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February 20, 2013

Marvell Unveils PXA1088 Single-Chip Quad-Core Processor

Marvell (News - Alert) has had its fair share of ups and down the last couple of years. The lowest of the downs had to be when it was ruled that the company had to pay out $1.17 billion to Carnegie Mellon University. Despite that crippling ruling over patent infringement, the company has managed to keep producing some really advanced technology.

The company has been focusing on tech that is used to move the world’s smartphone and mobile device market forward. Their latest announcement details a new single-chip Quad-core processor that is geared toward powering advanced smartphones and tablets. The processor will allow worldwide automatic roaming on a multitude of 3G networks.

Marvell is billing the PXA1088 as the industry’s most advanced single-chip quad-core processor that includes support for 3G cellular modems that have High Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+). These modems also carry Enhanced Data for GSM Environment (EDGE) solutions.

Weili Dai, co-founder of Marvell, talked about the newest processor and what it can do for the worldwide smartphone market. “I believe our industry leading single-chip platform will drive mass market adoption of high-quality, high-performance, very affordable smartphone and tablet solutions worldwide to enrich people's connected lifestyle."

Marvell has been working on expanding its base when it comes to the worldwide market of telephony for quite a while now. Just a few years ago, the company was bringing out solutions such as OPhones that were geared toward the Chinese market. Now the company is finding ways to cover that market and the rest of the globe in one move.

The PXA1088 processor is backward pin-to-pin compatible. This means that devices that are using the processor can upgrade their next-generation mobile devices, such as high performance smartphones and the newest tablets, without changing the design and incurring additional costs. Marvell will officially roll out the PXA1088 at the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) in Barcelona at the end of February.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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