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French Service Provider SFR selects OCTEON™ to Power Next Generation Triple-Play Home Gateways for Fiber to the Home Service


Dual-core Cavium Networks OCTEON processors deliver breakthrough performance and service deployment flexibility for the rapidly growing FTTx market

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Cavium Networks (NASDAQ : CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, storage, wireless and security applications, today announced that SFR, the first alternative service provider in France, has selected the OCTEON CN50XX processor family for their next generation gigabit, triple-play home gateway, the “neufbox” by SFR. The OCTEON CN50XX Processor Family provides a high-performance, low-cost, low-power solution 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 high performance, extremely low power consumption and headroom for future applications and service deployments, that was required for the “neufbox”.

“Cavium’s dual-core OCTEON processors were built to meet and exceed the performance and power requirements of next-generation home networking gateways,” said Andy Rava, VP of Sales at Cavium Networks. “We are excited to support SFR and their plans to offer high-performance WAN connectivity with rich multimedia delivery”.

The OCTEON CN50XX family offers the choice of 1 or 2 custom 64-bit MIPS core devices, operating at 300-700MHz frequencies with multiple software and pin compatible processor options. Along with the best in class processor cores, the OCTEON CN50XX provides an integrated 128KB L2 cache, QoS, TCP, packet and security co-processing in hardware with a rich set of interfaces such as TDM/PCM, multiple Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, PCI, USB 2.0 and many others. With these advanced features, competitive price points and low power consumption the OCTEON CN50XX delivers an unparalleled solution for the rapidly growing high bandwidth broadband deployments in Europe, Japan and North America.

About SFR
SFR is the second largest French telecommunications company and Europe’s largest alternative operator. By opting to take control of Neuf Cegetel, SFR is now a global operator, with its own mobile and fixed infrastructures, capable of meeting the needs of its entire customer base: the mass market residential, professionals, businesses and operators. The launch of the “neufbox” by SFR in early October 2008 is an example of the quality of SFR broadband services. SFR has 19,3 million mobile customers, including 4,7 million 3G/3G+ customers and 2 million business lines. For more information, please visit:

Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications, storage, wireless and security applications. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 20 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment. Cavium Networks processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium Networks principal offices are in Mountain View, California with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit:


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