Marvell Upgrades Octeon Fusion Wireless Infrastructure Chip
March 3, 2020
Marvell introduced a new generation family of OCTEON Fusion processors built on the OCTEON TX2 platform and optimized for cellular base station designs including baseband unit and smart radio unit applications. 5G wireless networks promise a dramatic improvement in bandwidth and latency, delivering an unprecedented level of service and unlocking new use cases for mobile operators. To make this promise a reality, 5G wireless infrastructure requires more processing power and OCTEON Fusion is optimized to meet this surging demand for compute.
Built on Marvell’s OCTEON TX2 platform, which provides a complex of Arm® v8 cores and a
series of hardware accelerators for networking and security, OCTEON
Fusion adds programmable DSP cores and baseband accelerators making it
the optimal solution for base stations. More than seven million OCTEON
and OCTEON Fusion processors have been designed into 3G, 4G and now 5G
base stations worldwide and leading tier 1 telecommunication
infrastructure OEMs have already selected the latest OCTEON Fusion
processors for their next generation of 5G base stations.
The Marvell RAN portfolio includes:
OCTEON Fusion and OCTEON TX2 processors allow OEMs to deliver base station products that meet the demanding latency and bandwidth requirements of 5G network deployments while being in position to upgrade their offerings as cellular standards evolve. In addition, Marvell is engaged with wireless infrastructure OEMs to develop customized solutions allowing them to combine their own intellectual property with Marvell’s hardened and widely deployed processor and accelerator technology. This unique capability allows customers to differentiate their offerings and maintain flexibility while providing them with a time-to-market advantage.
“Marvell has continued to innovate around the OCTEON Fusion architecture to achieve an increasingly comprehensive cellular network portfolio,” said Caroline Gabriel, principal analyst, Wireless at Analysis Mason. “Their ability to address today’s 5G network roll-out while offering future design flexibility makes a lot of sense in this quickly evolving marketplace. There will be a number of different 5G networking configurations, and Marvell processors will be capable of addressing each one of them.”
“Marvell provides the industry’s most comprehensive set of 5G silicon solutions,” said Raj Singh, executive vice president of the Processors Business Group at Marvell. “And the OCTEON Fusion family is the cornerstone of our architecture, providing a comprehensive, software-compatible, and customizable base station compute platform to meet the diverse needs of next generation 5G mobile networks.”
Marvell’s OCTEON Fusion CNF95xx is available now and shipping in volume, with reference designs and development kits available.