Marvell Rolls Out High Performance Discovery LT System Controllers

9/21/2004 - Marvell® (NASDAQ: MRVL), a technology leader in the development of extreme broadband communications and storage solutions, announced the DiscoveryTM LT, a high-performance, cost-effective system controller solution for high volume laser-printers, storage networking and other mass market applications. Building upon Marvell’s industry-leading Discovery platform, the new Discovery LT devices provide a solution for the value-conscious applications, which demand performance but at a lower cost. These innovative, feature-rich devices have received broad support from industry’s leading CPU vendors such as Freescale and PMC-Sierra.

The Discovery LT System Controllers, based on an innovative 100Gbps non-blocking cross architecture, integrates a 166 MHz CPU interface for MIPS and PowerPC CPUs, advanced communications peripherals and industry-standard I/O interfaces to enable cost-optimized system designs without compromising on performance. For users of custom ASICs and legacy system controllers, the Discovery LT offers a low-cost upgrade path to next generation features like DDR memory, Gigabit Ethernet and PCI-X interfaces without spending millions of dollars in ASIC re-design. Additionally, the Discovery LT integrates RAID engines to accelerate next generation storage applications.

“The introduction of the Discovery LT is another step in our continued commitment to bring industry leading features to the market and meet the performance needs of high volume applications,” said Balaji Baktha, Marvell’s Vice President and General Manager for the Embedded and Emerging Products Business Unit. “Discovery LT enables our customers to address a wider range of performance and cost-sensitive applications by leveraging their existing investment in Discovery architecture.”

“Enabling cost-sensitive applications to take advantage of high-performance processors from Freescale, the new Discovery LT controller offers an innovative architecture, high levels of integration, and support of our advanced MPX bus protocols,” said Bill Dunnigan, Vice President at Freescale Semiconductor and General Manager of Freescale’s Computing Platform Division. “The combination of Freescale’s high-performance MPC7447A processor and Discovery LT offers a solution with compelling price, low power and performance advantages.“

"Marvell's new Discovery LT system controller, combined with IBM's PowerPC 750FX/GX microprocessor, can offer embedded system designers the innovative architecture that enables their customers to build high-value, high-performance systems for their next-generation applications," said Ray Bryant, Director of Marketing for PowerPC and Emerging Products, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "Availability of products like the Discovery LT system controller is helping grow the industry ecosystem for Power Architecture and is an integral part of IBM’s Power Everywhere initiative."

“Marvell’s new Discovery LT system controllers offer a high level of performance and integration for the value segment of the market,” said John Monson, vice president of marketing for the Microprocessor Products Division at PMC-Sierra. “When combined with the high performance, low power and small foot print of PMC-Sierra’s RM5261ATM, RM7065CTM, RM7000CTM and RM7965TM 64-bit MIPS-basedTM microprocessors, the Discovery LT delivers a compelling solution for high volume, cost-sensitive applications”

Comprehensive Development Tools
Marvell offers complete development platforms for the Discovery LT devices, enabling customers to start system development without waiting for their own hardware. Development platforms are available for popular MIPS and PowerPC processors including IBM750FX, Freescale MPC7447A and PMC Sierra RM7000C. Complete reference design collateral including software drivers, board support package for VxWorks 5.5 and schematics are provided to accelerate customer development.

Discovery System Controllers
The Marvell Discovery product family features the most widely adopted system and communication controllers in the industry. The Discovery Family of system controllers integrates several I/O peripherals on-chip, including Gigabit Ethernet, PCI-X bridges, storage functions and DDR memory interface. The Discovery LT is software compatible with the existing Discovery family of system controllers preserving customer software investments while accelerating development cycles.

About Marvell
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is the leading global semiconductor provider of complete broadband communications and storage solutions. 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),||Marvell U.K. Limited, Marvell Semiconductor Israel Ltd. (MSIL), RADLAN Computer Communications 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 or at

Marvell®, the Marvell logo and DiscoveryTM are trademarks of Marvell. IBM, Power Architecture, Power Everywhere, and PowerPC are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, or other countries, or both.

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