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May 19th, 2016

Automotive Center of Excellence Now Open in Ettlingen, Germany

By Alex Tan, Director, Automotive Solutions Group

Marvell Automotive Center

Marvell’s Automotive Center of Excellence, the first-of-its-kind automotive networking technology development center, recently opened in Ettlingen, Germany. Due to the rapid advancement of automotive technological developments in recent years, the next generation of cars needs a new architecture to run a wide array of features—for example, full driver assist, ultra high-definition (HD) displays and over-the-air updates. Marvell’s objectives are to provide access to the latest innovative technologies, (link: http://www.marvell.com/solutions/automotive/), work closely with customers and partners, and drive the automotive industry forward more quickly and efficiently.

The grand opening event elicited great excitement, and Marvell was honored to welcome many distinguished guests including Wolfang Erhard, Chief of Business Development from the Mayor’s office in Ettlingen; Klaus Oertel, from Hanser Automotive; Ingo Kuss, from Elektronik Automotive; and Thomas Zimmer from BNN. Philip Poulidis, Vice President and General Manager, Internet of Things, Automotive and Multimedia Business Units at Marvell along with Ian Riches, Director of the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics provided the keynote speech.

Given Marvell’s history of dedication and innovative design, the company knows that understanding advanced technologies such as, Audio Video Bridging, Time Sensitive Networking and singe pair Ethernet standards—is vital to further the connected car industry. A dedicated team of engineers will utilize their knowledge to expand development and education efforts in these areas with Marvell and its customers to advance the architecture of future, connected cars. The engineering team is responsible for automotive products that include switch, end-node system-on-chips, gateways and automotive software.

Marvell continues to market innovative technologies that will shape the future of the automotive industry, and with its Automotive Center of Excellence in Germany is better positioned to drive new automotive designs and technologies forward.

May 17th, 2016

Marvell Drives Automotive Connectivity with Industry’s first 1000BASE-T1 Development Platform with Automotive Connectors

By Alex Tan, Director, Automotive Solutions Group

Automobile Close Up, Marvell Solutions

With OEMs racing to offer connected car services, Marvell has developed a new Ethernet reference platform integrated with TE Connectivity’s (TE) MATEnet modular and scalable connectors for automotive Ethernet, to enable a faster time-to-market for Gigabit Ethernet in automotive systems. The new development platform supports audio bridging (AVB) switching solutions with 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 Ethernet physical layer (PHY) capability. Manufacturers are now able to quickly prototype automotive systems with Gigabit Ethernet for electrical and electronic architectures.

The next generation of vehicle technology requires a high-speed, resilient data infrastructure that can operate in the robust conditions of the automobile. Applications such as autonomous driving, advanced safety features and immersive infotainment systems are driving these new architectures. Combining Marvell’s expertise in network and Ethernet, with TE’s experience in providing real world automotive connector and cable systems, this development platform allows vehicle architects to begin designing these systems for mass production.

This new reference platform includes support for the AVB networking standards of the AVnu Alliance’s certification test subgroup and also supports Stream Reservation Protocol to provide end-to-end management of resource reservations for automotive data streams. In addition, Marvell’s Ethernet PHY transceivers (88Q2112 100BASE-T1 PHY and 88Q1010 100BASE-T1 PHY) enable high definition and uncompressed video, high speed links, between domains to support connected and autonomous driving systems and the fastest system bring up from power down. Additional features and benefits include time sensitive networking technology to support time critical control applications, vehicle-to-vehicle Wi-Fi communication to improve safety and reduce response times using real time alerts regarding traffic and road alerts. The 88Q2112 is the industry’s first 1000BASE-T1 automotive Ethernet PHY transistor that is compliant with the draft IEEE 802.3bp 1000BASE-T1 standard.

Marvell’s commitment to extend connectivity to the automobile includes a number of solutions to meet the needs of designers for the cars of the future.

May 15th, 2016

New Ethernet Transceivers Provide a Lower Cost Solution for Higher Data Rates over Cat5e Cables

By Ron Cates, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Networking Business Unit

Couple Enjoying Their Wifi

The first commercially available Ethernet Transceivers, the Alaska® 882010/40 family is fully optimized for 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps data rates over Cat5e cables. Offering a small form factor and low-power dissipation, these devices are excellent options for the most common types of installed Cat5e Ethernet cabling for applications such as 802.11 ac Access Point uplinks, switches, servers, workstations and high-end PCs that require high-speed connectivity.

Marvell’s advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology makes possible the repurposing of existing low-cost Cat5e Ethernet cables for data rates as high as 5Gbps, saving the cost of rewiring. The Alaska 88E2010/40 transceivers may also be kitted with Marvell’s broad range of switches that support 4 to 48 NBASE ports, providing a seamless system solution. The devices support Category 6, 6a, and 7 type cables as well and support a variety of host interfaces. In addition, the Alaska transceiver family features full backward compatibility with lower speed legacy Ethernet on the line side. Other features include the incorporation of Marvell’s advanced Virtual Cable Tester® technology for cable fault detections and proactive cable performance monitoring, and compliance with the emerging IEEE802.3bz standard and the NBASE-T Alliance specification for 2.5Gbps and 5Gpbs data rates over Cat5e cables. In addition, these Ethernet transceivers support 100G-LR4 and SR4 optics, as well as enterprise switches with 2.5G/5G capabilities.

The Alaska 88E2010/40 transceivers extend the Alaska product suite and offer many additional features and benefits for important applications that utilize Ethernet cabling.

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