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Marvell Introduces Plug Computing - High-Performance, Low-Power, Exceptionally

Small Computer for Managing and Storing Digital Media Assets

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Multiple companies adopt SheevaPlug(TM) development platform to showcase new 

network-based applications that are designed to be simple to install and easy 

to use 


    Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL) today announced its Plug Computing initiative to make

high-performance, always on, always connected, and environmentally friendly

computing readily available for developers and end-users.  A Plug Computer is

small enough to plug directly into a wall socket and is designed to draw so

little power that it can be left on all of the time. Unlike other embedded

devices in the home, it contains a gigahertz class processor to offer PC class

performance. This makes it a viable alternative to a PC for any software service. 



    "There is no doubt that home networks need to become more intelligent and 

easier to use by offering value added services for the consumer," said Dr. Simon

Milner, Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Business 

Unit, Consumer and Communications Business Group at Marvell Semiconductor. "We 

have created an open computing platform for developers in a consumer and  eco-

friendly form factor. Marvell's goal is to accelerate the development and 

availability of innovative software and services in the home." 

    The SheevaPlug development platform uses a Marvell Kirkwood processor based

on an embedded 1.2GHz Sheeva(TM) CPU equipped with 512 Mbytes of FLASH 

and 512 Mbytes of DRAM.  Connection to the home network is via Gigabit 

Ethernet. Peripherals such as direct attached storage can be connected using a 

USB 2.0 port. Multiple standard Linux 2.6 kernel distributions are supported 

on the SheevaPlug development platform enabling rapid application development. 

The enclosure is designed to plug directly into a standard wall socket and is

designed to draw less than one tenth of the power of a typical PC being used as a

home server. 

    "Plug computing is a logical evolution for the digital home in the same way

enterprise applications moved from servers to network appliances," Mr. Hajime

Nakai, Director, Member of the Board, BUFFALO INC. "Marvell is probably 

the only company that can pack so much processor performance into such a 

compact form factor." 

    "Marvell is a leader in designing high-performance, power-efficient CPUs," 

commented Linley Gwennap, principal analyst of The Linley Group. "SheevaPlug 

leverages this capability to deliver an impressive amount of compute 

performance in an innovative form factor. As a silicon provider, Marvell is

providing a flexible platform for a wide variety of applications that serves 

both consumers and service providers." 

    Early adopters of plug computing began to launch Marvell based products at 

the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2009. These include: 


    Axentra: HipServ(TM) software running on a SheevaPlug is a complete home 

server platform and applications suite that allows OEMs and service providers 

to quickly go to market with branded home server solutions. This highly secure 

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and stable software platform allows users to easily store, manage, share, view,

or listen to digital media content in the home or remotely. 

    Cloud Engines, Inc.: Cloud Engines launched the Pogoplug, a new device which

connects your external hard drive to the internet so you can easily share and

access your files from anywhere. The $99 device won accolades at CES, and the

company is taking discounted pre-orders now at 

    CTERA Networks: The CTERA CloudPlug, a Cloud Attached Storage(TM) 

appliance, converts any USB drive into a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device 

with integrated secure offsite backup. CTERA aims the device at service 

providers seeking to provide online backup services to consumers and small


    Eyecon Technologies, Inc.: Eyecon's media companion empowers the consumer 

to use their mobile internet device, such as the iPhone, to manage their 

connected digital lifestyle.  With the SheevaPlug, Eyecon allows the user to 

discover content from any source including the internet, DVRs, PCs and Network 

Attached Storage (NAS) devices and direct it to any connected media device in 

the home. This delivers a complete, unified media control experience from the 

palm of the user's hand. 


    Availability and Pricing 

    The SheevaPlug development kit is available now for $99 through All the design details and the software needed to develop

applications for the SheevaPlug platform are available through the Marvell



    About Marvell 

    Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL) is a leader in the development of storage, 

communications, and consumer silicon solutions. The Company'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 terms "Company" and "Marvell" refer to Marvell 

Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit 


    Marvell(R) is a registered trademark of Marvell or its affiliates. 

Sheeva(TM) and SheevaPlug(TM) are trademarks of Marvell or its affiliates. Other

names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. 


    Editorial Contacts:  

    Diane Vanasse 

    Marvell Public Relations 



    Tate Tran 

    Marvell Public Relations 



SOURCE: Marvell 


    CONTACT: Diane Vanasse, 


   , or 

             Tate Tran, 


   , both of Marvell Public Relations 

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