Showing posts with label Marvell. Show all posts
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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Video: Radio Access Networks will Never be the Same

https://youtu.be/Pbi0zG7hGPw


As networks become more virtualized, both at the far edge and near edge, Open RAN is drawing more interest and participation from hyperscalers. In this video, Raj Singh, EVP Processor Business Group at Marvell, discusses the opportunities Open RAN offers networks and the emerging trends in the market.

Download the 2021 Open RAN Report here: https://ngi.how/o-ran-2021

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Marvell samples 50G PAM4 DSP chipset for 5G optical fronthaul

Marvell has begun sampling the industry’s first 50Gbps PAM4 DSP and TIA chipset solution for 5G fronthaul.

Key features of the new Marvell AtlasOne chipset:

  • PAM4 digital core for optimal performance across a range of applications.
  • Marvell’s companion IN5662 TIA for linearity while maintaining ultra-low noise and power.
  • The industry’s first PAM4 DSP integrated Direct Modulated Laser driver in mainstream CMOS technology.
  • Industrial temperature range support for 5G fronthaul applications.

Marvell said its new AtlasOne chipset enables advanced fronthaul solutions that scale to 50G while offering lower power consumption for integrated radio access networks (RAN), as well as Open (O-RAN) and virtualized (vRAN) architectures.

Increased fronthaul capacity will be required as mobile operators upgrade radio capacity with wider bandwidths – up to 200 MHz – and massive MIMO technology with up to 64 transmit and receive antennas per Radio Unit (RU).

Similarly, the adoption of O-RAN and vRAN architectures will drive require greater fronthaul capacity. With vRAN, baseband capacity instances can be aggregated in a Distributed Unit (DU) and dynamically shared among multiple RUs. When sufficient radio and fronthaul bandwidths are provisioned, carriers can adaptively shift capacity towards unforeseen traffic spikes to improve network efficiency and user experience.

Marvell also highlighted the combination of its AtlasOne fronthaul, widely deployed OCTEON Fusion RAN silicon, Prestera switches and Alaska Ethernet PHYs for OEMs offering 5G solutions.

“We’re proud to introduce the AtlasOne chipset, a robust, high-performance solution that is helping to make 50G a reality in 5G infrastructure,” said Xi Wang, VP Product Marketing, Optical Connectivity at Marvell. “With this latest addition to our portfolio, we offer telecom carriers access to the same trusted solutions that Marvell has successfully delivered to top hyperscale data center operators.”

https://www.marvell.com/company/newsroom/marvell-50g-pam4-dsp-chipset-5g-ran-optical-fronthaul.html

Marvell intros Atlas 50Gbps PAM4 DSP chipset

Marvell announced its Atlas 50Gbps PAM4 DSP chipset which integrates transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs) and laser drivers in the CMOS package.

The integration of the new Atlas chipset, which is based on Marvell’s Polaris 50G PAM4 DSP family,  reduces supply chain complexity and power consumption by up to 25%. Atlas is also the industry’s first PAM4 DSP available to wire bond directly with lasers and photodiodes, further simplifying the assembly process for optical module integrators, effectively reducing both product lead times and time to market. Sampling is underway.

Atlas PAM4 DSP Key Features:

  • Leverages Polaris-class quad-channel DSP core, providing world-class performance and signal integrity while driving faster time to market and product yields.
  • Uses existing Polaris DSP software, minimizing software development expense for module developers.
  • Comprehensive suite of performance monitoring tools to reduce bring-up time and support mission-mode telemetry critical for hyperscale deployments.
  • Integrated laser drivers support both single- and multi-mode interconnect applications.
  • Suitable to support a wide range of module form factors including OSFP, QSFP56, QSFP-DD and AOCs.
  • Broad range of IEEE standard support including 100G-xR2, 200G-xR4 and 400G-xR8.
  • Manufactured in mainstream CMOS process technology optimized for high volume production to deliver a high-performance, low-power PAM4 DSP solution.

https://www.marvell.com/ 

Marvell and OE Solutions target 100G QSFP-DD module

 

Marvell and OE Solutions are collaborating on 100G QSFP-DD optical modules optimized for 5G backhaul and metro access applications.

The OE Solutions 100G QSFP-DD Coherent Transceiver with the Marvell Deneb Coherent DSP (CDSP) will enable the transition of 10G to 100G coherent solutions for 5G, metro and access applications. The companies anticipate product release in early 2022.

"Marvell's innovative Deneb coherent DSP enables new opportunities in the 100G access transport market and expands our industry-leading 5G RAN portfolio offering to address growing carrier infrastructure needs," said Samuel Liu, Sr. Director Product Line Management at Marvell. "By choosing the industry's first production-ready 100G optimized CDSP for its backhaul transceivers, OE Solutions is expanding its technology leadership position in coherent pluggable modules for 5G networks."

