Cavium Partners with Quantenna and Aquantia to Deliver Fully Secure High Performance 802.11AC MU-MIMO WLAN Access Point Reference Design
Featuring quad-core OCTEON® III, Quantenna 802.11ac 4×4 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and Aquantia AQrate® 2.5/5GbE PHY
San Jose, CA, April 27, 2015 – Cavium, Inc., (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, wired and wireless networking today introduced a new turnkey reference design to accelerate the adoption of next-generation multi-gigabit 802.11ac Wave 2 Wireless LAN (WLAN) access points with comprehensive built-in security. This BOM-optimized reference design features OCTEON III CN7130 high-performance low-power quad core processor, Quantenna 802.11ac 4×4 MU-MIMO radio, Aquantia AQrate 2.5/5G PHY, 802.11 a/b/g/n 3 x 3 MIMO radio and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability.
The solution delivers multi-gigabit MU-MIMO wireless throughput along with robust secure transport and unique hardware-accelerated deep packet inspection capabilities for application layer security. The modular design is future-proofed to enable smooth upgrades to the next-generation 10G Wi-Fi. Cavium will demonstrate its reference design at Interop, Las Vegas, 2015 (booth 2027).
The number of mobile devices simultaneously accessing the corporate network and wireless broadband providers is exploding. Additionally, with the rapid adoption of BYOD and Hotspot 2.0, the security vulnerabilities in existing wireless networks are under increased threats. The ability to authenticate hundreds of users using large key sizes, securely transport data, and provide deep packet inspection (DPI) at multi-gigabit rates is crucial to keep the users and the enterprise safe. These access points also operate in thermally challenging environments with minimal airflow, placing increased requirements for low-power, thermally optimized solutions.
Powered by OCTEON III CN7130 processor with quad high-performance 64-bit processing cores as well as hardware-accelerated DPI and IPsec/DTLS security support, the reference design has the performance to handle these security threats at the multi-gigabit data rates required by 802.11ac Wave 2 while remaining in a very low-power envelope.
“An increasing amount of intelligence is being added to the edge of enterprise WLAN networks to better address the rapidly-growing security, flexibility and scalability needs,” said Steve Klinger, Senior Director, Infrastructure Processor Group, Cavium, Inc. “We are excited to partner with Quantenna and Aquantia to provide an optimized, turnkey platform that enables our OEM/ODM customers to rapidly deliver differentiating products meeting these stringent market needs.”
“The enterprise access point market values best-in-class Wi-Fi performance and reliability. As the world’s first 4×4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi chipset, Quantenna’s QSR1000 has been widely deployed and is well proven in the field, providing excellent speed, range, efficiency and scalability.” said Lionel Bonnot, Sr. VP of Marketing and Business Development, Quantenna Communications. “We are excited to partner with Cavium and Aquantia to bring enterprise access point capabilities to a completely new level of performance.”
Cavium’s new reference design enables 2.5 and 5Gbps data rate support on legacy Cat 5e and Cat6 cabling, significantly lowering the system upgrade cost for deploying 802.11ac Wave 2. This provides matching Ethernet backhaul from the access point.
“Enabling multi-gigabit Ethernet over legacy copper cables is essential for 802.11ac Wave 2 deployments,” said Kamal Dalmia, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Aquantia. “Cavium’s new reference design using Aquantia’s NBASE-T™ compliant AQrate PHY is ideally-suited to deliver up to 5Gbps performance for enterprise WLAN in the most thermally challenging environments.”
About Cavium, Inc. Cavium (NASDAQ: CAVM) is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in enterprise, data center, cloud and wired and wireless service provider applications. Cavium offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 100 Mbps to 100 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access and 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 office is in San Jose, CA with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and China. For more information, please visit: http://www.cavium.com.