Wi-Fi Alliance® Selects Marvell's Industry-leading Avastar 802.11ac 2x2 Combo Solution with NFC and Bluetooth for Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Alliance® Selects Marvell's Industry-leading Avastar 802.11ac 2x2 Combo
      Solution with NFC and Bluetooth for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ ac Test Suite

Marvell's Avastar 88W8897—the industry's first 802.11ac 2x2 combo radio
solution in production—delivers high-performance Wi-Fi® connectivity for
tablets, ultrabooks, gaming consoles and Smart TVs

PR Newswire

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 19, 2013

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL)
today announced that the Marvell^® Avastar^® 88W8897, the industry's first
802.11ac 2x2 mobile MIMO combo radio solution with near field communications
(NFC) and Bluetooth 4.0 support, was selected by Wi-Fi Alliance^® to the Wi-Fi
CERTIFIED ac test suite. Marvell's strong track record of consistently
delivering robust, highly-integrated, breakthrough wireless solutions—which
include the latest advancements such as 802.11ac, mobile multiple input
multiple output (MIMO), near field communications (NFC), FM, Bluetooth 4.0,
GPS and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint™ — have
successfully empowered leading service providers and top-tier enterprise and
consumer manufacturers around the world. The Avastar 88W8897 – which pairs
today's most cutting-edge technology to bring superior wireless performance to
Chrome, Windows and Android ultrabooks, tablets, gaming consoles and smart TVs
– is now in production, with consumer electronics featuring Avastar expected
by the 2013 holiday season.

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"Today's 'Connected Lifestyle' consumers have developed a growing appetite for
media-rich entertainment and already set high standards of user experience for
productivity and communications. High-performance and throughput, range and
robust Wi-Fi connectivity are the very key to this experience. We are very
proud to deliver the industry's first 802.11ac 2x2 combo solution to the
end-to-end market, empowering today's most advanced enterprise access points,
mobile and imaging devices, gaming consoles, in-vehicle infotainment systems,
Smart TVs and Smart homes," said Weili Dai, Co-Founder of Marvell. "I believe
the mass adoption of Marvell's low-power wireless SoCs across a variety of
end-markets underscores the versatility, robustness and reliability of our
product line and highlights the growing demand for seamless connectivity
across the globe. I am proud of our development teams that worked on this
product and the greater efforts involved in achieving this certification."

The Avastar 88W8897 is the only 802.11ac 2x2 combo radio solution currently
available on the market. The low-power, dual-band (2.4/5 GHz) IEEE
802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 combo is specifically designed to support the reliability
and quality requirements of next-generation, Very High Throughput (VHT) WLAN
products. The 88W8897 is also the only chip that increases throughput with
802.11ac technology while simultaneously leveraging NFC to enable simple
tap-and-go wireless capabilities. Additionally, the 88W8897 offers the highest
level of integration available, including dual-band power amplifiers and power
management, resulting in significant RBOM and footprint reduction from
comparable solutions.

When paired with tablets and ultrabooks, the 88W8897 is designed to enable an
Always On, Always Connected (AOAC) wireless experience, keeping e-mail, social
media and digital content up-to-date even when a device is in standby mode – a
capability lacking in legacy mobile computing products. By coupling Marvell's
full Wi-Fi offload solution with Windows 8 features such as Wake On Wireless
functionality and Connected Standby (CS), the Avastar 88W8897 is expected to
meet the demands of today's connected consumer and deliver the AOAC computing

The Avastar 88W8897 offers a complete ac solution with support of all
mandatory Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac features and as well as the following optional

  oLow-density parity-check (LDPC) transmission and reception
  o256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) transmission and reception (MCS8
    and MCS9 rates)
  oMarket-proven implicit and explicit beamforming support
  oSpace-time block coding (STBC) transmission and reception
  oAbility to receive A-MPDU with just A-MSDU
  oShort guard interval (GI) for 80MHz operation

"We congratulate Marvell on achieving selection to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac test
suite," said Wi-Fi Alliance president and CEO Edgar Figueroa. "Marvell has
been instrumental in the development of our industry-wide certification

About Marvell
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a global leader in providing complete silicon
solutions enabling the digital connected lifestyle. From mobile communications
to storage, cloud infrastructure, digital entertainment and in-home content
delivery, Marvell'sdiverse product portfolioaligns 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 toalways 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.

As used in this release, the term "Marvell" refers to Marvell Technology Group
Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.Marvell.com.

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