Xirrus selects Cavium OCTEON III processors for 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi

Cavium chosen for its ability to delivers strong Wi-Fi performance with deep packet inspection for low-power, thermally optimised WLAN platforms

Xirrus selects Cavium OCTEON III processors for 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi equipment provider Xirrus has selected the Cavium OCTEON III processor family to power its next-generation of 802.11ac Wave 2 high-performance single and multi-radio wireless platforms.

In order to deliver a superior quality of experience (QoE) in high-density enterprise, hospitality, and other dense campus environments, Xirrus next-generation 802.11ac Wave 2 WLAN access points require a powerful processing solution with unique processing engines and programmability to implement complex provisioning, scheduling and application control features.

These access points need to serve a large number of users in a thermally challenging environment with minimal airflow. Powered by the OCTEON III CN70XX/71XX low-power processor with up to four high-performance, power-optimized 64-bit processing cores, these access points will have the performance required to provide not only the 802.11ac Wave 2 multi-gigabit data rate, but also higher per-user data throughput enabled by multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology, while remaining in a very low-power envelope.

In addition, the advanced hardware-acceleration for security and L3-L7 processing in CN70XX/71XX enables these access points to provide a high level of intelligence at the edge of Wi-Fi networks by integrating the controller function and application-level visibility into each access point, thus eliminating a single point of failure and the potential performance bottlenecks of a centralised controller.

The rich I/O configuration on CN70XX/71XX also provides a high degree of flexibility for high-throughput 1G/2.5G/5G/10G Ethernet backhaul.

“The continuous innovation from Cavium helps us deliver revolutionary high-performance Wi-Fi solutions”, said Patrick Parker, chief development officer and founder, Xirrus Wi-Fi. “The CN70XX/71XX processor families provide Xirrus with a highly scalable multicore processor platform required to deliver extremely complex, compute intensive applications at the network edge, while delivering high throughput Wi-Fi speeds.”

“The CN70XX/71XX was built from the ground-up to meet the stringent performance, power, application awareness and security requirements for Wave 2 WLAN access points. It delivers 10Gbps processing capability in a power envelope starting at 3.0W,“ said Venkat Sundaresan, Director of Product Line Marketing, Infrastructure Processor Group, Cavium,.

The OCTEON III CN70XX/CN71XX families of Multi-Core cnMIPS64 Processors target SMB and entry-level enterprise platforms for networking, security, storage and control plane applications. The families integrate single to quad cnMIPS64 v3 cores with virtualisation capabilities and hypervisor support.

The highly-integrated SoCs also include a rich set of I/O’s and Cavium’s advanced hardware acceleration for deep packet inspection (DPI). The CN70XX/CN71XX families deliver the most optimised solution for power, performance, and price in next-generation applications.


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