Marvell Extends Industry Leadership with the Broadest Portfolio of 0.13-Micron CMOS Gigabit Ethernet PHYs

8/13/2002 - Marvell®, a technology leader in the development of extreme broadband communications solutions, announced the availability of the industry's broadest portfolio of 0.13-micron CMOS Gigabit Ethernet PHYs, further extending the Company's leadership in driving Gigabit to the desktop. The Marvell Alaska® family of single, quad and octal transceivers support end-to-end Gigabit applications from the client to the switch. The devices offer the world's lowest power consumption and the most advanced feature set including the Marvell Virtual Cable TesterTM technology, which has become a de facto requirement for Ethernet systems.

The single-port Alaska 88E1111 PHY transceiver is the first in the industry to enable a copper 1000BASE-T Gigabit Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) module, which is a hot-swappable, plug-and-play device used in Gigabit applications. The 88E1111 PHY features physical dimensions of only 9mm x 9mm, making it the only device small enough to physically fit into the SFP module. In addition, the Alaska device is the only PHY to meet the stringent power requirements of the SFP Multi-Source Agreement (MSA). With the availability of the Alaska 88E1111 transceiver, systems manufacturers can now offer copper versions enabling systems to interchangeably support both copper and fiber media.

"Most Gigabit Ethernet system designs are now being deployed using the SFP module form factor as it offers a more cost-effective solution while doubling the port density," stated Craig Fosnaught, Group Product Manager at Molex Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of interconnection products. "The Marvell Alaska device is the only solution on the market today that addresses the space and power constraints of the SFP module. With the Alaska device, we can offer copper-based MSA-compliant SFP modules to complement our existing fiber modules."

The Alaska Octal 88E1180 transceiver, the industry's first and only eight-port Gigabit Ethernet device, supports ultra high Gigabit port densities, including 24, 36, 48, 72, and 96-port switching systems. The Alaska Octal device, when combined with the Marvell PresteraTM Gigabit Ethernet switch chipset, provides systems manufacturers with a complete networking solution from the PHY to the switch fabric. This highly integrated solution allows for the development of high port count Gigabit Ethernet switches with the fewest number of devices possible. For example, a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch can now be comprised of just five Marvell devices (three Alaska Octal PHYs and two Prestera-EX switches), which is less than half the number of components previously required.

The Marvell Alaska Quad 88E1145 transceiver is the ideal solution for 4, 8, 12, 16, and 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switches. The device leads the industry with the lowest power consumption (under 3 Watts for the entire device), enabling network systems manufacturers to decrease system cost by reducing both power supply and fan requirements. The 88E1145 device also offers the smallest footprint (21mm x 21mm) and requires 40% less board space than competing Gigabit solutions.

Marvell's single, quad and octal-port Alaska devices feature the Company's Media DetectTM technology, which provides end-users with complete flexibility in the selection of tri-speed copper (10/100/1000BASE-T) or Gigabit fiber (1000BASE-SX/LX) media. Using Media Detect, the Alaska device automatically senses whether the end-user has inserted a copper cable or a fiber-optic cable, performs Auto-Negotiation and provides seamless plug-and-play configuration. The Alaska PHY devices, combined with the Marvell Prestera Gigabit Ethernet switches, offer the industry's only complete switch IC solution that dynamically supports copper or fiber on a per port basis, whereas competitive solutions are limited to fixed copper or fixed fiber implementations.

"With today's introduction of the industry's broadest portfolio of Gigabit Ethernet PHYs, Marvell has once again asserted our leadership role in Gigabit networking. As the leader in providing end-to-end Gigabit Ethernet solutions, Marvell continues to drive the adoption of this important technology throughout the entire networking infrastructure," stated Gary Smerdon, Marvell's Vice President of Marketing for the Communications Business Group.

The Marvell Alaska transceiver, the 88E1111, is supplied in a 96-pin BCC package as well as a 117-pin TFBGA package. The Marvell Alaska Quad transceiver, the 88E1145, is supplied in a 364-pin HSBGA. The Marvell Alaska Octal transceiver, the 88E1180, is supplied in a 506-pin TBGA.

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, Alaska, and Virtual Cable Tester are trademarks of Marvell.

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