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Marvell Enters Broadband Data Communications Market With Leading-Edge Mixed-Signal IC Solutions for High-Speed Ethernet.

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 27, 1999--

Leading Supplier of High-Performance Mixed-Signal DSP (1) (Digital Signal Processor) A special-purpose CPU used for digital signal processing applications (see definition #2 below). It provides ultra-fast instruction sequences, such as shift and add, and multiply and add, which are commonly used in math-intensive  Chips for Data

Storage Extends Technology Leadership to Address Growing Need for

Bandwidth and Performance in Networking

Marvell Semiconductor Inc., a leading provider of high performance mixed-signal DSP integrated circuits Integrated circuits

Miniature electronic circuits produced within and upon a single semiconductor crystal, usually silicon. Integrated circuits range in complexity from simple logic circuits and amplifiers, about 1/20 in. (1.
 for processing complex real world communications signals, today announced its entry into the high-speed Ethernet market, including samples of the industry's first 0.25um DSP 10/100 8-port (Octal A numbering system that uses eight digits. It is used as a shorthand method for representing binary characters that use six-bits. Each three bits (half a character) is converted into a single octal digit. Okta is Greek for 8. ) Fast Ethernet An earlier name for 100Mbps Ethernet. See 100Base-T.

(networking) Fast Ethernet - A version of Ethernet developed in the 1990s(?) which can carry 100 Mbps compared with standard Ethernet's 10 Mbps. It requires upgraded network cards and hubs.

The introduction is part of a broader effort designed to leverage and extend Marvell's signal processing See DSP.  technology leadership to the Gigabit Ethernet market. The Company's signal processing technology is proven and is widely adopted and respected in the mass storage industry, with Marvell recently receiving Seagate Technologies' top Outstanding Supplier Award for 1999.

Marvell's signal processing IC solutions incorporate advanced DSP technology in a sub-micron CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) Pronounced "c-moss." The most widely used integrated circuit design. It is found in almost every electronic product from handheld devices to mainframes.  process, enabling higher data transfer rates, dramatically improved Signal-to-Noise ratios, reduced power consumption, and a lower overall cost of manufacturing and integration.

"Marvell has proven itself to be the leader in delivering high performance, scalable mixed-signal processing (MSP (1) (Management Service Provider or Managed Service Provider) An organization that manages a customer's computer systems and networks which are either located on the customer's premises or at a third-party datacenter. ) solutions in one of our industry's most demanding markets, data storage," said Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell's president and chief executive officer. "We are now poised to extend our leadership to meet the increasingly demanding requirements of the networking industry for high bandwidth, highly robust DSP-based integrated circuit solutions for broadband communications."

"We believe the data communications market will widely adopt DSP-based IC solutions for high-speed networking due to the technology's inherent benefits and robust capabilities. We are moving quickly to provide DSP-based solutions to meet the Gigabit market needs," Sutardja added.

The first in Marvell's high-speed Ethernet product family is the industry's first and most advanced, highly integrated eight-port physical layer device for Fast Ethernet applications, the M88E3080 Octal DSP transceiver. (See accompanying press release.)

The product represents the first step in Marvell's effort to develop DSP-based IC solutions for the Gigabit Ethernet market. Marvell is uniquely positioned to assume a leadership position in this market due to its industry leading expertise in mixed-signal, digital signal processing See DSP.

Digital Signal Processing - (DSP) Computer manipulation of analog signals (commonly sound or image) which have been converted to digital form (sampled).
 design, its advanced communications algorithms, and advanced circuitry.

Marvell's brings to market patented, highly scalable, mixed-signal digital signal processing technology, using the industry-standard, digital, complementary metal oxide semiconductor See CMOS.

(integrated circuit) Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor - (CMOS) A semiconductor fabrication technology using a combination of n- and p-doped semiconductor material to achieve low power dissipation.
 (CMOS) process. This advanced technology enables communication IC solutions that deliver unparalleled performance, allowing customers to store and move digital data on demand at much higher data access rates and with greater reliability than ever before.

Marvell's mass storage solutions allow customers to achieve clock speeds of 600 MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc.  -- five times the current performance requirements for integrated physical layer devices for Gigabit Ethernet. Nevertheless, high bandwidth applications such as Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet are now requiring increasingly robust and high-performance IC solutions.

As a trusted provider of mixed-signal processing solutions for the high-speed, high-density digital data storage market, Marvell currently ships millions of IC solutions every month to the world's foremost disk drive manufacturers including: Seagate, Fujitsu, Samsung, Hitachi, Toshiba, and others.

The company currently holds 12 patents in areas ranging from mixed-signal processing to new technology developments in mass storage and data communications, with 20-30 additional patents expected.

About Marvell

A subsidiary of Marvell Technology Group Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is an American producer of storage, communications and consumer semiconductor products. Their products can be found in a range of applications:
  • Consumer:
, Ltd., Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. is a leading developer of proprietary Mixed- Signal Processing (MSP) technology for increased information capacity of mass storage and data communications products. The company's proprietary MSP technology combines state-of-the-art, custom digital signal processor A digital signal processor (DSP) is a specialized microprocessor designed specifically for digital signal processing, generally in real-time computing. Characteristics of typical Digital Signal Processors
  • Designed for real-time processing
 and high performance analog front-end interfaces that allow technology customers to store and move digital data on demand at extremely high and reliable data access rates. The company is headquartered at 645 Almanor Ave., Sunnyvale, Calif., 94086; phone: 408-222-2500, fax: 408-328-0120; Web:
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