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Marvell Enables Mass Deployment of Carrier Ethernet Networks with CarrierSpan Technology

CarrierSpan Powered Silicon Lays the Economic Foundation for Service Delivery Over Rapidly Growing Metro and Carrier Networks

Santa Clara, California (April 28, 2008) – a href="" target="_self">Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a leader in storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions, today introduced Marvell® CarrierSpan™ technology, targeted for Metro Ethernet and carrier networks. CarrierSpan brings scalability, flexibility and reliable service delivery to high performance broadband deployments.

“Our CarrierSpan technology creates a solid foundation and flexible infrastructure for service delivery over carrier Ethernet and metro networks to better meet the needs of service providers,” said Dr. Simon Milner, vice president and general manager, enterprise business unit, communications and consumer business group at Marvell. “With a complete portfolio of CarrierSpan-powered products ranging from Prestera® and LinkStreet® Packet Processors, to Alaska® Physical Layer devices (PHY) and Marvell’s ARM instruction set compliant family of SoCs, Marvell is uniquely positioned to accelerate Network Equipment Manufacturer’s (NEMs) time to revenue.”

As Metro Ethernet and carrier networks have evolved from simple transport solutions to the delivery of quadruple play services, service providers and NEMs are faced with increasing challenges. Today’s networks demand scalability up to hundreds of thousands of subscribers, while requiring support for different access technologies. In addition, the network fabric has to support a variety of services and applications, each demanding a unique combination of network resources. For example, some applications are time sensitive; others demand higher bandwidth, while others need guaranteed quality of service and security.

Marvell’s CarrierSpan technology is designed to ensure line rate service delivery with enhanced packet processors based on new and emerging standards (TR101, Mac-in-Mac, IP-VPN, VPWS, VPLS). In addition, the new technology provides scalable multicast delivery capabilities for IP-based video. These features enable new revenue streams for providers offering managed services like business Internet access and secure VPNs.

Addressing the need for a robust service delivery fabric, CarrierSpan provides hardware assistance to insure five 9’s uptime with reduced overhead in Operations, Administration and Management (OAM) of the network. A variety of MEF, ITU, IEEE and IETF OAM standards are supported and are designed to enable the service provider to guarantee network SLA and carrier grade reliability. Integrated timing and synchronization capabilities enable inter-working with existing circuit switched networks. Additionally, CarrierSpan provides flexible uplink capabilities with hardware hooks for quality of service (QoS) interoperability to the access nodes, enabling a variety of service delivery architectures (xDSL, GPON, GEPON, Ethernet FTTx).

The Marvell family of switching solutions is designed specifically to meet the demands of high-performance networks, and provide the reliability and resiliency necessary for business continuity. In addition, Marvell’s solutions provide advanced security to protect data, network users and the network infrastructure, as well as robust QoS for IP applications including voice, video, and mission critical data services.

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Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon 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. For more information, visit

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