Marvell Extends SOHO Switch Leadership with Third-Generation Ultra Low Power Fast Ethernet Switch Products

11/12/2002 - Marvell®, a technology leader in the development of extreme broadband communications solutions, announced that it has extended its leadership in the small office/home office (SOHO) switch market with its third-generation Link StreetTM family of Fast Ethernet switches. The highly integrated Link Street switches, built upon proven Marvell switch and PHY technology, incorporate the industry's most advanced features including smart power management, which dramatically reduces power consumption by more than 50%, as well as Virtual Cable TesterTM (VCT) technology, which performs cable diagnostics, reducing overall network support costs. These enhanced features have secured a wide range of designs with SOHO applications such as standalone switches, media converters, IP phones, firewall appliances, wireless and wired gateway routers, and wireless access points.

"Marvell has made great strides to utilize cutting-edge technology to offer the most advanced, 'worry-free' switch solutions in the industry," stated Gary Smerdon, Marvell's Vice President of Marketing for the Communications Business Group. "Our Link Street SOHO switches enable our customers to offer their end-users products that are easier to install and maintain, reducing overall total cost of ownership and further extending our leadership in the market."

Decreasing Power Consumption
As a leader in the SOHO switch market, Marvell has also been able to dramatically reduce power consumption in SOHO switches by more than 50% or less than 0.8 Watt for a six-port switch. With the Company's smart power management technology, idle ports and logic blocks can be dynamically powered down into "deep sleep" mode so they consume as little power as possible. Power is supplied only when necessary based on Marvell's intuitive switch technology that detects when power needs to be supplied and when power should to be turned off. In addition, Marvell switches are built on 0.15-micron process technology that uses a lower operating voltage for the core logic blocks. This efficient use of power allows SOHO switch devices to run at a much cooler temperature translating into a longer life span.

Decreasing Service Calls and Increasing Uptime
Switching devices containing Marvell VCT technology allow IT managers or end-users to non-intrusively diagnose the attached cable plant, quickly identifying the failing mechanism and isolating the source of the problem. VCT technology integrates, on a single chip, the functionality of a several thousand-dollar cable meter system typically required by IT professionals to handle corporate network service and support issues. With VCT technology, each device port can independently detect and report cabling issues without the need to unplug cables, connect cable testers and install loop-back modules at the far end. In addition, VCT technology can operate in both managed and unmanaged switching products for added flexibility. The net result is a plug-and-play, "worry-free" SOHO switch.

The Link Street Family of Ethernet Switches
All Link Street switches include a high-speed switch fabric and provide SOHO customers with a low cost, low power generating, reduced footprint solution. There are many options for customers to choose from to best fit their application needs:

About Marvell
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is the leading global semiconductor provider of complete broadband communications solutions for the data communications and storage markets. The Company's diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure, including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. As used in this release, the terms "Company" and "Marvell" refer to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries, including Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. (MSI), Marvell Asia Pte Ltd (MAPL), Marvell Japan K.K., Marvell Taiwan Ltd., Marvell International Ltd. (MIL), Galileo Technology Ltd., and SysKonnect GmbH. MSI is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and designs, develops and markets products on behalf of MIL and MAPL. MSI may be contacted at (408) 222-2500.

Marvell®, the Marvell logo, Link StreetTM and Virtual Cable TesterTM are trademarks of Marvell.

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