Marvell First to Ship Industry’s Highest Performance WiFi Solution Compliant with the IEEE 802.11n Draft Specification

Enabling Tier One OEMs to be First to Ship IEEE 802.11n Draft Compliant WLAN Products in Q106, Marvell Extends Technology and Market Leadership in WLAN Space

Santa Clara, California (January 20, 2006) – arvell®, (NASDAQ: MRVL), the leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, and one of the founding members of the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC), is pleased to recognize the industry’s efforts in converging on a draft specification for the IEEE 802.11n standard.  The Marvell 88W836X family, first announced in October 2005, complies 100% with the IEEE 802.11n draft specification.  The acceptance of this draft specification enables Marvell’s key customers, who have been working with Marvell 88W836X chipsets for several months, to launch products in Q106.

As the recognized leader in embedded consumer WLAN, Marvell has numerous customers shipping game devices, cellular handsets, digital cameras, MP3 players, VoIP handsets and other consumer devices.   The Marvell 88W836X family ties together all the elements of the digital lifestyle by enabling consumers to enjoy unprecedented levels of wireless performance and coverage demanded by the next generation of integrated audio/video/data consumer appliances. 

The Marvell 88W836X family leverages the Marvell Total System Solution for the industry’s highest TCP/IP and layer 3 throughput with special optimizations for high reliability video and media transport.  Today Marvell is the recognized market leader, driving the adoption of consumer WLAN by offering unique features such as a full suite of ease-of-use innovations and special optimizations for power save modes. 

As a founding member of the EWC, Marvell is driving the creation of interoperable products for digital media distribution, mobile handsets, retail and enterprise connectivity solutions.   In a continued effort to drive the standards process, Marvell will be hosting a series of plugfests and will play a key role in launching the industry’s first interoperability test-bed for 802.11n products.

“Marvell is thrilled that this specification enables our customers to be the first to ship IEEE 802.11n draft compliant WLAN products to the market, said Weili Dai, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Communications and Consumer Business Group.  “We thank the IEEE Task Group “N” for their outstanding work and effort in converging on a draft specification for the IEEE 802.11n standard.”

Key Differentiating Features of the Marvell 88W836x Product Family

  • Scaleable gateway and access point solutions delivering data rates between 300 to 600 Mbps and ethernet connectivity from 100 Mbps to 1Gbps
  • Extremely low-power client solutions leveraging Marvell’s industry leading cell phone/portable consumer WLAN technology
  • Comprehensive software solution including service gateways, media over IP technology, ease of use, security and rich client drivers
  • The 88W836x family incorporates Marvell’s proprietary Feroceon ARM CPU architecture to minimize power usage and TCP/IP termination for embedded client devices.

Marvell Chipset Solutions for the IEEE 802.11n Draft Specification

Marvell is offering a broad range of WLAN chipsets targeted at retail clients, PCs, laptops, access points, routers, gateways and embedded consumer devices.  These include the Marvell 88W8360 and 88W8361 system on chip (SoC) baseband MAC solutions and the Marvell 88W8060 integrated circuit radio.

Marvell is also offering the 88W8660 and 88F5181 CPUs running at 500MHz speed for a wide range of access points and routers. End-user products utilizing 88W8660 and 88F5181 will range from mainstream access points to dual NIC 600Mbps wireless gateways compliant with the IEEE 802.11n draft specification. . These CPU’s are based on Marvell’s proprietary Feroceon ARM CPU architecture which leverages a variable stage pipeline to minimize power usage while maximizing processor cycles for optimal performance/power ratios.

The Marvell Total Solution is completed by the Company’s acclaimed family of fast ethernet and gigabit ethernet switches, and power management solutions.

Marvell Reference Designs for the IEEE 802.11n Draft Specification

The following reference designs based on the 88W836X family are currently being used by the OEMs and ODMs:

  • MC-85 for PCI Express® mini card
  • CB-85 for dual band CardBus clients
  • MB-85 for Mini PCI™ dual band client cards
  • AP-82 for mainstream access points and router designs (single and dual band)
  • AP-85 for high-end entertainment and service class gateways and routers

For further information about these products and reference designs please contact a Marvell sales representative or distributor through the Company’s website at:

About Marvell

Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is the leader in storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions.  The Company’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 terms “Company” and “Marvell” refer to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries, including Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. (MSI), Marvell Asia Pte Ltd (MAPL), Marvell Japan K.K., Marvell Taiwan Ltd., Marvell International Ltd. (MIL), Marvell U.K. Limited, Marvell Semiconductor Israel Ltd. (MSIL), RADLAN Computer Communications Ltd., and SysKonnect GmbH.  MSI is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and designs, develops and markets products on behalf of MIL and MAPL.  MSI may be contacted at (408) 222-2500 or at

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