"As the first 100G CDSP in production to enable the I-temp QSFP-DD pluggable module form factor optimized for 5G backhaul applications, Deneb is the best choice for our new 5G optical transceiver products," said Walter Lee, GM of Transceiver BU at OE Solutions. "We look forward to further collaboration with Marvell as we ramp production of our  new 100G transceiver portfolio in 2022."

http://www.oesolutions.com

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Marvell intros low power, multi-mode 400G DSP

Marvell announced sampling of is new Deneb ultra-low power, multi-mode 400G DSP for disaggregated optical platforms. The new 7nm CDSP for 400G pluggable, which is compatible with its predecessor (Canopus), provides a seamless upgrade to interoperable pluggables across multiple platforms. Deneb can be used to enable standards based ITU, Open ROADM and OpenZR+ compliant 100G/200G/300G/400G pluggable transceivers."Standards-based interoperable...


Sunday, December 5, 2021

Marvell posts revenue of $1.211 billion

Marvell Technology reported revenue of $1.211 billion for the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, which exceeded the midpoint of the company's guidance provided on August 26, 2021. 

GAAP net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 was $(63) million, or $(0.08) per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 was $364 million, or $0.43 per diluted share. Cash flow from operations for the third quarter was $265 million.

"Marvell delivered record revenue of $1.211 billion in the fiscal third quarter, growing 13 percent sequentially and 61 percent year over year, exceeding the high end of our guidance. Revenue grew substantially in each of our five end markets, led by data center, our largest contributor at 41 percent of total revenue, which grew 15 percent sequentially and 109 percent year over year," said Matt Murphy, Marvell's President and CEO. "For the fourth quarter, we are expecting sequential revenue growth of 9 percent at the midpoint of guidance, led by 5G, which is projected to increase by 30 percent sequentially and data center which is forecasted to continue to grow in the double digits on a percentage basis."




Thursday, November 11, 2021

Marvell shipping SONiC-enabled switch silicon to tier-1 clouds

Marvell confirmed that it is shipping SONiC-enabled production switch silicon of its Teralynx 9K and Prestera 8K devices in high-volume to tier-1 cloud customers. 

Marvell's Teralynx and Prestera devices support Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI) and Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC), which is an open-source network operating system (NOS) based on Linux. 

Marvell says SONiC running on its Teralynx and Prestera switch silicon brings greater flexibility and choice to cloud data centers grappling with the demand for greater bandwidth as data growth continues to surge.

"Marvell remains deeply committed to open systems and will continue to invest in and support SONiC solutions for our customers," said Guy Azrad, senior vice president and general manager, Switch Business Unit at Marvell. "Marvell's high-volume shipping of SONiC-enabled production switch silicon to tier-1 cloud providers showcases our technology leadership in combining our advanced packet processing architecture with the power of an agile, open network operating system."

"We have deployed Teralynx based switches in production across multiple data centers with the SONiC network OS. These switches deliver high performance, low-latency and rich telemetry required to run modern applications in our infrastructure," said Shawn Zandi, head of Network Engineering at LinkedIn. "With Innovium's acquisition by Marvell, we look forward to benefiting from greater investment into the Teralynx roadmap and Marvell's continued commitment to SONiC."

"Celestica delivers open disaggregated solutions that offer customers flexibility and compelling total cost of ownership," said Gavin Cato, VP, Celestica Hardware Platform Solutions. "We have been collaborating with Marvell to build high performance switch systems that are now deployed at scale by top cloud service providers, addressing the ever increasing need for bandwidth."

"Edgecore looks forward to the continued collaboration with Marvell to bring leading networking solutions for our service provider, data center, and enterprise customers," said Heimdall Siao, president of Edgecore Networks. "With Marvell's technology and Marvell's proactive support of the open SONiC software ecosystem, Edgecore is able to provide high performance and cost-effective solutions using community based open networking solutions which allows our customers and partners to achieve more."

https://www.marvell.com/company/newsroom/marvell-shipping-high-volume-sonic-enabled-production-switch-silicon-into-tier-1-clouds.html

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Marvell looks to TSMC's 3nm for custom ASICs

Marvell will use TSMC’s 3nm process technology to offer custom silicon for cloud data center, 5G carrier, automotive and enterprise markets.

Marvell is first to introduce a silicon platform that leverages 3nm process technology, advanced die-to-die interface IP, and TSMC’s advanced 2.5D Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate (CoWoS) packaging technology.

