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[December 13, 2012]
Marvell unveils 88W8864 SoC and 802.11ac 4x4 solution
Dec 13, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Marvell Technology Group Ltd., a provider of communications, storage and consumer silicon solutions, has unveiled the Marvell Avastar 88W8864, a wireless local area network, or WLAN, system-on-chip, or SoC, and the 802.11ac 4x4 solution built to improve the throughput of enterprise and retail access points and the robustness of wireless video distribution.
Compared to its predecessor 802.11n, 802.11ac offers up to a three times increase in Wi-Fi throughput and more than two times the power efficiency when processing high-speed loads, the company said.
According to the company, the 88W8864 is designed to ensure wireless throughput of high bandwidth data applications and enable carrier-grade HD multi-stream video distribution over Wi-Fi networks, delivering high-quality, low latency, artifact-free video content across service provider gateways and set-top boxes. The 88W8864 will be integrated into Marvell's media platforms that serve these markets, including Marvell's video and network SoC platforms, bringing 802.11ac connectivity to enhance consumers' digital entertainment experiences.
The 802.11ac standard increases bandwidth available over the Wi-Fi link and network capacity for densely populated environments, extending wireless capabilities to new use cases such as real-time video streaming and wireless back-up. With built-in 802.11ac support, Marvell's 88W8864 chip delivers up to 1.3 Gbps of throughput and is ideal for enterprise APs and the transfer of carrier-grade wireless.
Another feature of Marvell's Avastar 88W8864 SoC is beamforming, a specialized method of radio-frequency transmission that can be integrated across a range of devices from APs to laptops and smartphones, improves link robustness and wireless performance enabling. Beamforming also increases the battery life of any device connected to the 88W8864, the company added.
"I believe that with Marvell's new breakthrough 802.11ac 4x4 Wi-Fi solution, we are positioned to change the landscape for enterprise-class network infrastructure and carrier grade video applications, further empowering the entire spectrum of always-on devices. The new era of the digital lifestyle requires superior wireless connectivity which serves as a critical pillar for delivering live content across all screen sizes and 'Smart Furnishings' for connected consumers," said Weili Dai, Co-Founder of Marvell. "I am proud to see our dedicated team of engineers continue to build ground-breaking wireless technologies that support the industry standards, improving network capacity, performance and reliability for Wi-Fi devices accessing the cloud infrastructure. Working with the largest and innovative global carriers and OEMs over the last decade, Marvell has established a successful track record of delivering world class wireless solutions for enterprise, consumer and mobile applications."
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