Built on seven generations of the industry’s first, most scalable and widely adopted data infrastructure processors, Marvell’s OCTEON® 10, OCTEON® 10 Fusion and ARMADA® platforms, include a comprehensive range of in-line hardware accelerators and are optimized for AI cloud data centers, 5G wireless infrastructure, enterprise and wireline carrier networks.
Marvell’s OCTEON and ARMADA devices are design for use in 5G wireless infrastructure and networking equipment including switches, routers, secure gateways, firewall, network monitoring, and SmartNICs (Smart Network Interface Cards) and are supported with comprehensive and unified software development kits (SDKs) and open source APIs for a wide range of networking, security and compute market applications.
The newest member, the OCTEON 10 Fusion baseband processor, is built on globally-proven 5G baseband technology with comprehensive inline Layer 1 (L1) acceleration providing ultra-low latency, high system capacity, and high per-user data rates. Unlike solutions based on general purpose processors, OCTEON 10 Fusion platforms are optimized to deliver best-in-class 5G performance, power, cost, and time-to-market for integrated or open and virtualized RAN architectures.
OCTEON Fusion CNF105
CNF105 baseband processor provides 5G and LTE-A PHY layer (L1) functionality, including advanced massive MIMO, for high capacity multi-sector macro base station designs ranging from from sub-7GHz to milllimeter wave frequency bands. CNF105 also supports O-RAN and vRAN Distributed Units as well as O-RAN massive MIMO Radio Units.
OCTEON Fusion CNF95XX
CNF95XX family of DPUs provide 5G and LTE-A PHY layer (L1) functionality, supporting base station designs ranging from high capacity micro cells to multi-sector macro cells. CNF95XX also support O-RAN and vRAN distributed units.
Marvell is working with RAN and cloud ecosystem partners to develop and deploy 5G Accelerator cards powered by OCTEON 10 Fusion® processors – built on baseband technology widely proven in leading 5G networks worldwide – in a PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect express) card format. The innovative OCTEON 10 Fusion architecture leverages comprehensive in-line 5G Layer 1 acceleration and Marvell’s extensive data infrastructure expertise to enable RAN virtualization in cloud data centers with the features and performance of established, integrated 5G networks. This optimized solution helps the RAN ecosystem break free from the performance tradeoffs of existing Open RAN alternatives that rely primarily on general purpose CPUs.
Marvell’s OCTEON 10 DPU is optimized for challenging hyperscale cloud workloads, 5G transport processing, 5G RAN intelligent controller (RIC) & edge inferencing, carrier & enterprise data center applications and fanless networking edge boxes.
OCTEON 10 CN103, CN106, CN106S, and DPU 400
The OCTEON 10 DPU family is focused on power sensitive edge applications including 5G transport, SDWAN, SmartNICs, and edge routers.
Marvell’s OCTEON TX2 is 64-bit ARM SoC processors that combine up to 36 cores with configurable and programmable hardware accelerator blocks that support up to 200G data paths.
OCTEON TX2 CN9130
A four-core Arm Cortex-A72 DPUs with up to 2.2 GHz frequency. Supports up to 18 lanes high-speed SerDes interfaces, PCIe 3.0 with up to 14 lanes and acceleration engines for networking, public key, security and time stamping.
OCTEON TX2 CN92XX, CN96xx, CN98xx
DPUs with 12-36 64-bit Arm v8 cores at 2.4 GHz per core. The family incorporates NITROX® V security accelerator, DPI engine, compression, QoS and PCIe 4.0. It also supports hardware virtualization, and up to 56 lanes of SerDes.
The Marvell OCTEON family of MIPS64 data processing units, is the only DPU family that utilizes custom designed 64-bit cnMIPS cores and scales up to 48 cores. It incorporates networking I/Os along with the most advanced security, storage, and application hardware acceleration, offering unprecedented throughput and programmability.
OCTEON III CN7xxx
CN7XXX scales up to 48 64-bit cnMIPS64 III cores at 1.8 GHz. The family supports standard SerDes I/O with multiple ports of PCIe 3.0, SATA 6G and hardware acceleration engines for 100 Gbps data processing.
Marvell’s LiquidIO III is an OCTEON-based DPU for inline network and security acceleration card in a SmartNIC PCI form factor. It includes support for a full networking software stack based on Linux and DPDK. The LiquidIO III architecture can scale on the hardware as well as software capabilities using the latest generation of OCTEON data processing units. Marvell’s third generation 100GbE adapter family enables data centers to rapidly deploy high-performance SDN applications for both installed and new infrastructure optimizing server utilization, response times and network agility. This product in a PCI Express form factor, provides a proven, high-performance programmable adapter platform that enables cloud service providers to offload and accelerate infrastructure workloads in the data center.
Marvell’s LiquidIO III is an OCTEON-based DPU for inline network and security acceleration card in a SmartNIC PCI form factor. It includes support for a full networking software stack based on Linux and DPDK.
Marvell’s OCTEON DPUs are supported by a common SDK with user plane extensions and hooks for kernel level enhancements.
OCTEON DPU Family
DPUs with 12-36 64-bit Arm v8 cores at 2.4 GHz per core. The family incorporates NITROX® V security accelerator, DPI engine, compression, QoS and PCIe 4.0. Supports hardware virtualization, and up to 56 lanes of SerDes.
Prestera® DX 7300 series
Family of switches optimized for Carrier Ethernet Access and Edge. Incorporates Class C PTP/SyncE, advanced security, and enhanced network telemetry and intelligence for actionable analytics. Supports flexible I/O speeds from 1G to 400G.
Marvell ARMADA data processing units are custom designed to deliver optimal performance, low power, and high levels of integration. Our ARMv8 standard CPU cores are the most advanced implementations of industry standard ARM architecture, delivering exceptional processing performance. The ARMADA DPU family is optimized for cost optimized applications in compute, networking and storage platforms.
ARMADA 7040 includes quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 64-bit processor with up to 1.4 GHz CPU clock speed. The processor supports up to 6 SerDes lanes, PCIe 3.0 and acceleration engines for storage, networking and security.
Marvell provides a Unified Software Development Kit (SDK) for all OCTEON and ARMADA families. The Data Processing Unit family device capabilities are enhanced by open source packet and security application acceleration APIs. Marvell® also offers an industry standard control, management and data plane software stack optimized for the latest generation of ARM based OCTEON processors.
Unified Software Development Kit
DPU SDK provides complete software platform for development on OCTEON and ARMADA processors. Base SDK is available with generic, and customer-specific extensions such as DPDK, VPP, and ODP.
OCTEON TX2 DPDK Overview
OCTEON TX2 DPDK software package ensures the successful implementation of Marvell’s advanced packet-processing and hardware accelerators.
OCTEON TX2 DPDK
Read more for an overview of how to install and configure the DPDK software on the OCTEON TX2.
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