Sunday, April 27, 2008

Marvell Unveils Gigahertz-Scalable ARM-Compliant Processors

Marvell introduced three system-on-chip (SoC) devices that integrate single- or dual-core gigahertz-capable ARM instruction set-compliant processors along with a host of I/O peripherals.

Marvell said the new devices are fully optimized to consume very low power at 1 GHz plus speeds enabling "green" system design for a wide range of enterprise applications ranging from routers, base stations, storage and single board computers to high volume laser printer products.

The Discovery Innovation Series family is comprised of three devices -- the MV78200 with dual ARM instruction set compliant cores, a pin-compatible single core version, the MV78100, and the MV76100, a single core SoC specially designed for cost-sensitive applications. These devices support processor speeds ranging from 800 MHz to 1.2 GHz and incorporate up to 512KB of L2 cache per core, integrated x4 PCI-Express interfaces, multiple USB 2.0 ports, multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports, SATA and security engine -- setting new technology benchmarks for performance and integration. With this unparalleled integration and low power consumption, the MV78K and MV76K families of SoCs are ideally suited for a broad range of applications across various enterprise markets.