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OCTEON 10 Recognized as “Best Embedded Processor” in Analysts’ Choice Awards, Powered by TechInsights

By Johnny Truong, Senior Manager, Public Relations, Marvell

The Marvell® OCTEON® 10 DPU was awarded the 2022 Analysts’ Choice Awards for “Best Embedded Processor” in TechInsight’s Microprocessor Report

One of the longest-running award programs of its kind, it salutes the top semiconductor offerings in the categories of data center, PC, smartphone, and embedded processors, as well as processor IP cores and related emerging technologies. Winning products were selected for superior features, performance, power, and cost in the context of the company’s target applications and competition.  

The OCTEON 10 DPU–the world’s first Arm Neoverse N2-based processor in 5nm–is the latest version of the OCTEON processor family. By accelerating wireless, networking, storage, security and other specialized workloads, OCTEON 10 enables best-in-class features, performance, energy efficiency, and total cost of ownership for carriers, cloud providers, and enterprises.   

The OCTEON processor family is used by four of the top six wireless infrastructure OEMs, in nine of the top 10 firewall appliances, and by other major networking OEMs. 

TechInsight Chief Analyst Joseph Byrne said: “Processors for communications infrastructure have long pushed the leading edge for embedded products. Marvell’s feat shows that succeeding in the high-performance-embedded market doesn’t require leveraging smartphone or PC/server technology.” 

Microprocessor Report subscribers can access commentary on the winners, details on what sets them apart, and other nominees in each category here.  

To learn more about Marvell’s latest addition to the OCTEON DPU family, visit us at MWC 2023 in Barcelona at booth 2F34 in Hall 2. 

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A No-Compromise Approach to Open, Cloud-Native 5G RAN

By Peter Carson, Senior Director Solutions Marketing, Marvell

The rise of fully open and optimized vRAN platforms based on globally-proven 5G layer one hardware accelerators, led by Marvell, has given Open RAN operators the industry’s first no-compromise vRAN solution. Unlike the so-called “look-aside” general-purpose alternative, the Marvell architecture is host server CPU agnostic and uniquely enables (1) RAN software programmability, based on open source, industry standard interfaces and (2) inline hardware acceleration that delivers feature, performance and power parity as compared to existing 5G networks — absolutely critical requirements of mobile operators. Listen to what leading operators are saying about inline vRAN accelerators.

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Supporting Our Communities

By Rebecca O'Neill, Global Head of ESG, Marvell

and Sandy Rodriguez, Sr. Compliance Analyst, Marvell

At Marvell, we are committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work. Our community engagement focuses on three key pillars:

  • Humanitarian endeavors supporting organizations that combat hunger, poverty and homelessness
  • Investing in innovative K–12 educational programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • Championing community projects or initiatives to enrich the lives of our neighbors

The company will also match employee donations up to $500 per calendar year when an employee makes a donation to a nonprofit aligned with our philanthropic pillars. In addition, we launched a volunteer time off program, offering employees up to three days or 24 hours of paid time off per year to volunteer for causes they care about and support organizations working in our pillar areas. We aim to have at least 20% of our employees participate in our volunteer time off and employee match programs. Both of these endeavors are offered globally.

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Network Visibility in Industrial Networks Using Time-Sensitive Networking

By Zvi Shmilovici Leib, Distinguished Engineer, Marvell

Industry 4.0 is redefining how industrial networks behave and how they are operated. Industrial networks are mission-critical by nature and have always required timely delivery and deterministic behavior. With Industry 4.0, these networks are becoming artificial intelligence-based, automated and self-healing, as well. As part of this evolution, industrial networks are experiencing the convergence of two previously independent networks: information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) is facilitating this convergence by enabling the use of Ethernet standards-based deterministic latency to address the needs of both the IT and OT realms.

However, the transition to TSN brings new challenges and requires fresh solutions for industrial network visibility. In this blog, we will focus on the ways in which visibility tools are evolving to address the needs of both IT managers and those who operate the new time-sensitive networks.

Why do we need visibility tools in industrial networks? 

Networks are at the heart of the industry 4.0 revolution, ensuring nonstop industrial automation operation. These industrial networks operate 24/7, frequently in remote locations with minimal human presence. The primary users of the industrial network are not humans but, rather, machines that cannot “open tickets.” And, of course, these machines are even more diverse than their human analogs. Each application and each type of machine can be considered a unique user, with different needs and different network “expectations.”

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Software-Defined Networking for the Software-Defined Vehicle

By Amir Bar-Niv, VP of Marketing, Automotive Business Unit, Marvell

and John Heinlein, Chief Marketing Officer, Sonatus

and Simon Edelhaus, VP SW, Automotive Business Unit, Marvell

The software-defined vehicle (SDV) is one of the newest and most interesting megatrends in the automotive industry. As we discussed in a previous blog, the reason that this new architectural—and business—model will be successful is the advantages it offers to all stakeholders:

  • The OEMs (car manufacturers) will gain new revenue streams from aftermarket services and new applications;
  • The car owners will easily upgrade their vehicle features and functions; and
  • The mobile operators will profit from increased vehicle data consumption driven by new applications.

What is a software-defined vehicle? While there is no official definition, the term reflects the change in the way software is being used in vehicle design to enable flexibility and extensibility. To better understand the software-defined vehicle, it helps to first examine the current approach.

Today’s embedded control units (ECUs) that manage car functions do include software, however, the software in each ECU is often incompatible with and isolated from other modules. When updates are required, the vehicle owner must visit the dealer service center, which inconveniences the owner and is costly for the manufacturer.

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