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Cavium, Inc.
Company typePublic
IndustryProcessors and boards
Founded2000; 24 years ago (2000)
DefunctJuly 6, 2018; 5 years ago (2018-07-06)
FateAcquired by Marvell Technology Group
United States
Key people
Syed Ali (president & CEO)
Raghib Hussain (founder &​ COO)
ProductsMicroprocessors, boards
Number of employees

Cavium was a fabless semiconductor company based in San Jose, California,[2] specializing in ARM-based and MIPS-based network, video and security processors and SoCs.[3] The company was co-founded in 2000[4][5][6] by Syed B. Ali and M. Raghib Hussain,[7] who were introduced to each other by a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Cavium offers processor- and board-level products targeting routers, switches, appliances, storage and servers.

The company went public in May 2007 with about 175 employees.[5] As of 2011, following numerous acquisitions, it had about 850 employees worldwide, of whom about 250 were located at company headquarters in San Jose.

Cavium was acquired by Marvell Technology Group on July 6, 2018.[8]


Name change

On June 17, 2011, Cavium Networks, Inc. changed their name to Cavium, Inc.[9]


Date Acquired company Historical product line
August 2008 Star Semiconductor ARM-based systems-on-chip processors[10]
December 2008 W&W Communications Video compression software and hardware[11]
December 2009 MontaVista Software Carrier Grade Linux compliant Linux & embedded systems[12]
January 2011[13] Celestial Semiconductor SoCs for digital media applications, including satellite, cable, and Internet TV[14]
February 2011 Wavesat Telecommunications Semiconductor solutions for carrier and mobile device manufacturers[citation needed]
July 2014 Xpliant, Inc. Switching and SDN Specialist[15]
June 2016 QLogic, Inc. Ethernet and Storage Specialist[16]


In November 2017, Cavium's board of directors agreed to the company's purchase by Marvell Technology Group for $6 billion in cash and stock.[17] The merger was finalized on July 6, 2018.

NSA Interference

On March 23, 2022, Cavium was named[18] as an NSA "enabled" CPU vendor in a PhD thesis titled "Communication in a world of pervasive surveillance". The "enabled" term refers to a process with which a chip vendor has a backdoor introduced into their designs.


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  2. ^ "Cavium | Company Overview & News". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-07-19.
  3. ^ New York Times Company Profile for Cavium Inc. Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Aslam, Haroon (2017-11-24). "NED alumnus sells company to chip-maker Marvell for $6bn". Dawn. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  5. ^ a b Azevedo, Mary Ann (2011-07-08). "Cavium Networks Inc. returns to San Jose". Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  6. ^ Morgan, Timothy Prickett (2016-06-17). "Cavium Buys Access To Enterprise With QLogic Deal". The Next Platform. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  7. ^ "Syed Ali's company Cavium gets acquired for $6 billion". 24 November 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  8. ^ Shilov, Anton. "Marvell Completes Acquisition of Cavium, Gets CPU, Networking & Security Assets". Retrieved 2019-09-01.
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  10. ^ "Cavium Networks Completes Acquisition of Taiwan-Based Star Semiconductor". (Press release). Archived from the original on October 11, 2008.
  11. ^ "Cavium Networks Completes Acquisition of W&W Communications". Archived from the original on 2016-06-13. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  12. ^ "Cavium Networks Completes Acquisition of MontaVista Software | embedded virtualization" (Press release). December 18, 2009. Archived from the original on 2016-06-12.
  13. ^ McGrath, Dylan (31 January 2011). "Cavium buys Chinese fabless chip firm". EE Times. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  14. ^ "Company Overview". Celestial Semiconductor. Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  15. ^ "Cavium to Acquire Switching and SDN Specialist Xpliant to Accelerate Deployment of Software Defined Networks" (Press release). Archived from the original on 2017-08-03. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  16. ^ "Company press release: Cavium to Acquire QLogic – Opportunity to drive significant growth at scale in data center and storage markets" (Press release). Archived from the original on 2017-01-14. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  17. ^ PALLADINO, Valentina (20 November 2017). "Marvell Technology to buy chipmaker Cavium for about $6 billion". Ars Technica. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  18. ^ Applebaum, J. R. "Communication in a world of pervasive surveillance" (PDF). Retrieved 19 September 2023.