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Marvell First to Production With 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Silicon for Carrier Networks and Datacenters

Marvell Switching Ecosystem Delivers High Performance, Low Power Solutions for Next Generation Broadband Networks and Green Datacenters

Santa Clara, California (March 23, 2010) – Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced the mass production of its Prestera® CX family of packet processors for broadband switching and datacenters. Hardware and software solutions based on the Prestera CX family are available from several equipment manufacturers and ODMs in the Marvell switching ecosystem including Accton, Aricent, Interface Masters, System Fabric Works, Vadatech and more.

The Prestera CX family is the first commercially available solution to offer up to 48 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) on a single chip, and the first with multiple ports of 40GbE with line rate throughput.  These packet processors provide 480Gbps full duplex throughput for Carrier Ethernet, including Mac-in-Mac, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) Translation and IP Routing and can support up to 128K subscribers with a single device to meet the exponential growth of Internet traffic and massive deployments of high speed optical broadband networks.  

The Prestera CX family's reduced XAUI (RXAUI) interface enables doubling of the switching capacity for current broadband access platforms while maintaining compatibility for legacy line cards, enabling in-field upgrade of access platforms as networks migrate to GPON and 10G EPON.

For Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) networks in next generation datacenter deployments, the Prestera CX family offers a highly differentiated feature set including the industry's first commercially available 40GbE ports, Priority Flow Control and Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) capabilities including Fiber Channel Awareness and Fiber Channel Forwarding.

Multiple reference designs based on Prestera CX are available from Marvell, pre-loaded with software for enterprise and datacenter switching.  These include a single rack unit 48 port 10G SFP+ solution as well as a modular 40 port 10G SFP+ solution with two ports of 40GbE uplinks.

Marvell Prestera CX-Partners

Production ready Prestera CX-based systems and production software are available from multiple partners in the Marvell switching ecosystem.   For more information about the Prestera family and other Marvell products please visit


"Accton leverages best-in-class technology to design network products for its OEM customers that deliver leadership functionality and performance," said Enco Liew, Vice President of Sales for Accton Technology Corporation.  "Marvell's Prestera CX family demonstrates clear leadership in silicon technology for CEE solutions today.  Accton is pleased to make available to its OEM customers a 48-port 10GbE top-of-rack switch based on the Marvell Prestera 98XC8248, with critical CEE features required for consolidated data center networking."


"Aricent is a global leader in Ethernet frameworks.  Our Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) powers many of the industries leading switching and routing platforms for carrier, datacenter and enterprise Ethernet," said C.P. Murali, Senior Vice President, OEM Strategic Business Unit, Aricent. "We are pleased to announce the availability of our advanced ISS for the Marvell Prestera CX family, including high-performance layer2 switching, layer3 routing and a full complement of Metro Ethernet and datacenter features.  Aricent's optimized switching solution combined with engineering services and contemporary engagement models enable us to support the most demanding network equipment manufacturers."

Interface Masters

"Interface Masters Technologies offers 10GbE and Gigabit Ethernet solutions that integrate with mission-critical IT and security appliances to improve network monitoring, reliability and availability," said Ben Askarinam, Founder and CEO of Interface Masters Technologies.  "We chose Marvell's Prestera CX as the foundation of our new Niagara 2924 L2-L4 switching product to significantly improve server efficiency, packet processing, power utilization, and data transfer speeds for our customers by leveraging its extensive feature set."

System Fabric Works

"System Fabric Works is an acknowledged leader of software for clusters and storage solutions that leverage the Open Fabrics Alliance Enterprise Distribution (OFED) addressing high performance computing, cloud and enterprise data centers," said Bill Boas Vice President of Business Development, System Fabric Works. "The Prestera CX based switches provided the right density, low power, port configurations of 10 GbE and 40 GbE combined with the support of the IEEE's datacenter bridging emerging standards to meet the feature and performance requirements for applications such as fast trading, market data distribution, real-time actionable surveillance and transaction processing, post production video and movie rendering as well as scientific/engineering simulation and modeling for product design and research."


"Our focus on the complex customer requirements of aerospace and telecommunications markets results in a quickly growing line of AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA, AMC, VXS and XMC boards for processing, communication, storage, and platform interoperability," said Saeed Karamooz, CEO, Vadatech Inc. "We selected the Prestera CX8248 from Marvell for our next generation AdvancedTCA (ATCA) family of products. Its high integration and low power enabled us to provide all the base and fabric channels as well as a number of ingress ports and put down an additional advanced mezzanine module on the switch board while meeting all the telecommunications clock requirements."

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