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April 25, 2008
Marvell to Intro Products and Technology for Networks

Marvell has announced it will be introducing several products at the upcoming Interop (News - Alert) event including three systems-on-chip (SoC) designed for low power

consumption for applications including routers, base stations, storage and single-board computers and high-volume laser printers. 

The MV78200 consists of dual ARM (News - Alert) cores and the MV78100 and MV76100 are single-core SoCs which are designed for cost-sensitive applications. Processor speeds of 800 MHz to 1.2 GHz can be supported by the products which also incorporate about 512 KB of L2cache per core.

The SoCs will also have integrated PCI-Express interfaces which can support four lanes of data, multiple USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet ports besides a security engine. Marvell (News - Alert) will provide development platforms for the new products besides giving reference designs that have software drivers and support packages for VxWorks and Linux operating systems.

Marvell will be introducing two SoCs for network switching which can provide carrier-grade availability to enterprise networks. The Prestera 98DX100 and 98DX4100 will be suitable for high-speed broadband access like PON, VDSL and Ethernet.

The devices are provided with four FlexUplink ports which are programmed to support upgrades from 1Gbps to 2.5 Gbps to 10 Gbps. A built-in controller for high-speed 800m DDR2 memory and NAND flash are also present in the products in order to reduce power dissipation and save on system cost.

Marvell will also be introducing a switching technology called LinkCrypt for boosting security on a wireless LAN. This can be embedded on several products on an Ethernet network. The technology is based on IEEE (News - Alert) 802.1AE standard and it enforces authentication on all the devices on the network.

CarrierSpan technology for metro Ethernet and carrier networks in the telecom market will also be introduced. This is embedded within Marvell’s SoCs for network switching and the technology and offers hardware assistance in service delivery. CarrierSpan will be suitable for equipments used in networks that provide multiple services like video, voice and broadband.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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