“Marvell is proud to be the lead ve3nm3nmndor to offer a 3nm platform for cloud-optimized solutions,” said Sandeep Bharathi, Executive Vice President, Central Engineering, System-on-Chip Group at Marvell. “Our new advanced node platform places Marvell on the leading edge of technology readiness with early Si validation of critical IPs to enable fast time-to-market.”

Marvell's new 3nm multi-chip platform includes two complementary advanced die-to-die interfaces. The first is a flexible extra short reach (XSR) interface for connecting multiple die on a package substrate for applications, like co-packaged optics (CPO) for cloud data centers. 

To address the growing needs for cloud-optimized silicon solutions from leading data center operators, Marvell is also developing an ultra-low power and low-latency parallel die-to-die interface with the highest bandwidth density in the industry. Compatible with emerging Open Compute Project (OCP) standards, the new parallel interface enables high-performance chiplet solutions by connecting multiple silicon devices on an interposer. Both interfaces are also available in 5nm to enable multi-node solutions.

The new platform also incorporates TSMC’s advanced CoWoS packaging technology, empowering continued data infrastructure performance scaling. Marvell said its collaboration with TSMC on CoWoS allows customers to build high-performance solutions for "the most demanding cloud data center applications."

https://www.marvell.com/products/custom-asic.html  


  • Earlier this year, TSMC stated that its 3nm technology (N3) will offer up to 70% logic density gain, up to 15% speed improvement at the same power and up to 30% power reduction at the same speed as compared with N5 technology. N3 is expected to receive multiple customer product tape-outs in 2021. In addition, volume production is targeted in second half of 2022.

Marvell debuts 5nm Prestera switch and 5nm OCTEON 10 5nm DPU

Marvell announced the availability of its 5nm Prestera DX 7321 Ethernet switch, the industry’s first 5nm 50G PAM4 device for the carrier market.

The new Marvell Prestera switch is designed for 5G fronthaul and edge applications. With the addition of the 5nm Prestera device, Marvell's carrier-optimized switch portfolio now comprises four Ethernet switches that scale port speeds from 1Gbps to 400Gbps with aggregate bandwidths ranging from 200Gbps to 1.6Tbps. 

Marvell also announced sampling of its 5nm OCTEON 10 DPU family, which will include hardware accelerators to address workloads required by 5G, cloud, carrier and enterprise data center applications. OCTEON 10 offers a mix of compute, hardware acceleration, data path bandwidth, and I/O including PCIe 5.0 and DDR5. 

Marvell’s 5G network solutions also include Alaska Ethernet PHYs and a broad portfolio of optical solutions for edge, metro and long-haul applications. In addition, Marvell’s COLORZ II 400ZR/ZR+ coherent optical modules are enabling carriers with high-capacity, long-reach DWDM connectivity directly from Ethernet switches.

“Carriers are requiring optimized high-performance, low-power and secured next-generation 5G data infrastructure solutions that enable new high-value applications,” said Raghib Hussain, president, Products and Technologies at Marvell. “Our 5nm switch and DPU set a new bar for power, performance and footprint, providing the breakthrough technology needed to fulfill the potential of 5G.”

https://www.marvell.com/

Marvell completes acquisition of Innovium

 Marvell Technology completed its previously announced acquisition of Innovium. 


Marvell to acquire Innovium for data center switching silicon

Marvell Technology agreed to acquire Innovium, a start-up offering switching silicon for cloud and edge data centers, in an all-stock transaction valued at $1.1 billion.

Innovium, which is based in San Jose, California, offers high-performance switching silicon solutions for cloud and edge data centers. The company was founded in 2014 and has approximately 230 employees.

Marvell, which has an extensive portfolio of Ethernet switch semiconductor solutions, and which recently acquired Inphi, said the deal accelerates its position in cloud data centers. Its portfolio for cloud data centers includes: cloud data center solutions, including: 

  • High-speed Electro-Optical PAM4 and Coherent DSP chipsets 
  • Pluggable COLORZ DCI modules OCTEON-based DPUs for security, offload, and acceleration 
  • Custom Arm-based server CPUs 
  • Full custom ASICs Bravera
  • Flash and HDD-based storage
  • and on closing the acquisition of Innovium, cloud-optimized Ethernet switches

“Our acquisition of Innovium and its complementary offerings further extends Marvell’s leadership in the cloud, and I am excited that Innovium has secured significant share at a marquee cloud customer,” said Matt Murphy, President and CEO of Marvell. “Innovium has established itself as a strong cloud data center merchant switch silicon provider with a proven platform, and we look forward to working with their talented team who have a strong track record in the industry for delivering multiple generations of highly successful products.”

