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April 2nd, 2020

Taking care of our People and our Communities

By Matt Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marvell

The world as we knew it just a few months ago may never be quite the same again. This pandemic has created an extraordinary crisis that will test our systems and our values alike. It also reminds us of what we hold most dear – our personal connections with other people. As billions of us shelter in our homes around the clock – working, exercising, educating, and sharing the same space – it is an opportunity to appreciate quality time with our immediate family. But we are also missing our connections with loved ones who aren’t under the same roof, and worry about the health and safety of our more vulnerable relatives. We miss seeing our colleagues at work – not on a computer screen, but in hallways and over lunch. And we miss seeing friends in our communities, enjoying a meal at our favorite restaurant, shopping at the farmers market, and hiking in our now shuttered parks.

So, as the world confronts this pandemic, my thoughts turn to our people – protecting and supporting our employees, their families, and the neighborhoods in which we live and work. The toll this pandemic is inflicting on our communities is enormous and disproportionate in its impact on low-income and hourly-wage workers who are finding it hard or impossible to an earn income as workplaces are closed and workers furloughed.

In the face of this unfolding crisis, it is incumbent on businesses to come together with public and civic organizations to help those most in need. Today, we announced what Marvell is doing:

  • Supporting our hourly workers: We are continuing to pay our hourly workers in full, as well as the service providers that support our facilities, regardless of whether they can fully perform their duties.
  • Supporting our communities: We have created a $1.5 million Community Relief Fund to support those most impacted in the communities where the company has a significant presence. As a part of this fund, Marvell will match 100% of employee donations to selected COVID-19 relief funds up to $2,500 per employee.
  • Silicon Valley Strong: We are making an initial $250,000 donation from the Community Relief Fund to Silicon Valley Strong in conjunction with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to support Santa Clara County’s Homelessness Prevention System by providing financial assistance to low income residents who have lost income as a result of COVID-19.
  • Second Harvest of Silicon Valley:  In addition to the Community Relief Fund, as long as the cafeteria at our headquarters in Santa Clara remains closed, Marvell will donate its entire grocery budget, $250,000 per month, to Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. Second Harvest is one of the nation’s largest food banks and is focused on ensuring everyone in the community who needs a healthy meal can get one.
  • Supporting small businesses: Many of our smaller vendors who already operate on thin margins may struggle during this time, and we will be flexible to accelerate payments to them to aid with cash flow issues during this crisis.

Inevitably, times of crisis test us all. In today’s almost surreal environment of dislocation and uncertainty, I have never been prouder of our team, our perseverance as a company, and our commitment to helping others. We are in the fortunate position of being able to support our people, and give back to our communities, at a time when it really counts. I know that together we will overcome this pandemic to build a better future for everyone.

Thank you and stay healthy.

Matt

March 31st, 2020

Matt Murphy Shares Market Insights on CNBC’s Squawk Alley

By Stacey Keegan, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Marvell

Marvell President and CEO, Matt Murphy, joined Jim Cramer and the team of CNBC’s Squawk Alley to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the semiconductor market, including 5G, the broader business community and the company’s unwavering mission.

Matt shared his thoughts on the critical role that semiconductor technology plays in the current world crisis, particularly given the excess load that has been put on every nation’s data infrastructure due to remote work. And, how semiconductors are the essential building blocks of the networks of the world – from 5G to cloud infrastructure to advanced interconnect products.

“Companies are re-thinking their work force and footprint and 5G is a critical part of that. “5G will play a key role not only because of the bandwidth, improved data rates, but the lower latency and improved reliability of that network I think will be a big deal for remote work and different ways of working in the future.”

In terms of COVID-19’s impact on Marvell, Matt shared that the company is “strong, healthy and aligned to strong growth in end markets.” He emphasized that there are no plans to do lay-offs because of COVID-19. The company’s current “mission”, Matt stated, is to enable Marvell’s employees to take care of customers, themselves and their families.

To that end, Matt praised the Marvell team and touted the fact that the company recently taped out one of the largest and most complex chips in the history of Marvell, from home, and on schedule.

“I just could not be prouder of our team and how well they have been doing during this very dramatic change in how we operate.”

To hear more from Matt and the discussion with Jim Cramer and the CNBC Squawk Alley team, watch the full video below.

March 17th, 2020

The Next Generation of ThunderX Delivers Performance and Power Advantages to Cloud and HPC Server Markets

By Gopal Hegde, Vice President and General Manager of the Server Processor Business Unit, Marvell

The data centers of today have shifted from a focus on single thread performance to performance at rack scale with performance/watt, performance/$ and overall TCO being the key drivers to deployment. These data centers are making use of servers that are customized for specific workloads. The applications running on these servers are either based on open source software or controlled by the customers who deploy them. Marvell’s ThunderX2® server processor is a leading example of this evolution in the server market with deployments spanning across the cloud and HPC market segments with major customers like Microsoft Azure and the Astra Top 500 Supercomputer installation at Sandia National Laboratories.

