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Marvell 6Gb/s SATA Controllers Power Next Generation Motherboards

Consumer Breakthrough: Marvell 6Gb/s SATA Adoption Rapidly Grows to Provide Advanced Data Protection While Doubling Storage Interface Performances for Consumers -- Demonstrations Will be Available at CES 2010

CES - Las Vegas, Nevada (January 7, 2010) – Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a world leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, today announced that its Marvell 88SE91XX series, 6Gb/s SATA controllers will ship in the new ASUS P6X58D Premium and P7P55D-E series and GIGABYTE INTEL GA-P55A, GA-X58A and AMD GA-790FXTA motherboards to further reinforce Marvell's market leadership in delivering advantages in performance, advanced data protection, and interoperability for next generation consumer desktops and laptops. Utilizing the industry's first serial ATA revision 3.0 solution from Marvell, these new motherboards feature advanced AES 256 bit data encryption and a blazing fast Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s interface.

"ASUS P7P55D Premium is worldwide first motherboard to natively support 6Gbps data transfer bandwidth. With this expansion bridge, the P7P55D Premium unleashes the performance potential of the latest hard disk drives, achieving almost double the throughput from existing SATA compatible drives," said CheWei Lin, General Manager of the ASUS Motherboard Business Unit. "We chose the Marvell 6Gb/s SATA controller for its unique ability to deliver superfast 6Gbps link speeds for twice the data transfer rates of SATA Revision 2.6 (3 Gbps) – overall improving consumers' experiences."

"GIGABYTE is the first motherboard manufacturer to utilize Marvell's 6Gb/s SATA controller with RAID0 functionality on a wide range of both Intel and AMD based motherboards including the GIGABYTE GA-P55A, GA-X58A and GA-700A series," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of the Motherboard Business Unit at GIGABYTE. "The versatility of the Marvell solution enables us to offer our customers a complete range of top-to-bottom solutions – each offering the industry's highest 6Gb/s bandwidth with the added bonus of RAID0 for up to four times the data transfer speed of SATA Revision 2.0."

In addition to powering ASUSTek and GIGABYTE, Marvell also collaborated with motherboard vendors like ASRock, MSI, and 6Gb/s SATA hard disk drive and solid-state drive vendors to further proliferate 6Gb/s SATA adoption within the industry.

"Micron and Marvell have worked together for several years optimizing the SSD controller to enable the true performance of NAND. The performance numbers achieved using the RealSSD C300 far exceeds the competition, and we look forward to collaborating with ASUSTek and GIGABYTE to demonstrate the blazing fast SATA 6Gb/s storage solution at CES in Las Vegas," said Dean Klein, Vice President of Memory System Development at Micron. "We are setting a new standard for next generation, high performance computing devices."  

"We're excited to see original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) adopt and deliver the Marvell 6Gb/s SATA controllers into the market," said Alan Armstrong, Vice President of Marketing for the Storage Business Group at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. "The Marvell 6Gb/s SATA controller allows PC OEMs to deliver top-notch, unmatched industry performance that will amaze end-users."

Marvell has delivered industry leading end-to-end storage products across its portfolio of host controller ICs, hard disk controller ICs, solid drive controller ICs, expanders, port multipliers, storage protocol converters and RAID-on-motherboard solutions. By offering a comprehensive set of SAS/SATA storage building blocks, best-in-class technologies and assured interoperability at affordable costs, Marvell will continue to be a market leader and supplier of choice for many PC, Server and Storage OEMs.  For more information on the Marvell storage building blocks, please visit Marvell website at www.marvell.com.

Marvell 6Gb/s SATA controller at CES

The Marvell 6Gb/s SATA controller will be on display at the CES Marvell booth: South Hall 3 Upper Level, Booth 30642. Demonstrations will be available at the CES ASUSTek booth: South Hall 4 Upper Level, Booth 30368; and GIGABYTE: CES Renaissance Suite at the Venetian Hotel.

About Marvell

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