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Marvell Introduces Industry's First-to-Market 40nm Ultra-Low Power Octal Gigabit Ethernet Transceivers

Marvell's latest generation of Alaska transceivers delivers energy-efficient, active ultra-low power physical layer solutions for a GREEN networking infrastructure

Santa Clara, California (May 10, 2011) – Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced the launch of the Marvell® Alaska® V series, the industry's first 40nm ultra-low power, eight-port, energy-efficient gigabit Ethernet transceivers. The 88E1680 transceiver, which is part of the Alaska V family of transceivers, delivers the lowest active power per port at 10/100/1000Mbps data rates. The Alaska V series incorporates Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) features based on the IEEE 802.3az standard for significant power savings during idle periods.

The Alaska V 88E1680 transceiver supports EEE technology when interfaced with EEE-aware MAC devices and legacy devices that do not support EEE, enabling a seamless migration to standards-based EEE networking solutions. The 88E1680 transceiver, with innovative mixed-signal design techniques, offers 2x cable performance compared to IEEE 802.3 requirements, all in a small, cost-effective package. With a high level of integration and enriched features, the Alaska V 88E1680 transceiver sets a new standard in energy savings for next-generation cloud infrastructures.

Key Facts:

  • Energy efficiency and high performance are key components for next-generation public and private cloud infrastructures
  • Space-saving, cost-optimized packages enable high port densities and modular applications
  • The Alaska V 88E1680 transceiver addresses the need for energy-efficient cloud architectures and solidifies Marvell's leadership in gigabit Ethernet transceivers.
  • The 88E1680 device is sampling to tier-one customers

Product Highlights:

  • At 280mW/port active power consumption, the Alaska V 88E1680 transceiver is the lowest power gigabit PHY in the industry
  • Support for EEE standards with new generation of EEE MAC devices with legacy or non EEE-aware MAC while being fully backward compatible
  • Cable-length performance of up to 200m over standard Cat5/5e
  • Supports widely adopted MAC interface – QSGMII – and combines 4 SGMII interfaces into single differential pairs of signals operating at a 5G data rate, thus lowering pin count, board complexity and power consumption up to 50 percent
  • Supports Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE 1588v2 time-stamping features for time-aware applications
  • Proven to work with low-cost magnetics while lowering EMI
  • Thermally efficient package eliminates the need for fans or heat-sinks, which allows for a small form factor

Supporting Quotes:

  • Paul Valentine, vice president of marketing for Marvell's Enterprise Business Unit, said, "The advent of public and private cloud infrastructures necessitates highly efficient networks. The Alaska V 88E1680 transceiver enables the adoption of EEE standards, offering more than 75 percent energy savings in EEE mode across a wide range of applications. Alaska V's efficiency and performance greatly complement Marvell's cloud-computing solutions, ultimately lowering operating costs and increasing profitability."

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