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Marvell extends strategic partnership with Arm

10th June 2019
Lanna Cooper

Marvell has announced it has entered a broader strategic partnership with Arm, a subsidiary of SoftBank Group, to accelerate the design and development of next-gen Marvell ThunderX server processor technology. This new agreement includes dedicated Arm support for Marvell’s R&D in the server processor technology area for at least three more years. As a result, Marvell can further expand its Arm-based server products and roadmap to enable the next generation of cloud and data centre infrastructure.

Marvell and Arm share a vision for bringing differentiated, scalable, and highly optimised server processor solutions to multiple markets - from high performance cloud computing all the way to the network edge. The companies have closely collaborated over the last decade to launch a compelling alternative to the x86 computing market with technology backed by a rich ecosystem.

Marvell’s ThunderX2, based on the Armv8-A architecture, according to the company, is the industry’s most widely supported Arm-based server processor, providing higher performance, lower power, and reduced total cost of ownership versus currently deployed architectures.

“Marvell has demonstrated innovative silicon and software technologies to deliver high performance Arm-based solutions across the infrastructure market,” said Rene Haas, President of Arm’s IP Products Group. “With this expanded partnership, Marvell is now well positioned to develop and ramp some of the most advanced server processor technology in the world.”

“Arm’s investment in Marvell’s server processor technology is a testament to the strength of our development team and accelerates our vision of scaling highly differentiated solutions for the global computing ecosystem,” said Raghib Hussain, Marvell’s Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of the Networking and Processors Group.

“Further, our partnership reinforces Marvell’s strategic commitment to offer breakthrough server processor solutions to our cloud and high performance compute customers, leveraging Arm’s architecture, as together we take cloud-scale computing to the next level.”

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