Always-On Computing

Compact, convenient networking devices for home, the classroom and beyond.

Plug Computers


Whether the need is remote access to data on a home network or to turn an entire classroom into a highly interactive learning environment, the solution is simple, convenient, and inexpensive. With a small form factor server called a plug computer, network connectivity is right at a wall socket.

Simply insert the plug computer into an electrical outlet and add an external hard drive or a USB flash drive through a USB port (depending on the deployment, a router may also need to be connected) — just like that, you have a network attached storage device.

Powered by Marvell embedded processors, a plug computer is packed with enough processing power and network connectivity for managing and serving up digital media files. It also draws less than one tenth of the power consumed by its PC counterparts enabling always-on, always-connected, and environmentally friendly computing. With a gigahertz-class processor, memory and storage the plug computer has ample processing power and resources to run any embedded computing application.

Applications for a plug computer include:

  • Media Server
  • Home Automation
  • Remote Access
  • A micro cloud for the classroom

SMILE Plug Reference Design

Marvell SMILE Plug

Powered by Marvell's high-performance, low power ARMADA 370 SoC and Avastar™ 88W8764 Wi-Fi, the Marvell SMILE Plug creates a micro-cloud, eliminating the problem of inconsistent Internet access within a classroom and creating a safe and secure connectivity for up to 60 students, allowing teachers to control and run interactive classrooms with real-time feedback and analytics.

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Developer Community

Pioneered by Marvell, the plug computer is originally based on the ARM ultra-low power architecture and built on an Open Development Platform. To encourage manufacturers to create applications on the platform, Marvell founded an online community where developers can discuss ideas and share code solutions.

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Plug Computer Processors

Featured Document

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Enabling Classroom 3.0: Read how Marvell's SMILE Plug enables education institutions to create a micro-cloud within a classroom, facilitating a simple, low-cost way to network classrooms.

Purchase a Plug Computer

These vendors have worked directly with Marvell to create full-featured Plug Computer development kits.

Additional Information

Additional product information is available under NDA on the Marvell Extranet. If your company has an NDA with Marvell, please register here. If you do not have an NDA, please contact your Marvell sales representative.