Cavium announcedProject Thunder Initiative

Infotech Lead America: Cavium, a provider of semiconductor processors, announced its Project Thunder Initiative.

The Project Thunder is aimed at offering a family of multi-core SoC processors that will incorporate full custom cores based on 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set architecture (ISA) into a system-on-chip (SoC) that will redefine performance, power and cost metrics for cloud and datacenter markets.

Cavium is already working with tier-1 vendors and ecosystem partners to deliver innovative solutions for this market.

Project Thunder provides a scalable family of 64-bit ARMv8 processors incorporated into a SoC architecture optimized for cloud and datacenter applications. The family of SoCs will integrate compute, networking, security, storage along with targeted workload application acceleration and high-speed industry standard IOs.

The industry will benefit as Project Thunder processors will provide up to 10x price, performance and power value proposition over alternative solutions for target applications.

Project Thunder processor solutions for compute and storage applications along with the OCTEON and NITROX processor families will significantly expand Cavium’s addressable market in the next generation cloud and datacenter.

Project Thunder leverages significant amounts of in house IP and builds upon Cavium’s 2 to 48-cores SoC processors with integration based on the MIPS and ARM architectures.

Cavium will use MIPS or ARM architectures based upon the target end market,  industry trends, installed software base, ecosystem and customer demand.

Cavium will also leverage its expertise in developing multicore software solutions to provide optimized and scalable stacks, libraries and applications along with rich set of development and optimization tools by working with ecosystem partners, end customers and contributing directly to open source.

Cavium’s core competencies and differentiated IP in multi-core processor development have resulted in Cavium becoming the fastest growing provider of processors for embedded communications with #2 market share in the embedded multi-core market.

“The cloud and datacenter market is going through a discontinuity with rapidly changing requirements driving a convergence of computing, networking and security,” said Syed Ali, president and CEO of Cavium.

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