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Marvell's plan: Enabling 'next billion' connected device users

4/8/2009 10:00 PM EDT
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ttt3   4/14/2009 6:32:19 PM
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My experience with Marvell has been that their products are good, however their support (or lack thereof) is not. At one time I designed one of their Prestera Ethernet switch chips into one of my board designs. It took months (no, i'm not kidding) to get the appropriate documentation on how to program it. We literally had assembled prototypes waiting to be brought up but no chip docs for several weeks.

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DJ in SA   4/14/2009 7:32:36 AM
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Unfortunately my previous experience with Marvell is not pleasant - the technical design information for the devices of interest to me was under NDA. I have tried repeatedly in the past to request access with no response

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junko.yoshida   4/9/2009 12:37:20 PM
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Thanks for pointing us to your blog, Eric. I get the picture of what you're saying -- "Everything without a screen will eventually get connected." I agree. But my question is, do you see ARM moving into set-tops and other consumer audio/video products, traditionally dominated by other processors (MIPS, PowerPC), as they begin to get connected? If so, do you see it's because Android is a factor? Just curious.

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ebs999   4/9/2009 6:42:53 AM
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I think the world is getting connected and Marvell has a profitable strategy. One size may not fit all, but given the economics at the leading edge the unit cost impacts begin to fade. Regards, Eric. Visit my ARM-oriented blog at http://ericschorn.com/2009/04/07/everything-without-a-screen/

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EmbeddedSDB   4/9/2009 2:02:18 AM
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Apple - iPhone - Nuff said, PERIOD Apple, with their purchase of PASemi and their expertise in extreme low power, WILL be the driving force. Forget Android, may display others, Pre has a shot, but Apple's the 900 lb gorilla in this space. Sure, lots more cell phones w/ARM cores sold world wide, but in the "smartphone" arena, "everybody's" playing catchup to Apple.

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junko.yoshida   4/9/2009 1:08:45 AM
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Marvell's strategy to drive its Sheeva CPU in billions of consumer devices is more than just its CEO speak. The growing tide for Android could also help the company. What Android-based connected devices -- beyond smartphones -- are you working on?

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