Marvell Launches Breakthrough Smart Energy Management Platforms for Appliances and LED Lighting Solutions
Press release [Thursday 9 February 2012]
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, announced two smart energy management platforms for smart appliance and LED lighting applications, which give consumers the ability to conveniently manage their smart appliances and lighting solutions from anywhere in the world, minimizing wasteful energy consumption and furthering the seamlessly connected lifestyle.
Both the Smart Energy and Smart LED Lighting Platforms are designed to provide highly cost-effective, fully-integrated, end-to-end silicon and software solutions that enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to develop feature-rich smart appliances and smart LED lighting solutions. The Smart Energy Platform provides rich Wi-Fi connectivity enabling smart appliances to seamlessly integrate into consumers' home networks and devices, such as smart phones and tablets, as well as the broader Internet and cloud-based services. The Smart LED Lighting Platform is built around innovative LED driver ICs, along with low-power ZigBee networking, to provide a complete, wirelessly networked lighting control solution. A Wi-Fi/ZigBee gateway connects the lighting control networks to the premises networks, allowing control via smart phones and tablets. Both platforms are complemented by the Marvell® Kinoma® platform allowing rich user-interfaces (UIs) and new applications.
"As consumers increasingly expect their devices and interfaces to be continuously connected to the content and data they want - at anytime, from anywhere - Marvell is very proud to provide the technologies that enable a seamless Connected Lifestyle across a wide array of platforms and devices," said Kishore Manghnani, vice president of marketing for Green Energy Products at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. "Currently, appliances and lighting systems do not have high-performance host processors to support connectivity and smart applications. In addition, these appliances and devices are also not mobile - they are in fixed locations and appliances are often surrounded by thick encasings - creating various radio frequency (RF) challenges. Marvell's new Smart Energy and LED Lighting Platforms address each of these areas by providing fully integrated, end-to-end solutions in small form factors that can be easily and affordably integrated into appliances and lighting products for the next-generation of energy-efficient smart homes and offices."
"Lighting and appliances are the next frontier for connected consumer electronics and smart energy homes and businesses. These new connected devices have strong value proposition in the home and business connectivity market while maintaining an affordable price point for consumers, which is the key to its widespread adoption and implementation," said Marijana Vukicevic, senior principal analyst at IHS iSuppli. "OEMs must keep both the manufacturing and installation costs low in order to succeed in the market. Integrated silicon solutions are critical to providing efficient connectivity at the needed price point."