Santa Clara, California (April 23, 2009) – arvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, today announced that the Company supports the recently announced Bluetooth 3.0 + HS (High Speed) specification. Marvell demonstrated Bluetooth 3.0 HS at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. As a recognized innovator in 802.11 technologies, Marvell played a pivotal role in the development of this specification.
"Marvell has been actively involved in the creation of Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, bringing its 802.11 experience to bear on this important evolution in Bluetooth wireless technology," said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, Bluetooth SIG. "The Bluetooth industry is stronger for the work Marvell has done in this area."
The Marvell® 88W8688 Bluetooth Wi-Fi combination chip is designed to fully support this new specification and is available now. The Marvell implementation is designed to allow the new Bluetooth radio to deliver up to 10 to 15 times the throughput of standard Bluetooth 2.1 implementations – at least 24 Mbps. Marvell solutions are differentiated by a superior 802.11 Protocol Adaptation Layer (PAL) that supports simultaneous connection of Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi using the same radio.
"Marvell customers want to deliver products with the best-in-class wireless experience," said Sameer Bidichandani, Senior Director of Technology Strategy, Embedded and Emerging Business Unit, Communications and Consumer Business Group at Marvell Semiconductor. "The new Bluetooth specification gets its performance from the 802.11 MAC/PHY with built in enhanced power control. The manufacturers of portable consumer electronic devices are always asking us for more performance using less power with ease of use – ensuring Bluetooth 3.0 devices will be the defacto standard for the next generation of these devices."
In addition to the 88W8688, Marvell will also be certifying future products using the Bluetooth 3.0 specification. For further information about the Bluetooth 3.0 specification please visit: http://www.bluetooth.com/Bluetooth/Press/SIG/iBLUETOOTHi_TECHNOLOGY_GETS_FASTER_WITH_iBLUETOOTHi_30.htm
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 http://www.marvell.com.