Items tagged with Marvell

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. Available in MLC, eMLC, and SLC NAND flash options, the Z-Drive 45 comes in full- and half-height sizes... 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 Gen 2 SSD Marvell based PCIe & Mini-PCIe SSD solutions San Jose, California - February 21th, 2011... 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 to high volume home server products (think NAS boxes). It's a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) based on the... 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 XO-3. Whether or not this second conceptual device (the XO-2 was canceled) ever sees the light of... 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 six additional processing engines that deliver 3D graphics, 1080p video encode/decode, ultra high fidelity... 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 of ARM-based products and GlobalFoundries decision to use the dual-core Cortex-A9 as a technology qualification... 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, OLPC is looking into creating a tablet for the future generations of students in developing nations... 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 3DMark Vantage and Kaspersky antivirus. That's one more PCIe slot, two more SATA ports, and two USB... Read more...
The OLPC XO computer set out to change the way laptops were viewed and used in schools everywhere. It ended up costing a bit more to manufacture than originally planned, so it didn't make the vast impact than was intended. It still made a small impact, though, and now loads of poorer schools worldwide have computers that they otherwise wouldn't. Marvell is obviously looking to pick up where OLPC left off, and now that prices have sunk somewhat, they just be able to pull it off. The new device is called the Moby, and according to Marvell, it's going to spark an "education revolution." The main reason is the $99 price point, which is low on anybody's scale. Believe it or not, the Moby is said to... Read more...
Initially, only a couple of companies laid the foundation for storage processors when solid state drives first arrived, now we have a broad range of options to choose from. Intel, Samsung, JMicron, Indilinx, and Sandforce, all make SSD controllers, just to name a few. Today we're going to show you yet another new SSD based on a new controller from a long-time player in PC storage, Marvell. The Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 controller at the heart of the Micron RealSSD C300 we're going to show you today, affords the drive a feature not yet offered on any competing product--SATA III support. This controller, in combination with some of Micron's leading-edge NAND flash, culminate in a drive that offered... Read more...
Today's smartphone market is hotter and more competitive than ever before, and for the first time in history, chip makers are coming to the forefront of innovation. They've always been important, but finally consumers are starting to recognize the technology that makes their phone tick, and these days, makes it play videos, games, and all sorts of things that couldn't be done on a smartphone just five years ago.Today, Marvell is introducing a new series of chipset solutions for smartphone makers: the Pantheon platform. The Pantheon chipset platform incorporates Marvell’s Advanced Modem Technology, seamless wireless connectivity, and multimedia processing to enable a faster mobile Internet experience.... Read more...
If you wanted proof that Intel and ARM architecture licensees will soon be in direct competition with each other, there's plenty of ammo handy at this year's CES. A number of prominent companies have announced multimedia-centric products based around ARM CPUs, including NVIDIA, Marvell, ZiiLabs (a branch of Creative), and NXP Semiconductor. The devices themselves will target a range of customer needs and feature sets; this seems to indicate that an increasing number of manufacturers believe ARM-based products are capable of filling a variety of roles. When we spoke to ARM last fall, the company confirmed that it's long-term plan was to design a series of increasingly powerful Cortex-branded processors... Read more...
Ever since Intel debuted its high-end X58/Core i7 platform last November, there's been a virtual sea of users pressed against the candy shop windows. DDR3 prices have come down dramatically since Nehalem's launch, but with X58 motherboards still hovering around $175 and the Core i7 920 at $279, Intel's latest-and-greatest still commands a significant premium over the Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad families. Lynnfield (somewhat erroneously labeled as Core i5) and the accompanying P55 chipset (codenamed Ibex Peak) are meant to reduce the cost of building a Nehalem system, but trouble with Marvell's SATA 6GB controller will leave motherboard vendors with less room than they typically like when differentiating... Read more...
Remember the Jack PC? Hello, competition! It's pretty amazing, really -- the device pictured here is a full fledged headless PC, capable of handling pretty much every basic task that even a modern day netbook could. Designed and sold by Marvell, the Plug Computer (or the SheevePlug, officially) is a self-contained computer that simply plugs into an AC outlet.The entire computer looks like an average wall-wart, with a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of flash storage, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet. As expected, the power draw here is quite low, and the operating system baked in is built on Linux. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell’s chief executive and co-founder, went so far as to say that there... Read more...
Marvell Introduces Plug Computing - High-Performance, Low-Power, Exceptionally Small Computers for Managing and Storing Digital Media AssetsMultiple companies adopt SheevaPlug development platform to showcase new network-based applications that are simple to install and easy to use Santa Clara, California (February 24, 2009) - Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) today announced its Plug Computing initiative to make high-performance, always on, always connected, and environmentally friendly computing readily available for developers and end-users. A Plug Computer is small enough to plug directly into a wall socket and is designed to draw so little power that it can be left on all of the time. Unlike other... Read more...
Can you imagine having the processing power of an entry level laptop on a smartphone? Thanks to Marvell’s new 1GHz PXA168 processor, it’s possible that we might see some ultra-powerful smartphones in the not so distant future. Not only could the 1GHz PXA168 processor be a great addition to smartphones, but it could also improve the performance of PMPs, MIDs, portable TVs, connected digital photo frames, portable navigation devices, and many other mobile devices. What’s more, since Marvell processors tend to consume little power, they’re especially perfect for these types of mobile devices. The Marvell PXA168 is based on a new architecture. The core itself is powered by Marvell Sheeva technology... Read more...
Marvell To Purchase Intel's Communications And Application Processor Business For $600 Million SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 27, 2006 - Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed an agreement for Intel to sell its communications and application processor business to Marvell for a purchase price of $600 million plus the assumption by Marvell of certain liabilities. The planned sale will give Marvell a strong presence in the growing market segment for processors used in smart handheld devices. The sale also will enable Intel to focus its investments on its core businesses, including high-performance, low-power Intel Architecture-based processors and... Read more...
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