SANTA CLARA, Calif. / TAIPEI, Taiwan (June 1, 2015) – Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL) - a worldwide leader in providing complete silicon solutions from mobile communications to storage, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud infrastructure, digital entertainment, in-home content delivery and Kinoma® software enabling the “Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle” – today announced the Marvell® Avastar® 88W8997 System-on-Chip (SoC), the industry’s smallest, most power efficient, MU-MIMO wireless connectivity combo for enterprise and consumer markets. The 88W8997 is the industry’s first 28nm 2x2 802.11ac Wave-2 combo with full support for Bluetooth® v4.2,as well as additional planned enhancements of Bluetooth technology including features such as longer range, higher speeds, and mesh networking for increased Internet of Things (IoT) functionality.
“Today’s consumers expect and demand high-performance, robust, secure and seamless connectivity between all their connected devices at all times. Marvell has a proven track record as a leading Wi-Fi SoC provider for the mass enterprise and consumer markets,” said Philip Poulidis, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless and Internet of Things Business Units at Marvell. “Our industry-leading 28nm 2x2 802.11ac Wave-2 combo SoC significantly increases bandwidth available over the Wi-Fi link and network capacity for densely populated environments, extending wireless capabilities to a variety of new use cases such as real-time video streaming, peer-to-peer gaming and media sharing.”
The new industry-leading solution achieves 867-Mbps peak data rate over a robust 2x2 MU-MIMO (Multi User – Multiple Input Multiple Output) link, targeting flagship smartphones, tablets, mobile computing, gaming, TV, and set-top box applications. The 88W8997 features one of the highest levels of integration in the market, including dual band power amplifiers (PAs), low noise amplifiers (LNAs) and switches reducing board-level BOM (Bill of Materials) to the bare minimum, enabling easy chip-on-board and module designs for broad markets. Low-power 28nm process technology and enhanced transmit path efficiency significantly reduce power consumption by up to 40% over existing solutions, benefiting battery-powered mobile and computing products that need to deliver both uninterrupted wireless performance and long battery life. The 88W8997 supports advanced signal processing that further enhances link robustness with LDPC, STBC, and transmit beamforming for both transmit and receive use cases.
Shanghai release being planned for 2016 launch. In addition, 88W8997 supports Marvell’s Bluetooth low energy snooze mode, enabling ultra-low power Bluetooth low energy connectivity.
Key Features of Marvell’s Avastar 88W8997 SoC include:
Marvell will be demonstrating its connectivity solutions during Computex June 2–5, 2015 as part of its award-winning, diverse product portfolio advancing the delivery of cloud services throughout the ecosystem and powering today’s revolutionary Smart devices.
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a global leader in providing complete silicon solutions and Kinoma software enabling the “Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle.” From mobile communications to storage, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud infrastructure, digital entertainment and in-home content delivery, Marvell’s diverse product portfolio aligns complete platform designs with industry-leading performance, security, reliability and efficiency. At the core of the world’s most powerful consumer, network and enterprise systems, Marvell empowers partners and their customers to always stand at the forefront of innovation, performance and mass appeal. By providing people around the world with mobility and ease of access to services adding value to their social, private and work lives, Marvell is committed to enhancing the human experience.
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