Marvell's 5nm ASIC business shakeup : Page 2 of 2

July 23, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Marvell's newly acquired ASIC division is offering its standard product IP for 5nm data centre and 5G chip designs
Marvell's newly acquired ASIC division is offering its standard product IP for 5nm data centre and 5G chip designs

“Marvell custom ASIC has a rich history in significant customization, advanced interfaces and memory solutions. Our ability to pull optimized components, like the Arm processor subsystem, from across Marvell’s product portfolio adds a whole new dimension to what we can deliver,” said Kevin O’Buckley, general manager of the ASIC BU at Marvell. “The breadth of Marvell’s infrastructure technology portfolio is unique in the industry – and is available in one comprehensive offering. We see this as an opportunity to deliver greater value to our existing customers while opening up possibilities for custom silicon implementations that had not previously been viable.”

“Marvell’s expanded offering unleashes new opportunities in the data centre for acceleration, smartNIC, processor, security and storage offload,” said Alan Weckel, founder and technology analyst of 650 Group. “Marvell’s early push into 5nm and beyond enables them to use the most advanced technologies with cutting edge interface and processor IP to build powerful and optimized ASIC solutions for data centre and switching applications ranging from hyperscalers to service providers to enterprises.”

Marvell bought Avera Semi in May last year from Global Foundries for $650m. This brings customers with multiple generations of switches, routers and base stations that has led to designs in cloud data centres with multiple programs in development today.

“Our acquisition of Avera enables us to offer the complete spectrum of product architectures spanning standard, semi-custom to full ASIC solutions,” said Matt Murphy, president and CEO of Marvell.  “With their highly experienced design team and Marvell’s leading technology platform, we will be better positioned to capitalize on our expanding opportunity in wired and wireless infrastructure, starting immediately in the fast growing 5G base station market.  In addition, we are looking forward to furthering our successful partnership with Global Foundries in the coming years and beyond.”

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