SFR opts for Cavium chips in FTTH gateway

JANUARY 20, 2009 -- Cavium Networks says that SFR, the French alternative service provider, has selected the OCTEON CN50XX processor family for their next-generation gigabit triple-play home gateway, the "neufbox."

JANUARY 20, 2009 -- Cavium Networks (search for Cavium) says that SFR (search for SFR), the French alternative service provider, has selected the OCTEON CN50XX processor family for their next-generation gigabit triple-play home gateway, the "neufbox."

The OCTEON CN50XX Processor Family is designed to provide a high-performance, low-cost, low-power option for next-generation home gateways that need to support fiber-speed WAN connections, gigabit LAN connections with 802.11n multi-hundred Mbps wireless connections while supporting voice, video, and data with quality of service (QoS) and strong security in a single processor-based system.

SFR is one of the most active service providers in the deployment of FTTH in France. After evaluating several processors, SFR chose OCTEON for its performance, low power consumption, and headroom for future applications and service deployments, Cavium asserts.

The OCTEON CN50XX family offers the choice of one or two custom 64-bit MIPS core devices, operating at 300- to 700-MHz frequencies with multiple software and pin-compatible processor options. The devices also provide an integrated 128-kB L2 cache, QoS, TCP, packet, and security co-processing in hardware with a wide set of interfaces such as TDM/PCM, multiple Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, PCI, USB 2.0, etc.

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