Marvell Introduces World's First Ultra Low-Power 90nm WLAN Single Chip Solution
Setting a New Standard in Power and Size, Marvell Extends Consumer Market Leadership
Sunnyvale, California (July 20, 2005) – arvell®, (NASDAQ: MRVL), the leader in development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, today announced the Marvell 88W8686 - the world’s first ultra-low-power 90 nm Wireless LAN (WLAN) single chip solution. Further expanding the Company’s market leadership in the WLAN space, the Marvell 88W8686 raises the bar on WLAN performance by offering the industry’s lowest total system power – drawing less than 400 mW – and the smallest total system footprint – less than 50 mm2.
Marvell is the leader in the embedded consumer WLAN market with more than 70% market share. Marvell revolutionized WLAN with the introduction of consumer-grade, embedded WLAN solutions for gaming, single and dual-mode mobile handsets, PDAs, digital cameras, MP3 players, and printing platforms. As a result, Marvell has enabled its tier-one OEM customers to successfully introduce industry-leading products into the gaming, cellphone, imaging, and PDA markets. Building on this track record of success, the Marvell 88W8686 represents three generations of leading-edge WLAN products, and significant investment in silicon and embedded software development.
“Our vision of the smallest and lowest-power silicon solution drove our 90 nm process development. The Marvell 88W8686 gives our customers the ability to enhance battery life by at least 100%,” said Dr. Paramesh Gopi, General Manager of the Embedded and Emerging Business Unit, Communications and Consumer Business Group at Marvell. “This third-generation WLAN solution builds on Marvell’s leadership in system software, and adds revolutionary new features for consumer products.”
An example of Marvell’s 88W8686 solution in a dual mode handset would result in connected standby times in excess of 250 hours and talk time in excess of 10 hours, versus current solutions which offer on average 70 and 4 hours respectively. Additionally, the Marvell 88W8686 continues Marvell’s legacy of supporting advanced layer 3/4 packet processing (TCP/IP) along with enhancements for UMA and IMS 3G services.
The Marvell 88W8686 has defined a new standard of power, performance, and size for WLAN solutions in consumer devices. By migrating Marvell’s field proven WLAN technology to the most advanced 90 nm process, Marvell has created the world’s smallest, lowest-power, highest integrated, single chip solution.
About the Marvell 88W8686
The Marvell 88W8686 integrates an ARM compliant CPU, high speed serial host interfaces including SDIO and SPI to ensure interoperability with a variety of host systems, and advanced 802.11 a/b/g RF transceiver with full cellular coexistence. Targeted at a wide variety of consumer devices, including 3G+ and broadband handsets, the Marvell 88W8686 has full compliance for advanced communications standards including complete support for L3, TCP/IP, UMA and IMS. The Marvell 88W8686 incorporates Marvell’s proven thick MAC architecture, and offloads the host CPU—resulting in lower power and increased system performance. The Marvell 88W8686 is fully backwards compatible, with Marvell’s field proven, industry leading WLAN software suite for Linux, Symbian, Windows CE and other proprietary operating systems.
The Marvell 88W8686 is currently being sampled to key, tier one OEM partners. To shorten design cycles and accelerate time-to-market, Marvell is providing development kits with complete hardware reference designs, development boards and a complete suite of software.
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, 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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