Marvell to acquire Innovium for data center switching silicon

Marvell Technology agreed to acquire Innovium, a start-up offering switching silicon for cloud and edge data centers, in an all-stock transaction valued at $1.1 billion.Innovium, which is based in San Jose, California, offers high-performance switching silicon solutions for cloud and edge data centers. The company was founded in 2014 and has approximately 230 employees.Marvell, which has an extensive portfolio of Ethernet switch semiconductor solutions,...


Friday, August 27, 2021

Marvell reports revenue growth in cloud infrastructure

Marvell reported net revenue for the second quarter of its fiscal 2022 of $1.076 billion. GAAP net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 was $(276) million, or $(0.34) per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 was $284 million, or $0.34 per diluted share. Cash flow from operations for the second quarter was $222 million.


"Marvell delivered record revenue of $1.076 billion in the fiscal second quarter, above the midpoint of guidance, growing 29 percent sequentially and 48 percent year over year. Growth was driven by the data center, which now represents Marvell's largest end market at 40 percent of total revenue, benefiting from our growing momentum in the fast-growing cloud infrastructure market," said Matt Murphy, Marvell's President and CEO. "I am pleased that stand-alone Marvell and the acquired Inphi businesses both contributed to our strong year-over-year revenue growth. We expect year-over-year revenue growth will accelerate in the third quarter, led by substantial contributions from the cloud data center market. In addition, we expect our 5G business to continue to grow with strong sequential revenue growth in the third quarter, and a significant step up projected in the fourth quarter."

An investor presentation is online.


https://investor.marvell.com/

Monday, June 28, 2021

Marvell debuts OCTEON 10 DPU

Marvell introduced its new OCTEON 10 DPU for accelerating security, networking, and storage workloads required by demanding 5G, cloud, carrier and enterprise datacenter applications. 

The OCTEON 10 DPU is designed on a 5nm process and incorporates Arm Neoverse N2 cores, as well as the first inline artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) hardware acceleration, the first integrated 1 terabit switch and the first vector packet processing (VPP) hardware accelerators.

“To meet and exceed the growing data processing requirements for network, storage, and security workloads, Marvell focused on significant DPU innovations across compute, hardware accelerators, and high speed I/O,” said John Sakamoto, vice president of Marvell’s Infrastructure Processors Business Unit. “The OCTEON 10 brings compute leadership, supports networking and security workloads exceeding 400G, and incorporates leading edge I/O including DDR5 and PCIe 5.0.”

“A significant amount of compute is required to process the deluge of data generated from cloud to edge devices today,” said Chris Bergey, senior vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm. “The combination of leading-edge 5nm technology, Neoverse N2 cores and OCTEON 10 will enable Marvell to take on complex workloads, and showcase its strengths in DPU computing.”

OCTEON 10 will be available in the second half of 2021, with additional product updates shortly thereafter.

https://www.marvell.com/products/data-processing-units.html

Monday, June 14, 2021

Open Optical Momentum at #OFC21

Openness was a big theme at this year's virtual #OFC21 event, with big announcements concerning XR optics, OSFP modules, 800G, disaggregated platforms based on Telecom Infra Project (TIP) designs, and market-ready 400ZR solutions.

Marvell announced sampling on an ultra low-power, 400G DSP chipset and a 50Gbps PAM4 DSP chipset which integrates transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs) and laser drivers in the CMOS package -- both targeting disaggregated optical platforms.

In this video, Jim Carroll and Roy Chua discuss the new Marvell, and whether "Open" can be a strategic differentiator for the company.

For more videos on Next-Gen Infrastructure visit: https://nextgeninfra.io/

https://youtu.be/Zg0OSqQSrt0

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Marvell intros Atlas 50Gbps PAM4 DSP chipset

Marvell announced its Atlas 50Gbps PAM4 DSP chipset which integrates transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs) and laser drivers in the CMOS package.

The integration of the new Atlas chipset, which is based on Marvell’s Polaris 50G PAM4 DSP family,  reduces supply chain complexity and power consumption by up to 25%. Atlas is also the industry’s first PAM4 DSP available to wire bond directly with lasers and photodiodes, further simplifying the assembly process for optical module integrators, effectively reducing both product lead times and time to market. Sampling is underway.

