Items tagged with Marvell

What's an SSD without a controller? A reckless SSD. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, these controllers are vital to the performance and uptime of a solid state drive, and Marvell's delivering a new kid on the block for use with what could end up being your next unit. The company this week announced mass deployment of the 88SS9187 SATA controller, a 6Gb/sec unit that includes on-chip RAID functionality, an enhanced ECC engine, improved NAND control logic and SATA Rev. 3.1 compliance. It's engineered to meet the news of both consumers and enterprise users, and the company states that a significant... Read more...
Prior to the start of this year's CES 2012 show, a number of OEMs were showcasing their latest products at various hotel venues throughout the bustling city of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Of course OCZ Technology was first on our list of suites to visit, in an effort to satiate our need for blinding storage speed -- and as usual, Team OCZ did not disappoint. This year, it was actually pretty surprising how many announcements the company was rolling out, from new co-developed solutions with Marvell, to acquisitions and the second coming of their Indilinx Everest controller, dubbed Everest 2.... Read more...
Prior to the start of this year's CES 2012 show, a number of OEMs were showcasing their latest products at various hotel venues throughout the bustling city of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Of course OCZ Technology was first on our list of suites to visit, in an effort to satiate our need for blinding storage speed -- and as usual, Team OCZ did not disappoint. This year, it was actually pretty surprising how many announcements the company was rolling out, from new co-developed solutions with Marvell, to acquisitions and the second coming of their Indilinx Everest controller, dubbed Everest 2. The OCZ... Read more...
Marvell is doing some magnificent things in the storage space lately. Hot on the heels of co-developing the "Kilimanjaro" native PCIe to NAND flash controller platform with OCZ (demonstrated via OCZ's new Z-Drive R5, which we covered the announcement here), Marvell on Monday unveiled its 88SE9230 6Gbps SATA controller powered by HyperDuo embedded processor technology. This new controller replaces Marvell's previous one and offers twice the performance, capacity, and scalability as before. What's neat about this controller is that it supports up to four ports for SSD and HDD connectivity, and if... Read more...
What if you had a mini, power-efficient computer that smiled at your when it was functioning properly, and frowned when something needed a tweak? It'd sure be better than your current troubleshooting setup, we're certain. Marvell announced today at CES their new "Classroom 3.0" technology, featuring an ARMADA-powered SMILE Plug and a partnership with One Laptop Per Child. The SMILE Plug computer is the starlet of the show, listed as the first plug development kit designed to turn a traditional classroom into a highly interactive learning environment. Designed to engage students in critical reasoning... Read more...
As expected, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, with partner Marvell, unveiled the XO-3 tablet for CES 2012. The 8-inch tablet features a 1024x768 PixelQi display; 512MB of memory; the Marvell Armada PXA618 SoC; a memory card slot; and USB and audio ports. The operating system will be either be Android or OLPC’s homegrown Linux-based Sugar, depending on the configuration. The OLPC project has the noble goal of putting computer technology in the hands of children across the globe through low-cost, rugged machines with delightful yet powerful software. The XO-3 is the next generation... Read more...
The “Kilimanjaro” native PCIe to NAND flash controller platform, co-developed by OCZ Technology and Marvell, underpins a new PCIe-based storage solution called the Z-Drive R5, an upgrade to OCZ's Z-Drive R4. Kilimanjaro is designed to enable improved scalable performance and redundancy as well as lowered costs for data centers while obviating any other controllers, and the Z-Drive R5 is its foil. The Z-Drive R5 features high bandwidth capabilities, capacities of up to 12TB, OCZ Virtualized Controller Architecture 3.0 software, and broad compatibility with other systems and servers.... Read more...
Super Talent announced the new CoreStore line of SSD drives that combine the latest Marvel controller (88NV9143), DDR ONFi 2 flash, and a direct connection to the PCIe bus. With this combination, Super Talent promises "unforeseen performance" with its two new drives. The new mini-PCIe card (30mm x 50.95mm) is designed for embedded applications, industrial PCs, all-in-one PCs, netbook PCs, and notebooks. For users who don't have a min-PCIe slot, Super Talent also offers a version of this product that will plug directly into a standard PCIe card slot. Super Talent Introduces Fastest & Smallest... Read more...
Marvell this week announced a new quad-core ARM processor intended for servers as part of its ARMADA XP platform. It's the fastest ARM chip on the planet for enterprise class applications and could be just the thing ARM needs to steal some market share away from AMD in the server sector. The ARMADA XP processor comes clocked at 1.6GHz per core and includes a bunch of I/O peripherals baked into the platform, such as memory, networking, and storage interfaces. It's been optimized to consume low power and billed as an ideal candidate for cloud computing projects, including high performance networking... Read more...
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has announced it recently received a $5.6 million investment from Marvell. The two organizations plan to collaborate on an Android-powered tablet that's similar, at least conceptually, to OLPC's conceptual design for its XO-3 system. This new collaboration is in addition to the general partnership the two announced earlier this year; the $5.6 million is almost certainly a much-needed shot in the arm for the cash-starved OLPC initiative. Supposedly the new tablet will be on display by CES this year and will ship in 2011 compared to a 2012 target date for the... Read more...
Marvell announced the world's first 1.5 GHz tri-core processor for smartphones and tablets. The new Marvell ARMADA 628 uses tri-core architecture to deliver PC-class performance while still meeting the limited power available from smartphones, tablets and other mobile consumer devices. The ARMADA 628 tri-core CPU uses a full System-on-a-Chip design (SoC) with three high performance Marvell-designed, ARM-compliant CPU cores. The tri-core design combines two high performance symmetric multiprocessing cores with a third core optimized for ultra low-power. In addition to the tri-core CPU, there are... Read more...
Apple's diminutive A4 processor has been the subject of much debate and interest since it debuted earlier this year. Now, multiple analysts and industry pundits are quietly hinting that we might see the chip in servers, set-top boxes, or other content servers. Much of this last is presumably drawn from the CPU's inclusion in the next-generation AppleTV, where a combined A4+PowerVR SGX535 allow for 720p output. In some ways, this is a very timely rumor—when we attended the GlobalFoundries Tech Conference (GTC 2010) last week we talked with ARM reprensentatives about the future performance... Read more...
One Laptop Per Child is a wonderful organization. Despite their failed attempts to provide thousands of laptops to students around the globe for under $100 (the machines ended up being slightly more expensive than they had hoped), that has not prevented the company from shipping mini notebooks to classrooms all around the world, helping children learn in a way that they otherwise would not if it hadn't been for OLPC's determination. The green XO laptop is now a symbol of hope and excitement, and we're thrilled to see the next generation of OLPC taking shape. As the tablet revolution marches on,... Read more...
Asus has another addition for its Rampage line of high-end motherboards. This time around it's the Rampage III Extreme, otherwise known as the Rampage III "All That + Back Of Chips." It's not as if the company's Rampage II Extreme was exactly lacking in features, but here we have the Rampage III with a few goodies the Rampage II didn't carry. Specifically, the Rampage III carries four PCIe 2.0 slots (configurable in combinations of x16/x16 down to four x8 lanes), a total of nine SATA ports, two of which are 6G-compatible, eight fan headers, two USB 3.0 ports, and it comes with full versions of... Read more...
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