Marvell boosts CXL business with Tanzanite buy

Marvell boosts CXL business with Tanzanite buy

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By Nick Flaherty

Marvell is buying US startup Tanzanite Silicon Solutions to integrate into its CXL platform for Cloud Data Centres.

Tanzanite is a leading developer of Compute Express Link (CXL) technologies which are increasingly popular for memory interfaces in data centre designs alongside the latest PCIexpress technologies.

Existing server architectures face multiple memory scaling challenges and lack the ability to share memory resources efficiently. Workloads such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), analytics, and large-scale search are driving the need for more memory performance. CXL has been increasingly popular for connecting processors, accelerators and memory in new cloud data centre architectures with the ability to instantly allocate resources tailored to workloads.

Tanzanite’s TanzanoidZ architecture and purpose-built design of a “Smart Logic Interface Connector” (SLICT) SoC enables independent scaling and sharing of memory and compute in a pool with low latency within and across server racks. This provides a highly scalable architecture for exa-scale level memory capacity and compute acceleration, supporting multiple industry standard form-factors, ranging from E1.S, E3.S, memory expansion board, and memory appliance.

“We believe that CXL will be a significant game-changer in enabling optimal resource utilization in next generation data centres, and the acquisition of Tanzanite advances our abilities to address our customers’ most challenging issues,” said Dan Christman, executive vice president, Storage Products Group, Marvell. “Marvell’s investment underscores our commitment to deliver on the promise of CXL across our industry-leading cloud portfolio spanning compute, electro-optics, networking, security and storage.”

“We are excited to see our vision for CXL leadership take a leap forward as part of Marvell, a company that is renowned for its customer-focused innovation,” said Shalesh Thusoo, CEO, Tanzanite. “CXL technologies offer a unique value proposition for a multitude of use cases and are helping shape the next generation composable data centre. I’d like to thank our industry partners for their unwavering support and the entire Tanzanite team for their dedication and commitment in pioneering this technology and enabling us to achieve this milestone today.”

“The CXL standard will play a significant role in helping the industry deliver fully composable infrastructure for the cloud,” said Noam Mizrahi, corporate chief technology officer, Marvell. “The integration of CXL across our end-to-end, cloud-optimized silicon portfolio will bring new levels of data centre efficiency, scalability and flexibility to power emerging metaverse and next generation AI applications.”

Marvell is positioning itself as an end-to-end supplier of 5nm silicon for the data centre, with active electrical cable (AEC) PAM4 DSPs and Ethernet PHYs, SSD and HDD controllers, PAM4 electro-optics, Octeon data processor units (DPUs), Ethernet switches, custom ARM-based server CPUs and full custom ASICs. 

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