Atlas PAM4 DSP Key Features:

  • Leverages Polaris-class quad-channel DSP core, providing world-class performance and signal integrity while driving faster time to market and product yields.
  • Uses existing Polaris DSP software, minimizing software development expense for module developers.
  • Comprehensive suite of performance monitoring tools to reduce bring-up time and support mission-mode telemetry critical for hyperscale deployments.
  • Integrated laser drivers support both single- and multi-mode interconnect applications.
  • Suitable to support a wide range of module form factors including OSFP, QSFP56, QSFP-DD and AOCs.
  • Broad range of IEEE standard support including 100G-xR2, 200G-xR4 and 400G-xR8.
  • Manufactured in mainstream CMOS process technology optimized for high volume production to deliver a high-performance, low-power PAM4 DSP solution.

“Disaggregated data centers define today’s new cloud computing paradigm, and this trend is driving hyper-connectivity within the data center, putting PAM4 data center interconnects at the heart of the network,” said Xi Wang, VP of Marketing, Optical Connectivity at Marvell. “The new Atlas PAM4 DSP targets this burgeoning, high-volume data center market as well as cost-sensitive applications at the network edge.”

“Marvell understands the requirements of today’s hyperscale data center operators and has delivered a highly integrated, high-performance PAM4 DSP.

https://www.marvell.com/ 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Marvell samples first 1.6T Ethernet PHY with 100G PAM4 I/Os in 5nm

Marvell has begun sampling the industry's first 1.6T Ethernet PHY with 100G PAM4 electrical input/outputs (I/Os) in 5nm, enabling next-generation 100G serial-based 400G and 800G Ethernet links for high-density switches. The doubling of the signaling rate creates signal integrity challenges, driving the need for retimer devices for high port count switch designs. It's critical that retimer and gearboxes used for these applications are extremely power efficient. Implemented in the latest 5nm node, the Marvell 800GbE PHY provides a 40% savings in I/O power compared to existing 50G PAM4 based I/Os.  

The Marvell 1.6T PHY incorporates the company's 112G 5nm SerDes solution that was announced in November of last year, offering breakthrough performance with the ability to operate at 112G PAM4 across channels with >40dB insertion loss. This 112G 5nm SerDes technology will be designed in Marvell's industry-proven Prestera® switch portfolio across data center, enterprise and carrier segments. It has also been adopted for use by multiple customers of Marvell's 5nm ASIC offering in high-performance infrastructure applications across a variety of markets.

The company says its new Alaska C PHY accelerates the transition to 100G serial interconnects and doubles the bandwidth speeds of the previous generation of PHYs to bring scalability for performance-critical cloud workloads and applications such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.      

Marvell notes that its new 88X93160 is the industry's first PHY device fully compliant with IEEE's 802.3ck standards for 100G serial I/Os and the Ethernet Technology Consortium's 800GbE specifications. The device supports Gearboxing functionality which helps data center operators get the full bandwidth capabilities of the switch ASICs with 100G serial I/Os while interfacing with existing 50G PAM4 based 400G optical modules.

"Data center demand for 400GbE and beyond is experiencing exponential growth," said Achyut Shah, senior vice president and general manager of Marvell's PHY business unit. "We are very proud to offer the industry's first dual 1.6T PHY with 100G PAM4 I/Os designed for cloud data centers. Our 112G SerDes in 5nm boasts industry-leading power and greatly enhances the value that high-speed Ethernet brings to cloud data center applications."

http://www.marvell.com

Marvell completes acquisition of Inphi

Marvell Technology completed its previously announced acquisition of Inphi Corporation.  The combination creates a U.S. semiconductor powerhouse positioned for end-to-end technology leadership in data infrastructure.“I am excited to welcome the Inphi team to Marvell and look forward to realizing the tremendous value creation potential of this combination for our customers, employees and shareholders. Together we will have the portfolio, capabilities,...

Marvell announces first 112G 5nm SerDes

Marvell introduced the first 112G 5nm SerDes solution that has been validated in hardware. The company also confirmed that it has recently secured a new custom ASIC design win customer that will embed this new IP to build next generation top-of-rack (ToR) and spine switches for leading hyperscale data centers.The Marvell 5nm SerDes solution doubles the bandwidth of current systems based on 56G while enabling the deployment of 112G I/Os. The device...


Marvell intros low power, multi-mode 400G DSP

Marvell announced sampling of is new Deneb ultra-low power, multi-mode 400G DSP for disaggregated optical platforms. 

The new 7nm CDSP for 400G pluggable, which is compatible with its predecessor (Canopus), provides a seamless upgrade to interoperable pluggables across multiple platforms. Deneb can be used to enable standards based ITU, Open ROADM and OpenZR+ compliant 100G/200G/300G/400G pluggable transceivers.

