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|Marvell Introduces Plug Computing - High-Performance, Low-Power, Exceptionally Small Computer for Managing and Storing Digital Media Assets|
Multiple companies adopt SheevaPlug(TM) development platform to showcase new network-based applications that are designed to be simple to install and easy
SANTA CLARA, Calif.,
"There is no doubt that home networks need to become more intelligent and
easier to use by offering value added services for the consumer," said Dr.
The SheevaPlug development platform uses a Marvell Kirkwood processor based on an embedded 1.2GHz Sheeva(TM) CPU equipped with 512 Mbytes of FLASH and 512 Mbytes of DRAM. Connection to the home network is via Gigabit Ethernet. Peripherals such as direct attached storage can be connected using a USB 2.0 port. Multiple standard Linux 2.6 kernel distributions are supported on the SheevaPlug development platform enabling rapid application development. The enclosure is designed to plug directly into a standard wall socket and is designed to draw less than one tenth of the power of a typical PC being used as a home server.
"Plug computing is a logical evolution for the digital home in the same
way enterprise applications moved from servers to network appliances," Mr.
Hajime Nakai, Director, Member of the Board,
"Marvell is a leader in designing high-performance, power-efficient CPUs,"
commented Linley Gwennap, principal analyst of
Early adopters of plug computing began to launch Marvell based products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2009. These include:
Axentra: HipServ(TM) software running on a SheevaPlug is a complete home server platform and applications suite that allows OEMs and service providers to quickly go to market with branded home server solutions. This highly secure and stable software platform allows users to easily store, manage, share, view, or listen to digital media content in the home or remotely. http://www.axentra.com
CTERA Networks: The CTERA CloudPlug, a Cloud Attached Storage(TM) appliance, converts any USB drive into a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device with integrated secure offsite backup. CTERA aims the device at service providers seeking to provide online backup services to consumers and small businesses. http://www.ctera.com
Availability and Pricing
The SheevaPlug development kit is available now for
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communications, and consumer silicon solutions. The Company's diverse product
portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller,
wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications
infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. As
used in this release, the terms "Company" and "Marvell" refer to
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