Marvell Founders Make Cornerstone Gift to University of California’s CITRIS Initiative
Marvell founders donate to technology research center at University of California, Berkeley to help stimulate new ideas which serve society, global economic development and human interest
Berkeley, California (February 27, 2009) – arvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), an industry leader in storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions, today announced that its founders, Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Weili Dai, Vice President of Sales for its Communications and Consumer Business and Dr. Pantas Sutardja, Chief Technology Officer, have made a cornerstone gift to help complete the new headquarters for the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California, Berkeley. The building, named Sutardja Dai Hall by the University in recognition of this support, opens today, Friday, February 27, 2009, with a public celebration and open house.
"Berkeley is very pleased to have these three distinguished alumni contribute to CITRIS. What makes their success as business leaders all the more remarkable is that when they met here at Berkeley in the early 1980s, Weili was a recent immigrant from Shanghai, China and Sehat and Pantas had come here as foreign students from Jakarta, Indonesia," said Paul K. Wright, UC Berkeley Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of CITRIS & the Banatao Institute@CITRIS Berkeley. “Today the Sutardja and Dai families have created a world class organization based on a spirit of innovation. Now, their contribution to Sutardja Dai Hall will help create information technology solutions for many of our most pressing social, environmental and health care concerns."
"Our family is very honored to be able to make a difference in our communities and we are especially pleased to be able to do so in conjunction with our alma mater, Berkeley," said Weili Dai, one of the founders of Marvell Semiconductor. "We hope that our support for CITRIS will drive new innovations and encourage new solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges."
The U.C. Berkeley campus will host a press briefing on Friday, February 27, 2009 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, at the northeast corner of the campus to introduce news media to CITRIS. Reporters will hear why CITRIS and world-class university research are critical to the economic future of the state and country. There will be demonstrations of innovative research projects that promise to transform the way energy is consumed and how healthcare is delivered.
CITRIS combines the skills and talents of more than 300 researchers from four U.C. campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz and with help from the private industry to develop and quickly move to the market innovative technology that tackle some of society's most pressing problems.
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a leader in development of storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions. Marvell's diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home and storage networking. As used in this release, the term "Marvell" refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information visit www.marvell.com.
For more information on CITRIS visit http://www.citris-uc.org/