"Standards-based interoperable CDSPs will be critical to fuel the growth in coherent pluggables that are expected to address the majority of transport applications," said Pranay Aiya, AVP Product Marketing and Customer Applications at Marvell. "Deneb enables our partners to seamlessly augment their Canopus CDSP based solutions with standards-based technology and expand their addressable market with minimal investment."

https://www.marvell.com/company/newsroom/marvell-announces-400G-dsp-proliferate-adoption-coherent-pluggable-modules-cloud-access.html

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Marvell completes acquisition of Inphi

Marvell Technology completed its previously announced acquisition of Inphi Corporation.  The combination creates a U.S. semiconductor powerhouse positioned for end-to-end technology leadership in data infrastructure.

“I am excited to welcome the Inphi team to Marvell and look forward to realizing the tremendous value creation potential of this combination for our customers, employees and shareholders. Together we will have the portfolio, capabilities, and scale to expand Marvell’s leadership in its key growth end markets of 5G, Cloud and Automotive,” said Matt Murphy, president and CEO of Marvell. “I am also pleased that we are now organized as a U.S. company and we look forward to continuing to drive innovation in semiconductor technology critical to the nation’s data economy.”

Marvell also announced that Dr. Ford Tamer has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Marvell. Tamer served as Inphi’s President and Chief Executive Officer for more than nine years. Under Dr. Tamer’s stewardship, Inphi became the trusted market leader for electro-optics solutions for cloud and telecom operators, increasing revenue from these customers more than 20 times during his tenure, to an annual run rate of about $750 million. Prior to Inphi, Dr. Tamer served as CEO of Telegent Systems. Previous to this, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Infrastructure Networking Group, which he grew 5-fold to $1.2 billion in revenue within five years. 

Marvell to acquire Inphi for optical components business


Marvell Technology Group Ltd. agreed to acquire Inphi Corp. in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately US$10 billion, consisting of $66 in cash and 2.323 shares of stock of the combined company for each Inphi share. Upon closing of the transaction, Marvell shareholders will own approximately 83% of the combined company and Inphi stockholders will own approximately 17% of the combined company.

Inphi’s high-speed electro-optics target data centers as well as wired and wireless carrier networks. The product portfolio includes Inphi transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs); drivers for 100G to 600G coherent optics; optical PHYs for signal recovery, retiming, grooming, error correction and gearbox operations; its COLORZ transceivers based on silicon photonics for 80/120km DWDM connectivity in a QSFP28 form factor; and its Canopus coherent Digital Signal Processors (DSPs)

Marvell said that by combining its storage, networking, processor, and security portfolio with Inphi’s  electro-optics interconnect platform, the combined company will deliver end-to-end technology leadership in data infrastructure. 

“Our acquisition of Inphi will fuel Marvell’s leadership in the cloud and extend our 5G position over the next decade,” said Matt Murphy, president and CEO of Marvell. “Inphi’s technologies are at the heart of cloud data center networks and they continue to extend their leadership with innovative new products, including 400G data center interconnect optical modules, which leverage their unique silicon photonics and DSP technologies. We believe that Inphi’s growing presence with cloud customers will also lead to additional opportunities for Marvell’s DPU and ASIC products.”

“Marvell and Inphi share a vision to enable the world’s data infrastructure and we have both transformed our respective businesses to benefit from the strong secular growth expected in the cloud data center and 5G wireless markets” said Ford Tamer, President and CEO of Inphi. “Combining with Marvell significantly increases our scale, accelerates our access to the next generations of process technology, and opens up new opportunities in 5G connectivity.”

Marvell also stated that intends to reorganize the combined company so that it will be domiciled in the United States, creating a U.S. semiconductor powerhouse with an enterprise value of approximately $40 billion. Upon closing, Ford Tamer, Inphi’s President and CEO, will join Marvell’s Board of Directors.

https://www.marvell.com/announcements/marvell-to-acquire-inphi.html

  • In 2016, Inphi acquired ClariPhy Communications, a provider of ultra-high-speed systems-on-chip (SoCs) for multi-terabit data, long haul and metro networking markets for $275 million in cash as well as the assumption of certain liabilities at the close. ClariPhy was one of the first merchant suppliers of coherent DSP technology. The company was based in Irvine, California.
  • In 2014, Inphi acquired Cortina Systems' High-Speed Interconnect and Optical Transport product lines for $52.5 million in cash and $73.5 million in stock.  In 2006, Cortina Systems acquired the assets of Intel's optical network components business for $115 million. Cortina was based in Sunnyvale, California.

Marvell to acquire Avera Semi, the ASIC division of GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Marvell agreed to acquire Avera Semiconductor, the ASIC business of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, for $650 million in cash at closing plus an additional $90 million in cash if certain business conditions are satisfied within the next 15 months. Marvell said its ambition is to become the world’s leading supplier of infrastructure semiconductor solutions and that Avera’s ASIC capabilities will accelerate this transformation.  Avera, which was once part of...

