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February 13, 2012

Kontron's Solutions Now Feature Support for Cavium's OCTEON III Processors

With its ability to support Cavium’s OCTEON III multicore MIPS64 processors, Kontron’s packet processor AdvancedMC (News - Alert) modules and AdvancedTCA blades are now capable of offering maximum DPI performance.

Using the combined power of the technologies from Kontron (News - Alert) and Cavium, application providers can easily attain 100GbE wire-speed performance for a variety of deep packet inspection functions and at the same time stay ahead of ever-increasing transmission speeds, according to company officials.

AMC (AdvancedMC) is the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group's (News - Alert) specification for hot-swappable and field-replaceable mezzanine cards and Kontron claimed that its processor AMCs are compliant with these specifications and can achieve extremely high performance and data throughput in a very small form factor. It can be deployed as a main controller, data server, traffic processor or media processor in any single-width MicroTCA platform deployed for applications in the 3GSM (News - Alert), triple play, military, police, government, defense, transportation and avionics market segments.

Kontron’s portfolio already includes the 40Gbs AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) DPI-hardened platform that makes use of Cavium’s OCTEON II 32 core processors and Cavium TurboDPI software. The company’s 10G and 40G AdvancedTCA open modular platforms are stated to be ideal choice for telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) to design carrier-grade systems. As a Cavium PACE (Partnership to Accelerate Customer End-solutions) member, Kontron is said to have designed three generations of AdvancedMC module and AdvancedTCA bladed hardware based on OCTEON processors.  

Kontron asserted that it is going to collaborate with TEMs to deliver the next-gen commercial-off-the-shelf packet processing hardware based OCTEON III multicore processors. With Kontron’s quality engineering of open standard telecom hardware and Cavium’s advanced packet processor technologies, TEMs can acquire the ability to enhance their design cycle and capture more market share in the carrier space.

Officials with company noted that the Cavium OCTEON III processor family represents yet another opportunity for Kontron and Cavium to extend those benefits to TEMs long into the future.

Recently, TMCnet reported that OCTEON III processors provide the most compute power of any standards-based communications processor chip, at an unmatched 120GHz of 64-bit compute processing per chip. The processors are built with hardware engines for quickening search, protocol parsing and traffic management and also integrate cryptography, compression and deep packet inspection engines.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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