Marvell this week announced the launch of its new 88SS1083 PCI Express solid state drive controller, a two-lane PCIe Gen2 SSD controller supporting SATA Express. According to Marvell, the new controller will enable a simple migration from SATA to PCIe with high-performance transfer rates up to 1GB/s. It's supposedly the world's first controller to be fully compliant with SATA Express.
Marvell hoped to have its $1.17 billion fine cut in half
U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer in Pittsburgh listened to Marvell argue why a jury verdict against the company to the tune of $1.17 billion should be cut in half, but was ultimately unmoved by the company's reasoning. The massive fine is to be paid to Carnegie Mellon University, which is also located in Pittsburgh, for infringing on two hard disk drive (HDD) patents issued in 2001 and 2002.
Unlike previous DragonFly solutions, the NVDRIVE variant has built-in SSD modules.
Marvell on Thursday announced the availability of its new DragonFly NVDRIVE, a turnkey enterprise-class PCI-E SSD caching solution. The newest drive extends the company's DragonFly NVCACH and NVRAM adapter products first announced last August by adding onboard SanDisk mSATA SSDs rather than continuing to rely on external SATA-based SSDs like the previous models.
Marvell this week said it's ready to start shipping its new 88SS9187 SATA controller with on-chip RAID technology for NAND flash memory devices. The on-chip RAID solution is able to recognize and retire defective NAND, and is one of a handful of new "game changing" features baked into Marvell's third generation SATA 6Gbps controller, such as a "groundbreaking correction capability" courtesy of its high performance ECC engine.
Corsair today announced the new Performance Pro Series SSD line built around a Marvell SATA 6Gbps controller. These drives are available in 128GB and 256GB capacities, and according to Corsair's own internal testing, they're capable of delivering ATTO sequential read and write speeds of up to 515MB/s and 440MB/s, respectively. Corsair says you can expect similar performance when reading and writing compressed and non-compressed data.
Marvell will soon be launching the 88SE9130 6GB/s SATA Controller, a new drive controller that uses its propriety HyperDuo technology to combine an HDD and SSD into a single logical unit, the company said Monday. The SSD-HDD hybrid is apparently much faster than spinning drives as the SSD effectively functions as a cache for the hard drive.
Simply put, this technology works by using the SSD for caching the most frequently used data while keeping the less active data on the hard drive. But to the user the hybrid storage solution always appears as a single volume. This technique of automatically moving data between different storage types based on its frequency of use is called automated tiering and widely used in the enterprise market.
Mobos and add-on cards bearing the 88SE9130 6GB/s SATA Controller are expected to hit the market some time during the first half of 2011.
Marvel on Monday introduced its Avastar 88W8764 wireless chip. According to Marvell, this is the first ever 802.11n, 4x4 single-die solution, which the company plans to market for use in enterprise access points, service provider gateways, high performance home routers, media and mobile servers, Digital TVs (DTVs), and set-top boxes.
"Wi-Fi has become the critical common link in today's mobile communications as users now expect and demand seamless, high-performance, robust and secure connectivity, zero latency and crystal clear communication between all their connected devices no matter where they go," said Weili Dai, Co-Founder of Marvell. "Marvell has a proven track record as the world leader in Wi-Fi for enterprise, consumer and mobile applications delivering robust, high performance and high bandwidth, highly secure and seamless wireless connectivity. I believe Marvell's groundbreaking 802.11n 4x4 Wi-Fi solution will fundamentally change the wireless landscape and truly enable the entire spectrum of always-on consumer products."
The new Avastar chips sports four independent transmit-receive RF chains with support for three Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) spatial streams for up to 450Mbps data rates, Marvell says.
No word yet on when the 4x4 part will start to show up in shipping devices.
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation just received a $5.6 million grant from Marvell intended to fund the development of an Android tablet for developed territories.
"They [Marvell] have been sponsors all along," OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte says. "But they were one of ten. Now they are the technology partner."
Though OLPC is building the tablet device, Negroponte says it won't relate directly to the XO 3, and it won't even come with any OLPC branding. And other than the fact that it will run Android, there aren't a whole lot details to go on. Negroponte did say that Marvell and OLPC will have something "concrete" to show at CES in January, but was careful not to promise a working prototype.
The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) organization announced that it is working with Marvell to develop a series of low-cost handheld tablets based on the Marvell Moby reference design.
"While devices like eReaders and current tablets are terrific literary, media and entertainment platforms, they don't meet the needs of an educational model based on making things, versus just consuming them. Today's learning environments require robust platforms for computation, content creation and experimentation – and all that at a very low cost," said Dr. Nicholas Negroponte, Founder and Chairman of One Laptop per Child. "Through our partnership with Marvell, OLPC will continue our focus on designing computers that enable children in the developing world to learn through collaboration, as well as providing connectivity to the world's body of knowledge.
OLCP's upcoming slate will consume just 1W of power (compared to 5W on the XO Laptop) and feature a multi-lingual soft keyboard with touch feedback. It will be powered by Marvell's ARMADA 610 application processor and able to crank out 1080p full-HD encode and decode. Other specs include 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM, GPS, 3D graphics, and full Adobe Flash support. No big surprise here, the upcoming tablet will be built around Google's Android platform.
No word on when it will launch, only that OLPC and Marvell are shooting for a sub-$100 price tag.
Carrying an armful of heavy textbooks to and from class may become a thing a past, that is if Marvell has anything to do with it. That's because Marvell this week announced a self-recognized "bold new education initiative" to deliver a sub-$100 mobile tablet called "Moby" that the company claims could eliminate the need for buy and carry bount textbooks.
"Education is the most pressing social and economic issue facing our country and our times. I believe the Marvell Moby tablet can ignite a life-long passion for learning in all students everywhere. Marvell's goal is to fundamentally improve the way students learn by giving them more efficient, relevant -- even fun tools to use. Marvell's Moby tablet recognizes that every student learns differently and so it delivers an array of media choices fo different learning styles," said Weili Dai, Marvell's co-founder, VP, and GM of Marvell Semiconductor's Consumer and Computing Business Unit.
Marvell goes on to list out several advantages over traditional textbooks, which the company says are rising in cost and are too heavy for students. But are schools -- and society -- ready to switch to tablets? We'll soon find out. Marvell said it will soon announce a pilot program in partnership with the District of Columbia Public School system (DCPS) where the company will donate a Moby tablet to every child in an at-risk school.