Marvell announces first 112G 5nm SerDes

Marvell introduced the first 112G 5nm SerDes solution that has been validated in hardware. The company also confirmed that it has recently secured a new custom ASIC design win customer that will embed this new IP to build next generation top-of-rack (ToR) and spine switches for leading hyperscale data centers.The Marvell 5nm SerDes solution doubles the bandwidth of current systems based on 56G while enabling the deployment of 112G I/Os. The device...


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Marvell and Samsung collaborate on Massive MIMO chip

Samsung Electronics and Marvell have  jointly developed a new System-on-a-Chip (SoC) to power Samsung’s Massive MIMO and other advanced radios.

The new SoC supports 5G and 4G networks simultaneously, and it can also save up to 70 percent in chipset power consumption compared to previous solutions.


“We are excited to extend our collaboration with Marvell to unveil a new SoC that will combine both companies’ strengths in innovation to advance 5G network solutions,” said Junehee Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung prioritizes the development of high-impact 5G solutions that offer a competitive edge to our operators. We look forward to introducing this latest solution to the market shortly.”

Samsung and Marvell have been working closely to deliver multiple generations of leading network solutions. Last year, the companies announced a collaboration to develop new 5G products, including innovative radio architectures to address the compute power required for Massive MIMO deployments.

“Our collaboration with Samsung spans multiple generations of radio network products and demonstrates Samsung’s strong technology leadership. The joint effort includes 4G and 5G basebands and radios,” said Raj Singh, Executive Vice President of Marvell’s Processors Business Group. “We are again honored to work with Samsung for the next generation Massive MIMO radios which significantly raise the bar in terms of capacity, performance and power efficiency.”

https://news.samsung.com

Marvell partners with Samsung on RAN processing

Marvell and Samsung Electronics Co. are extending their collaboration to include additional segments of the Radio Access Network (RAN). The solutions will build on the OCTEON Fusion platform and integrating Samsung’s unique intellectual property.

To date, the companies have worked closely to deliver multiple generations of baseband and transport processing solutions for base stations based on Marvell’s OCTEON and OCTEON Fusion processors.

In addition, the companies are collaborating on innovative radio unit architectures designed to meet the dramatic increase in compute power required for the complex beamforming algorithms inherent to massive MIMO deployments. 

“Samsung is committed to helping mobile operators meet their performance targets,” said Jaeho Jeon, executive vice president and head of R&D, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics.  “Our relentless spirit to find innovative ways to address the next set of 5G market challenges will drive us to enhance our 5G technical capabilities.  Marvell is a valued collaborator in helping us achieve these goals.”

“Marvell believes that close collaboration with Samsung has allowed both companies to excel in the 5G infrastructure market,” said Raghib Hussain, chief strategy officer and executive vice president of the Networking and Processors Group at Marvell.  “It is our goal to ensure that infrastructure equipment suppliers such as Samsung can allow network operators to thrive in the fast-paced world of 5G.”

Monday, March 1, 2021

Marvell to supply OpenRAN Distributed Unit design for Facebook's Evenstar

 Marvell  will join the Evenstar program and work with Facebook Connectivity to provide a 4G/5G OpenRAN Distributed Unit (DU) design for Evenstar based on its OCTEON Fusion baseband processors and Arm-based OCTEON multi-core digital processing units (DPUs). 

The Evenstar program is a collaborative effort focused on building a general-purpose RAN reference architecture for 4G and 5G networks in the OpenRAN ecosystem. 

Specifically, Marvell will supply a fully integrated DU reference board featuring the OCTEON Fusion-O baseband, providing 4G and 5G PHY layer processing and an OCTEON DPU to run software functions. Facebook Connectivity will collaborate with Marvell to enable software operations on this solution and encourage multiple third parties to port protocol stack software as well. The DU supports up to 16 downlink layers at 100 MHz channelization with 10 Gbps downlink and 5Gbps uplink performance. The goal is to have Evenstar DU equipment ready for network operator trials next year.


“Marvell demonstrated its commitment to OpenRAN by introducing our O-RAN Platform in December 2020 based on our industry-leading OCTEON Fusion architecture,” said Raj Singh, executive vice president of the Processors Business Group at Marvell. “We also realize that the key to success – not just for our platform, but for the industry as a whole – involves collaboration such as this Evenstar DU engagement with Facebook Connectivity and other partners. We look forward to delivering a high performance, cost-optimized DU design that supports the capacity and interoperability requirements necessary to deploy versatile, next-generation networks by the operator community.”

