Comtrend Selects Marvell’s Certified G.hn Silicon to Enable the Connected Home

Marvell’s award-winning G.hn chipset powers high-performance, streaming multimedia content over hybrid home networks

CES Las Vegas and Irvine, Calif. January 2013– Comtrend, a global supplier of advanced networking solutions, in partnership with Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) today announced the PowerGrid 9070 and PowerGrid 9170, utilizing Marvell’s ITU-T compliant and HomeGrid Forum-certified G.hn transceiver chipset for home wireline networking. The announcement is a second round of technical advancements in Comtrend’s commitment to new and emerging standards-based technologies. This partnership with Marvell acknowledges a sharp increase in global adoption of G.hn, the ITU-T standardized technology designed to provide connectivity over any home wiring (electrical wires, coaxial cables or twisted pair) at data rates up to 1 Gbit/s.

The Comtrend PowerGrid 9070 and PowerGrid 9170 are based on Marvell’s GE-DW360F powerline reference design, which includes the Marvell® 88LX3142 G.hn digital baseband processor, the Marvell 88LX2718 G.hn analog front end, and the Marvell 88E1510 Gigabit PHY with a complete TCP/IP protocol stack. With a built-in pass-through power socket in the PowerGrid 9070 and a smaller form factor case for the UL certified PowerGrid 9170, both models are designed to round out Comtrend’s product line portfolio, offering high performance connectivity for distributing bandwidth-intensive and real-time applications like HD IPTV, VoIP, gaming, and multi-room DVR over power lines throughout the home.

“Our expanded collaboration with Marvell ensures the highest level of performance for delivery of high-bandwidth multimedia applications,” said Frank Chuang, Vice President of Marketing for Comtrend. “By implementing designs based on Marvell’s certified G.hn chipset, we are confident we are providing the best communications platforms for next-generation home networks.”

Since its debut in September 2011, Marvell’s G.hn silicon has received widespread industry support. The solution won a Best Electronic Design Award in December 2011 and a Connected Home Award in April 2012. Demonstrations at CES and the Asia Plugfest in 2012 generated even more interest around Marvell’s G.hn roadmap and potential applications of the technology. Most recently, in December 2012, Marvell became the first silicon vendor worldwide to have its silicon achieve full compliance certification from the HomeGrid Forum, paving the way for mass deployments of HomeGrid Forum certified G.hn systems based on the Marvell chipset.

“Marvell is pleased to expand our relationship with Comtrend to grow its portfolio with G.hn products for the connected home,” said Winston Chen, vice president of the Smart Home Business Unit at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. “G.hn-enabled PowerGrid powerline products enable Comtrend’s customers to access cloud-based multimedia content with a degree of speed and flexibility hard to match in the industry. Most importantly, designs based on our G.hn chipset bring the entire hybrid home network closer to being realized, with its ideals of total connectivity in an always-on world.”

Marvell G.hn powered Comtrend adapters will be showcased at the Marvell booth (South Hall 3 – Booth 31423) and at the HomeGrid Forum booth (South Hall 1, Booth 21906) during CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 8-11, 2013.

About Comtrend
Founded in 1990, Comtrend has become one of the leading global providers of advanced networking solutions. Totaling more than 20 million CPE and new software services, Comtrend is the technology partner of choice for carriers worldwide. Comtrend designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of networking equipment consisting of bonded DSL, both ADSL2+ and VDSL2, as well as GPON, STBs, VOIP and home networking technologies. Bringing value to consumers through our service provider customers across the world, Comtrend is committed to industry standards, interoperability and market-leading performance. Comtrend’s vision is to bring people together with technology through a focus on innovation and superior service. The company has its North American headquarters in Irvine, California. For more information please visit http://www.comtrend.com.

About Marvell
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a world leader in the development of storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions. Marvell’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 term “Marvell” refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit Marvell.com.
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