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May 8th, 2015

Marvell Takes Home a Win from TV Connect Industry Awards for Best Component or Enabler

By Edward Silva, Senior Product Manager, Multimedia Solutions and IoT business units

Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 PRO 4K (88DE3214) was recently honored with the Best Component or Enabler Award by TV Connect during a memorable night at the iconic Gherkin in Central London on April 29, 2015. The prestigious award ceremony, now in its 11th year, celebrates excellence, innovation and achievements in the global IP, TV and connected entertainment markets. TV Connect judges representing leading telco, satellite, cable service providers, content owners and industry research firms independently selected Marvell for excellence from amongst a highly competitive field of technology providers from around the world.

The Pay TV is undergoing significant transformation as service providers upgrade their set-top boxes (STBs) to meet consumer demand for Ultra HD content and seamless entertainment experience across all their screens. Marvell’s innovative, powerful ARMADA 1500 PRO 4K system-on-chip (SoC) platform including Android TV SDK enables service providers to cost effectively deploy small, elegant STBs and add the Android ecosystem with the broadest support for third party games and apps made for TV. This opens up the TV operator ecosystem to new revenue streams, built in stores, and intuitive operator branded UI across its mobile and TV screens with a seamless multi-screen experience. This award underscores Marvell’s continued leadership in providing the best-in-class multi-media solution available today.

Winners at this year’s TV Connect Awards also included Marvell’s partners and customers – iFeelSmart and Swisscom’s AG with TV 2.0 who were awarded “Best TV Experience Enhancement” and “Best Multi-screen TV Service,” respectively. It has certainly been a thrilling experience to work closely with our partners to stay ahead of market demands and put together a consumer product that offers a truly entertaining TV service.

The ARMADA 1500 Pro 4K family is powering two very successful operator set-top box deployments. LG Uplus with 2.3M IPTV subscribers in Korea launched their Ultra HD service in October 2014 and recently announced they had 125,000 UHD subscribers as of end of March 2015 leading tBboxhe Korea market.  Bouygues Telecom’s Bbox Miami is another shining example of a transformative TV experience possible when built upon the Marvell ARMADA 1500 Pro family and relies heavily on its 14K DMIPs quad core ARM CPU, Vivante GC3000 GPU, robust security processor to offer all-in-one STB with intuitive iFeelSmart UI, premium live TV, FTA terrestrial, OTT, and TV applications/games through Google Play.

Winning TV Connect’s Award validates the ARMADA 1500 Pro 4K value proposition that operators are looking for: an immersive multi-screen entertainment experience for consumers that is both cost effective and built with highest levels of security.  We look forward to our continued collaboration with Pay TV industry leaders in extending the smart, connected lifestyle to the TV.

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