Marvell announced that the Marvell 88W8686 ultra-low-power 90 nanometer (nm)
WLAN System-on-a-Chip (SoC) solution has received the 2007 INSIGHT award for
most innovative RF IC transceiver. The award, sponsored by Semiconductor
Insights (SI) in conjunction with Semico and EETimes, recognizes corporate and
individual feats in technology. Selected devices undergo a complete relevant
analysis by SI in order to qualify for the award.
"The Marvell 88W8686 SoC demonstrated a very high level of integration,
featuring a dual-band RF transceiver operating at 2.4 and 5 GHz, a physical
layer, a media access controller, and an ARM processor on a single die," stated
Michael Keller, technology manager for Wireless at SI. “In fabricating the RF IC
and analog circuits alongside the digital ones, Marvell utilized innovative
techniques in laying out the RF components, clearly illustrating Marvell’s
commitment to developing new process technologies. Our lead wireless analyst was
quite impressed with the Marvell device, which was selected over other nominees
such as Infineon, Qualcomm, and Nordic."
"Marvell is honored to receive this distinction for the 88W8686 WLAN solution,”
stated Dr. Paramesh Gopi, Marvell’s vice president and general manager of the
Embedded and Emerging Business Unit, Communications and Consumer Business
Solutions. “In developing the 88W8686 we endeavored to provide revolutionary
features and enhanced battery life on consumer devices. This award recognizes
our dedication to developing innovative solutions for high-volume consumer
For more information on Marvell’s advances in wireless technology, please visit
the company’s [Wi-Fi Solutions] at http://www.marvell.com/products/wireless/index.jsp.
The Marvell 88W8686 integrates an ARM-compliant CPU, high-speed serial host
interfaces, and an advanced 802.11 a/b/g RF transceiver with full cellular
coexistence. Targeted at a wide variety of consumer devices, including 3G and
broadband handsets, the Marvell 88W8686 has full compliance for advanced
communications standards including complete support for L3, TCP/IP, UMA, and IMS.
The 88W8686 incorporates Marvell’s proven thick MAC architecture, and offloads
the host CPU—resulting in lower power and increased system performance. The
88W8686 is fully backward compatible with Marvell’s field-proven,
industry-leading WLAN software suite for Linux, Microsoft Windows CE, and other
proprietary operating systems.