We continue to make progress on our roadmap with our third generation Arm® based server processor, ThunderX3™. ThunderX3 is purpose-built for the most demanding workloads in today’s cloud and HPC markets. Utilizing a small die size, ThunderX3 delivers high performance, power efficiency, memory bandwidth and the low memory latency for target cloud and HPC workloads.

Fabricated using the TSMC 7P process, the ThunderX3 processor features up to 96-cores with 4-threads/core delivering a total compute power of 384 threads/socket. The memory interface supports 8-channels of DDR4-3200 with 2 DIMMs/channel. The IO expansion offers 64 lanes of PCIe Gen 4.0 with 16 controllers. The processor supports both single and dual socket configurations. For floating point operations, ThunderX3 features four 128-bit SIMD (Neon) units per core. The device is fully SBSA/SBBR compliant and provides enterprise class RAS and virtualization capabilities. Platforms based on ThunderX3 will sample to customers in mid-year calendar 2020.

Microarchitectural improvements in ThunderX3 provide an overall IPC performance improvement greater than 25% over ThunderX2. This increase along with the increase in the core and DDR frequencies provide an overall gain over 60% in single thread performance versus the previous generation. At the socket level, ThunderX3 provides over 3x higher socket level integer performance and over 5x socket level floating point performance over ThunderX2.

ThunderX3 target markets continue to be specific workloads within the cloud computing and high-performance computing markets where our differentiation delivers strong performance per $ and performance per watt benefits to end customers. In addition, we also enable native Arm workloads such as Android gaming in the cloud. The segments we are focused on constitute approximately 30% of the overall server processor market.

Our target cloud workloads such as big data, databases, media streaming, web tier, elastic search and cloud storage are highly parallel in nature. ThunderX3 features 4 thread simultaneous multithreading (SMT) which enables significant throughput improvements for these workloads. HPC workloads such as EDA and CAE also benefit from multithreading. ThunderX3 is highly power efficient and can maintain higher frequency while operating in floating point-intensive workloads. This capability combined with multiple single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) units and best-in-class memory bandwidth provides a very good performance advantage for target HPC workloads in the areas of quantum physics, quantum chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, genomics, and oil and gas workloads.

The ThunderX3 device is also ideally suited for running native Arm applications that currently deploy on mobile phones and Arm end points as containers or virtual machines in the cloud or at the edge. This enables a variety of emerging use cases such as Android gaming in the cloud, Android and Arm software/application development in the cloud. Marvell has collaborated with NVIDIA in integrating industry-leading GPUs for both HPC and gaming.

Marvell has established a leadership role in the Arm-based server segment with proven performance, large scale production deployments in some of the most demanding environments and a vibrant partner ecosystem that continues to grow.  ThunderX3 is another exciting chapter in this journey and we look forward to sharing more details in the coming months.  

February 25th, 2020

A Blueprint for Data Encryption in Distributed and Hybrid IT

By Avishai Ziv, General Manager of Security Solutions Business Unit, Marvell

Given a choice, few enterprises will change their security solutions and deployments, especially for data encryption. That’s because any change in data encryption can be a painful and daunting task. But in today’s world of growing threats to data security, is there really a choice?

Risk is High

Most of the data breaches we read about in the headlines, which have affected hundreds of millions of customers at prominent companies, have involved data that wasn’t encrypted. Unfortunately, such lax security is all too common. A recent McAfee survey of 12,000 companies that revealed only 9% encrypt their data at rest in the cloud, and only 1% are using customer-managed encryption keys.

Change is Daunting

The fact that most companies fail to encrypt their data is not because their IT security teams are unaware of growing risks or unmotivated to confront them, but rather because legacy encryption solutions cannot cope with the rapidly growing volume of data that needs to be encrypted.

Typically, IT infrastructure at most large companies consists of 5-10 datacenters distributed globally, and at least one public cloud environment, with multiple migration-to-the-cloud projects underway. Given that such companies lack unified, centrally-managed data encryption, they tend to rely on a patchwork of siloed solutions from different vendors, which introduces its own set of complications. Meanwhile, more stringent compliance rules require more rigorous data encryption and management, intensifying the pressure for rapid change.

