October 3, 2011 -- Cavium, Inc. today unveiled the OCTEON Fusion Family, a powerful, small-cell "basestation-on-a-chip" family specifically designed for LTE and 3G small-cell base stations, including picocell and micro base stations. OCTEON Fusion processors combine OCTEON's MIPS64-based multicore architecture along with purpose-built Baseband DSP cores, extensive LTE/3G hardware accelerators and digital front end (DFE) functionality into a single chip.
This product family consists of multiple SOCs that enable small cells ranging from 32 users to 300+ users and up to dual 20-MHz carriers, delivering industry-leading scalability. OCTEON Fusion is accompanied by FusionStack software, a comprehensive, interoperability tested (IOT), carrier-class L1 to L3 software suite for rapid time-to-market. OCTEON Fusion and FusionStack Software have been developed in close partnership with a Tier-1 telecom equipment manufacturer (TEM) and have been designed into its next-generation LTE small-cell base stations. In addition, OCTEON Fusion CPU cores are fully compatible with OCTEON multicore processors enabling TEMs to seamlessly leverage their Cavium OCTEON-based macrocell L2-L7 software into lower-cost, lower-power and reduced-footprint OCTEON Fusion-based small-cell designs.
Cavium will be demonstrating the OCTEON Fusion technology at the 4G World Conference in Chicago on October 25-27, in its private meeting room. This demonstration will include eight simultaneous connections including streaming of five HD videos between a commercially available 4G/LTE client and an OCTEON Fusion technology enabled eNodeB base station design. To setup an appointment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The processors combine OCTEON's proven and scalable L2-L7 multicore technology, already adopted in multiple tier-1 macro wireless equipment, along with purpose-built, highly programmable baseband DSP cores and extensive 3G/4G hardware accelerators along with digital front end (DFE) functionality into a single chip. Combining 2X to 6X 64-bit cnMIPS cores operating at up to 2GHz with up to 8X highly optimized baseband DSP's operating up to 1GHz and several carefully designed hardware accelerator blocks that interact through a very high-performance interconnect enable deterministic and low-latency data processing between protocol layers.
The OCTEON Fusion family consists of two software compatible product lines: CNF71XX, CNF72XX, delivering industry-leading performance and low power to enable small-cell basestations supporting from 32 to 300+ users on both LTE and 3G platforms.
OCTEON Fusion includes FusionStack, a comprehensive software suite that is ready to be deployed in a Tier 1 LTE network, as a result of thorough inter-operability radio conformance testing with multiple user equipment. PHY (L1) layer software includes complete user-plane and control plane components for FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE and 3G, along with protocol processing libraries that take advantage of the in-built hardware acceleration. The comprehensive deployment-ready suite includes Layer 2 /3 libraries, network side control and timing synchronization, along with diagnostic tools.
First samples of CNF71XX and the FusionStack software will be available in Q1, 2012; the CNF72XX will be available subsequently.
Go to the Cavium, Inc. website to find additional information.