SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications and the digital home, today announced a new commercial software development environment for all OCTEON ® processors. Software Development Kit 3 (SDK 3) provides a fully integrated Carrier Grade quality Linux 3.x distribution and bare metal software capabilities that can take advantage of the wide range of hardware accelerators included in OCTEON processors. Cavium's OCTEON family is the industry's leading embedded multi-core processor line designed into enterprise, data center and service provider equipment including routers, switches, appliances, 3G/4G LTE wireless base stations, RNCs, xGSNs, evolved packet core, services gateways, DPI equipment, storage switches and intelligent server adapters. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120604/LA18845LOGO ) Time to market and the provision of rich services are top of mind for providers of Next-Generation Networks (NGN) as they strive to handle the explosive increase in traffic because of the fast adoption of cloud technology and the rapid expansion of mobile broadband, as well as increased exchange of multimedia and video rich content. Higher traffic coupled with the need for intelligent application-aware and secure processing not only requires advanced multi-core processors and dedicated hardware acceleration, but also efficient, top class software development capabilities to go along with it. "With our full-range of OCTEON processors now in production, the time was right to also extend our software offerings, and this is by far the richest software development kit we have ever released for our market-leading OCTEON family of processors," said YJ Kim, Vice President, Infrastructure Processor Division, Cavium. "We have combined all of the features of our previous SDK into SDK 3, dramatically enhanced the features and capabilities in our Linux support and we have added commercial level support and engineering service options to help customers speed their complete hardware and software solutions to market."