The Solution is LiquidSecurity® 

Under such challenging circumstances, many security teams are starting to realize that a hardware security module (HSM) designed more than 20 years ago simply cannot meet these diverse and growing demands. That’s why more and more are seeking a comprehensive, secure and holistic approach to encryption that works in all use-cases and environments, such as Marvell LiquidSecurity. This solution offers:

  • A single encryption platform that can be centrally or remotely managed
  • Distributed, scalable and affordable encryption, with low TCO
  • The autonomy that comes with customer-managed encryption keys
  • Unmatched flexibility to “future proof” a company’s investment

The Marvell LiquidSecurity Network HSM product family was designed from scratch to meet the challenges – and exploit the opportunities – of the Cloud era. As such, it delivers the simplicity, flexibility, scalability and high performance customers seek for diverse use cases in both public and private clouds.

With unmatched features such as 32 HSMs in a single appliance, elastic FIPS boundary, integrated load-balancing and high-availability, as well as performance that beats competitors by an order of magnitude, LiquidSecurity is fast becoming the go-to choice of leading enterprises and service providers.

For more information, visit Marvell’s LiquidSecurity Product HSM.

January 21st, 2020

HPE Reseller Relies on Marvell FastLinQ & QLogic for I/O Connectivity

By Graham Forrest, Server and Storage Practice Lead, Enterprise Group

gforrest@dtpgroup.co.uk
DTP Group, Leeds UK

Being a trusted advisor to our customers means making sure what we recommend, configure and install works as expected. That’s why here at DTP, we recommend Marvell® QLogic® Fibre Channel and Marvell FastLinQ® Ethernet I/O for all our server and storage connectivity solutions.

The DTP Group has over 30 years of experience in delivering technology and solutions to our customers. We only recommend HPE for server, storage and networking solutions because we know the technology, get great support from the HPE organization and trust the HPE brand. Within the HPE portfolio, there are technology choices that need to be considered, especially when it comes to I/O connectivity. HPE makes a variety Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity options available that they source from several different manufacturers. After evaluating all of them, the DTP PreSales and Technical teams have chosen to standardize on 10/25/50GbE based on Marvell FastLinQ technology and on 16GFC and 32GFC based on Marvell QLogic technology.

We find that Marvell’s advanced features help us future-proof our customers to ensure the products they are buying today have the connectivity features needed for deploying next-generation NVMe-enabled storage, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and software-defined storage solutions. Features like dual-port isolation in QLogic Fibre Channel HBAs from Marvell ensure predictable and reliable SAN performance. Marvell FastLinQ Ethernet technology for HPE includes features like storage offload for iSCSI and universal RDMA, with support for both RoCE and iWARP protocols, ensures maximum flexibility in the Nimble storage and HCI solutions that we design and deliver to our customers.

The choice of I/O technology goes well beyond the feature set and the speeds and feeds on the data sheets or marketing literature.  We find that not only does Marvell technology “just work” in all the mainstream enterprise operating system environments and applications, but should we have a problem (which isn’t very often), the Marvell team supporting HPE partners like us are readily available to help. The HPE team at Marvell engages with us in the field and at all the major technology events. Having solid relationships and knowing that when you email or call with a question or issue, you will get a quick response, this is very important in the world of solution providers. Marvell clearly understands this and their HPE-focused team makes themselves readily available to help us and even helps us get things escalated within HPE when required.

In addition, Marvell goes above and beyond what other technology providers make available in the way of education and training. Their Follow the Wire program is a best-in-class platform for providing up-to-date information, training and educational resources. Marvell’s program provides incentives for our team to stay current, access the latest collateral, view on-demand videos, and attend live webinars and webinar replays. This keeps information about new and emerging features readily available at your fingertips.

Bottom line is, at The DTP Group, we rely on more than what you can find on the data sheet or in a line card when we make our decisions on what technology to recommend and who to partner with. This enables us to be more prepared, understand the technology better and ultimately deliver better solutions, service and support for our customers. That’s why we continue to work closely with Marvell. If you are having challenges getting questions answered, getting trained and educated or getting support in general from your I/O technology partners, you might consider Marvell as well.

 

December 12th, 2019

Marvell and HPE Introduce Industry Standard Adapters for HPE ProLiant and Apollo Gen10 Plus Servers

By Todd Owens, Technical Marketing Manager, Marvell

Innovation can come in many forms. Sometimes it’s with a completely new technology, sometimes with updating an existing product and in other cases, just by changing the approach to how you acquire and deliver a product. It is the latter that is the latest innovation from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) when it comes to I/O connectivity.

In conjunction with the launch of HPE ProLiant and Apollo Gen10 Plus servers, the HPE Server I/O Options team developed a new approach for sourcing and qualifying Ethernet adapters for these servers. Deploying what they call Industry Standard Adapters, HPE can now better meet the needs of their end customers with an increased number of options when it comes to firmware and driver updates for their Ethernet adapters in HPE servers.