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Marvell supplies OCTEON baseband processors for Fujitsu base stations

Fujitsu has selected Marvell’s baseband processor silicon to power its new 5G New Radio (NR) base stations.

Specifically, Fujitsu will adopt Marvell’s OCTEON Fusion baseband processors for their 5G base station designs and also plans to engage with Marvell on O-RAN distributed unit (DU) products, enabling them to bring advanced 5G technologies to the worldwide market.

“We are extremely pleased that Fujitsu has selected Marvell to help increase their 5G RAN footprint around the globe,” said Raj Singh, Executive Vice President of the Processors Business Group at Marvell. “Fujitsu is an innovator in 5G infrastructure solutions from the radio unit (RU) to the DU and the network core. OCTEON Fusion provides a scalable and flexible platform that will enable Fujitsu to leverage the technology across multiple product offerings.”

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Marvell debuts O-RAN solution based on Octeon DPU

Marvell introduced a 5G O-RAN portfolio consisting of silicon, software and hardware reference designs spanning the radio unit (RU), distributed unit (DU) and centralized unit (CU) with Ethernet connectivity between these network elements.

Marvell’s O-RAN platform includes its OCTEON Fusion baseband processor family that is currently shipping in volume to tier 1 OEMs. Marvell’s newly announced OCTEON Fusion-O processors maintain the full capabilities of the OCTEON Fusion family including 15 Gbps capacity and support for 200MHz channelization, while adding specific O-RAN functions such as eCPRI compression/decompression and split 7.2 interfaces with integrated fronthaul. Additionally, the platform includes key reference software, allowing OEMs, ODMs and network operators to rapidly bring O-RAN compatible products to market.

mMIMO RU

A 32T32R, 8 DL layer, 100MHz channel radio unit.

  • Hardware reference design in partnership with Analog Devices
  • Reference lower L1 and beamforming software
  • O-RAN management plane software
  • O-RAN fronthaul interface
  • Analog Devices Transceivers and DFE software

vDU and DU

The OCTEON Fusion-O DU hardware reference designs are available as either a virtualized DU (vDU) PCIe-based offload accelerator or an integrated DU. 

  • Dual mode 5G and LTE
  • Integrated fronthaul for 7.2 split
  • 16DL/8UL layer support
  • Reference LTE and 5G L1 software

CU

In addition to support for vDU server configurations, the Marvell O-RAN platform also provides support for our industry-leading L2/L3 OCTEON processors supporting a fully integrated standalone CU implementation.

  • Dedicated L2/L3 silicon
  • Virtualized L2/L3 support
  • Partnership protocol stack ports from industry leaders

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Marvell ships its next gen access and metro Ethernet switching silicon

Marvell is now shipping its latest generation Prestera DX 7300 series of Ethernet switches for 5G carrier access and metro networks. Significantly, the new switches incorporate accurate time-sensitive features, integrated MACsec and advanced processing functionality, and support for 400G coherent optics.

Key features of the Prestera DX 7300 series 

  • ITU-T G.8273.2 Class C PTP/SyncE, Time Sensitive Networking (802.1CM) compliance for precise 5G timing
  • Advanced security with secure boot and integrated 802.1ae 256b MACsec engines for Layer2 data encryption
  • Segment Routing (SRV6) for advanced traffic engineering and service chaining
  • Enhanced network telemetry and intelligence for actionable metadata exports
  • 56Gbps PAM4 SerDes supporting port speeds up to 400Gbps
  • Flexible I/O speeds 1G/2.5/5/10/25/50/100/400G

Marvell notes that to support the new RAN deployment models for radio access fronthaul applications, its Prestera DX 7300 family integrates highly accurate time synchronization, 802.1CM Time-Sensitive-Network (TSN) for fronthaul, network slicing and native eCPRI-aware processing. The switches are part of Marvell's open radio access network (open RAN) and virtualized radio access network (vRAN) platform solutions, also announced today.

The Prestera DX 7300 series of switches integrate 56Gbps SerDes, high-capacity MACsec and advanced processing that can be matched with pluggable 400G-ZR optical modules. This functionality enables system manufacturers to develop solutions for multi-access edge computing (MEC) and data center interconnect (DCI) applications that benefit from traffic efficiency, openness and the optimized cost structure of packet Ethernet networks.

"As 5G brings rigorous data protection and performance demands to the transport network, the infrastructure has to meet the requirements for secured communications at higher speeds and data rates to support emerging use cases," said Guy Azrad, general manager and senior vice president of Switching at Marvell. "Our newest Prestera family offers the most secured switching solution with the high-speed interfaces needed to fulfill 5G potential at the industry's lowest power and footprint available today."