Marvell Wireless LAN Solution Chosen by Pirelli Broadband Solutions: Modular Design and High Performance Cited as Factors in Selection Process
Hanover, Germany and Sunnyvale, California (March 10, 2005) – arvell® (NASDAQ: MRVL), the technology leader in the development of extreme broadband communications and storage solutions announced today at the CeBIT conference in Hanover, Germany that Pirelli Broadband Solutions, the new company within Pirelli & C. SpA (MIL:PECI) that develops customer premise equipment and service platforms for telecommunications operators worldwide, has selected Marvell to provide Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) functionality for Pirelli's DiscusTM Modular NetGate. Pirelli’s access gateway allows telecommunications operators to deploy services when needed through modular expansion, resulting in a lower, upfront capital expenditure. Furthermore, by supplying the end customer with add-on components such as the DiscusTM Modular NetGate WiFi and VoIP modules, the telecommunications operator can up-sell new services. Combine this with Marvell’s unique, self-contained WLAN module and telecommunications operators and end customers are able to immediately and cost effectively add WLAN capabilities to its existing DSL gateway. Marvell will demo its WLAN solutions at Booth B07, Hall 21 at CeBIT.
"We are extremely pleased that Pirelli has chosen our industry leading solutions for their innovative product offerings,” said Kishore Manghnani, Marvell General Manager, Broadband Home Business Unit, Communications Business Group. “Pirelli understands the transition from DSL to wireless is gaining momentum and with this transition, understands the need to deliver an infrastructure that evolves with the needs of the customer. We are excited to join Pirelli in this endeavor.”
"The flexibility of Marvell’s self-contained WLAN solutions enabled us to provide cost-effective, high performance wireless functionality without disturbing the architecture of our standard product lines,” said Anna Duce, senior vice president of Marketing and Product Management - BroadBand Access for Pirelli Broadband Solutions. "Equally important, Marvell’s superior performance provides customers with better range and connection in the home. We are excited to partner with Marvell in our efforts to meet our customer’s needs.”
Pirelli's innovative solutions allow individuals to leverage a single connection for their DSL and wireless needs, providing them with the flexibility to build an in-home network that is customized with the services that are most important to them. Customers are able to add advanced functionality as their home networking needs grow.
Marvell is the industry leader in WLAN solutions for highly integrated home gateways. Marvell’s self-contained WLAN chip provides flexibility and advanced functionality without compromising existing architecture or certification.
Pirelli is a global producer of Tyres, Energy and Telecommunication Cables and Systems. Active also in the Real Estate sector, Pirelli is one of the world's leading companies in all these sectors with more than 36,000 employees, 77 production sites, and total sales of 6.671 billion Euros at 31st December 2003. It focuses its R&D, production resources and competencies on leading-edge technologies, as demonstrated by the advanced Pirelli Labs in the photonics, broadband access and new materials fields and by MIRS - Modular Integrated Robotized System for tyres production. In 2001, Pirelli also acquired - via the company Olimpia - a stake in Telecom Italia group, one of the leading European telecom operators. Additional information on Pirelli is available at: http://www.pirelli.com.
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is the leading global semiconductor provider of complete broadband communications and storage 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, Calif., and designs, develops and markets products on behalf of MIL and MAPL. MSI may be contacted at (408) 222-2500 or at www.marvell.com.
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