Traditionally, HPE would source I/O technology from OEM suppliers such as Marvell, create customer model numbers and specifications for adapters and make firmware and drives only available from HPE. These “custom” adapters were often referred to as HPE-optimized. Starting with Gen10 Plus servers, HPE is eliminating the customization and using standard adapters that can work not only in HPE servers, but in others as well. Hence the term “Industry Standard Adapters.”

Marvell is glad to be a strategic partner of HPE, providing a wide variety of Marvell® FastLinQ® adapters that are fully qualified and supported by HPE on the HPE ProLiant Gen10 Plus servers. Below are the current offerings from Marvell for HPE Gen10 Plus servers.

HPE Part Number Model Name Product Description
P08437-B21 QL41132HLRJ HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port BASE-T QL41132HLRJ Adapter
P10103-B21 QL41132HQRJ HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port BASE-T QL41132HQRJ OCP3 Adapter
P21933-B21 QL41132HLCU HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port SFP+ QL41132HLCU Adapter
P08452-B21 QL41132HQCU HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port SFP+ QL41132HQCU OCP3 Adapter
P10094-B21 QL41134HLCU HPE Ethernet 10GbE 4-port SFP+ QL41134HLCU Adapter
P22702-B21 QL41232HLCU HPE Ethernet 10/25Gb 2-port SFP28 QL41232HLCU Adapter
P10118-B21 QL41232HQCU HPE Ethernet 10/25Gb 2-port SFP28 QL41232HQCU OCP3 Adapter

 

With the new approach, HPE Gen10 Plus customers can see the Marvell model numbers in the HPE product description and identify the Marvell vendor and product IDs at server boot. Then they will be directed to Marvell for detailed specifications, user guides, technical briefs and even firmware and/or driver downloads.  The support model will not change and HPE will continue to provide level 1 – 3 support. The new approach will benefit HPE customers in a number of ways:

  • Transparency of the specific type of product and model information – eliminates having to use complex decoder aides or other documentation to determine real manufacturer.
  • Consistency in product/model naming on Operating System HCLs that saves time cross-checking I/O and operating system compatibility.
  • Faster time-to-market for firmware/driver enhancements and updates to get fixes when they are available from the manufacturer.
  • Ability to streamline maintenance process across multi-vendor server environments and get firmware/drivers direct from manufacturer websites.

For those HPE ProLiant customers who prefer utilizing HPE-specific deployment software and utilities like HPE System Insight Manager (SIM), System Update Manager (SUM) or Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP), HPE will also make firmware and drivers available through their normal quarterly processes.

The Marvell portfolio for HPE ProLiant Gen10 Plus includes PCIe and OCP 3.0 form factor adapters in 1/10GBASE-T, 10Gb SFP+ and 10/25GbE SFP28 variants. All these adapters support Marvell’s industry-leading list of features and capabilities, including:

  • Universal RDMA: allows customers to run RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) or iWARP RDMA concurrently.
  • SmartAN™ technology: automatically sets bandwidth and forward error correction settings of the adapter to match the switch it is connected to and the cable type being used.
  • Redfish PLDM: provides integrated remote monitoring and management of thermal environment and other adapter data.
  • Marvell FastLinQ QCS Management Utility: available as GUI, CLI, VMware plug-in or PowerShell Kit for maximum flexibility.
  • DPDK Offload: up to 68Mpps bi-directional small packet acceleration.
  • SR-IOV offload for virtual server environments.
  • Tunnel Offloads: VXLAN, NVGRE, GENEVE.
  • NVMe over fabric: for high performance SDS/HCI or shared storage connectivity.
  • IEEE 1588 Energy Efficient Ethernet
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 and OCP 3.0 form factors

For more details on Marvell’s FastLinQ adapters, download the family product brief here.

For more information on Universal RDMA, SmartAN technology and other unique Marvell FastLinQ capabilities, visit our Follow the Wire Video library here https://connect.marvell.com/hpe-videos.

November 5th, 2019

Marvell Completes Acquisition of Avera Semi

By Stacey Keegan, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Marvell

Today marks the close of the acquisition of Avera Semi.

Avera brings over two decades of expertise developing custom ASIC solutions for the infrastructure market, further enabling Marvell to offer a full suite of leading semiconductor solutions. With this acquisition, Marvell will provide the complete spectrum of product architectures spanning standard, semi-custom to full ASIC solutions. We are proud to offer world class custom ASIC design services to our OEM partners.

To learn more, read our latest press release: https://www.marvell.com/company/news/pressDetail.do?releaseID=11497.