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Marvell Announces Wireless/ Wireline Integrated Packet Processor for GE Market

The Cost, Performance and Power Optimized, 98DX2x3 Reduces Time to Market By 50 Percent

Las Vegas, Nevada (May 3, 2005) – arvell® (NASDAQ: MRVL), the technology leader in the development of extreme broadband communications and storage solutions, today announced multilayer wireless/wireline integrated packet processor solutions based on the Prestera 98DX2x3 family of products. The Presetra 98DX2x3 is in production for the 2nd quarter and provides wire-speed IPv4/IPv6 routing, flexible policy-based security and QoS engines, and comprehensive network shield for protecting against denial of service attacks. Marvell will demonstrate its 98DX2x3 family in booth # 939 at NetWorld+Interop 2005 in Las Vegas, May 3 – 5.

The 98DX2x3 was custom designed for the new and demanding GE market.  What separates the 98DX2x3 from other packet processors offering, is that it enhances customer designs with integrated solutions that combine software components, driver suites, customization capabilities and the ability to design-in system features in the best price performance segment. The enhancements offered to the customers have proven to reduce time to market by 50 percent.

Leveraging Marvell’s 10 years as a leading provider in the switch market space, the 98DX2x3 is cost, performance and power optimized.  98DX2x3 can operate all 24GE and 3 XAUIs in under 9 watts and has an economic package footprint. Prestera customers are able to upgrade all platforms based on the 98DX2x0 family to the 98DX2x3 family. Marvell has maintained pin-to-pin, voltage and SW are backward compatibility, allowing customers to minimize the investment while accomplishing new level of multilayer features.

“Marvell is the leading innovator in stackable switch market today, delivering the most flexible and scalable policy-based security features,” said Paul Valentine, General Manager, Enterprise Business Unit, Communications Business Group at Marvell. “We are pleased to continue this momentum with 98DX2x3, and enabling our customers to significantly reduce their product development costs and time to market.”

98DX2x3 combines 12Gbps uplinks with the “Distributed Switching Architecture” (DSA) to provide seamless expansion and features across stack. The DX family has IPv6 routing, ACL and QoS support from day one, enabling future-proof stackable switches that can last for years.

About The Prestera DX Family Of Products

The DX platform is designed for wireless/wireline integration, supporting QoS/Security assigned to a virtual user location (either on the wire or wireless network), fast roaming and inter-subnet roaming. The DX wireless integration is cost optimized for a wireless switch implementation, as both wireline and wireless features converge in the Silicon level. 

The DX offers solutions from entry level smart managed up to stackable GE products with complete L2/L3/L4 and security features. All products are based on available system features, software capabilities, and advance customization and feature differentiation. The Marvell solution can provide customers with extreme time-to-market, predictable and riskless execution, while maintaining the upper hand in the solution differentiation.


The comprehensive solutions designed around the 98DX2x3 have integrated wireless capabilities and products based on the 98DX2x3 family will be launched over the next quarter.

About Marvell

Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is the leading global semiconductor provider of complete broadband communications and storage solutions.  The Company’s diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure, including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking.  As used in this release, the terms “Company” and “Marvell” refer to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries, including Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. (MSI), Marvell Asia Pte Ltd. (MAPL), Marvell Japan K.K., Marvell Taiwan Ltd., Marvell International Ltd. (MIL), Marvell U.K. Limited, Marvell Semiconductor Israel Ltd. (MSIL), RADLAN Computer Communications Ltd., and SysKonnect GmbH.  MSI is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and designs, develops and markets products on behalf of MIL and MAPL.  MSI may be contacted at (408) 222-2500 or at

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