Marvell Unleashes TopDog – World’s First and Most Powerful 802.11n IEEE Draft Compliant Wireless LAN Solution for Consumer, Enterprise, and Mobile Markets

NETGEAR Deploys Marvell TopDog Wireless LAN in Volume Production

Santa Clara, California (April 5, 2006) – arvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), the leader in storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions, today announced the Marvell TopDog™ branded family of 802.11n IEEE draft compliant products for consumer, enterprise, and mobile markets.  The deployment of NETGEAR products, based on Marvell TopDog Wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions, marks the first volume production of the most powerful WLAN products in the industry.   By working closely with industry leading OEMs, Marvell has enabled them to be first to market with 802.11n IEEE draft compliant products.

Marvell is shipping TopDog WLAN silicon, software and reference platforms for:

  • Access points - Fast and Gigabit Ethernet WLAN routers, DSL/cable triple play gateways
  • Client adaptors - PC/laptop network cards, wireless HDTV adapters and IP set-top boxes

Marvell TopDog WLAN will also power game consoles, mobile handsets, digital still cameras, camcorders and other emerging consumer devices.

Marvell TopDog products feature the highest data rates, longest range and lowest power profile. With industry-leading ease of use and multiple antennae configuration support including 3x3, 2x3, 2x2 and 1x2; Marvell TopDog WLAN solutions enable seamless connectivity for data intensive applications such as wireless streaming of HDTV and multimedia content throughout the home. 

“Marvell is the first semiconductor vendor to deliver 802.11n IEEE draft compliant, production silicon now.  We are very pleased that NETGEAR has selected the Marvell TopDog WLAN platform,” said Kishore Manghnani Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Home Business Unit, Communications and Consumer Business Group. “The superior performance of Marvell TopDog WLAN makes it the technology of choice for ultra-high speed connectivity, and will enable multiple ecosystems of products within the consumer home, enterprise, and mobile markets.  The launch of Marvell TopDog solidifies Marvell’s technology and market leadership position in the 802.11 WLAN space.”

The NETGEAR products, featuring Marvell TopDog WLAN technology, include wireless routers and PC client cards. NETGEAR selected Marvell TopDog WLAN technology for its outstanding quality, best performance, and unmatched data rates. Marvell TopDog WLAN products deliver data rates between 300 to 600 Mbps and ethernet connectivity from 100Mbps to 1 Gbps. 

 “Our mission is to ensure that NETGEAR’s customers will have great products that deliver the maximum speeds and stability required for throughput intensive multimedia applications which are at the heart of the digital, consumer lifestyle,” said Mark Merrill, Chief Technical Officer and Co-founder of NETGEAR. “NETGEAR is excited to team with Marvell on our 802.11n draft compliant product family.”

A recognized leader in the 802.11 WLAN market, Marvell has numerous customers shipping game devices, cellular handsets, digital cameras, MP3 players, VoIP handsets, PCs, access points and other consumer devices. Marvell TopDog WLAN, IEEE draft compliant 802.11n technology will connect all the elements of the digital consumer lifestyle, enabling unprecedented levels of wireless performance without compromising long range and the broad coverage demanded by the next generation of integrated audio/video/data applications and devices.

Marvell TopDog WLAN products are shipping now in volume production.  For further information about TopDog WLAN, please contact a Marvell sales representative or distributor through the Company’s website at:

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Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is the leader in development of 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 Sunnyvale, California 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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