Marvell Introduces Industry's First 802.11ac 4x4 Wireless Solution Serving End-to-End Enterprise to Consumer Applications

  Marvell Introduces Industry's First 802.11ac 4x4 Wireless Solution Serving
                End-to-End Enterprise to Consumer Applications

Marvell's new 802.11ac 4x4 solution raises the bar for wireless performance
and range, vastly improving the throughput performance of enterprise and
retail APs, service provider gateways, hotspots, video bridges and set-top
boxes to further drive the connected lifestyle

PR Newswire

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL) today
announced the Marvell® Avastar®88W8864, a wireless local area network (WLAN)
system-on-chip (SoC) and the industry's first 802.11ac 4x4 solution built to
improve the throughput of enterprise and retail access points (APs) and the
robustness of wireless video distribution. The widespread adoption of Wi-Fi
enabled devices requires faster, more efficient and reliable wireless that
enables quick and seamless connectivity. Compared to its predecessor 802.11n,
802.11ac offers up to a three times increase in Wi-Fi throughput and more than
two times the power efficiency when processing high-speed loads. Earlier this
year, Marvell announced the industry's first 802.11ac 2x2 combination radio
chip, the Avastar 88W8897, which pairs today's leading wireless technologies –
near field communications (NFC) and Bluetooth 4.0 – with mobile multiple input
multiple output (MIMO), transmit beamforming and support for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
Miracast™. The latest addition to Marvell's portfolio of Avastar 802.11ac
products, the 88W8864 establishes new industry benchmarks for the wireless
performance and range of enterprise and retail APs, service provider gateways,
hotspots, video bridges and set-top boxes across the globe and is currently



"I believe that with Marvell's new breakthrough 802.11ac 4x4 Wi-Fi solution,
we are positioned to change the landscape for enterprise-class network
infrastructure and carrier grade video applications, further empowering the
entire spectrum of always-on devices. The new era of the digital lifestyle
requires superior wireless connectivity which serves as a critical pillar for
delivering live content across all screen sizes and 'Smart Furnishings' for
connected consumers," saidWeili Dai, Co-Founder of Marvell. "I am very proud
to see our dedicated team of engineers continue to build ground-breaking
wireless technologies that support the latest industry standards,
significantly improving network capacity, performance and reliability for
Wi-Fi devices accessing the cloud infrastructure. Working with the industry's
largest and most innovative global carriers and OEMs over the last decade,
Marvell has established a successful track record of delivering world class
wireless solutions for enterprise, consumer and mobile applications."

The 4x4 WLAN SoC configuration is the baseline architecture for best-of-breed
enterprise, retail and service provider network infrastructures. Since the
introduction of the Marvell Avastar 88W8764 802.11n 4x4 SoC in 2010, Marvell
has become a leading provider of the 4x4 architecture, delivering the highest
peak throughput wireless coverage in the industry and the most robust,
reliable link quality available. By combining the advanced 4x4 MIMOsolution
with Marvell's market-proven beamforming technology and now 802.11ac support,
the 88W8864 is poised to further enhance the company's stronghold in indoor
and outdoor APs and also expand its presence in the service provider video

The 88W8864 is unique in that it is designed to ensure seamless wireless
throughput of high bandwidth data applications and enable reliable,
carrier-grade HD multi-stream video distribution over Wi-Fi networks,
delivering high-quality, low latency, artifact-free video content across
service provider gateways and set-top boxes. The 88W8864 will be integrated
into a broad range of Marvell's media platforms that serve these markets,
including Marvell's video and network SoC platforms, bringing industry-leading
802.11ac connectivity to enhance consumers' immersive digital entertainment

"Marvell's innovation in the wireless space continues to improve the
performance and connectivity of both enterprise and consumer applications,
such as access points, set-top boxes and carrier-grade high-definition video,"
said Will Strauss, president and principal analyst, Forward Concepts. "With
the release of the Marvell 802.11ac 4x4 chip, the company is bringing to
market a solution that offers a significant increase in Wi-Fi bandwidth
capacity and reliability. As the first wireless provider to introduce a 4x4
802.11ac chip, Marvell is building on its tradition of delivering solutions
that alleviate design challenges and enhance the end-user experience."

Key features of Marvell's Avastar 88W8864 SoC include:

  o802.11ac: This standard 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 and wireless back-up. With built-in 802.11ac
    support, Marvell's 88W8864 chip delivers up to 1.3 Gbps of throughput and
    is ideal for enterprise APs and the transfer of carrier-grade wireless.
  oBeamforming: Beamforming, a specialized method of radio-frequency
    transmission that can be integrated across a range of devices from APs to
    laptops and smartphones, greatly improves link robustness and wireless
    performance enabling, for instance, the seamless streaming of HD video in
    locations where devices could previously maintain only minimal connection
    to the network. Marvell is unique to offer support for both implicit and
    explicit beamforming, which improves the performance of existing devices
    in the network, even if they themselves do not implement beamforming.
    Marvell's beamforming technology, which is leveraged by its entire family
    of Avastar solutions, outperforms other digital signal processing
    techniques for range extension by at least six times. In addition,
    beamforming increases the battery life of any device connected to the

Additional Product Highlights:

  oComplete 4x4 MIMO dual-band 802.11ac solution
  o1.3Gbps WLAN PHY rate
  oChannel bandwidth up to 80MHz
  o256 QAM modulation scheme
  oMarket proven implicit and explicit Transmit Beamforming technology
  oLow Density Parity Check (LDPC)
  oPowerful Wi-Fi offload engine
  oMarvell Spectrum Management
  oMulti-stream, low PER and latency HD video
  oIntegrated Wi-Fi position engine
  oMarvell Platform Advantage

About Marvell
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a world leader in the development of storage,
communications and consumer silicon solutions.  Marvell'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 term "Marvell" refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its
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SOURCE Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.

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