Marvell Announces Industry's First Read Channel PHY to Achieve 1.8 GigaHertz Speeds

8/21/2002 - Marvell®, a technology leader in the development of extreme broadband communications solutions, announced the industry's first mixed-signal DSP products to achieve 1.8 GigaHertz speeds. The 88C7500 family of read channel physical layer (PHY) devices will further extend Marvell's five-year market share leadership as a supplier to enterprise-class storage manufacturers. Marvell has sampled the 88C7500 read channel device to all enterprise and selected desktop customers since early June, and has already secured design wins with the Company's long-standing enterprise customers.

"Marvell's latest addition to our read channel product line leads the industry with data rates up to 1.8 billion bits per second — an increase of 50% over our previous record-setting read channel solutions," said Dr. Alan J. Armstrong, Marvell's Vice President of Marketing for the Storage Business Group. "This is truly an impressive technology milestone since these data rates are achieved using a standard 0.13 micron process."

The 88C7500 device enables enterprise storage OEMs to offer the highest performance solutions for systems requiring high transaction throughputs, such as next-generation NAS/SAN and RAID systems. In desktop applications, manufacturers can extend a single architecture platform across several generations of products, increasing their return on R&D investment. In addition, the high data transfer rates allow users to benefit from the available bandwidth of the new Serial ATA interface, and more specifically, from Marvell's Serial ATA product offerings, which boast a data rate of 1.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps). Never before have disk transfer rates been able to truly take advantage of the speeds offered by this new interface. As the Serial ATA interface moves to its second generation at 3.0 Gbps, Marvell's follow-on read channel products, at speeds greater than 2.0 GHz, will continue to offer increased performance gains to end-users.

The 88C7500 read channel incorporates several new advanced features that allow storage manufacturers to reduce costs and time-to-market:

The result of a three year-long effort with its customers to continue to develop advanced product offerings, the Marvell 88C7500 read channel is designed and manufactured in 0.13-micron CMOS process, and packaged in a 100-pin 14mm x 14mm for enterprise and desktop applications. First sampled in June of this year, the device is the industry's first read channel to be manufactured in 0.13-micron process. The availability of the read channel core in the 0.13-micron process will be key to Marvell's System-on-Chip (SOC) strategy moving forward.

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.

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