Broadcom and Cavium Networks are teaming up to develop a new reference design for a line of intelligent switching systems that should enhance network management capabilities for the enterprise.
The design will be based on Cavium's Octeon Multicore MIPS64 processor and the StrataXGS and RoboSwitch GE switches, along with the FastPath networking software. The companies claim that their design will allow OEMs to cut the cost of developing Layer 4+ and SOHO/SMB switches and routers. Much of that improvement will come from the fact that, with a single reference design, developers won't have to perform hardware and software integration and validation for each Cavium/Broadcom solution.
As part of the deal, Broadcom has licensed its HiGig protocol to Cavium, which will give Cavium access to advanced networking features like stacking and QoS for its upcoming 10 GbE processors.