Profile: Marvell Technology Group Ltd (MRVL.O)
17 Apr 2015
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Marvell), incorporated on January 11, 1995, is a fabless semiconductor provider of application-specific standard products. The Company develops complex System-on-a-Chip (SoC) devices. Its product portfolio includes devices for data storage, enterprise-class Ethernet data switching, Ethernet physical-layer transceivers (PHY), mobile handsets and other consumer electronics, wireless networking, personal area networking, Ethernet-based personal computer (PC) connectivity, control plane communications controllers, video-image processing and power management solutions. Its products serve diverse applications used in carrier, metropolitan, enterprise and PC-client data communications and storage systems. In addition, the Company serves the consumer electronics market for the convergence of voice, video and data applications.
Mobile and Wireless
The Company offers products for the mobile and wireless end market, including integrated communications processors, thin modems and connectivity solutions. The communications processors are highly integrated cellular SoC devices that enable mobile handset developers to address GSM/EDGE (2G), WCDMA (3G), TD-SCDMA (China 3G) and 4G LTE mobile network standards. The communication products include high-performance multi-band baseband thin modems and applications processors in highly integrated low-power SoC platforms for voice, computation and multimedia-intensive mobile applications for smartphones and tablets. The PXA920 was the Company’s first generation 3G communications processor solution that targeted the TD-SCDMA smartphone market. In 2013, it introduced its unified 3G platform with the PXA986, PXA988, and PXA1088 that address the global WCDMA market and China 3G market. In 2014, it introduced the PXA1088LTE, its 4G LTE single-chip mobile SoC that integrates the multi-mode LTE modem with a high-performance quad-core application processor and graphic processing capabilities. The thin modems allow the Company to target high-end applications and are highly optimized multi-mode baseband modem devices that enable the design of a wide-array of high-performance, low-power Internet-connected devices, targeting smartphones and tablets. The Avastar family of wireless products includes Wi-Fi products, as well as multi-function SoCs which incorporate multiple wireless communications protocols, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and FM, delivered on a single chip. ARMADA 100, 500, 600 and 2100 products are SoCs that are designed to deliver advanced integration, excellent multimedia performance and superior power consumption savings for mobile computing products.
The Company offers a range of integrated data storage products across technologies, including hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state flash drive (SSDs) and solid state hybrid drive (SSHDs). In addition, it offers storage system products for storage area network solutions. HDD controllers provide high-performance input/output (I/O) interface control between the HDD and the host system. SSD controller SoCs are targeted at the growing market for flash-based storage systems, for the enterprise, consumer and mobile markets. A SSHD is a HDD that also contains flash memory, thereby leveraging the low cost of a HDD with the performance of a SSD.
The Company focuses on cloud infrastructure and service provider infrastructure. The Company supplies products related to cloud infrastructure, which consists of home, private and public cloud networks. Home cloud is where personal applications and data reside within the privacy and control of a residential network. Its home cloud products are designed to allow a multitude of smart devices to share content and manage home services. Its home cloud-related product offerings include its Kirkwood and Link Street families. The Company’s Kirkwood family of products is based on its embedded central processing unit (CPU) technology. Designed for network connected consumer electronics equipment, this family of products is used in home gateways, set-top boxes, network storage, printers, media players and point-of-service terminals.
The Company’s Link Street family of products provides an integrated single-chip solution for small and medium-size business applications, as well as residential applications. Its Private cloud product offerings are within its Prestera, Discovery Innovation and Alaska families. The Company’s Armada XP family of products is a quad-core processing, enterprise-class cloud computing platform. The Company deploys residential fiber access infrastructure and mobile Internet infrastructure with Ethernet passive optical network (EPON), Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) and Universal PON technologies, as well as the transition to property Radio Access Networks, which will allow for the transition to LTE/4G technologies. Its Avanta family provides solutions for next generation broadband, based on EPON and GPON architectures. The Prestera MX multi-layer switching family of products includes integrated 100 MbE, 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10GbE-per-second, Ethernet configurable devices. The Company’s Home Networking Powerline solutions are designed into networking equipment deployed by service providers to deliver television services and is also available to consumers through the retail channels.
The other products include printing solutions and smart home products. The printer SoC products power laser and ink printers and multi-function peripherals. These SoCs include a family of printer-specific standard products as well as full-custom printer ASICs. The smart home product portfolio includes the ARMADA 1500 family SoC and other products that are designed to enable the next generation of connected consumer platforms, and to enhance the eco-friendly Connected Lifestyle throughout the home, ranging from broadband access, home networking, home entertainment and home automation.
The Company competes with QUALCOMM Incorporated, Broadcom Corporation, MediaTek, Inc., Spreadtrum Communications, Inc., Intel Corporation, NVIDIA Corporation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, LSI Corporation, STMicroelectronics N.V. and Freescale Semiconductor Holdings I, Ltd.
Marvell Technology Group Ltd
Canon's Court, 22 Victoria Stree
HAMILTON HM 12