Marvell Technology Group

Marvell Technology Group
Marvell Technology Group, Ltd.
Industry Semiconductors
Founded 1995
Headquarters Santa Clara, California, USA
Key people Sehat Sutardja, Co-founder
Weili Dai, Co-founder
Pantas Sutardja, Co-founder
Clyde Hosein, CFO
Revenue $3,611.89 million USD (FY2011)
Operating income $901.19 million USD (FY2011)
Net income $904.27 million USD (FY2011)
Employees 5,893 (2011)
Marvell's development center in Petah Tikva, Israel

Marvell (NASDAQMRVL) is an American producer of storage, communications and consumer semiconductor products.

Founded in 1995, Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has operations worldwide and approximately 5,700 employees. Marvell’s U.S. operating subsidiary is based in Santa Clara, California and Marvell has international design centers located in the U.S., Europe, Israel, India, Singapore and China. Marvell has corporate offices in 16 countries besides the US.[1] A leading fabless semiconductor company, Marvell ships over one billion chips a year. Marvell’s expertise in microprocessor architecture and digital signal processing, drives multiple platforms including high volume storage solutions, mobile and wireless, networking, consumer and green products.

Marvell manufactures a wide array of products including high-performance processors, broadband & wireless transceivers, storage controllers, and LED processors.




On June 27, 2006, the sale of Intel's XScale assets was announced. Intel agreed to sell the XScale business to Marvell for an estimated USD 600 million in cash and the assumption of unspecified liabilities. The acquisition was completed on November 9, 2006.[2]


In October 2006, Marvell was criticized for failing to publicly provide specifications of their hardware in enough detail to support their wireless devices in the One Laptop Per Child program. Marvell was criticised by Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation and Theo de Raadt of OpenBSD.[3]

In 2009, Marvell announced that the SheevaPlug, a small, competitive, low-power, SoC-based ARM architecture computer, would be released with full schematics.[4][5][6][7][clarification needed]

Consumer design wins

  • Marvell supplied the Wi-Fi chip for the original (1st generation) Apple iPhone.[8]


Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet Controller on a Sony Vaio FW series laptop

Through the years, Marvell has acquired smaller companies to enter new markets.

Date Acquired company Expertise Cost
October 2000 Galileo Technology Ethernet switches, system controllers $2700M in stock[9]
June 2002 SysKonnect PC networking [10]
February 2003 Radlan Embedded networking software $49.7M[11]
August 2005 Hard disk controller division of Qlogic Hard disk & tape drive controllers $180M in cash + $45M in stock[12]
December 2005 SOC division of UTStarcom Wireless communications (3G) $24M in cash[13]
February 2006 Printer ASIC business of Avago Printer ASICs $240M in cash[14][15]
February 2006 Xscale product line from Intel Communications processors and SOCs $600M in cash [2]
January 2008 PicoMobile Networks Communication software for IWLAN and IMS[16]
August 2010 Diseño de Sistemas en Silicio S.A. ("DS2") Spanish company, PLC communication ICs [17]

Marvell Mobile Hotspot

Marvell Mobile Hotspot (MMH) is an in-car Wi-Fi connectivity. The 2010 Audi A8 is the first automobile in the market to feature a factory-installed MMH.[18]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b "Marvell buys Intel's handheld processor unit for $600 million". 2006-06-27. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  3. ^ Matzan, Jem (2006-10-09). "Making sense of the One Laptop Per Child proprietary software row". The Jem Report. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  4. ^ Brown, Eric (2009-02-24). "$100 Linux wall-wart launches". Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Documentation". Retrieved 2011-02-10. [dead link]
  6. ^ Clark, Don (February 23, 2009). "Marvell Bets on 'Plug Computers'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Marvell Introduces Plug Computing - High-Performance, Low-Power, Exceptionally Small Computer for Managing and Storing Digital Media Assets". Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  8. ^ "iPhone 1st Gen Teardown". Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  9. ^ "Marvell to acquire LAN-chip supplier Galileo for $2.7 billion in stock". eetimes. 2000-10-17. Retrieved 2011-06012. 
  10. ^ "Marvell Acquires SysKonnect GmbH for 10 Gbps Client-side Silicon". 2002-06-21. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  11. ^ "Marvell Acquires Radlan". 2003-02-06. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  12. ^ "Marvell to Acquire the Hard Disk Drive Controller Business of QLogic". Marvell. 2005-08-29. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  13. ^ "Marvell acquires UTStarcom's SoC Division". 2005-12-23. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  14. ^ "Marvell Acquires Avago's Printer ASICs Business". 2005-12. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  15. ^ "Marvell Technology Group acquires Avago for $240 million". 2006-02-20. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  16. ^ "PicoMobile Networks, Inc.". 2008-01. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  17. ^ "Marvell Acquires DS2 Technology". 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  18. ^ Wilson, Richard (10 August 2010). "Marvell chip turns Audi A8 into Wi-Fi hotspot". 

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