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iSPAN® 36CA OCTEON Plus AdvancedMC™ Packet Processor

High Performance Packet Processing for Broadband Networks.

  • Cavium Networks OCTEON Plus 58xx @ up to 600Mhz with 4, 8 or 12 cores each
  • 4x GbE (AMC.2) plus 4x PCI-E (AMC.1) to carrier
  • 4x GbE SFP interfaces on front panel
  • RTM connectivity for rear-access operation
  • AMC.0 R2.0 Mid-size / Full-size AdvancedMC

Wire-Speed Packet Processing
The Interphase iSPAN® 36CA AdvancedMC™ Packet Processor Card extends the broad portfolio of communication processing and network processing solutions to address the growing need for wire-speed packet processing solutions for the delivery of broadband services in the 3G Wireless, Voice Over IP and IMS network infrastructure.

High Performance – Multi-Core Processor
The 36CA is based on the Cavium Octeon Plus high-performance multi-core processor architecture which provides:
  • A pin compatible chip that can support 4 to 12 cnMIPS® Plus MIPS 32/64 architecture compatible cores
  • Per core hardware acceleration for packet processing and security including addition of support for Kasumi for wireless security
  • Integrated co-processors for packet I/O, compression/decompression, IDS and anti-virus

Flexible Architecture
With its four interchangeable SFP modules, powerful onboard Octeon Plus packet processor, dual management interface and upgradeable memory, the iSPAN 36CA is extremely versatile and provides the functionality necessary for migrating to next-generation infrastructures and converged networks.

Cavium Simple Executive and Linux®-based ready-to-use application / protocol suites are available to transform the 36CA into a specialized communications interface which can be easily integrated into solution platforms.

  • 36CA-000: Full-Size AMC, 1GB 800 MHz Memory, 32 MB RLD RAM, 12 Core 600 MHz Cavium NSP
  • 36CA-001: Mid-Size AMC, 1GB 800 MHz Memory, 8 Core 500 MHz Cavium SCP
  • 36CA-002: Mid-Size AMC, 1GB 800 MHz Memory, 32 MB RLD RAM, 8 Core 500 MHz Cavium NSP
  • Custom: Custom configurations can be provided. Please contact your sales representative for details.


  • Media Servers
  • Deep packet Content Inspection
  • Node-B/RNCs
  • Line rate crypto and security functions
  • VoIP
  • Stateful Protocol Identification
  • Edge/Access Routers
  • Policy Enforcement

Product Documents

36CA Data Sheet
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  • Processor: Cavium OCTEON Plus 58xx @ up to 600MHz with 4, 8 or 12 cores
  • RAM Memory: Up to 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM System memory
  • EEPROM Memory: 8 MB NOR Flash, 128 MB NAND Flash
  • PSRAM: Optional 16 MB of PSRAM
  • Connectivity:
    • AMC.1 Type 4 (x1 PCI Express)
    • AMC.2 Type 2E2 or Type 4
  • Form Factor: AMC.0 R2.0 Mid-size or Full-size AdvancedMC
  • Length: 180.6 mm (7.11 in.)
  • Width: 73.5 mm (2.89 in.) (single-width)
  • Power Consumption: 35W to 45 W typical depending on number of cores (4,8 or 12) and processor speed
  • Temperature: 0 to 55°C (32° to 144.5°F)
  • Storage Range: 40 to 80°C (-40° to 176°F)
  • Relative Humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude: 0 to 2000M (0 to 6,500 ft)