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System controller for PowerPC solutions is highly integrated

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:system controller? PowerPC processor? CPU?

Marvell Technology Group Ltd has launched a system controller for PowerPC processor based solutions that features the highest level of integration in a single chip. The Marvell Discovery VI system controller integrates dual x4 PCIe interfaces, two USB 2.0 ports, multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports, Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA), security engine, and a clock. It supports up to 240MHz PowerPC CPU interface and integrates a 533MHz DDR2 memory controller. The controller is optimized for a wide range of applications, from sophisticated routers, switches and wireless base stations to high-volume laser printers applications.

It has received broad support from IBM, the industry's leading PowerPC CPU vendor. "IBM's Power PC embedded microprocessors offer superior performance, scalability, and power efficiency for demanding applications," said Ron Martino, director of Power Architecture solutions, IBM Global Engineering Solutions. "Marvell's new Discovery VI system controller combined with the IBM PowerPC 750CL processor offers system designers extremely robust solutions for demanding next-generation applications."

Based on Marvell's industry-leading system controller architecture, Discovery VI delivers unprecedented performance and integration by incorporating an innovative crossbar architecture, advanced I/O peripherals and optimized interfaces. The on-chip crossbar fabric with any-to-any connectivity enables concurrent transactions among multiple units, allowing system designers to build high-performance scalable systems.

"We are excited to expand the industry-leading Discovery architecture to meet the needs of next-generation applications," said, Simon Milner, vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Business Unit in the Communications and Consumer Business Group at Marvell. "Discovery VI enables our customers to address a wide range of performance and cost-sensitive applications by leveraging their existing software investment in Marvell system controllers."

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