Marvell Announces Smallest PCI Express Fast Ethernet Controller

Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), the leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, at Computex 2007 announced the Marvell(R) Yukon(R) FE+ 88E8040 controller for mobile and desktop PCs. The Yukon FE+ 88E8040 features the industry’s smallest controller package size, with a new level of integration that enables a highly compact PC design while reducing system-level costs. The 88E8040 also delivers a new level of energy efficiency for mobile and desktop PCs along with unsurpassed networking performance.

The 88E8040 is part of Marvell’s Yukon family of pin-compatible Fast Ethernet (FE) and Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) controllers for PCs. The Yukon family’s pin-compatibility and use of a single driver across all Yukon GbE and FE controllers provides PC vendors with the flexibility to leverage a single motherboard design across a broad range of consumer and enterprise platforms. This latest addition to the Yukon family is available in the pin-compatible 64-pin QFN package, and the smaller footprint 7×7mm 48-pin package; the smallest in the industry for a PCI Express Ethernet controller. The 88E8040 eliminates the need for external passives, voltage regulators, and an external EEPROM by integrating these on the controller, thus reducing manufacturing and bill-of-material (BOM) costs by more than 20% while shrinking the space needed to implement LAN-on-motherboard (LOM).

While offering a tiny footprint, the 88E8040 delivers the industry’s highest performance and lowest power consumption for FE PC connectivity. The 88E8040 packs advanced functionality for highly optimized, smart power-down modes to extend battery time in mobile PCs and to enable the most energy-efficient EnergyStar compliance. The 88E8040 also supports advanced capabilities such as IPv6 and IPv4 checksum offloads and Receive Side Scaling (RSS), thus enabling high network throughput and a better user experience in a variety of residential and enterprise PC applications and networks. As with all Marvell Yukon products, the 88E8040 supports Marvell Virtual Cable Tester(R) (VCT(TM)) technology, providing advanced cable diagnostics.

“The Yukon FE+ 88E8040 illustrates our commitment to innovation in PC connectivity solutions,” stated David Young, vice president and general manager, Connectivity Business Unit, Communications and Consumer Business Group at Marvell. “By providing a feature-rich LOM controller with a high level of integration and a tiny package size, we are enabling our customers to produce smaller, energy-efficient, high-performance, mobile and desktop PCs, all at a lower total system cost.”

The Marvell Yukon FE+ 88E8040 is currently sampling with tier-one customers.

About Marvell
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is the leader in 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, 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), Marvell Software Solutions Israel Ltd., and Marvell Semiconductor Germany GmbH. MSI is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and designs, develops and markets products on behalf of MIL and MAPL. MSI may be contacted at (408) 222-2500.

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