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Cavium Partners with Altran to Provide Comprehensive 4G Mobile Evolved Packet Core and Radio Access Solutions for OCTEON II and OCTEON Fusion Processor Families

San Jose, Calif., October 24, 2011– Cavium (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications and the digital home today announced an extensive collaboration on 4G/LTE Radio Access and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solutions with Altran, a global innovation and technology services company. Through this collaboration, the companies are providing performance-enhanced and highly-scalable EPC Frameworks and LTE eNodeB base station protocol software stacks for Cavium's OCTEON II Multi-core and the OCTEON Fusion™ “Base-station-on-a-chip” processor families.

This joint effort delivers significant technology synergies, offering LTE equipment manufacturers a high-performance, high-capacity solution for their eNodeB and EPC platforms. At the same time, the partnership simultaneously accelerates time to market, and reduces interoperability risk and development cost. Cavium’s end-to-end live LTE demonstration using commercial 4G/LTE client, OCTEON Fusion SoC technology, FusionStack base station stack and Altran’s EPC Lite can be seen in Cavium’s booth #2726 at 4G World, Chicago.

Altran’s LTE EPC frameworks, capable of supporting small to large-scale subscriber deployments, comprise of pre-integrated and pre-optimizedMobility Management Entity (MME),Serving Gateway, Packet DataNetwork (PDN) Gateway, Home Subscriber Server (HSS) and Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) components. Altran 3GPP Release 9/10 standards compliant EPC frameworks integrate all EPC functions (control, data and management) into a seamless package, accelerating and simplifying development of highly scalable, carrier-class EPC solutions across small (niche/private/public-safety networks) to large (macro/telco) deployments. Altran’s LTE EPC framework is pre-optimized for Cavium OCTEON Processors .

Altran’s 3GPP compliant LTE eNodeB framework offering integrates complete Layer 2 and Layer 3+ functionality in a software package that serves as a robust reference platform on OCTEON Fusion on which to develop complete LTE eNodeB solutions. The framework also exposes clear interfaces for equipment manufacturers to incorporate innovative features in order to differentiate their products in a highly competitive marketplace.

“Altran has a successful track record providing mobile communications technology and services to the world’s leading infrastructure manufacturers,” said YJ Kim, General Manager, Infrastructure Processor Group at Cavium Inc. “We are pleased to see Altran’s EPC and eNodeB frameworks optimized for Cavium’s market-leading OCTEON processors delivering a robust, carrier grade solution for our joint customers.”

“We are delighted to partner with Cavium to provide our complete LTE software solution on the OCTEON Fusion SoC, which delivers one of the highest small cell performances in the industry,” said Rakesh Vij, vice president of business development, wireless and convergence for Altran. “By bringing together Cavium’s semiconductor expertise with Altran’s software frameworks, we are able to provide a comprehensive solution that simplifies development complexity and accelerates time to market for LTE infrastructure providers.”

The OCTEON Fusion is one of the industry’s most powerful Multi-core “Base Station-on-a-Chip” family integrating up to six MIPS64 cores with 8 LTE/3G Baseband DSP cores enabling macro-class features for small cell base stations. The OCTEON Fusion Processor Family consists of two product lines, CNF71xx capable of supporting up to 200+ users processors, and CNF72xx capable of supporting over 300 users on  20 MHz carriers.

Altran is a trusted Cavium development partner and a proud member of Cavium’s Partnership to Accelerate Customer End-solutions (PACE) program. 

Keywords & tags: OCTEON Fusion, Basestation, small cell, EPC, Evolved Packet Core, SGW, PGW, MME, Packet Data Network Gateway, Serving Gateway, LTE, LTE Frameworks, Cavium, OCTEON Processor, OCTEON II, OCTEON CN5860, CN5650, CN63XX, PACE, eGTP, GTPv2, LTE Diameter, LTE GTP, MME NAS, LTE Reference Designs

About Altran

Altran (formerly Aricent) is a global design and engineering company innovating for customers for what comes next in North America and beyond. We lead our clients into the future by solving their most complex engineering services needs and mission critical software framework solutions. For decades, we have helped companies connect new things and scale with intention. We bring differentiated value to market faster in focused industriesto help transform products, brands, companies and start-ups. Based in San Francisco, frog, the global leader in innovation and product design, is also part of Altran.

About Cavium

Cavium is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications and the digital home. Cavium offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to over 40 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment. Cavium’s processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium’s principal offices are in San Jose, California with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India, Taiwan and China. For more information, please visit: https://www.cavium.com/

Note on Forward-Looking Statements

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For further information, contact:

Cavium Networks:
Angel Atondo
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager,
Cavium
+1 408 943 7417
angel.atondo@cavium.com

The Altran Group:
Sara Munday
Assistant Vice President, Corporate Marketing
The Altran Group
+1 415 489 3073
Sara.Munday@altran.com