Marvell Powers The Google TV Experience

At CES 2013, Marvel is showing a number of new Google TV devices powered by its Marvell Armada 1500 Series which was introduced last year with Google TV 2.0. Among the notable new clients (called “design-wins” in industry lingo), we’ve spotted ASUS, Netgear, Hisense and TCL: they are not really small-time manufacturers, so we can expect Google TV to be promoted like it’s never been before.We’ve covered the Neo TV […]


Marvell Armada Chip Powers Google TV 2.0

While Google is promoting the software aspect of Google TV 2.0, the Marvell Armada 1500 HD is the hardware that has been selected by to power Google TV 2.0 at CES. Although Google TV made its debuts on the Intel X86 architecture, Google has decided to open its options to ARM-based architecture that it knows very well from the smartphone and tablet worlds.Chip providers like Marvell bring tremendous multimedia capabilities […]


Onkyo announces HT-RC370 and HT-RC360

Onkyo has just announced that they will be replacing their two current home theater receivers – the HT-RC270 and HT-RC260 with two new models: the HT-RC370 and HT-RC360. The new home theater receivers will be among the first AV receivers equipped with the new Marvell Qdeo 4K video upscaling processor. This allows users to upscale video to 1080p and beyond to as much as 4k of horizontal resolution, regardless of […]


Marvell 600 series tablet has interesting implications

[CES 2011] Is 2011 the year of the tablets? Marvell, who has their chips and processors embedded into a wide range of devices and even vehicles, aren’t going to lose out on the tablet market either with the introduction of the Marvell 100 series and 600 series devices. Of course, judging by the model number alone, you can tell that the latter is the more powerful of the two, running […]


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Marvell 88SE9130 Controller Merges SSD and HDD

[CES 2011] Marvell is introducing the Marvell 88SE9130, a new hard drive controller that features HyperDuo, a technology from Marvell that basically merges an Solid State Drive (SSD) and a classic Hard Disk Drive (HDD) into a single logical unit. The idea is to dramatically improve the performance by automatically putting performance-critical files on the SSD to benefit from the ultra-fast performance, while leaving the less frequently accessed data on […]


Marvell’s Tri-core ARMADA 628 Processor Announced

Looks like earlier reports of a tri-core processor from Marvell were right on the money as the company has introduced the world’s first 1.5GHz tri-core application processor – the Marvell ARMADA 628. The chip is a full System-on-a-Chip design (SoC) with three high performance cores. The 624MHz third core in this chip is designed to support routine user tasks and acts as a system management processor to monitor and dynamically […]


Marvell Working On New Tri-core ARM Chip For Mobile Devices

If two processing cores aren’t enough for you, there’s good news as Marvell is planning a new chip that could bring a significant speed boost for smartphones and tablet devices. Reports indicate that the Armada 628 will have three cores and will be able to reduce power consumption by reducing the workload, not to mention using the third core to juggle data between the first two, acting as a traffic […]


Marvell and Harman to deliver built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for automakers

Automakers will soon be able to deliver yet another integrated Wi-Fi solution for their people movers thanks to collaboration between Marvell and Harman, thanks to the award-winning Marvell Mobile Hotspot (MMH) technology. The first car to offer this particular factory-installed mobile hotspot would be the 2010 Audi A8 which is now available across the pond. This is made possible thanks to a built-in WLAN module in the A8, delivering high speed online […]


iWonder $100 Tablet Powered by Marvell

[MWC 2010 Mobile Focus] Foxconn, a powerful Taiwanese contract manufacturer, is set to debut a $100 Android tablet in China. Of course, $100 is incredibly cheap and at that price you can’t expect to have a build quality comparable to an iPad: The device is made of cheap plastic, and the 800×600 (I’m eyeballing here) display is a little fuzzy, but it runs Android apps. I was not able to […]


Marvell Smart, smartbook reference design

[CES 2010] At CES Unveiled, Marvell let us play with a smartbook reference design apparently called SMART.You can’t tell from the photos, but it is extremely light (it’s almost weird), but don’t worry we got used to it pretty rapidly. The first thing that I checked was the relative speed (responsiveness of the UI). The good news is: it’s decent. I suspect that the graphics acceleration isn’t fully implemented (I […]


Marvell Plug Computer 3.0

[CES 2010] Marvell has just launched its Computer 3.0 platform based on the Armada 300 processor. New the system still uses an ultra-low power and thermal envelope, but manages to reach 2Ghz and includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and built-in 1.8″ hard drive. The overall package is also much smaller (and sexier) than previous generations. Once again the semi-conductor mantra “smaller, better, cheaper” is beautifully applied by Marvell to these tiny computers. […]


Marvell’s Plug Computing expands with no end in sight

A few new Plug Computing applications were just announced and they include: WebTVPlug, Eyecon and TonidoPlug. WebTVPlug connects to WebTView (a video search service) to make WebTView videos accessible to a DLNA/uPNP home device. For example, your PlayStation 3 could access WebTView, even if there’s no WebTView application for PS3. This is pretty cool. Eyecon also relies on DLNA/uPNP to give you access to a virtual library of all the […]