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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 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 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) Fast Ethernet transceivers.

The introduction is part of a broader effort designed to leverage and extend Marvell's signal processing 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 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) 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 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 (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 -- 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, 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 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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