Infrastructure Processors

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Infrastructure Processors

Built on five generations of the industry’s most scalable and widely adopted infrastructure processor platform, Marvell’s OCTEON™ and ARMADA® devices are optimized for wireless infrastructure, carrier, enterprise and cloud data services.

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Infrastructure Processors

Marvell’s OCTEON™ and ARMADA® devices are designed for use in wireless infrastructure and networking equipment including switches, routers, secure gateways, firewall, network monitoring, and smartNICs.

OCTEON™ Arm® Multi-Core SoCs

Marvell’s OCTEON™ Arm 64-bit SoC processors combine up to 36 cores with configurable and programmable hardware accelerator blocks that supports up to 200 GB data paths.

  • Up to 36 custom designed 64-bit Armv8 cores ranging up to 2.4 GHz frequency
  • Enhanced NITROX® V security co-processors with DPI capability which accelerate a comprehensive set of asymmetric and symmetric cryptographic operations
  • Up to 5 x 100G integrated MACs, up to 56 x 25G SerDes, and DDR4 3200MTS support
  • Rich I/O interfaces supporting PCIe 4.0 root-complex and end point configurations thereby enabling full SOC virtualization
  • Innovative load-balancing and work scheduling hardware for QoS, packet ordering and synchronization

A 4 core Arm Cortex-A72 SoC with up to 2.2 GHz frequency. It 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.

SoCs 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.

SoCs with 8-24 64-bit Armv8 cores at 1.8 GHz per core. The family incorporates security engine, DPI, compression, QoS, SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0. and up to 22 lanes of SerDes.

OCTEON MIPS64 Multi-Core SoCs

The Marvell OCTEON family of MIPS64 infrastructure processors, is the only SoC 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.

  • Enhanced security processors with DPI capability which accelerate a comprehensive set of asymmetric and symmetric cryptographic operations
  • Rich I/O interfaces supporting root-complex and end point configurations on PCIe 3.0
  • Innovative and unique load-balancing and work scheduling hardware which accounts for QoS, packet ordering and synchronization
  • Common SDK and full networking data plane, control and management plane stack support across the entire family

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. 

OCTEON TX2 LiquidIO III SmartNIC

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 infrastructure processors. 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.

  • Highest (24) ARM processor core count SmartNIC on the market.
  • Full featured DPDK networking and security suite with Control, Management and Data plane modules

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 processors are supported by a common SDK with user plane extensions and hooks for kernel level enhancements.

OCTEON Fusion Baseband SoCs

Providing low latency, high system capacity and high per-user data rates – all necessary requirements for a 5G network – requires both the densification of the radio access network (RAN) and the deployment of additional network nodes. As 5G radio networks increasingly use wider bandwidths, the demand for high throughput micro cells with full macro cell capabilities has increased dramatically. Marvell’s OCTEON Fusion processors are targeted for multi-sector macro cell base stations, micro cell base stations, intelligent radio heads and O-RAN-defined distributed units (DUs).

  • Support for both 5G NR and LTE-A (FDD/TDD) operation.
  • Highly configurable wireless baseband architecture offers flexible cell/sector/bandwidth combinations as required for different operator deployment scenarios.
  • Support for all 3GPP-defined operating frequencies – from sub-7GHz to mmWave.
  • Multiple OCTEON Fusion processors may be combined to offer additional base station capacity and features such as coordinated multi-point access (COMP). 

CNF95XX family of processors 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 distributed units.  

The CNF75XX family of baseband processors provide full L1-L7 capabilities for 3G and 4G base station designs. These base stations can range from high capacity micro cells to multi sector macro cells.

The OCTEON Fusion CNF73XX family of baseband processors provide full L1-L7 capabilities for 3G and 4G micro cell base station designs supporting up to 500 simultaneous users across 1 to 4 20MHz sectors.

ARMADA® SoCs

Marvell ARMADA processors 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 processor family is optimized for cost optimized applications in compute, networking and storage platforms.

  • Up to 4 Cortex A72, 64-bit ARMv8 cores ranging up to 1.4 GHz frequency.
  • Advanced security co-processor which accelerates a comprehensive set of asymmetric and symmetric cryptographic operations. 
  • Rich I/O interfaces supporting root-complex and end point configurations on PCIe 3.0.
  • Networking engine which accounts for hardware parsing, classification, policing and QoS.
  • Common SDK and full networking data plane, control and management plane stack support across the entire family.

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. 

Software

Marvell provides a Unified Software Development Kit (SDK) for all OCTEON and ARMADA® families. The Infrastructure Processor 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.

  • Market applications that are supported include routing and SD-WAN, network security and threat detection, MEC and edge compute, network disaggregation.
  • Support for DPDK poll mode and event mode drivers.
  • VPP and ODP support on top of DPDK.
  • Kernel hooks provided for XDP and eBPF. 
  • SDK support for tight integration with Marvell® Switch API and NIC device driver software.

Unified Software Development Kit

 Infrastructure Processor 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.

Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK)

Marvell provides an industry-standard DPDK software package that provides all APIs needed to use the OCTEON TX2 advanced packet-processing and hardware offloads.

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