LAS VEGAS You never know who you will bump into at the Consumer Electronics Show. So we were glad we had our camera ready when Sehat Sutardja, co-founder and chief executive of Marvell Technology Group Ltd., emerged from the company's booth while we were chatting with other executives there.
In a brief impromptu interview, Sutardja said he remains optimistic about the semiconductor industry's resilience in the face of the current recession. He said advances in process technology will help span the digital divide, making computing available to the billion-plus people not currently served by today's products.
At CES, Marvell rolled out a gigahertz version of its Sheeva processor aimed at digital picture frames and other embedded devices. It is just one of as many as five new target markets where Marvell will drive Sheeva.
The company now has a staff of as many as 1,000 people dedicated to the processor, many of them were acquired as part of Intel's former XScale group. The chip is used in a variety of smart phones including many from Research in Motion.