SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Marvell Semiconductor Inc. here today claimed to be the first chip supplier in volume production of Gigabit Ethernet-over-copper ICs, fabricated in 0.18-micron process technology and with small-form-factor packages.
"Marvell has defined a new industry trend in Gigabit design, development and packaging standards, which the competition will be forced to adopt," said Weili Dai, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Communications Group.
The company said its design team leveraged Marvell's proprietary DSP-based mixed-signal processing architecture, initially developed for its read-channel physical layer (PHY) devices, to engineer the Alaska family of Gigabit transceivers. Features resulting from this proprietary architecture include small die size, low power dissipation, and innovative packaging technology, all of which benefit the Gigabit market, Dai said.
Since the Alaska family was introduced in May and initial production began in July, Marvell has secured a number of major design wins from Tier One companies in the switch and network interface markets, she said.
The Alaska is offered in 117-pin TFBGA and 128-pin PQFP packages. the industry's smallest-form-factor Gigabit PHY packages. Using the 117-pin TFBGA package saves over 80% of board real estate, the company said.
Marvell also claimed to be the first to incorporate a built-in serializer/seserializer, bridging fiber optic and copper networks, and the first and only supplier to enable the 1000BASE-T Gigabit Interface Converter (GBIC) market.
Marvell will showcase its Alaska family at next week's NetWorld + Interop trade show in Atlanta (Sept. 26-28).