 10 2048
CN5750 12 2048
CN5830 4 2048
CN5840 8 2048
CN5850 12 2048
CN5860 16 2048

OCTEON II SoCs[edit]

[5]

Model Launch Fab (nm) cnMIPS II-cores Notes
# Core clock (MHz) L2 cache
[KB]
CN6010 65 1 400–800 512
CN6020 2 512
CN6120 2 600–1200 1024
CN6130 4 1024
CN6220 2 800–1000 1024
CN6230 4 1024
CN6320 2 800–1500 2048
CN6330 4 2048
CN6335 6 2048
CN6635 6 2048
CN6645 10 2048
CN6740 8 4096
CN6760 16 4096
CN6860 16 800–1400 4096
CN6870 24 4096
CN6880 32 4096

OCTEON III SoCs[edit]

[6] [7]

Model Launch Fab (nm) cnMIPS III-cores Notes
# Core clock (MHz) L2 cache
[KB]
CN7010 28 1 800–1200 512
CN7020 2 512
CN7120 2 800–1600 512
CN7125 3 512
CN7130 4 512
CN7760 16 1600–2500 8192
CN7770 24 8192
CN7870 24 16384
CN7880 32 16384
CN7890 48 16384

ThunderX SoCs[edit]

The ThunderX line of SoCs from Cavium were released with up to 48 dual issue, out of order ARMv8 cores.[8][9] These SoCs were targeted at servers in network intensive applications, competing with Intel Xeon products.[10] The ThunderX line is manufactured by Global Foundries at 28nm and is reported to have a TDP less than 100W.[10]

Model Launch Fab (nm) ARMv8-A-cores Notes
# Core clock (MHz)
CN87xx_xx 2014 28 8–16 Up to 2500
CN88xx_xx 2014 24–48 Up to 2500

ThunderX2 SoCs[edit]

Cavium announced in 2016 the ThunderX2 line of SoCs, an iterative improvement of their ThunderX line.[10][11] ThunderX2 has up to 54 custom ARM cores and is manufactured on Global Foundries' 14nm FinFET process. These and other improvements are reported to offer twice the performance per core of the ThunderX line.

History[edit]

Name change[edit]

On June 17, 2011 Cavium Networks, Inc. changed their name to Cavium, Inc.[12]

Acquisitions[edit]

Date Acquired company Historical product line
August 2008 Star Semiconductor ARM-based systems-on-chip processors[13]
December 2008 W&W Communications Video compression software and hardware[14]
December 2009 MontaVista Software Carrier Grade Linux compliant Linux & embedded systems[15]
January 2011[16] Celestial Semiconductor SoCs for digital media applications, including satellite, cable, and Internet TV[17]
February 2011 Wavesat Telecommunications Semiconductor solutions for carrier and mobile device manufacturers [18]
July 2014 Xpliant, Inc. Switching and SDN Specialist[19]
June 2016 QLogic, Inc. Ethernet and Storage Specialist[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cavium Networks Inc. returns to San Jose". Silicon Valley Business News. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2015-01-08. 
  2. ^ New York Times Company Profile for Cavium Inc. Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Cavium.com: Cavium Octeon SoCs Product Table Archived October 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Cavium.com: Cavium Octeon Plus SoCs Product Table Archived October 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Cavium.com: Cavium Octeon II SoCs Product Table Archived October 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Cavium.com: Cavium Octeon III SoCs Product Table Archived October 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Cavium.com: Cavium Octeon III SoCs Product CN77XX Table Archived October 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ De Gelas, Johan (16 December 2014). "ARM Challenging Intel in the Server Market". Anandtech. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Cavium.com ThunderX product page Archived November 24, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ a b c De Gelas, Johan (15 June 2016). "Investigating the Cavium ThunderX". Anandtech. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Russell, John (31 May 2016). "Cavium Unveils ThunderX2 Plans, Reports ARM Traction is Growing". HPC Wire. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  12. ^ http://biz.yahoo.com/e/110620/cavm8-k.html[dead link]
  13. ^ Company press release: Cavium Networks Completes Acquisition of Taiwan-Based Star Semiconductor
  14. ^ Company press release: Cavium Networks Completes Acquisition of W&W Communications
  15. ^ Company press release: Cavium Networks Completes Acquisition of MontaVista Software
  16. ^ McGrath, Dylan (31 January 2011). "Cavium buys Chinese fabless chip firm". EE Times. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Company Overview". Celestial Semiconductor. Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Wavesat | CrunchBase". www.crunchbase.com. Retrieved 2016-07-10. 
  19. ^ Company press release: Cavium to Acquire Switching and SDN Specialist Xpliant to Accelerate Deployment of Software Defined Networks
  20. ^ Company press release: Cavium to Acquire QLogic - Opportunity to drive significant growth at scale in data center and storage markets

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