Sunnyvale, Calif.-- Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has signed a full long-term architectural licensing agreement that enables them to produce a new family of high performance, proprietary embedded microprocessors that will fully run the ARM Ltd. architecture.
Marvell will embed the ARM cores in high-volume SoCs targeting consumer entertainment, networking and storage applications. Marvell, which will have access to the full ARM architecture will offer microprocessors that will achieve 500+MHz-operating frequencies using standard foundry CMOS processes.
This important initiative of integrating the ARM Architecture technology with Marvell's SoCs and ASICs will directly benefit customers by enabling a time-to-market advantage. Leveraging the network of development tools and third-party software supporting the ARM Architecture through the ARM Connected Community program further enhances this time-to-market advantage, according to Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell's President and CEO.
"We feel that it is becoming increasingly important though to embed high performance microprocessors in consumer SoCs, as our customers look to deploy more functionality and complex applications. Marvell's investment in developing customized high performance, embedded microprocessors is targeted squarely at this market to provide the best and most unique solution to our customers," he said.
There are many end markets where customers can benefit from high performance embedded microprocessors. Among the largest market opportunity is the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) market, according to Marvell. In the traditional HDD market, faster processors translate to faster access times and transaction throughput. The new emerging consumer audio and video end markets will also benefit from small form factor and low cost HDD devices that can implement a variety of media decoding formats, such as MPEG4 and MP3. Previously these functions would have been handled using a combination of complex hardwired digital logic and one or two microprocessors versus using only one new, Marvell high performance microprocessor. This new solution not only can achieve a lower system cost but the embedded high performance microprocessor enables future upgrades to the system.
Another market that will benefit from higher performance microprocessors is the printer market. This market is a good example of where a higher performance microprocessor is always needed. Higher performance equates to more pages per minute for the end user. Similarly, low power, high performance PDAs will also benefit tremendously from high performance microprocessors and longer battery-life.
The new embedded microprocessors are already being integrated into Marvell products. Custom ASICs are available now to high-volume customers.